The Life and Death of a Modern Hawaiian Warrior

Big Happiness

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

A Latitude 20 Book
February 2011 / ISBN 978-0-8248-3468-5 / $18.99 (PAPER)