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By Mark Panek

"Big Happiness is intensely 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, problematic kin and neighbor relationships, and extra. what's such a lot extraordinary is Panek’s skill to weave all of those complicated issues jointly in a unbroken 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 approach, exhibiting compassion or even affection for individuals whereas revealing their flaws and shortcomings. This booklet will resonate with an Island viewers and with a person attracted to Hawai‘i." —Victoria Kneubuhl, Hawai‘i author and playwright
"This publication tells of private triumphs and screw ups, and likewise the triumphs and screw ups of households, groups, companies, businesses, 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, an analogous contributors and firms are either while. the tale of Percy Kipapa is principally poignant simply because expert 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 historical past of Waikane and the brutality of Japan’s nationwide recreation, tremendous 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, packed with voices that ring actual, is an indictment of a complete approach that overwhelmed a steady enormous. whereas different Hawai‘i writers live 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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