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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 333 pages
  • Publisher: Lemon Shark Press; 1st edition (August 9, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974106720
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974106724
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,155,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The best work of fiction to come out of Hawaii in many a year. It's funny, persuasive and unforgettable. --Honolulu Star-Bulletin

Wright joins the ranks of the best-ever novel-memoirists like Dorothy Allison (Bastard Out of Carolina), Frank McCourt (Angela s Ashes), and Khaled Hosseini (Kite Runner). Wright is absolutely Hawaii's best and most important fiction writer today. --Maui Weekly

Wright s latest book is an engrossing and sensitive tale of growing up on the Friendly Isle, and it turns out to be one of the best local-related reads of the fall. --Honolulu Weekly

About the Author

Kirby Wright was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is a graduate of Punahou School in Honolulu and the University of California at San Diego. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. Wright has been nominated for four Pushcart Prizes and is a past recipient of the Honolulu Weekly Nonfiction Award, the Jodi Stutz Memorial Prize in Poetry, the Ann Fields Poetry Prize, the Academy of American Poets Award, the Robert Browning Award for Dramatic Monologue, and Arts Council Silicon Valley Fellowships in Poetry and The Novel. BEFORE THE CITY, his first poetry collection, took First Place at the 2003 San Diego Book Awards. Wright is also the author of the companion novels PUNAHOU BLUES and MOLOKA’I NUI AHINA, both set in Hawaii. He was a Visiting Fellow at the 2009 International Writers Conference in Hong Kong, where he represented the Pacific Rim region of Hawaii. He was also a Visiting Writer at the 2010 Martha’s Vineyard Residency in Edgartown, Mass., and the 2011 Artist in Residence at Milkwood International, Czech Republic. His futuristic thriller "THE END, MY FRIEND: Prelude to the Apocalypse" was released in Fall 2013.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kalikiano Kalei on March 8, 2008
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As I explained in a review of an earlier book by Kirby Wright (titled 'Punahou Blues'), I am an enthusiastic student of Hawaiian culture and history. In all of the islands that together comprise the main land mass of today's 'State of Hawaii', there exists no better example of what 'old Hawaii' (of the early to mid-1900s) used to be like than the 10x38 mile island of Molokai. Located between Oahu and the Big Island (north of Maui), Molokai subbornly resists the sweeping change and urban development that has come to characterise the rest of the islands. Its population of about 8000 people (many with a high percentage of Hawaiian blood) is a living, breathing representation of the ancient principles and traditions of the Hawaiian 'ohana (family) system that predominated prior to the intrusion of outsiders in the 1800s.

Although administratively a part of Maui County (Maui-Molokai-Lanai), Molokai fiercely maintains its traditional identity as an outpost of traditional Hawaiian kanaka maoli (native) eclecticism. The people of Molokai today prefer to call their island 'The Most Hawaiian Island', although it has had many names throughout its history. In the 40s, the State of Hawaii PR flacks named it 'The Friendly Island', due to its traditionally welcoming nature, although the 'friendly' aspect is now conditional--you are treated the same way you treat others (no show respect and consideration, get stink-eye fast!). Before the Christian evangelicals swarmed ahore and overlayed the indigenous culture with its present smarmy coating of Christian goodness, Molokai was known to the other Hawaiians as 'Molokai of the Powerful Prayers', since the kahunas there were reputed to be so full of mana (spiritual power) that they could literally 'pray you to death', should they choose to.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ratmammy VINE VOICE on September 9, 2007
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MOLOKA'I NUI AHINA (SUMMERS ON THE LONELY ISLE) by Kirby Wright
September 9, 2007

Amazon Rating: 4/5 stars

I read Kirby Wright's first book PUNAHOU BLUES and enjoyed it. It featured two boys, Jeff and Ben, who grow up on the Hawaiian Islands, mainly Oahu and in the summer months resided on Moloka'i. In this sequel, MOLOKA'I NUI AHINA, the two boys are now in their teens, and as usual are getting into a lot of trouble. They spend their summers on the island of Moloka'i with their paternal grandmother, away from the busy city of Honolulu.

Gramma lives by herself on a run down ranch, but is in constant contact with one of her ex husbands, Chipper, who is NOT their grandfather, but Jeff, who is the narrator of the novel, feels that Chipper is more their grandfather than their biological grandfather ever was. Their father's father was a supposedly well to do Englishman who abandoned their grandmother as soon as she became pregnant (neither of her sons had fathers that wanted to stick around). Gramma for some reason still has her eyes on Wilkins, who happens to visit the island out of the blue, having left the island years ago for Northern California and ended up running a winery. She turns into a love-struck teenage around the roving ex-husband. Chipper, on the other hand, lives not too far away on another part of the ranch, becoming an integral part of the boys' lives while they reside on Moloka'i. He may not be the greatest catch, but Jeff sees something in Chipper that he respects, comparing the two grandfather figures with Chipper coming in first.

MOLOKA'I NUI AHINA, like PUNAHOU BLUES, is comprised of a series of vignettes, centering on the two boys and their adventures during the summer months on the lonely isle of Moloka'i.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tom Henke on March 8, 2008
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Kirby Wright's style of writing and storytelling is very very special and
Kirby knows Hawaii as an insider..born and raised here...
Happens to be a well known critic believes "Punahou Blues" and "Molokai Nui Ahina" are the 2 best books every written about Hawaii. In my op. Kirby is right up there with "Mark Twain" and Hemmingway re: talent.
Also up at the top with a lot of our great authors in contemporary Hawaiian fiction. Kirby's is also a great poet and a lot of that talent shines when he paints images..
"Molokai Nui Ahina" is an amazing story that will tug at all your emotions. Some stories in certain places in Honolulu and Molokai with his grandmother and many people hit me smack dab in my heart many times. If you have any
interest in Hawaii or a great story it is a must read...and a great gift.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kanaka Maoli on September 9, 2007
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Great comming of age and generational story. The Hawaiian side of Hawaii away from Waikiki.
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Kirby Wright was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is a graduate of Punahou School in Honolulu and the University of California at San Diego. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. Wright has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes and is a past recipient of the Jodi Stutz Memorial Prize in Poetry, the Ann Fields Poetry Prize, the Academy of American Poets Award, the Robert Browning Award for Dramatic Monologue, and Arts Council Silicon Valley Fellowships in Poetry and The Novel. BEFORE THE CITY, his first poetry collection, took First Place at the 2003 San Diego Book Awards. Wright is also the author of the companion novels PUNAHOU BLUES and MOLOKA'I NUI AHINA, both set in Hawaii. He was a Visiting Fellow at the 2009 International Writers Conference in Hong Kong, where he represented the Pacific Rim region of Hawaii. He was also a Visiting Writer at the 2010 Martha's Vineyard Residency in Edgartown, Mass., and the 2011 Artist in Residence at Milkwood International, Czech Republic.

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