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By Mark Panek

ISBN-10: 0824834682

ISBN-13: 9780824834685

"Big Happiness is intensely very important to our neighborhood. Mark Panek’s biography of Percy Kipapa speaks to the implications of the destruction of Hawai‘i’s rural neighborhoods, unchecked improvement, the ice epidemic, the disasters of presidency, sumo, difficult relations and neighbor relationships, and extra. what's so much amazing is Panek’s skill to weave all of those complicated themes jointly in a continuing narrative that connects all of the dots. half secret, half investigative journalism, half poignant Island portrait, this paintings includes an emotional point that binds the reader to the topics in a dignified but touching method, exhibiting compassion or even affection for individuals whereas revealing their flaws and shortcomings. This publication will resonate with an Island viewers and with an individual attracted to Hawai‘i." —Victoria Kneubuhl, Hawai‘i author and playwright
"This booklet tells of private triumphs and screw ups, and in addition the triumphs and screw ups of households, groups, companies, businesses, governments, and church buildings facing the a number of outcomes of ‘progress’ in modern Hawai‘i. there were heroes and villains in any respect levels—frequently, an identical participants and organisations are either while. 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 spite of everything 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 recreation, mammoth Happiness is a remarkably bold 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, choked with voices that ring actual, is an indictment of a complete approach that beaten a gradual mammoth. whereas different Hawai‘i writers stay in ‘take me again to da kine’ nostalgia, Panek tells it love it quite is." —Chris McKinney, writer of The Tattoo and Mililani Mauka.

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