Frances H. Kakugawa

Frances H. Kakugawa is a former Hawai‘i Herald columnist. She was her mother’s primary caregiver during her five-year journey with Alzheimer’s disease. A native of Kapoho on Hawai‘i island, she now lives in Sacramento. Frances has melded her professional training as a writer and educator and her personal caregiving experiences to write several books on caring for people with memory-related illnesses. She is a sought-after speaker, both in Hawai‘i and on the Mainland, sharing strategies for caregiving, as well as coping with the stresses of caregiving.

Updated December 2022

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Poetry - Cow 1 Is Not Cow 2

Cow 1 is not Cow 2*           Under the rising sun          The enemy came          Wearing my face. After Pearl Harbor, I became the enemyAfter 9/11, another enemy.After Covid-19, another Asian enemy.Again, another enemy who wears Putin’s face.  Cow 1 is not Cow 2.Putin brutalizes UkraineYour Russian neighbor is not Putin.Careful, careful, Cow 1 is not Cow 2. My ancestors bombed Pearl Harbor,I became Cow 1. Yet, Cow 1 is not cow 2.Such a simple, uncomplicated rule. Semanticist Dr. S.I. Hayakawa w…

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