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  • Hawaii Memoir Panel — Hilo Talk-Story with Bestselling Hawaii Authors

    9781935690535Have you ever thought about writing your memoir? Join five local bestselling and award-winning authors—Darien Gee, Frances Kakugawa, Mark Panek, Leslie Lang and Billy Bergin—at a talk-story discussion panel on memoir and writing down the stories of our lives.

    Saturday, Sept. 20, 1:30PM
    Basically Books
    (160 Kamehameha Ave., Hilo, Hawai‘i Island)

    Bring your questions and learn about this popular form of narrative nonfiction. Nationally bestselling author Darien Gee’s newest book, Writing the Hawai‘i Memoir, in which the other four panelists are featured, serves as the springboard for discussion.

    Writing the Hawai‘i Memoir uses Hawai‘i’s rich cultural diversity and history of oral storytelling to propel writers into action. The “soup to nuts” structure of the book leads writers of any experience level through a natural, intuitive writing process that can be followed at any pace, quick or slow. Gee includes writing tips and inspiration from more than 20 of Hawai‘i’s best known writers, teachers, and storytellers, plus 29 writing exercises and prompts to further the reader’s work.

    Darien Gee is the nationally bestselling author of six novels, three written under the pen name Mia King. Her books have sold in 14 countries and are available in hardback, paperback, audio and digital formats. She has taught writing and publication classes, including her popular “Writing the Memoir” and “Memoir Master Class” workshops, for over 15 years in Hawai‘i and throughout the United States. Gee’s popular North Hawaii News column, “Writer’s Corner,” has helped thousands of people express their creativity through all forms of writing, including novels, life stories and memoirs.

    As writers of poetry, fiction and non-fiction the panel members bring a wealth of knowledge to the table. Frances Kakugawa is a caregiving advocate and author of 11 books. Mark Panek is a University of Hawai‘i professor of creative writing and author of three books. Leslie Lang is a writer and editor specializing in assisting others with family histories via her Talk Story Press, with three books to her credit. Dr. Billy Bergin was the chief veterinarian at Parker Ranch for 25 years and author of a series on the history of Parker Ranch.

  • Watermark Authors’ Summer Reading List (Part 1)

    We asked our authors what books they've got on their summer reading list and what they’d suggest you to add to your list. As you might guess, these writers are also voracious readers and were enthusiastic about sharing—some gave us more than one pick!—so we’ve had to split our list into two parts. Here are eight suggestions from six of our authors. (Check in next week for more suggestions!)

    Karen Anderson (The Hawaii Home Book)

    KarenAndersonOn my reading list: The Illustrated Gettysburg Reader: An Eyewitness History of the Civil War's Greatest Battle by Rod Gragg (Regnery Publishing, 2013)

    Fiction or non-fiction: Non-fiction

    Why it’s on my list: I am planning a trip to Gettysburg and want to read up about the battle. This is a recently published book that includes rare, first-hand accounts, letters, speeches and article by the people who lived through the three-day conflict in 1863.

     

    Gov. Benjamin Cayetano (BEN: A Memoir)

    BenCayetano_WebI suggest: The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York by Robert A. Caro (Knopf Doubleday, 1975)

    Fiction or non-fiction: Non-fiction

    Why I recommend it: I've reread this book at least once every other year since I bought it in 1980. Fascinating story about Robert Moses, a powerful public official who virtually built New York.

     

    Frances Kakugawa (Kapoho: Memoir of A Modern Pompeii; Mosaic Moon; the Wordsworth the Poet series):

    fhk_webOn my reading list: Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami (Knopf, 2014)

    Fiction or non-fiction: Fiction

    Why it’s on my list: I consider Murakami one of the best authors out of Japan. He was a strong contender for the Nobel Prize this year. I found his last book IQ84 a masterpiece so am eagerly waiting for his August release of Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki.

     

    Marion Lyman-Mersereau (Eddie Wen’ Go; contributor, Don’t Look Back):

    marion_hdst-(for-web)On my reading list: Under the Blood-Red Sun by Graham Salisbury (Laurel Leaf, 2005)

    Fiction or non-fiction: Fiction

    Why it’s on my list: I’m on a mission to read award-winning YA literature.

     

    I suggest (and am also re-reading!): The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver (Harper Perennial Modern Classics, reissued 2008)

    Fiction or non-fiction: Fiction

    Why I recommend it: I love what she's done with each character's unique voice in a separate chapter.

     

    Christine Thomas (editor, Don’t Look Back):

    ChristineThomas_webOn my reading list: The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton (Little, Brown and Company, 2013)

    Fiction or non-fiction: Fiction

    Why it’s on my list: I've been trying to find time to finish this Booker Prize-winning novel from last year. It's a beast of book, more than 800 pages, and immediately transports you to the New Zealand gold rush around the time my husband's great-great grandfather was there making his way in the world.

     

    Lance Tominaga (The Hawaii Sports Trivia Challenge; A Prophecy Fulfilled)

    I suggest: Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s byJeff Pearlman (Gotham, 2014)

    LanceTominagaFiction or non-fiction: Non-fiction

    Why I recommend it: I’m not a fan of the Los Angeles Lakers, but I still regard their “Showtime” teams of the 1980s to be the most entertaining product in the history of basketball. Big stars, bigger egos and the pressure to win – all wrapped neatly in Hollywood glitz – make for compelling storytelling. Author Jeff Pearlman dug deep to uncover a lot of behind-the-scenes anecdotes, and he presents the history of this team in a way that is readable and engaging. It is not only the authoritative look at the 1980s Lakers, it is the finest book I’ve read about any NBA franchise – even better than David Halberstam’s The Breaks of the Game.

     

    I also suggest: Any Given Number—Who Wore it Best, from 0 to 99 by Sports Illustrated (Sports Illustrated, 2014)

    Fiction or non-fiction: Non-fiction

    Why I recommend it: Which athlete is the greatest to ever wear number 24? Is it Kobe Bryant? Willie Mays? Ken Griffey Jr. or Jeff Gordon? Written by the staff at Sports Illustrated, this is a fun read for even the most casual of sports fans. From 0 to 99, the book selects the top athletes associated with each number, and lists the deserving also-rans as well. It’s light reading, to be sure, loaded with photos and graphics. But it’s certain to generate debates within your group of sports-loving friends.

  • Caregiver Events with Frances Kakugawa

    FHK_MM_WD Author Frances Kakugawa and her two caregiving-focused books, Mosaic Moon and Wordsworth Dances the Waltz. (Author photo by Jason Kimura)

    Providing daily care for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease or other long-term illness can be a brutal experience. Author and inspirational speaker Frances H. Kakugawa is well-acquainted with the struggles of caregiving, having served as caregiver for her late mother, Matsue, who was afflicted with Alzheimer's. During this time, Frances found that poetry and journaling helped bring dignity to the caregiving experience. A retired educator, she is now an advocate of the power of writing to enrich the lives of children, the elderly and those who care for loved ones with long-term disabilities. Through her writings, workshops, school visitations, readings and speaking engagements nationwide she helps others discover how to view caregiving as a fulfilling experience rather than a burden.

    The award-winning author of 11 books, Frances offers monthly writing groups in Sacramento for caregivers and also conducts workshops on poetry and memoir writing and lectures throughout the country. At least once a year, Frances returns to her home state of Hawai‘i to offer caregiving workshops for the public.

    This spring, the following opportunities to hear Frances speak are available on the Big Island and O‘ahu:

    Hilo:

    Thursday, March 6, 5pm
    Presentation offered by the Alzheimer's Assoication
    Aging and Disability Resource Center
    1055 Kino‘ole Street
    Call Chris Ridley, 808-443-7360, to reserve a seat
    FREE event

    Saturday, March 8, time TBD EVENT CANCELLED
    Puna Hongwanji

    O‘ahu:

    Friday, March 14, 8am to 4:30pm
    Third annual St. Francis Hospice Grief Conference
    Ko‘olau Ballrooms and Conference Center
    45-550 Kionaole Road
    Registration required: $130 online / $150 by mail
    Register Here

    Wednesday, March 19, 4:30-6pm
    Workshop: “The Art of Caregiving for Someone with Memory Loss”
    15 Craigside Retirement Home - Solarium
    15 Craigside Place
    FREE Event
    Limited space, please register. Contact: Jody Mishan, 295-2624 or jmishan@hawaii.rr.com

    Frances' books on caregiving, Mosaic Moon: Caregiving Through Poetry and the award-winning children’s book, Wordsworth Dances the Waltz, will be available for purchase at her events and can be found at local bookstores and online at www.bookshawaii.net and other online booksellers. Wordsworth Dances the Waltz was named a Mom’s Choice Awards® Silver Recipient in the category “Crossing Generations.”

  • Personal Experiences on Pearl Harbor Day

    Several titles from Watermark Publishing and Legacy Isle Publishing chronicle the personal experiences of those who lived through the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Four selections have been excerpted below from a range of individuals: a young haole-Hawaiian lawyer who would become a U.S. District Court Chief Judge; a Christian minister of Japanese descent arrested after the bombing; a young girl living in a tiny Big Island village; and a Japanese-American ROTC college student who volunteered for service with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team.

    Samuel P. King, Judge Sam King: A Memoir

    Born in China and raised in the Territory of Hawai‘i, Samuel Pailthorpe King was the part-Hawaiian son of the territorial Governor Samuel Wilder King, a grandson of the minister of the interior of the former Republic of Hawai‘i and a great-grandson of a Supreme Court justice of the former kingdom of Hawai‘i. King passed away on December 7, 2010.

    From Chapter Five, “The War Years”:

    When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on the morning of December 7, 1941, I was asleep in Honolulu. I was a relatively new lawyer and was living at the Mānoa home of my Uncle Bill, Dad’s younger brother. My cousin Billy came in my room and said, “Sunny, Sunny. They’re doing maneuvers. Let’s go take a look.” My childhood nickname was “Sunny Bunny,” because of my optimistic nature, I suppose.

    I jumped out of bed and got dressed. That’s when a neighbor yelled, “Turn on your radio! Turn on your radio! The Japanese are attacking!”

    On the radio we heard Webley Edwards say the famous line, “The Rising Sun has been sighted on the wingtips.” The authorities came on and said, “Stay home. Don’t go parading around, making things worse.”

    We could see airplanes from our house, but the attack didn’t last all that long—maybe an hour and a half.

    Norman H. Osumi, Today’s Thought —Rev. Paul S. Osumi: The Man and His Message

    A Christian minister, Rev. Paul Osumi was interned for the remainder of World War II at three different detention and internment camps following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. After his release and return to Hawai‘i, he ministered at several churches throughout the state. For more than 35 years, he inspired generations of readers with his daily newspaper column, “Today’s Thought.” His son, Norman H. Osumi, is a retired banker who has spent the past decade researching his father's life and ministry to complete this book.

    From Chapter Three, “Arrest After Pearl Harbor”:

    It changed my father’s and our family’s lives forever when the United States declared war on Japan following the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. Father talked very little about what happened to him after the war started. I can only imagine what he went through as a 36-year-old Christian minister with a young family.

    The Secretary of War issued a warrant of arrest for Father on the same day Pearl Harbor was attacked. It read:

    YOU ARE HEREBY COMMANDED to take the body of PAUL SUTEKICHI OSUMI alias SUTEKICHI OKADA on suspicion of being an alien enemy of the United States, and to detain said person pending final action by the Commanding General, Hawaiian Department, United States Army. This Warrant of Arrest is issued under the authority of the Secretary of War of the United States by his delegated agent this 7 day of December, 1941.

    Many thoughts go through my mind when I read this. First, Father was never known by the alias “Sutekichi Okada” in any of the documents I have in my possession. Sometimes I wonder if the government arrested the wrong person.

    Frances H. Kakuagwa, Kapoho: Memoir of a Modern Pompeii

    Born and raised in the village of Kapoho on the Big Island of Hawai‘i, Frances H. Kakugawa is an author of ten books who has received numerous awards from literary and family caregiving organizations. A retired educator, she currently gives lectures, workshops and readings to schools and community groups nationwide on the subjects of caregiving, teaching, writing and poetry.

    From Chapter One, “The Enemy Wore My Face”:

    Under the rising sun, / The enemy came / Wearing my face.

    My face changed forever that Sunday afternoon. It seemed a same-same Sunday. My parents were at a neighbor’s birthday party, and I was home with my brothers and sister. There were comics on the floor, dishes in the sink and the sense of nothing to do that usually came on the weekends.

    That particular Sunday, however, changed everything. Mr. Ito was listening to his radio.

    “Japan bombed Pearl Harbor!” he shouted at anyone he saw along the road. “Japan bombed Pearl Harbor!” he shouted at the birthday guests as he rushed on to spread the news. The party immediately broke up, and everyone hurried home.

    My father rushed into the house, followed by his neighbors.

    “Turn the radio on. Turn the radio on!” Everyone stood in front of the radio, shouting above the crackling voice of the announcer.

    “Are you sure he said Japan?”

    “Where’s Pearl Harbor?”

    “This means trouble. This means trouble.”

    “This means war.”

    “Are you sure he said Japan?”

    I knew something was wrong when no one went into the kitchen to prepare lunch. I was hungry, but no one paid any attention to me. All I heard were arguments and loud voices. That was the day I learned to be afraid. That was the day I learned that there was an enemy, an enemy who would wear my face, an enemy who would not be forgotten or forgiven in the years to come. Shame, humiliation and a host of confused thoughts would now become my shadow. I would hear “Jap” for the first time. We were Americans, I knew that. We were fighting the same enemy, I knew that, too. The face I saw in the mirror looked American to me, and I’d had no reason to believe, up to then, that anyone else saw anything different. The day Mr. Ito went running around the village with the news was the day my face no longer belonged to me.

    Ted T. Tsukiyama, contributor, Japanese Eyes, American Heart: Personal Reflections of Hawaii’s World War II Nisei Soldiers

    Born in 1920, Ted Tsukiyama volunteered for the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and became a language specialist with the Military Intelligence Service serving in India and Burma in the Pacific war. A scholar of the Japanese-American experience and the nisei soldiers of World War II, he is the historian for the VVV, the 442nd and MIS in Hawai‘i.

    From Chapter Six, “CHUGI (Loyalty): The Right Person, The Right Time,” “VVV”:

    Sunday, December 7, 1941, 7:55 a.m. will remain etched in my memory forever. I couldn’t sleep because of the constant rumbling of what I thought was thunder. Going outside, I saw the sky black with smoke, punctuated by puffs of white aerial bursts. “They’re sure making this maneuver look real!” I thought. Turning on the radio, I heard the KGU announcer screaming, “Take cover! Get off the streets! We are being attacked by Japanese planes! This is the real McCoy! Take cover!”

    I was stunned with surprise and shock, then with disbelief and denial: This just can’t be happening! When the realization sunk in, I first felt guilt and shame for being Japanese, followed by a dark foreboding of the suffering in store for anyone who was Japanese. I condemned the Japanese attackers: “You stupid, damned fools! Who do you think you are, attacking our great country?” I harbored these feelings of anger, outrage and hatred for our attackers for the rest of the war.

    The night of December 7 was the longest, darkest and wildest night that I can recall. When we finally lay down on the Armory floor, however, physically and emotionally exhausted, sleep would not come. We feared the enemy would attack us again at any time. One of our airplanes flew low over the city, prompting a nearby machine gun to clatter into action. Sudden bursts of occasional gunfire outside were nerve-wracking, where anything that moved was shot at. No enemy appeared, but the next morning dead cattle, dogs and other pets were found around the city.

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