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To my Big Island friends, I cancelled my April trip to Hilo due to the Corona Virus. Will not participate with my Wordsworth mouse poet in the Merrie Monarch parade nor will I be having a book event at Basically Books as scheduled. Thank you, Patrick Toal of the Alzheimer’s Assoc, for all the planning you have done for the parade. And Christine Reed of Basically Books, I hope we can do this at another time. Thank you.

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Thank you, Christine Reed of Basically Books of Hilo, Hawaii for hosting a book talk/signing for my new Echoes of Kapoho. The Reed family has hosted all 15 of my books with the first poetry book in 1970. A gratitude of applause to  Big Islanders for shopping local at Basically Books.

Kapoho Reed and me

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Echoes cover

Echoes back cover

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I will be back in Hawaii next month to talk on caregiving and for the release of my new book from Watermark Publishing, “Echoes of Kapoho.”

Please check this column, my blog or Facebook page for updated schedules. For now, here is my schedule:

  • Thursday, Nov. 7, 10-11:45 a.m.: I will be at the Kau Rural Health Community Association, Inc., in Pahala at an event for caregivers. It is sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association, Kau Rural Health Community Association, Inc. and Watermark Publishing. Lunch will be served. The Kau Rural Health Community Association, Inc. is located at 96 Puahala St. Registration by Friday, Nov. 1, is required. Call Auntie Jessie or Auntie Theresa at (808) 928-0101 to register, or email Patrick Toal of the Alzheimer’s Association at patoal@alz.org.
  • Saturday, Nov. 9, 11:30 a.m.: I will be introducing my new book, “Echoes of Kapoho,” at Basically Books (1672 Kamehameha Ave.)

At 10 a.m. on that same day, I will be at the Hawaii Island Adult Care conference, speaking on caregiving from 10 – 11 a.m. Call Marcie Saquing at (808) 961-3747, ext. 107, for reservations.

I will also be traveling to Maui on this trip, giving lectures/workshops on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 20, 5-7 p.m. A lecture for the Alzheimer’s Association at: Maui Adult Day Care: 665 Kahalui Rd, Kahalui, Maui.

Call Christine Spencer for reservations at 808-591-2771: ext. 8235 or

Kathleen Couch at: 808-871-5804.

. Friday, Nov. 22: Keynote address at the 18th Maui Family Caregiver Conference sponsored by the Maui County Office on Aging at the Grand Wailea Resort. Call Vicki Belloumini at: (808) 270-7233 for details and reservations.

And, finally, O‘ahu book signing dates for “Echoes of Kapoho” are still being secured. Please check my Blog and Facebook page for the dates.





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Please pass the following info to caregivers, health professionals or family members living with elders.

Phone reservations necessary for these two free events.

I will also be at Native Books in Honolulu to discuss my children’s books at their Tea and

Talk Story on May 19 from 11 to noon.


final hilo flyerSac flyer 2019

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So here I am, reading Wordsworth, It’s In Your Pocket. Wordsworth is in deep grief because his friends are all addicted to their electronic devices. How can he get them back into the real world of friends? An old mouse tells him the answer is in his pocket.

During the reading, I heard a woman say the battery to her phone had died.

A man in the audience later said, “I felt I was transferred to a new dimension…it was so surreal. While you were reading, many were so busy with their electronic devices, they weren’t hearing your story at all. Amazing!”

Yes, Wordsworth has his job cut out for him.


Thank you Christine Reed of Basically Books in Hilo for the standing room only event.


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Belated thanks and notes from my final two stops on my Hawaii summer visit.

Thank you Christine Reed for hosting my lecture/book signing at Basically Books, Hilo, Hawaii. I appreciate you and Debbie working so hard to fit me in to the store’s busy schedule. (Christine also graciously handles sales for me quite often when I do other Hilo presentations.)

With Christine Reed of Basically Books, Hilo

With Christine Reed of Basically Books, Hilo

My thanks to all who attended. To Mr. Suzuki, who knew me as a child in Kapoho, thank you for sitting in the front row. I want to be like you when I’m in my late 90s. Loa and mother, your story is so special and moving, it will appear in the Hawaii Herald soon.

At Basically Books

At Basically Books

I always thought a standing ovation was the ultimate achievement, but those who were on the wait list to my Kahala Nui session in Honolulu—you paid the highest compliment. I will personally send you the flyer to my next Hawaii conference on October 31st. To each person in the audience, thank you for spending a late afternoon with me.

Signing books at Kahala Nui.

Signing books at Kahala Nui.

Jody Mishan of Executive Office of Aging, Felicia Marques-Wong of St. Francis Healthcare System, Jeanette Kojane of Kokua Mau and Darleen Canto of Kahala Nui, you made it all happen with months of planning.

With the event planning team at my Kahala Nui presentation.

With the event planning team at my Kahala Nui presentation.

After all my presentations, I did an interview with Beth-Ann Kozlovich of Hawaii Public Radio. You can listen to it here.

Hawaii, I will be back! See you in October/November.

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