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FRANCES H. KAKUGAWA is an award-winning author of ten books. Both of her children's books, Wordsworth the Poet and Wordsworth Dances the Waltz, have earned awards. Her most recent title, Kapoho: Memoir of a Modern Pompeii received the Northern California Publishers/Authors Best Non-Fiction Award. Three of her books are on the topic of aging and caregiving, including Mosaic Moon, Breaking the Silence and Wordsworth Dances the Waltz. Frances was recognized by the Hawaii Japanese Women's Society in their publication Living Legacy: Outstanding Women of the 20th Century in Hawaii and received the Hawai'i Pacific Gerontological Society Award, Communications/Arts Category, for her work with the elderly. She was a caregiver for her mother who had Alzheimer's disease.

Frances taught in Hawaii, Michigan and Micronesia, was a curriculum writer, teacher trainer and lecturer at the University of Hawaii, College of Education. Frances devotes her time giving lectures, workshops and readings throughout the U.S. to schools and communities on the topics of caregiving, teaching, poetry, and writing. She presently facilitates a writing support group for caregivers in Sacramento.

Frances was born in Kapoho on the big Island of Hawaii, which was destroyed by the Kilauea volcano. She did her reading in out-houses and by kerosene lamps and used her pen to get out of a place she mistakenly thought had nothing to offer dream seekers.

Her next children's book,
Wordsworth, Stop the Bulldozer! will be out this year. She introduces haiku and tanka poems in this third of her Wordsworth series.

Frances can be reached at


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