I really enjoy Hawaiian literature. So who is the best writer in Hawaii today, someone who would be considered a writer of literary works?
I am interested to know if someone with any native Hawaiian blood who is writing about the islands in a meaningful literary way. I know that publishers are trying to dictate what the Writers must write to increase sales, but is there anyone out there in Hawaii that truly cares for the people of Hawaii and is carrying out their stories? Such a writer or writers must be pretty well known in Hawaii if not elsewhere. I can not seem to find anything on the web, but I know you can help. Mahalo.
Here is my answer about the current state of Hawaiian Literature: The book critic at the Honolulu Advertiser, the largest daily newspaper in Honolulu, believes that the"best Hawaiian writer" today is Kirby Wright. And "Wright is absolutely Hawaii's best and most important fiction writer today." according to the Maui Weekly... and I can go with those accolades...
Wright peppers his work with authentic Hawaiian words and also uses the local creole called "pidgin English. One of his latest novels is set on the island of Molokai "This is something quite literary and yet lush with the atmosphere Hawaiian, with pages devoted to the narrator's inner world and a cool dream. This writer is also a poet and his poem "Aloha, Lili'uokalani" appeared next to the statue of the queen during the 100th anniversary of the fall of the monarchy staged by Dole and Thurston. Wright writes well about the Hawaiian people.
Books by Kirby Wright
Growing up in Honolulu isn't always easy for Jeff Gill. He gets into Punahou School but loses the girl of his dreams, gets pushed around by the school bully and sure isn't getting the grades his parents would like.
Senior year brings some relief and incredibly things begin to work out.
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BEFORE THE CITY
"I recognize Kirby Wright as one of my own people, the citizens of the Pacific Rim. His heart is in Hawaii and California, aina and querencia.
His fresh new voice sings love and concern for the beings along the shores and in the parks and gardens-and in the cities." -Maxine Hong Kingston
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Moloka'i Nui Ahina, Summers on the Lonely Isle
Julia Daniels, a Moloka'i pioneer woman of mixed blood, invites her grandsons Jeff and Ben to spend summers with her at her ranch on the east end. She shares the ranch with Chipper, an alcoholic war hero with a life estate bordering the swamp. The brothers roam a paradise of fishponds, waterfalls, pristine valleys, and mountains with herds of deer. Jeff meets the Kahuna Woman who freezes pictures of her enemies, the TS who seduces the Chief of Police, the man who refs cock fights in Kaunakakai, the sexy divorcee who lives in the Saddle Room, and the prodigal grandfather who returns to woo Julia.
These characters help shape Jeff's sensibilities as he discovers the secrets of his grandmother's wild past in Honolulu and the intensity of her struggles on the Lonely Isle.
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