Kahala Life - - CULTURE CLUB -

The sto­ries of life for the Hawai‘i com­mu­ni­ties in 1940s and ’50s out­side of the plan­ta­tions are the fo­cus of lo­cal au­thor Kaui Philpotts' new­est book, Cane Fires.

“There were many peo­ple liv­ing in the is­lands be­fore state­hood who were nei­ther plan­ta­tion own­ers nor field la­bor­ers,” she ex­plains. “They were the ac­coun­tants, doc­tors, school teach­ers and shop­keep­ers whose life ex­pe­ri­ences should also take a place on the shelf.”

The en­dear­ing col­lec­tion of short fic­tion is not only a de­par­ture from the usual Hawai‘i fic­tion found on book­shelves; it's a writ­ing de­par­ture for Philpotts her­self. Her pre­vi­ous tomes in­clude non-fic­tion works Hawai­ian Coun­try Tables, Party Hawaii and Hawaii: A Sense of Place (co-au­thored with Mary Philpotts McGrath).

The sto­ries in Cane Fires are in­spired by Philpotts' child­hood— she be­gan work­ing on them in her fic­tion writ­ers group—and fo­cus on one par­tic­u­lar fic­tional hapa-haole (mixed-race) fam­ily.

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