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NOTE: Our warehouse is currently out of stock, so this title is only available for purchase in print format via, or in e-book format, as listed below. All of Kapoho has been included, with additional new content, in the hardcover book, Echoes of Kapoho. (See related products below.)


Memoir of a Modern Pompeii

From the wartime drama of “The Enemy Wore My Face” to the sweet poignancy of “A One-Chopstick Marriage,” Frances H. Kakugawa weaves a coming-of-age memoir of life in a Hawaiian plantation village—now buried beneath a blanket of lava. “Kakugawa’s amazing recall of details helps remind us of the beautiful innocence and naivete of youth and the realities of growing up poor in Hawai‘i—all too cognizant of the ethnic, linguistic and cultural barriers she would have to overcome to realize her literary dreams,“ says Guy Aoki, Founding President, Media Action Network for Asian Americans. Author Charles Pellegrino calls it “a rare poetic history that will make you think, laugh and cry.”

Born and raised in Kapoho and now an award-winning author of ten books, Frances H. Kakugawa conducts workshops and lectures throughout the U.S. on family caregiving, teaching, writing and poetry. Her previous releases from Watermark Publishing include award-winning children’s books Wordsworth the Poet and Wordsworth Dances the Waltz; caregivers’ guide Mosaic Moon: Caregiving Through Poetry; and memoir of her years as an educator, Teacher, You Look Like a Horse!

Softcover, 112 pp.
Author: Frances H. Kakugawa
Release Date: December 2011

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