Hawaii: A Novel

Hawaii: A Novel

by Mark Panek




A nine-term U.S. senator and political patriarch is dead, leaving Hawai'i at a crossroads: crumbling public education at all levels, a crystal meth epidemic, Native Hawaiians getting shipped to Arizona prisons, and class divisions so deep that even State Senator Russell Lee has to scramble to avoid eviction from his family's dream home. When an illegal gambling debt puts him even deeper in the hole, Russell's only way out is to go all in, joining forces with an up-and-coming young developer, an underworld kingpin, and a Chinese casino magnate. Their goal? To sway an electorate easily distracted by a local media obsession with football into rolling the dice on the most unlikely legislative ambition in the state's history. Russ lays it all on the line in a battle that pits him against the "anointed" Democratic party favorite, an entrenched environmental movement, and the long-lost righteous Hawaiian blood-brother he must convince to join him in the name of helping his people. From the summit of Mauna Kea to the shores of Waikiki, from the State Capitol to the seedy backstreets of Honolulu, Mark Panek leaves out nothing in this scathing portrait of 21st-century paradise.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780982253533
Publisher: Loihi Press
Publication date: 03/29/2013
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

After graduating from Colby College over twenty years ago, Mark Panek arrived in Hawai'i on a one-way ticket with $500 and a surfboard. A year later he stepped off the plane in Tokyo similarly underfunded in search of fame, fortune, and fluency in Japanese. Letters home depicting his subsequent adventures on an around-the-world trip eventually led him into a graduate program in creative writing, where he produced his first book: a biography of Hawaiian sumo champion Akebono, which the Japan Times has called "the best sumo biography in English." His second book, "Big Happiness: The Life and Death of a Modern Hawaiian Warrior," won the 2012 Hawai'i Book Publisher's Association's award for excellence in nonfiction. His debut novel, "Hawai'i," which takes on the legacy of James A. Michener in no-holds-barred Tom-Wolfe-ian fashion, has been called "our Bonfire of the Vanities" by the Honolulu Weekly. Panek was recently honored with the Elliot Cades Award for Literature.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book confused me at first when I saw it at the help counter, thinking it was a Michener reprint and they had gotten his name wrong. But no, this is a whole new book, and after half an hour of browsing through it I found to be the real deal. It's just as big and breathtaking as  a Michener book, but probably more thoughtful and a lot more entertaining.