By Mark Panek
"This ebook tells of private triumphs and screw ups, and in addition the triumphs and screw ups of households, groups, companies, companies, 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 identical contributors and firms are either even as. the tale of Percy Kipapa is principally poignant simply because specialist sumo gave him a different chance to go beyond Hawai‘i’s tradition of colonialism, racism, poverty, and drug dependancy, which finally 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 background of Waikane and the brutality of Japan’s nationwide recreation, massive 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, jam-packed with voices that ring precise, is an indictment of a whole method that overwhelmed a steady enormous. whereas different Hawai‘i writers reside in ‘take me again to da kine’ nostalgia, Panek tells it love it fairly is." —Chris McKinney, writer of The Tattoo and Mililani Mauka.