Hawai'i Fiction, Songs and Drama
Fricken Kids by Monica K.K. Lee. Published by Makali'i Productions. Recommended retail price $13.99.
Welcome to paradise where kids go hungry, single moms get taken advantage of, poverty runs rampant, and deadbeat dads plot deaths to avoid paying child support. Not the gorgeous, scenic, tourist-laden Hawaii that most people dream about, but for three young sisters: Wendy (12-years-old), Amanda (9-years-old), and Stephanie (5-years-old) it's life. "Fricken Kids" chronicles the year the three girls were neglected and forced to survive on their own for three weeks. It is set in 1985 and 1986, and narrated by nine-year-old Amanda Nakamura, a Hawaiian, Asian, Haole, Apache mixed girl who is struggling to find her identity in a world that is constantly falling apart around her. Their Mother, a full-time-student is too busy trying to find a new man, job, and lifestyle to guide them, their father, a fulltime-coward is too busy not wanting anything to do with them to have anything to do with them, and everyone else is too concerned with fitting into the material culture to care about the ancient one. And the girls are as colorful and hypnotic as their island home is.
Monica K.K. Lee is a direct descendant of the Royal families of Hawai'i. Her documented lineage can be traced to H>R>M. Kind Kamehameha I, as well as to the sacred and ruling chiefs of these islands. She graduated from Chaminade University with a Bachelor's degree in English. She has modeled and acted professionally, and is currently a parenting columnist, and published author. Her poems and stories have appeared in several literary journals. She currently resides on O'ahu, where she surfs (the internet) daily.
Soft cover, 378 pages. Published in 2013.
Keiki by Jan Tissot. ISBN 0971782504. Published by Parhelion Publishing. Recommended retail price $14.
Stockmans Inc. is tearing down old Maunaloa town on the island of Molokai to clear the land for subdivision. Seattle law student, Milissa “Keiki” Dogherty, interning for island attorney, Morgan Zarins, allies herself with sovereignty activists and plantation workers bent on preserving their homes and traditions. National media comes to town on the heels of ex-President Jimmy Carter, there to assess the impact the town’s demise will have on its children. As tensions between town and corporation build, the true nature of Hawaii – its poverty, racial strife, and homespun pride – is revealed, and a mystery ensues that inspires compassion for victim and villain alike.
Jan Tissot is a Juris Doctor, graduate of Seattle University Law School, with thirty years experience as a criminal defense investigator (Seattle) and west coast political activist. Over the past forty years he has published four books of poetry, distributed primarily in the Seattle, Tacoma and San Francisco areas. He lived in Hawaii for seven years during the writing of his novel, Keiki. Jan Tissot, J.D., is a child of the old days in America. Born in 1940 – before the nation’s corporate coup and its attendant shopping malls, suburbs, TV sets, plastic substitutes, super highways, and paid-for politicians – he survived the transformation as a rebel, fighting a state/corporate synergy that he believes is bent on casting us as background extras in its virtual democracy.
“Real and exciting… Keiki would make a very good film.
The locations, characters, and story are all compelling.”
Paul Sylbert, Author of Final Cut, Screenwriter,
Director, Oscar Winning Production Designer
“A carefully constructed political drama and love story…
reveals the complex history of a vibrant Hawaiian community struggling for rebirth
and justice… suspenseful, surprising, and ultimately heartening.”
Erin Guest, Seattle Arts & Lectures
“There is a lot to like in this new offering from Tissot. The
politics at work revolve around a company, Stockmans Inc., tearing down the
town of Maunaloa on the island of Molokai to clear the land for subdivision.
Ex-President Jimmy Carter – treated with all the grace and respect that
he deserves – makes a fabulous cameo appearance.”
Matthew Weaver, WSU’s Daily Evergreen
“Tissot has written a lovely and often penetrating book…
a richly detailed story of Hawaiian life, filled with attractive characters
coming up against mega-financial interests… addressing his riveting subject
with energy, clarity, and a charming storytelling manner.”
Jay Bail, San Francisco’s Book Reader
Soft cover, 368 pages. Published in 2003.
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