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MICHAEL TSAI / MTSAI@STARADVERTISER.COM Laurel Nakanishi talks with fourth-graders at Palolo Elementary School. The Hawaii-born poet and educator spent a month at the school, sponsored by the nonprofit Pacific Writers’ Connection.
MICHAEL TSAI / MTSAI@STARADVERTISER.COM Isabella Eteuati blindly reaches into a grocery bag held by Nakanishi. The bag contains items of different tactile quality. Students are required to describe what they feel, which becomes the basis of a creature they create in a poem.
MICHAEL TSAI / MTSAI@STARADVERTISER.COM Palolo Elementary student Kitora Namto works with poet and educator Laurel Nakanishi, who served as an embedded writer at the school.