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By Mark Panek

ISBN-10: 0824834682

ISBN-13: 9780824834685

"Big Happiness is very vital 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 kin and neighbor relationships, and extra. what's so much extraordinary is Panek’s skill to weave all of those advanced themes jointly in a unbroken 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 themes in a dignified but touching manner, exhibiting compassion or even affection for individuals whereas revealing their flaws and shortcomings. This ebook will resonate with an Island viewers and with a person drawn to Hawai‘i." —Victoria Kneubuhl, Hawai‘i author and playwright
"This publication tells of non-public triumphs and screw ups, and in addition the triumphs and screw ups of households, groups, organisations, 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 analogous members and organizations are either whilst. the tale of Percy Kipapa is principally poignant simply because specialist sumo gave him a distinct chance to go beyond Hawai‘i’s tradition of colonialism, racism, poverty, and drug habit, which after all all introduced him down besides. Mark Panek has performed a masterful task of weaving those strands together."—Reverend Bob Nakata, former Hawai‘i nation senator
"Spanning the background of Waikane and the brutality of Japan’s nationwide game, huge 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, full of voices that ring actual, is an indictment of a complete method that beaten a steady monstrous. whereas different Hawai‘i writers live 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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