Emily Kamali, Puna District, Hawaii
Interview By Sasha Abramsky | Posted Wednesday March 28, 2012Download MP3 Audio (Right Click this link & select Save)
Sixty-three-year-old Emily Kamali recently paid off her small house located deep into the backroads of the Puna District of Hawaii’s Big Island. The landscape, atop one of the world’s most active volcano’s is lush, the house chaotic. Dogs roam the yard; the small living area is filled with bric-a-brac. Kamali and her husband live on a few hundred dollars a month in social security and a couple hundred dollars worth of food stamps. Routinely, the money runs out before the month; when that happens, the generators go off and they use candles; they eat out of cans, and they rely on friends to make ends meet. Abused as a child, Kamali has had an unremittingly hard life. Recently, when her granddaughter got married, she shaved her head into a mohawk and dyed it purple. It makes her smile, makes her forget some of the accumulated pain.
Erin from Burlington, VT on Monday April 16, 2012:
I hope things somehow become better for you really, really soon Emily! Love the mohawk—totally made me smile
Journee from Kamuela, Hawaii on Saturday April 28, 2012:
Lol, dats my nana….
La Shae from Mountain view Hawaii on Saturday April 28, 2012:
Thats my nana..lol..