KNKR Broadcast

On Sept, 17th I was invited to give a reading of my historical novel The Zone. My story takes place in 1937 Nanking at a women’s college that served as a refuge exclusively for women and girls fleeing the Japanese army. My reading is somewhere in the middle of the broadcast/program. Enjoy!
On September 17th we held an Author Reading at the North Kohala Public Library which was recorded.  After editing into a 2 hour show, it is now going to be played on KNKR, North Kohala’s community radio station, 96.1 FM on the following dates:
October 14th  4pm – 6pm
If you live in North Kohala, you can tune in on your radio:   96.1 FM
If you are anywhere else in the world, you can stream it on:

After the shows have aired, it will be archived on Special Broadcasts at this web address:

Please share with friends and family as well as social media.

Writers’ Voices



The Hawaii Writers Guild will present Writers’ Voices, an evening of original readings
by Guild members, on Wednesday, October 3, from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Thelma Parker Library, 67-1249 Mamalahoa Hwy in Waimea. Readers will include Guild members Dave Fouts from Honokaa, Diane Revell from Kapa’au, and Jim Gibbons and Greer Woodward, both from Waimea.
“This month there will be a mix of prose and poetry and we’ve been able to keep the
number of readers to four, so there will be time for discussion and questions after the readings,”said Joy Fisher, Guild public relations director.
Dave Fouts, who leads the writers support group at Tutu’s House in Waimea, has selected
three of his favorite poems to read: “She is Indiana.” “At Sea” and “A Second Chance with the Dead.”
Diane Revell. known for writing poems and shorl stories, will present both genres,
including a poem and non-fiction piece reflecting on her involvement in an Alzheimer’s study, as well as three other poems inspired by her experiences and the environment.
Recently returned to his home in Hawaii after an absence in California Jim Gibbons will
read a selection from his new memoir, Flashbacks, entitled “Brian Murphy Takes a Hike Dec.2007 “
“If you have a cat that spends most of its time in your kitchen, you know about magic,”
asserts Greer Woodward. who will prove the point with her short story, “A Cat of Many
Kitchens,” a story which plays with secrets, history, recipes, a touch of time travel, and, of
course” cats and magic.
The Hawaii Writers Guild is an independent association of professional writers engaged
in the promotion of cultural enrichment. ‘The semi-monthly readings are free and open to the public.Videos and stories of past readings are posted on the Guild website at
For additional information or directions contact Joy Fisher at 238-0551.

Author Readings


Hawaii Writers Guild Presents Author Readings

September 17, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The Hawaii Writers Guild is proud to present talented local writers reading their works and answering questions from the audience at North Kohala Public Library on September 17th. The doors will open at 6 p.m. Attendees are urged to arrive early.

“There’s tremendous talent in our community, which I have experienced in the two North Kohala writer’s groups I facilitate; one at the library and one at my home,” Says Eila Algood, Hawi-based poet and MC of the event.  “With the recent creation of the Hawaii Writer’s Guild, I’m meeting many more skilled writers.  We’ll hear poetry, short stories, and excerpts from novels from published and unpublished authors.  It’ll be a fun and interesting evening.”

All programs are subject to change. If you require an auxiliary aid or accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days before the program date.

For more details contact the library at the following:


Hawaii – North Kohala

54-3645 Akoni Pule Hwy
Kapaau, HI 96755 Phone: 808-889-6655


A few days ago I went to the DMV to ask if they could print out registration and safety check documents for both my Jeep & my Mom’s Toyota. I had scheduled a safety check for the Toyota but noticed Mom didn’t have a registration and safety check sticker. So I went to the DMV to make an inquiry.


I hate going there. The DMV is the only place in the world where I enter with the intention of getting something done but I end up leaving without getting anything accomplished. I also end up with a bad case of reverse culture shock.


I wish I were back in China I would think to myself. I wouldn’t have to go to a DMV because I wouldn’t need to have a car in the first place!”


Here in Waimea I have to have my own car. There is a public bus system but it runs the entire island just once a day. There are buses that go to the resorts as well as inter-city shuttles. Shuttle service is available in Waimea. But they run every half hour. I could be waiting for quite a while before a bus arrives.


Unlike China.


Need to go to Wal*mart? Buses 5, 36, and 18 make frequent stops. If you miss one you don’t have to wait very long for another bus.


Then there are private taxis and motor cabs that can do the job just as well. You won’t have to share them with anyone else. You’d be the only passenger in the car.


I have written a letter to the editor to the West Hawaii Today regarding the sub par service at my local DMV. I’ve had friends and neighbors tell me that they’ve read my letter in the paper. But  nothing has improved.


This time I came with documents for both the Toyota and the Jeep. The Toyota was first because I had scheduled a safety check for it at 10:00. It was 9:30.


When I arrived there was an extensive line of gloomy, long suffering motorists who, like me, found no joy in hanging out at the DMV. Many of them had that I-don’t-wanna-be-here look on their faces. Some distracted themselves by surfing the net on their phones while others were making phone calls.


I came in armed with my documents and my debit card. In addition to getting a safety and registration stickers for the Toyota I also hoped to get those same items for my Jeep and pay with my card.


Wrong! I forgot that the DMV accepts cash or checks only. No credit or debit cards.


Great! I thought. I’m stuck in a long line and I really don’t want to lose my place just to get cash from an ATM machine.


I decided to stay in line. I thought once I get to the counter and find out my total for my transactions I would have an idea of how much cash I would need from the ATM. Once I have the cash I could just make a bee line to the cashier and have my stickers for both cars.


When I got to the counter however, that was not to be.


I gave the clerk the current registration and vehicle inspection for the Toyota. I didn’t have the stickers because they were already on the car. They were about to expire in a month.


“So what do you need?” the clerk asked.


“I need a new safety sticker done,” I said. “I have an appointment at Lex for a safety check inspection but I do not have a sticker.”


“We can print out a safety inspection sticker if you like,” the clerk replied. “That’s fifty cents.”


“I forgot to bring my check book and I don’t have any cash,” I said. “Can I go to the ATM and return?”


A woman behind me was nice enough to give me fifty cents for the sticker. But I have no idea what I was asking for; a registration sticker or a safety check sticker.


Only fifty cents? Isn’t it more like $100?Am I missing something here?


          I was definitely confused. I did not know that the registration sticker – the one placed on the license plate of a car – is to record that the vehicle is in the DMV database. The safety inspection sticker just states that the car is safe to drive. I kept getting the two mixed up.


The clerk takes the plate info off the documents I gave her for Mom’s Toyota. In addition to getting a safety check Mom also needs to update her registration for her vehicle.


“She needs to come in and do this herself. We just can’t have anyone come in and pay for her vehicle.”


Oh dumb fuck I thought. I really don’t want to bring my decrepit 82 year old Mom to the DMV after what happened the last time we came. Although Mom still can drive, she tires easily and cannot stand in a long, laborious line.


“She hates coming here,” I said.


“Nobody likes being here,” the clerk said. “But she does have until the end of September to update her registration. And she doesn’t need to have a new sticker for a vehicle inspection.”




“She can do her safety check now,” the clerk explained. “But she’ll have to come in and get her vehicle registration done.”


By now I’m totally confused and frustrated. Yet I handed over the documents for my car, the Jeep.


“You also have until September 30th to register your vehicle and have your safety check done,” she said. “But you’ll have to bring in money,” she added patronizingly.


Yeah Miss Smarty Pants. I ain’t that dumb.


And so my discontent with our grouchy DMV continues. I walked in hoping to get two vehicles checked and registered only to walk out again empty handed.


A few days later, we have found a way to pay for our safety check and registration without going to the DMV. Mom had her check for her registration mailed and I’m going to follow her example. I also went online to see if I could pay for my registration online.


I got the answer to my prayers. I found the Online Motor Vehicle Registration link at All I needed was my plate number and the last four digits of my Jeep’s VIN. The next time any of us have registration or licensing issues with our vehicles I’m doing it online. For us it is a huge hassle and a waste of time and energy to go to the DMV to get anything done.


Here’s my Letter to the Editor in the West Hawaii Today. It was originally published Sunday June 17th, 2018:


Had it with rude DMV

         I’ve had issues with the Waimea DMV. About a year ago I was involved in a car accident with my Toyota Prius. After purchasing my new Jeep, I got a bill for $138 from the Department of Motor Vehicles in Hilo. I though I was paying the vehicle registration fee for my Jeep. I went to the office in Waimea with checkbook and bill in hand.

          “Do you have a 2002 Prius?”

          I was puzzled. “No. My Prius was totaled. I have a new car. I came to pay for the registration for my Jeep.”

          “Did you get the bill for your Jeep?”

           “Uh … no.”

          I’ve lived in China for 14 years and have never bought a car from the dealership. I have no experience in dealing with all the paperwork involved in purchasing a new car.

          “We need the VIN number,” said the unfriendly clerk.

          I did not have the VIN number. I walked out mad as a hornet because I got nothing done.

          I returned with the VIN number hoping that I could get my vehicle registered. I showed them the VIN number and I finally got my Jeep registered. The uncaring woman wrote my plate number and the amount on a scratch paper and gave it to me without acknowledging me. I paid my bill but I was still fuming.

        This week I had to accompany my mom, who is 82 years old, to get her license renewed. She allowed her license to expire and twice this week we went to the unfriendly DMV. The first time she was told that her doctor’s note is invalid and that whatever documents she had were outdated. My mom got her doctor’s approval and gathered documents that have our PO box and street addresses. Once again her documents, minus her doctor’s note, were ruled invalid. My mom even gave her SS number from her notebook but no! They needed the official SS card, which my mom has lost. They asked if she had a Medicare ID which she did. But she blotted out the number for security reasons.

        All the while the clerk was very unapologetic. No, “I’m sorry,” or offering any advice on who to contact for getting the necessary documents.

        My mom walked out of there disappointed and I was fuming. This was the second time we’ve gone to the Waimea DMV only to accomplish nothing.

        If clerks would at least say, “How are you doing today, auntie,” or “I’m sorry but these are required.” I understand that the proper documents are needed for security reasons. But a little customer service goes a long way even when things don’t go the way we would like.