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Kawahara ready to take readers on next adventure

Kauai author/poet and columnist Dawn Fraser Kawahara, author of “Jackals’ Wedding, A Memoir of a Childhood in British India,” now brings to her readers its sequel, her second memoir, “Burma Banyan, A Daughter’s Odyssey.”

Kawahara will be at the Kauai Society of Artists gallery in Kukui Grove Center from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday for a book-signing. Following the standard release mode from Kawahara’s TropicBird Press, the book is a Kauai product in that it was conceived, written, edited and prepared on island for printing and binding.

Each purchase of “Burma Banyan,” or its prequel “Jackals’ Wedding,” will come with the chance at the event’s drawing to win an e-book version of “Burma Banyan.”

At 7 p.m. in this “small work” within the KSA newly-hung small works show, the author will present a program free to the public to briefly explain the background of the book, and will read an excerpt from her second memoir, followed by a question-and-answer session.

A former photo journalist and freelancer, Kawahara worked as poet in the schools, and from her studies of ancient hula in Ka ‘Imi Institute produced “Behold Kaua‘i, Modern Days — Ancient Ways,” a collection of original poetry and Hawaiian cultural information, as a love chant to her adopted home island.

As a long-time board member of Ka ‘Imi Institute, she is the current president. Kawahara is a recipient of the James Vaughan Poetry Prize, and a long-standing member of and prize-winning poet in the National Federation of Poetry Societies. She has led writing workshops and been a contest judge for the Columbine Poets of Colorado, and was the creator/curator of the Garden Island Arts Council’s “April as National Poetry Month-Kauai Poetry Fests” for over a decade.

She currently hosts and guides the monthly meetings of the Kauai Live Poets’ Society sponsored by the Lihue branch of the Hawaii State Library System, and contributes the “Green Flash”and “FarAway Places” editorial and travel columns published in The Garden Island newspaper.

The author has focused her supportive interests within the Kauai community since the early 1980s. Kawahara was honored as an Outstanding Older American this year by the mayor, County Council, governor and state Legislature.

She and her husband have six grown children and five grandchildren. They share a passion for books and travel. Kawahara’s books are available through Amazon and other outlets.

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Source: The Garden Island

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