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 Hapa writers share experience in Intersecting Circles reading

Staff Writer 

"Not half, but part of a whole," said Marie Hara, redefining the Hawaiian word "hapa," in her 
opening speech of the Intersecting Circles workshop. Hara is co-editor of "Intersecting Circles: 
The Voices of Hapa Women in Poetry and Prose." The book, published by Bamboo Ridge Press, is a 
collection of works in poetry, prose and personal essays of women of mixed ancestry. Hapa is lived 
experiences in literary form, Hara said.

Many of the women featured in intersecting cirlces faced problems dealing with stereotype and 
racism. They were also excluded from much of the world as a result of monoethnic views, described 
Hara. They were often asked, "So what are you?" and "Who do you think you are?"

The true life experiences of these writers shone through as each, of the four authors, read their 
pieces. The authors were Karla Brundage, April Coloretti, Cathy Song and Kathy Dee Kaleokealoha 
Kaloloahilani. They gave each word that flowed from their lips a new life, and, like the colors of 
the autumn leaves, their tone changed, sometimes dramatically, and sometimes slightly.

The question and answer period that followed turned into an encore presentation by two authors. The 
event concluded with a well-received recitation of poems by a student who mistakenly attended the