Posts Tagged ‘Hilo’

My Hilo Presentation

Thank you, Chris Ridley of Alzheimer’s Association, for hosting my lecture “The Gift of Caregiving.” It was a rainy afternoon, but there is something about Hilo’s rain that brings special people and stories to share.


A woman from the audience came to introduce herself but I finished her introduction.

She said, ‘You were my teacher, my name is Laurie…” and I interrupted, ‘Laurie Kiyota, you were in my first grade class at Waiakea Elementary.” It was so heartwarming to hug her again after more than 50 years. She still had that first grade look on her face, how could I not know her?

I would be fibbing if I said a couple from Sacramento followed me to Hawaii specifically to attend my lecture. Harold and Linda Murai, on vacation from Sacramento, giving up their afternoon to be in the audience.

Kapoho came to me again. A young couple from Japan came to meet the author of Kapoho: Memoir of a Modern Pompeii. They live in Kapoho, still without electricity and indoor plumbing. When he said, “I wished I could have lived in Kapoho…the Kapoho from your book,” I knew I had met a very special person.

So thank you, all of you who came out on a rainy late afternoon, and to my niece Tammy for capturing moments on her camera.

With Chris Ridley of the Alzheimer's Association Hilo office.

With Chris Ridley of the Alzheimer’s Association Hilo office.

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Famous Today (in Hilo)!

I’m in the news today! In the Hilo newspaper, an article about my upcoming caregiving session at the Aging And Disability Resource Center​ on May 19, 5-6pm. (Call Chris Ridley of the Alzheimer’s Association​ at 808-443-7360 to reserve a seat.)

Hilo article May 19

I will be back in Hilo at the end of the month and will have a book signing and reading at Basically Books​ on May 30 at 1:30pm.

You can find more details on my Event Calendar on my blog. (IMPORTANT: My event calender displays time in California time; click the event to see the correct Hawaii time for the event.)

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Here are some photos, courtesy of my niece, Tammy, from the Writing the Hawaii Memoir panel discussion I was in a couple weeks ago.

Nice to see how well the store supports local authors! Here is the section with all my books:

FHK at Basically Books

And this is our esteemed panel of authors, all contributors to Writing the Hawaii Memoir by Darien Gee, with Basically Books shop owner, Christine Reed (center).

WHM contribs

From left to right: Mark Panek, Darien Gee (author of Writing the Hawaii Memoir), Christine Reed (Basically Books), me and Leslie Lang.

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