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

By Mark Panek

ISBN-10: 0824834682

ISBN-13: 9780824834685

"Big Happiness is very vital to our group. 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 mess ups of presidency, sumo, problematic family members and neighbor relationships, and extra. what's so much extraordinary is Panek’s skill to weave all of those complicated subject matters jointly in a continuing narrative that connects the entire dots. half secret, half investigative journalism, half poignant Island portrait, this paintings comprises an emotional aspect that binds the reader to the themes in a dignified but touching means, displaying compassion or even affection for individuals whereas revealing their flaws and shortcomings. This e-book will resonate with an Island viewers and with an individual attracted to Hawai‘i." —Victoria Kneubuhl, Hawai‘i author and playwright
"This ebook tells of private triumphs and screw ups, and in addition the triumphs and screw ups of households, groups, agencies, businesses, governments, and church buildings facing the a number of effects of ‘progress’ in modern Hawai‘i. there were heroes and villains in any respect levels—frequently, an identical participants and organizations are either while. the tale of Percy Kipapa is principally poignant simply because expert sumo gave him a special chance to go beyond Hawai‘i’s tradition of colonialism, racism, poverty, and drug habit, which in any case all introduced him down besides. Mark Panek has performed a masterful activity of weaving those strands together."—Reverend Bob Nakata, former Hawai‘i kingdom senator
"Spanning the heritage of Waikane and the brutality of Japan’s nationwide game, vast 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, packed with voices that ring actual, is an indictment of a complete method that overwhelmed a gradual mammoth. whereas different Hawai‘i writers reside in ‘take me again to da kine’ nostalgia, Panek tells it love it rather is." —Chris McKinney, writer of The Tattoo and Mililani Mauka.

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