New PDF release: Big Happiness: The Life and Death of a Modern Hawaiian

By Mark Panek

"Big Happiness is very vital to our neighborhood. Mark Panek’s biography of Percy Kipapa speaks to the results of the destruction of Hawai‘i’s rural neighborhoods, unchecked improvement, the ice epidemic, the disasters of presidency, sumo, complicated relatives and neighbor relationships, and extra. what's so much notable is Panek’s skill to weave all of those advanced issues jointly in a continuing narrative that connects the entire dots. half secret, half investigative journalism, half poignant Island portrait, this paintings includes an emotional aspect that binds the reader to the topics in a dignified but touching means, exhibiting compassion or even affection for individuals whereas revealing their flaws and shortcomings. This e-book will resonate with an Island viewers and with someone attracted to Hawai‘i." —Victoria Kneubuhl, Hawai‘i author and playwright
"This ebook tells of private triumphs and screw ups, and likewise the triumphs and screw ups of households, groups, organisations, firms, governments, and church buildings facing the a number of results of ‘progress’ in modern Hawai‘i. there were heroes and villains in any respect levels—frequently, a similar contributors and organisations are either whilst. the tale of Percy Kipapa is mainly poignant simply because specialist sumo gave him a distinct chance to go beyond Hawai‘i’s tradition of colonialism, racism, poverty, and drug dependancy, which in any case all introduced him down besides. Mark Panek has performed a masterful task of weaving those strands together."—Reverend Bob Nakata, former Hawai‘i country senator
"Spanning the background of Waikane and the brutality of Japan’s nationwide recreation, tremendous Happiness is a remarkably formidable piece that hyperlinks one man’s homicide to the ice epidemic, land improvement, and political corruption in Hawai‘i. Mark Panek’s meticulously researched, skillfully written, heartbreaking tale, jam-packed with voices that ring precise, is an indictment of a complete process that overwhelmed a gradual mammoth. whereas different Hawai‘i writers stay in ‘take me again to da kine’ nostalgia, Panek tells it love it fairly is." —Chris McKinney, writer of The Tattoo and Mililani Mauka.

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