Big Happiness: The Life and Death of a Modern Hawaiian Warrior

Big Happiness The Life and Death of a Modern Hawaiian Warrior 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

  • Title: Big Happiness: The Life and Death of a Modern Hawaiian Warrior
  • Author: Mark Panek
  • ISBN: 9780824834685
  • Page: 266
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 What is most impressive is Panek s ability to weave all of these compl 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 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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    1. Mark Panek’s masterpiece is a harrowing account of the life and death of a quintessential local boy—Waikāne’s Percy Kipapa. More than this, the book delves deep into the root causes of Kipapa’s eventual slide and murder, shedding a brilliant light on the systemic problems that plague Hawaiians in contemporary society. Part loving tribute to a great friend and man, and part damning look at the long-term cultural failures of “New Hawaiʻi,” Mark Panek’s captivating book gracefully w [...]

    2. I have a lot to say about Big Happiness, ask anyone on my Facebook, or at work; I've been talking about it since its release and sincerely feel that it's one of the most important books of the last five years. Panek tells the story of a Hawai`i lost to over development, to the consequences that urbanization brings, to an epidemic that was for so long overlooked and that has now crippled generations, and of a man and a people caught between it all. There is a lot of emotion here, a lot of heart, [...]

    3. I am very thankful to have been recommended this book. I was engaged from the start just by the book being set on the Windward side of Oahu, my hometown, and being able to picture all the landmarks. That being said this drew me in on so many levels beyond that superficial one and really opened my eyes to my surroundings. At so many points Percy's story moved me to tears and anger and even awe about how lucky I am to live on the Windward side.

    4. This book was written by one of my former UH-Hilo English professors. What I like most about it is that it reads kind of like a novel, even though it is non-fiction. The book is about Percy Kipapa, a local boy who went to Japan and became a sumo wrestler, and was murdered in Hawaii in 2005. It is also about ice addiction and land ownership in Hawaii. Chapter 12 (The Trial) is the best chapter.

    5. So good, I created a new shelf."Hawaiiana", but I'm considering giving author Mark Panek the distinction of having invented a new literary genre: something like: "Local issue sensitivity"???He specializes in burrowing into a locale's particular issues and helping the reader "get it". I have marveled at the complexities of the evolving Hawaiian diversity, economy, politic and spirit.How to explain it? "Big Happiness" does a pretty good job.

    6. Engaging - yes! You won't put it down. A Hawaiian narrative of the highest quality / yes. Sumo content leaves slightly too much to conjecture but as a story and as a commentary on Hawaii's development and social struggles - it's fantastic

    7. Big Happiness tells three interconnected stories. Three stories the Hawaii board of tourism would prefer you remain ignorant of.First there is the tragic story of Percy Kipapa, a Hawaiian who goes to Japan to be a sumo wrestler, endures all of the stress, isolation and loneliness of being in a country where he doesn't speak the language and the grueling sometimes sadistic training involved to be in the sumo world.The book also details how when he comes home 7 years later after accomplishing some [...]

    8. The dramatic prologue hooked me. You meet Percy Kipapa as he is being brutally pummeled by a pack of gigantic sumo wrestlers. Beaten mercilessly and repeatedly until he collapses and is unable to get off the floor. The frightening and horrifying scene somehow manages to convey Percy's sweet nature and personality when he musters the strength to stand up because he does not want his mother to hear that he died because he could not get up from the floor. The skillfully written book spans from sumo [...]

    9. fascinating story, the depth of consideration that the author gives to the issues here is both wonderfully complex and sometimes a little boring. if you stick with it though, it all ties together very nicely.

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