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LIHU‘E — Imagine a life that began during a time when only one or two small cottages existed on the windward Lanikai side of O‘ahu; when the islands of Hawai‘i were still considered a territory of the United States.
Born in 1914, author and Lihu‘e resident Frances Nelson Frazier turned 96 July 6. Her written accounts take readers back in time through stories and genealogy in her new book, “Hali‘a of Hawai‘i, A Legacy of Language.”
At 2 p.m. Saturday, the public is invited to a program and book-signing at Borders Books, Music & Movies. The author’s daughter, Stephanie Frazier, will be personalizing/signing books as her agent; also attending from off-island will be the author’s granddaughter, Kristin Frazier. Publisher Dawn Kawahara of TropicBird Press will also be presenting a program titled “The Story Behind the Book’s Stories.”
Frazier was designated a Living Treasure by the Kaua‘i Museum in 1984, and is the translator of two award-winning books, “The True Story of Kaluaiko‘olau as Told by Pi‘ilani,” and “Kamehameha and His Warrior Kekauhaupi‘o.”
“Hali‘a of Hawai‘i, A Legacy of Language” takes readers adventuring on sailing ships and jet airplanes, recounts the author’s Hawai‘i vignettes and impressions while living abroad. A condensed version of the chapter, “Culture Shock in Dacca,” was published previously in the Hawai‘i State Association of Retired Teachers — Kaua‘i branch newsletter, Chatter, in June.
Within its pages the author sets her personal history against a backdrop of almost 100 years of history in Hawai‘i, weaving her special blend of anecdote, genealogy, story and viewpoint in 27 compelling chapters.
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