By Mark Panek
"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.