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Parents to Talk About Lessons Learned Through the Deaths of Their Three

April 26th, 2005

Al and Jane Nakatani - a couple who survived the deaths of their three children - will discuss the lessons learned from their heart-wrenching experiences in a talk at Hartnell College on Tuesday, May 3.

The workshop, which is free and open to the pubic, will be held from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. in room 125 of the Performing Arts Buiding. The deaths of the Nakatanis' sons (two to AIDS, one to violence) inspired them to become agents of social change, according to Yoshiko Matsushita-Arao, Hartnell psychology instructor. "During their program", says Matsushita-Arao, "the Nakatanis eloquently discuss why we must overcome prejudice, discrimination, and ignorance, and instead, encourage us to promote acceptance of human diversity."

Author Molly Fumia wrote a book, Honor Thy Children, on the Nakatanis' experiences. She was intimately involved with the Nakatanis' life during the time of their last son's death. Her book documents the couple's tragic losses and their transcedence from grief to healing.

The Nakatanis, who have made hundreds of appearances throughout the United States, have spoken at Hartnell before. Residents of Maui, Hawaii, they are the recipients of an award for their educational efforts by the National Education Association.

For more information, contact Matsushita-Arao at (831) 755-6781 or ymatsush@hartnell.edu.