5 hours later

from Hilo’s ocean waves to Sacramento’s Safeway parking lot.

hilo seasafway

Aloha, Hawaii

I’m back home in Sacramento after giving four keynote addresses on Oahu and Maui. Scheduled to return to Kona next fall. Thank you Hawaii for all your aloha and for sharing your insights and the changes you have made as caregivers during my address. I return each of the applause back to you.


IMG_3428This past weekend, I spoke at the Honpa Hongwanji Betsuin, Honolulu.

Bishop Eric Matsumoto and Alan Goto of Honpa Hongwanji, thank you for welcoming me home once again with orchid and white ginger flower leis. Rose Nakamura of the Dana program, thank you for your continued support of my work.

It was another homecoming seeing a former first grader and her family. I had taught Renee Tanaka when I was 24 years old, 51 years ago. To former colleagues from my teaching years, to former Kapoho and Pahoa residents, to those who came to hear me for the second time in two weeks, and to all who filled the temple, my gratitude.

I hope my presentation, “The Gift, Joy, and Legacy of Caregiving” and the many copies of I Am Somebody you purchased will be of help.

Rose, I’m so pleased the support group I had suggested almost 15 years ago is still going strong.



IMAG3205-01This weekend, I attended the Sunrise Ministry Foundation “Journeys to Wellness” seminar. I delivered the keynote address and was honored to be one of the three recipients recognized with the group’s Puaka’ana o ka La (Rise Up!) award.

IMAG3207-01I cherish this award because it brings me back as Hawaii’s child. I thought my umbilical cord to Hawaii was severed when I got my California driver’s license. So, thank you, Sunrise Ministry Foundation for this significant gift.

Thank you also to Sharlene and Ron Yamauchi and Wally Fukunaga for their assistance in arranging to have my books available for attendees to purchase at the event.

Sweet Things

CandyIt’s the little things that truly count. This weekend, I spoke on giving care with compassion and dignity at the UH medical school in Hawaii and of all the positive and generous responses received, this stands out.

A man in the audience purchased three of my books and handed me a match-box sized candy. “This is for you,” he said. He reminded me of young students in class who would hold on to their bar of candy, debating all day whether they should eat it or give it to their teacher. And at the end of the day, I would be handed a bar of candy, soft and melted from heat from loving hands.

In addition to the Sunrise Ministry Foundation Wellness Conference in October, I will be at two other Hawaii events in November:

November 8 at the Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin, Temple Annex
11:30am – 1pm
“Dignity, Joy and Compassion in Giving Care” presentation

November 20 at Mākena Beach & Golf Resort
8:30am – 3:30pm
Maui County’s 14th Annual Family Caregivers Conference
The conference is $15 for seniors, caregivers and students and $25 for professionals; registration includes continental breakfast and a buffet lunch.
To register see this article for details.

FHK_SunriseMinistryArticleI am honored to be receiving the Puaka’ana o ka La (Rise Up!) award from the Sunrise Ministry Foundation and delivering the keynote address at their Journeys to Wellness seminar next month. The event, which will have workshops on wellness, is open to the public (there is a discount if you pre-register or are a student or active military); I hope I will see some of you there.

From the announcement in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser this past weekend:

The Sunrise Ministry Foundation has announced three Puaka’ana o ka La (Rise Up!) awardees in conjunction with its fourth annual Journeys to Wellness seminar Oct. 31, which offers a variety workshops on practices that promote health and harmony in mind, body, spirit and the community.

Author Frances Kakugawa, one of the award winners, will also deliver the keynote address on “The Healing Power of Voice and Silence” to open the event, being held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Community Church of Honolulu, 2345 Nuuanu Ave. Prepaid registration is $25, or $30 at the door; $15 for full-time students and active military service personnel. The cost includes lunch and materials.

The annual Puaka’ana o ka La Awards presentation was launched in 2014 to recognize and honor those who have made long-standing and significant contributions toward the promotion of wellness in the individual and community.

Other winners are Ho’oipo De Cambra and Dr. Kalani Brady.

A panel of respondents to Kakugawa’s address includes Bishop Eric Matsumoto, head of the Honpa Hongwanji Mission in Hawaii, and the Rev. Ron Williams, senior minister of the Community Church of Honolulu since 2008. The moderator will be Puanani Burgess, a lecturer with the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Hawaii, a widely acclaimed poet and cultural translator.

Workshops and facilitators include Corey S.C. Wong on taijiquan and qigong; Gregory Pai on mindfulness meditation and practices; Puanani Burgess on the essence of hooponopono; BettyAnn Kamakani on lomilomi; Sister Soo Yoo Kim on movement as prayer; Norman K. Oshiro on the Okada Health and Wellness Program; and Clarence Liu on the tao of caregiving.

Register and view the detailed schedule of speakers at sunriseministryfoundation.com. For more information, contact Ron Yamauchi at 839-6910; or Manu Nae’ole; or email sunriseministryinfo@gmail.com.


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