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My generation spoke of it often — No matter how old we were, our mothers would stay up until our cars drove into the garage. Things like that.
Kapoho: Memoir of a Modern Pompeii Paperback – January 30, In Kapoho: Memoir of a Modern Pompeii, Frances H. Kakugawa shares the stories of her life in the town of Kapoho on the Island of Hawaii—a town that no longer exists. Start reading Kapoho: Memoir of a Modern Pompeii on. Editorial Reviews. About the Author. Born and raised in Kapoho and now an award-winning Kapoho: Memoir of a Modern Pompeii by [Kakugawa, Frances] .
And if people were mean to us, watch out, they became their enemy, too. We look to the mainland first before involving the locals. When I was teaching, we paid heavily for mainland expertise over the locals. Once I went around the islands with a mainland couple doing workshops. They were paid a thousand dollars a day, per diem, with plane fare and hotel, while I got only plane fare.
Guess what? Funny, huh?
Media, movies, and books written by whites gave us the message that the mainland was synonymous with whites. Whites were seen as being superior to locals … the true sugar plantation syndrome. And not too many left the islands during those years. Can you talk about recently going back to Kapoho and meeting new residents and their reaction to your book?
They came out saying they want to know of the old Kapoho because they want to retain what was there. They are intent on honoring the old human values. They have thanked me for this book because until now, they knew nothing about the land on which they are living. The amazing thing, which pleases my publisher, is this book is being read by people in the Midwest all the way to New York.
Otherwise we live on the external level of caring for someone, which can become a mundane day-by-day drudgery. Poetry helps us to reflect and dig beneath the surface. There was a male caregiver who was caring for his mother. When he came to my session, he was thinking of killing his mother and himself because he was totally exhausted and depressed.
Imagine this … this most devastating disease becomes a great source for the arts. And it helps caregivers preserve their loved ones and themselves in poetry. At the end, caregiving becomes a gift. Writing allows us that tool to help ourselves until there is a cure. This book is generating a great interest in preserving their stories for the future generations. Your article really was a whole story in itself. My father who passed away at age 66 had been raised on the Big Island of Hawaii.
He had said he was born in a place that sounded like Kapoho. He had said it was not there anymore. I wonder if Kapoho was his birthplace.
My Dad was a loyal Japanese American that was a lifer in the U. He was a quiet and gentle man that did not talk about his war experiences or the harshness of his early life in the sugar cane and pineapple plantations in Hawaii.
I am looking forward to reading your book Kapoho complete with the Pidgin humor.