Antonia Montosa Juanes (1907-1989): The Life Story of a Hawaiian Spaniard

I recently realized that I had a printed copy of an interview my mother did with my great grandmother Antonia Montosa Juanes. She is a Hawaiian Spaniard, born to Spanish parents in Makaweli, Hawaii. I always knew she was a Spaniard, but it has recently come to my attention that Hawaiian Spaniards are part of... Continue Reading →

Fiction Friday: Chapter 8

Read previous chapters here. Chapter 8 Leda is tired. The lines on her face seem to be getting deeper, and sleep is becoming a hard-to-obtain luxury. She has no energy for cooking, no time for herself. Walt is recovering, something she isn’t quite sure of the meaning, and the nurse has been dismissed. Leda cares... Continue Reading →

The Woman Warrior

I’ve finally read Maxine Hong Kingston’s The Woman Warrior (1975), a book I have heard so much about but somehow never got to until now. The book is creative non-fiction, a memoir of Kingston’s Chinese childhood among “ghosts.” Ghosts are white Americans, and reading this book gave me access to what it must really be... Continue Reading →

My Ántonia, My Middle Name

My middle name is Antonia.  It comes from my great grandmother, Antonia Montosa Juanes, who was born in Hawaii to immigrants from Spain.  She married Felix Juanes, from Spain, and had eight children, one of whom is my grandmother, Eulalia.  From these fantastic people, I got my beautiful middle name and I also got to... Continue Reading →

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