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Senator Mazie Hirono with Jan Yanehiro

June 29, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm PDT


New leaders are driving some of the biggest political shifts in our nation’s history as we speak. But do you know their stories?

Online this summer, Kepler’s is excited to host a powerhouse in the Senate whose autobiography embodies a nation in transformation. On June 29, Hawaiian Senator Mazie Hirono joins in conversation with acclaimed Bay Area journalist Jan Yanehiro for her memoir, Heart of Fire.

Heart of Fire marks Hirono’s journey from soft-spoken immigrant daughter to one of the leading voices for progressive causes today. This powerful memoir, among the most anticipated of 2021, finds the threads of Hirono’s determination in the strength and example of the Senator’s late mother. Laura Hirono was born in Waipahu, Hawaii, and immigrated to Japan. There she gave birth to three children, and after years of struggle she chose despite incredible hurdles to leave an abusive marriage— returning to Hawaii to give her three children a better life, all when Senator Hirono was just 7 years old. Mazie, then called Keiko, was raised in paradise and in relative poverty by a woman whose love was the shining example of courage.

Behind the incredible voice that has garnered headlines for her work in immigration, poverty, racial equality and justice, here is the captivating story of what makes the political personal for one transformative leader.

From Waipahu to her role as the first Asian American woman and first immigrant woman on the Senate Floor, Senator Hirono’s story rings with uniquely American beauty. It is a memoir that will inspire and move you, no matter your politics.

Hear the Senator in person and set your heart on fire with Kepler’s this summer.

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June 29, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm PDT
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