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Wordsworth and I made the Hawaii newspaper today:

Honolulu Star/Advertiser

February 9, 2013

“Wordsworth! Stop the Bulldozer!” by Frances H. Kakugawa (Watermark Publishing, $10.95), tells the tale of Wordsworth, a small Hawaii mouse, and a few of his friends who use poetry in their attempts save a koa tree grove.

Wordsworth is troubled when he finds a load of fallen trees on a truck bed and a bulldozer ready to plow down the last remaining tree, the one where he and his best friend, Emily, had carved their initials. As the tiny friends struggle to make a difference and preserve the forest, one of Wordsworth’s poems becomes a rallying point as two groups of adult mice debate the trees’ importance.

The friends find their “Save This Tree” poems taped to pine, mango and coconut trees. Young children might get lost in the words, but the message is endearing.

Tree in a Box kits, which can be purchased at www.bookshawaii.net for $14, include seeds to start a milo tree (a type of tree from the hibiscus family, similar to hau) along with a “Wordsworth” book.The activity of planting a tree may make the environmentally friendly message clearer for younger readers.

Colorful illustrations by Andrew J. Catanzariti bring the tale to life.

Write an ode to your favorite tree . Have a favorite tree that inspires you to write poetry? Watermark Publishing and Hawaii-born author Frances Kakugawa invite keiki in grades K-12 to participate in the “Wordsworth the Poet Poe-TREE Contest.” To enter the contest, kids are invited to follow the example of Wordsworth and write a poem that celebrates their favorite tree. Six prize packages — two per grade division: K-5, 6-8 and 9-12 — will be awarded. Each package includes a copy of the three Wordsworth series books, a child’s gardening tool kit and Koa Legacy Tree from the Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative donated by Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods. Download the entry form at bookshawaii.net and click on News and Events. By March 1, send entries marked “ATTN: Wordsworth’s Poe-TREE Contest” via email to wordsworth@bookshawaii.net or to Watermark Publishing, 1088 Bishop St. Suite 310, Hono?lulu, HI?96813. Winners will be notified April 15.

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Look everyone. We have posted these photos to help answer a question that is often asked by people who come to Frances’ and my  book signing events:

“What age is this book written for?”

( There’s another question that is often asked but we’ll talk about that on another day)

I like Frances’ answer when she says, “I’ve been signing  these Wordsworth  books  for unborn children all the way to  adults”.  And she has. The themes in these books are relevant to people of all ages. Well, at least that’s what the reviewers have said. I also heard readers are writing haiku and tanka poems  just like the poems in this book. And planting trees!

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These two boys are sons of Frances’ former 6th grade student, Bob Webster, who now live in New York.   Bob used to be like Wordsworth. In one of Frances’ poems,  she  wrote about Bob saying, after he finished writing a poem,  “I’m all poemed out.” You can find this poem in Teacher, You Look Like a Horse on page 73. Sorry everyone, but I am forced to promote her other books, that was our understanding when I was allowed to add this post here. I know, the  book business is tough, right?

Bob’s three sons are planning to plant a tree for the Wordsworth Plant a Tree Society in Spring. I guess  it’s too snowy to plant trees in NY. Son #3 was taking a bath when this photo was taken.

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And here’s  Dorothy Jalcick  enjoying my book.  She’s with her daughter Diane Woodruff. A little bird told me Dorothy  reads all of my three books over and over because she really likes them.

Now, that makes me feel good because books, if written well,  are read over and over again. So thank you, Dorothy and boys,for enjoying Wordsworth! Stop the Bulldozer!

We don’t have photos of another reader who is over 90 years old. When George read this book, he wanted to plant a Koa tree so Frances arranged to have one planted in his name,  by the Hawaiian Hardwood Alliance. So we’re all happy folks on this page.

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Hello Everyone, My books are now available as e-Books. Check out the site below, posted by Watermark Publishing.

http://bookshawaii.net/frances-kakugawa

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A reminder that the deadline for the  poetry writing contest sponsored by my publisher is nearing….January 15th. Here’s the original announcement:
Frances H. Kakugawa, author of the Wordsworth the Poet children’s books, and Watermark Publishing of Honolulu announce the Wordsworth the Poet “Poe-TREE Contest,” open to children in grades kindergarten through 12th grade. (Contest rules follow.)
In Wordsworth! Stop the Bulldozer! — the newest Wordsworth the Poet adventure released this month — a bulldozer has invaded the little mouse’s special koa grove where he often writes his poems. What should Wordsworth do?

His new friend, Akiko, has an idea! Wordsworth, Akiko and their friends have all written poems about the special qualities of the trees they see around them — mango trees, coconut trees, kukui trees. Can their poems stop the bulldozer?
To enter the Wordsworth the Poet Poe-TREE Contest, students can follow Wordsworth and Akiko’s example and write a poem that celebrates their favorite tree. Six prize packages will be awarded, two per grade division (K-5, 6-8 and 9-12). Each prize package includes a copy of each of the three books in the Wordsworth series, a child’s gardening tool kit and a Koa Legacy Tree from the Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative, donated by Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods.
Send entries ATTN: Wordsworth’s Poe-TREE Contest to wordsworth@bookshawaii.net or to

Watermark Publishing

1088 Bishop St., Ste. 310, Honolulu, HI 96813.

The contest is open to all children kindergarten through 12th grade residing in the United States. Each entry must include the child’s name, age and grade, school, hometown and parent, guardian or teacher’s contact information and signature.

 

For complete rules, contest information and to download the entry form, visit http://blog.bookshawaii.net. Entries must be received by January 15, 2013. Winners will be notified February 1, 2013.
For those who are ineligible to enter the Poe-TREE Contest, or who aren’t inclined to write poetry, Kakugawa and Wordsworth have another way to celebrate trees: They invite readers far and wide to plant trees in their own communities. “It’s not only about trees being cut down where we
live,” Kakugawa writes in the introduction to Wordsworth! Stop the Bulldozer! “Our children and their children must have trees in their future to hug and enjoy and sit under in the shade. Trees also help keep us alive and healthy.”
Kakugawa has created Wordsworth’s Plant A Tree Society to recognize readers of all ages who plant a tree in Wordsworth’s honor. To receive a membership certificate in the Plant A Tree Society, readers must plant a tree for Wordsworth in their community (in the backyard or at school, for example) and post a photo of themselves with their tree on Wordsworth’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/WordsworthThePoet). Photo submissions should indicate the variety of the tree and where it was planted.

 

Submissions may also be e-mailed to wordsworth@bookshawaii.net or mailed to Watermark Publishing. Photos will not be returned and will be posted online.
Watermark Publishing recognizes that not everyone can plant a tree in their own backyard, and has teamed up with the Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative to offer a solution: a program to plant Wordsworth Legacy Koa Trees on Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods’ 1,000 acres of conservation land on the Hamakua Coast of Hawai‘i Island.

 

Groups or individuals may sponsor a Wordsworth Legacy Tree for $60. The purchase also includes a copy of Wordsworth! Stop the Bulldozer!, a certificate bearing the GPS coordinates of the planted tree, and automatic membership in Wordsworth’s Plant A Tree Society. Additionally, $10 of the sponsorship fee will be directed to a fund dedicated to providing Legacy Trees for underprivileged children. Wordsworth Legacy Trees may be purchased at http://legacytrees.org/watermarkpublishing.

 

1088 Bishop Street, Suite 310
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Ph. 808.587.7766
Fax 808.521.3461
http://www.bookshawaii.net

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Posted by Watermark Publishers who recently released my Wordsworth! Stop the Bulldozer!

Author and Mouse Announce a Poetry Contest to Honor Trees: Wordsworth the Poet’s Poe-TREE Contest

Frances H. Kakugawa, author of the Wordsworth the Poet children’s books, and Watermark Publishing of Honolulu announce the Wordsworth the Poet “Poe-TREE Contest,” open to children in grades kindergarten through 12th grade. (Contest rules follow.)

In Wordsworth! Stop the Bulldozer! — the newest Wordsworth the Poet adventure released this month — a bulldozer has invaded the little mouse’s special koa grove where he often writes his poems. What should Wordsworth do? His new friend, Akiko, has an idea! Wordsworth, Akiko and their friends have all written poems about the special qualities of the trees they see around them — mango trees, coconut trees, kukui trees. Akiko tacks poems to each tree and reminds their neighbors of how important a part of their community the trees really are.

To enter the Wordsworth the Poet Poe-TREE Contest, kids can follow Wordsworth and Akiko’s example and write a poem that celebrates their favorite tree. Six prize packages will be awarded, two per grade division (K-5, 6-8 and 9-12). Each prize package includes a copy of each of the three books in the Wordsworth series, a child’s gardening tool kit and a Koa Legacy Tree from the Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative, donated by Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods.

Send entries ATTN: Wordsworth’s Poe-TREE Contest to wordsworth@bookshawaii.net or to Watermark Publishing, 1088 Bishop St., Ste. 310, Honolulu, HI 96813. The contest is open to all children kindergarten through 12th grade residing in the United States. Each entry must include the child’s name, age and grade, school, hometown and parent, guardian or teacher’s contact information and signature. For complete rules, contest information and to download the entry form, visit http://blog.bookshawaii.net. Entries must be received by January 15, 2013. Winners will be notified February 1, 2013.

For those who are ineligible to enter the Poe-TREE Contest, or who aren’t inclined to write poetry, Kakugawa and Wordsworth have another way to celebrate trees: They invite readers far and wide to plant trees in their own communities. “It’s not only about trees being cut down where we live,” Kakugawa writes in the introduction to Wordsworth! Stop the Bulldozer! “Our children and their children must have trees in their future to hug and enjoy and sit under in the shade. Trees also help keep us alive and healthy.”

Kakugawa has created Wordsworth’s Plant A Tree Society to recognize readers of all ages who plant a tree in Wordsworth’s honor. To receive a membership certificate in the Plant A Tree Society, readers must plant a tree for Wordsworth in their community (in the backyard or at school, for example) and post a photo of themselves with their tree on Wordsworth’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/WordsworthThePoet). Photo submissions should indicate the variety of the tree and where it was planted. Submissions may also be e-mailed to wordsworth@bookshawaii.net or mailed to Watermark Publishing. Photos will not be returned and will be posted online.

Watermark Publishing recognizes that not everyone can plant a tree in their own backyard, and has teamed up with the Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative to offer a solution: a program to plant Wordsworth Legacy Koa Trees on Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods’ 1,000 acres of conservation land on the Hamakua Coast of Hawai‘i Island. Groups or individuals may sponsor a Wordsworth Legacy Tree for $60. The purchase also includes a copy of Wordsworth! Stop the Bulldozer!, a certificate bearing the GPS coordinates of the planted tree, and automatic membership in Wordsworth’s Plant A Tree Society. Additionally, $10 of the sponsorship fee will be directed to a fund dedicated to providing Legacy Trees for underprivileged children. Wordsworth Legacy Trees may be purchased at http://legacytrees.org/watermarkpublishing.

This land  once belonged to King Kamehameha I. The thousands of Koa trees that once covered this land were destroyed for ranching and farming. All Heritage trees planted will not be harvested and will bear the name of the person for whom the tree was planted.

Wordsworth! Stop the Bulldozer! joins Wordsworth the Poet and Wordsworth Dances the Waltz in the award-winning series of children’s books featuring the poetry-loving mouse, which have won among them “Best Book” awards from both Hawai‘i and California book publishers’ associations, as well as a Mom’s Choice silver award for Wordsworth Dances the Waltz, a book about families living with grandparents with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia-related illnesses. Wordsworth! Stop the Bulldozer! is illustrated by Honolulu artist Andrew J. Catanzariti.

Wordsworth! Stop the Bulldozer! (ISBN-13 978-1-935690-30-6) is available in hardcover for $10.95 at bookstores and other retail outlets and from online booksellers, or direct from the publisher at www.bookshawaii.net.  Contact Watermark Publishing, 1088 Bishop St., Suite 310, Honolulu, HI 96813; telephone 1-808-587-7766; toll-free 1-866- 900-BOOK; fax 1-808-521-3461; e-mail sales@bookshawaii.net.

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Wordsworth the Poet’s Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/WordsworthThePoet

Wordsworth’s Legacy Trees: http://legacytrees.org/watermarkpublishing

Wordsworth’s Poe-TREE Contest Rules: http://blog.bookshawaii.net/2012/11/20/wordsworth-poetree-contest/

Contact:  Dawn Sakamoto (808) 534-7170 or dawn@bookshawaii.net

Dawn T. Sakamoto | Director of Sales & Marketing

Watermark Publishing | Legacy Isle Publishing | 1088 Bishop St., Ste. 310 | Honolulu, HI  96813

dir: 808-534-7170 | main: 808-587-7766 | fax: 808-521-3461

e-mail: dawn@bookshawaii.net | web: www.bookshawaii.net

 

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Honolulu

Barnes and Noble, Kahala Mall, welcomed me once again,even without books to sell or sign. I walked to the coffee shop and was greeted with, “You must be Frances the author.” Manager Ipo had taken care of my`decaf latte and a large bottle of water. All I needed to do was walk to the table with my other books on display.

Except for one child, the audience was adults. Draped with flower leis. I read Wordsworth! Stop the Bulldozer from a copy of the manuscript. Will let the photos tell the rest of the story. Ah Wordsworth, we did it without the books. Books will be in on Monday.Thank you to all who attended and pre-ordered the book.

Wayne Harada, John and me.

Publisher George and me.

Hilo’s book launch:

He stood before me and said,”You won’t know me. You taught me in the first grade.

“Waiakea Elementary, I said.

Yes, he said. And he continued…

I always remember how you brought in a bottle of Avoset to make butter but it didn’t work. The next day, you brought in another bottle of Avoset and it turned into butter. You said, “Boys and girls, always read the label so you won’t make mistakes like me. I brought in the wrong type of Avoset.” I often wondered whether you had made the error on purpose to teach us.”

Ah….Charles Yamashita and wife Becky, that is why I taught children. You continue to make my day.

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My Publisher, Watermark Publishing, is honoring caregivers and their loved ones throughout November, Alzheimer’s Awareness and National Family Caregiver’s Month. I will  be posting stories and poems on my blog and FB.   To commemorate this occasion, each week Watermark’s blog  will be posting a poem by me.  I open the month with a simple start: Wouldn’t the caregiving experience be better if we started by treating our loved ones with dignity? If we remembered who they are as people, instead of only being frustrated that they don’t remember what we just said?

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All of my’ books are 35% off at Watermark’s online store []through the end of November. Use coupon code ALZCARE12 during checkout to claim the discount.

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MY HAWAII CALENDAR:

Sat., Nov. 10; 9:30AM – 12:30PM Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai’i Kapoho Presentation, 9:30 – 10:00AM, Historical Gallery Book Signing, 10:00 – 10:30AM Aging With Dignity Presentation, 10:30 – 11:00AM, Historical Gallery Children’s Book Reading, 11:00 – 11:30AM, Historical Gallery Book Signing, 11:30AM – 12:30PM Thurs.,

Nov. 14; 8:30AM – Noon AARP Caregiver Conference, Ala Moana Hotel, Hibiscus Ballroom Keynote Address, 9AM Workshop: A Caregiver’s Pen, 11AM To register: 1-877-926-8300 or visit their website:  

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& SOLVE YOU XMAS SHOPPING PROBLEMS TOO!

Wordsworth’s  has been very busy lately. His new adventure, Wordsworth! Stop the Bulldozer!, has just arrived.  Don’t forget to put it on your Xmas list for all your young friends. If you thought poetry was just something to read in a book, you’ll be surprised when you read how Wordsworth, Eliot, Dylan and their new friend Akiko figure out how poetry can help save the planet too!

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OTHER NEWS DEPT:

Frances and Wordsworth help grow a whole forest of trees – Well, they planted one of their own at Big Island’s  Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative], and they have started the Wordsworth Plant A Tree Society  Check it out and find out how you and your children can get involved in this exciting effort to save the earth, one tree at a time.

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Phew,  I must say Wordsworth has been one busy little mouse! A new book, Wordsworth! Stop the Bulldozer! Tree Plantings,  The Wordsworth Tree Society, book signings,  visiting Island friends and relatives, A new Wordsworth the Poet FB page,  and (shhhhhh) he’s got another new adventure that will be coming out soon.   I can hardly keep up with him. I swear, you want some excitement around the house, just invite a poet spouting mouse to move in — its a never ending barrel of cheese and excitement – for sure.

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Don’t forget to come to my readings on Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii if you’re anywhere in the area.  Wordsworth & me would love to meet you there. The children’s book reading begins at 11AM, but Frances will be holding presentations throughout the morning. Visit this website for the full schedule , along with a listing of my other events.

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In the book, Wordsworth’s favorite tree is a koa tree. We purchased a tree from the Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative, where it will grow on private conservation land, helping to provide a habitat for native wildlife and preserve our natural resources.  Frances and Wordsworth were able to make it this week to the Hamakua coast to plant their own tree! What a trip! Visit our blog to read more  about their tree planting adventure and see more fun photos! In the introduction to Wordsworth! Stop the Bulldozer! Frances and Wordsworth ask readers of all ages, far and wide, to each plant a tree in their own community.  As Frances writes, “It’s not only about trees being cut down where we live, but our children and their children must have trees in their future to hug and enjoy and sit under in the shade. Trees also help keep us alive and healthy (“and they’re also good places to write poetry,” Wordsworth adds.)

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Wordsworth wasn’t the first one to plant a tree in honor of his new book, though. Frances’ niece, Tammy Antonio, planted her Wordsworth tree quite a while ago, and it’s already as tall as she is! Tammy planted a native ‘ōhi’a lehua tree with beautiful orange blossoms in her garden in Hilo. Tammy and everyone else who plants a tree for Wordsworth will receive a certificate of membership in Wordsworth’s Plant A Tree Society. To see more photos of Tammy’s tree and what a Wordsworth Tree Society certificate looks like, check out at the this blog!

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If you would and your kids would like to be a member of Wordsworth’s Plant A Tree Society and receive your own membership certificate, all you need to do is plant a tree for Wordsworth in your community (your backyard, your school, etc.) and post a photo of you with your tree on Wordsworth’s Facebook page (don’t forget to ‘like the page’, too!) Just tell Wordsworth where you planted the tree and what kind  it is. (You can also email it to Wordsworth [wordsworth@bookshawaii.net]]

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Well, that’s about all the news for now.  I don’t know about you, but I’m exhausted! Wordsworth, of course, is asleep in the hammock.  I’ve got to go shopping! — later everybody.
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  • The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai’i and Watermark Publishing present a series of author readings and discussions with former educator and caregiving advocate Frances Kakugawa at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii, 2454 S. Beretania St., on Sat., Nov. 10, 9:30am – 12:30pm.

    9:30 – 10:00am – Kapoho presentation (Historical Gallery); Frances will read from her newest book, Kapoho: Memoir of a Modern Pompeii and speak on the experience of growing up Japanese-American after the bombing of Pearl Harbor

    10:00 – 10:30am – Book signing at Author’s Table outside Gift Shop

    10:30 – 11:00am – Aging With Dignity (Historical Gallery); Frances will read from her works on caregiving and address the topics of: easing the burdens of caregiving through creative writing, how to bring dignity back to the caregiving experience, and coping with Alzheimer’s for families and children

    11:00 – 11:30am – Children’s book reading (Historical Gallery); Frances will read from her children’s books, Wordsworth the Poet, Wordsworth Dances the Waltz and her brand-new release, Wordsworth! Stop the Bulldozer!

    11:30am – 12:30pm – Book signing at Author’s Table outside Gift Shop

2454 South Beretania Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96826

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Hi Everyone,

I have a secret but don’t tell Frances….

I’m Wordsworth the Poet, the mouse who’s making Frances famous. Well, not famous famous but her third book about me is coming out in October called: Wordsworth! Stop the Bulldozer and she’s going to Hawaii for a month for its launch. I know Watermark Publishing is the one getting the book out but without me, there really wouldn’t be any Wordsworth books.

She’s packing  for  New York and Charlottesville,  VA  right now. Goodness, you’d think she had four sets of feet at the number of shoes she’s packing. She’s giving lectures and workshops on her caregiving books and her latest one called Kapoho: Memoirs of a Modern Pompeii. Of course my 2nd book called WW Dances the Waltz is on her agenda.

Is she taking me with her? Not a chance. She always leaves me at home. But shhhhh….guess what….I found a small space in her suitcase among her shoes  so I’m going to NY.

Wow, I can hardly wait to get to NY. I’ve always heard of NY cheesecake so that’s on my To-Do List.

Since you’re  in on my secret, and I know you won’t tell, I’ll send you news from NY and Virginia. Check this blog site and you will get the true mouse’s eye  and ear view of NY and VA. Then on to L.A. twice before she goes to Hawaii.

I promise not to censor anything. Hope she does something exciting and “greyish”

Gotta go…am sneaking  some cheddar cheese inside her shoes.

WW the Poet.

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From : Watermark Publishing/Willow Valley Press

The following seminars and events with Frances Kakugawa are opened to the public:

Those with loved ones suffering from long-term illness and dementia don’t often speak of the toll caregiving takes on their lives. Many find it difficult to express their complicated feelings. “Alzheimer’s caregivers must cope with incredible pressure, constant anxiety, and difficult decisions,” says author Frances H. Kakugawa.

Her new book, Breaking the Silence: A Caregiver’s Voice, is a thoughtful and honest look into what caregivers face each day, her third title advocating the power of creative writing as a therapeutic tool for those with loved ones suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or other long-term illnesses. During her years as a caregiver for her Alzheimer’s afflicted mother, Kakugawa found that poetry and journaling helped bring dignity to the caregiving experience.

Frances will offer the following readings and workshops in May & June:

1. Breaking the Silence
Friday, May 20; 11:00am
Reading and book signing
Book Gallery
259 Keawe St., Hilo

2. Thursday, May 26; 2:00pm – 3:30pm
“Dignity in Aging” presentation
Aging & Disability Resource Center
1055 Kinoole St., Hilo
Call (808) 935-1144 to register

3. Saturday, June 4; 1pm – 2pm
Reading and book signing
Barnes & Noble, Ala Moana Center

4. Tuesday, June 7; 4:00pm – 5:30pm
“Dignity in Caregiving” presentation
Alzheimer’s Association Honolulu Office, Ward Warehouse, 2nd floor
Call (808) 591-2771 for more information

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