Mark Panek Launches Big Happiness

Mark Panek will present Big Happiness at several events on O‘ahu, including a community forum at the KEY Project in Kahalu‘u and a book launch at Native Books. All are open to the public with no attendance fee. Books will be available for purchase.

* Thursday, April 14, 12:00 noon to 1:15 p.m.; Center for Biographical Research, Henke Hall 325, 1800 East-West Road; phone 956-3774. Brown Bag Biography talk on life-writing.

* Friday, April 15, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; KEY Project, 47-200 Waihe‘e Road, Kahulu‘u; for more information: John Reppun, phone 239-5777. A celebration of Percy Kipapa and public forum on land-use and drug issues will include speakers from the community and refreshments. The parents, other family, and friends of Kipapa will attend.

* Saturday, April 16, 12:30 to 1:15 p.m.; Kuykendall Hall, UH-Mānoa (check room location that day), part of the Celebrate Reading Festival; for more information: Lorna Hershinow, 239-9726, email: In this session of Celebrate Reading, the author will discuss the general aspects of biography, based on his writing experiences with Big Happiness. [best link:]

* Saturday, April 16, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.; Native Books/Nā Mea Hawai‘i, Ward Warehouse; phone: 597-8697. The author will give a talk and reading, followed by a book signing and informal discussion. Light refreshments will be provided.