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Ebook Big Happiness: The Life and Death of a Modern Hawaiian Warrior by Mark Panek read! Book Title: Big Happiness: The Life and Death of a Modern Hawaiian Warrior
The author of the book: Mark Panek
Date of issue: February 17th 2011
ISBN: 0824834682
ISBN 13: 9780824834685
Language: English
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 475 KB
Edition: University of Hawaii Press

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"Big Happiness is extremely important to our community. Mark Panek’s biography of Percy Kipapa speaks to the consequences of the destruction of Hawai‘i’s rural neighborhoods, unchecked development, the ice epidemic, the failures of government, sumo, intricate family and neighbor relationships, and more. What is most impressive is Panek’s ability to weave all of these complex topics together in a seamless narrative that connects all the dots. Part mystery, part investigative journalism, part poignant Island portrait, this work contains an emotional element that binds the reader to the subjects in a dignified yet touching way, showing compassion and even affection for people while revealing their flaws and shortcomings. This book will resonate with an Island audience and with anyone interested in Hawai‘i." —Victoria Kneubuhl, Hawai‘i writer and playwright
"This book tells of personal triumphs and failures, and also the triumphs and failures of families, communities, organizations, agencies, governments, and churches dealing with the multiple consequences of ‘progress’ in contemporary Hawai‘i. There have been heroes and villains at all levels—frequently, the same individuals and agencies are both at the same time. The story of Percy Kipapa is especially poignant because professional sumo gave him a unique opportunity to transcend Hawai‘i’s culture of colonialism, racism, poverty, and drug addiction, which in the end all brought him down anyway. Mark Panek has done a masterful job of weaving these strands together."—Reverend Bob Nakata, former Hawai‘i state senator
"Spanning the history of Waikane and the brutality of Japan’s national sport, Big Happiness is a remarkably ambitious piece that links one man’s murder to the ice epidemic, land development, and political corruption in Hawai‘i. Mark Panek’s meticulously researched, skillfully written, heartbreaking story, filled with voices that ring true, is an indictment of an entire system that crushed a gentle giant. While other Hawai‘i writers dwell in ‘take me back to da kine’ nostalgia, Panek tells it like it really is." —Chris McKinney, author of The Tattoo and Mililani Mauka.

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Ebook Big Happiness: The Life and Death of a Modern Hawaiian Warrior read Online! After graduating from Colby College over twenty years ago, Mark Panek arrived in Hawai'i on a one-way ticket with $500 and a surfboard. A year later he stepped off the plane in Tokyo similarly underfunded in search of fame, fortune, and fluency in Japanese. Letters home depicting his subsequent adventures on an around-the-world trip eventually led him into a graduate program in creative writing, where he produced his first book: a biography of Hawaiian sumo champion Akebono, which the Japan Times has called "the best sumo biography in English." His second book, "Big Happiness: The Life and Death of a Modern Hawaiian Warrior," won the 2012 Hawai'i Book Publisher's Association's award for excellence in nonfiction. His debut novel, "Hawai'i," which takes on the legacy of James A. Michener in no-holds-barred Tom-Wolfe-ian fashion, has been called "our Bonfire of the Vanities" by the Honolulu Weekly. Panek was recently honored with the Elliot Cades Award for Literature.


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