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  • 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:


    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


    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

    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 and other online booksellers. Wordsworth Dances the Waltz was named a Mom’s Choice Awards® Silver Recipient in the category “Crossing Generations.”

  • Summer Feng Shui Lectures with Clear Englebert

    Author and feng shui expert Clear Englebert

    Best-selling author Clear Englebert (Feng Shui for Hawai‘i Gardens, Bedroom Feng Shui) will present free feng shui lectures at five public libraries during the month of June. In addition, Englebert will offer an intensive two-hour feng shui class on Bedrooms & Relationships.

    The library lectures will focus on exterior uses of feng shui to attract positive energy in your home and life. Each talk will address using your garden—your first and best opportunity—to create positive energy for your home and deflect negative energy from neighboring structures. The concept of chi energy and how to attract and maximize its beneficial flow are explained, with particular attention on the importance of the approach to the home. Emphasis is placed on harmonizing the home with the surrounding landform. Englebert uses examples specific to Hawaii homes, and to the landscape, climate, and culture of the Islands, allowing a clear understanding of how to apply feng shui principles here. The talk also covers which plants to select and where to put them.

    Englebert’s newest book, Feng Shui for Hawai‘i Gardens, will be for sale at each of these talks, with 30% of the sale price ($23, tax inclusive) being donated to the Friends of the Library for that particular library. In addition, exclusively at the library talks, a complimentary copy of A Literary Lei: Flowers & Plants of Hawai‘i (Jim and Virginia Wageman, Watermark Publishing) will be given away with the purchase of Feng Shui for Hawai‘i Gardens (while supplies last).

    The free library presentations will be offered at the following locations/times:

    • Aiea Library — Thursday, June 21, from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
    • Kapolei Library — Saturday, June 23, from 10:30am to 11:30am
    • Kailua Library — Saturday, June 23, from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
    • Kaneohe Library — Sunday, June 24, from 11:00am to noon
    • Kaimuki Library — Sunday, June 24, from 2:30pm to 3:30pm

    The two-hour “Bedrooms and Relationships” class will be held on Saturday, June 23 in the Private Function Room in the Executive Center (1088 Bishop St.), Lobby Level, next to Hukilau Restaurant. Class begins at 6:30pm; class fee is $20. According to feng shui, the bedroom is the most important room and the bed is the most important object in the home. Englebert’s class will address the various details, such as color, texture, lighting, and artwork, that help a bedroom support sound sleep. The second half of the class will concern how to use feng shui to attract a relationship and to create more harmony in an existing relationship. Validated parking is available and no pre-registration is required; walk-ins are welcome.

    Clear Englebert has practiced and taught feng shui in Hawaii and California since 1995. A recognized feng shui expert, he has appeared on television, radio, and in the print media. His latest book is Feng Shui for Hawai‘i Gardens (Watermark Publishing, 2012). His previous books are the best-selling Feng Shui for Hawai‘i, from Watermark Publishing, Feng Shui Demystified and Bedroom Feng Shui which are available in four languages. For more information call 808-328-0329 or visit

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