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What We Must Remember

What We Must RememberWhat We Must Remember
Christy Passion, Ann Inoshita, Juliet S. Kono, Jean Yamasaki Toyama
ISBN: 978-910043-96-0
184 pages


Forthcoming this summer!

New collection by the award-winning authors of NO CHOICE BUT TO FOLLOW (BR #96), Christy Passion, Ann Inoshita, Juliet S. Kono, and Jean Yamasaki Toyama.

WHAT WE MUST REMEMBER features 28 linked poems, followed by insightful commentary on each poem by its author. With an introduction and timeline of events by Massie scholar John P. Rosa, this special issue revisits the 1932 kidnapping and murder of Native Hawaiian prize fighter Joseph Kahahawai and the events surrounding it, commonly known as “The Massie Affair.”

Referred to as “one of the greatest criminal cases of modern times” by the Chicago Tribune, the incident was reflective of the racial tensions in plantation-era Hawai‘i and, according to scholar David Stannard in his book HONOR KILLING, “provided the seedbed for subsequent [social] change” in the local community. In this new book, each poet investigates, interrogates, and brings to light the racial, ethical, and moral complexities of one of Hawaii’s most controversial criminal cases, the linked verses interwoven with factual detail to create a mosaic of emotional depth that explores the implications of the historical events that took place and that continue to reverberate today.
Ann Inoshita was born and raised on O‘ahu. She has a book of poems, MANOA STREAM (Kahuaomanoa Press), and she co-authored NO CHOICE BUT TO FOLLOW, a book and CD of linked poems (Bamboo Ridge Press). Her short play, WEA I STAY: A PLAY IN HAWAI‘I, was included in THE STATEHOOD PROJECT performed by Kumu Kahua Theatre and published by Fat Ulu Productions. Her creative works have been anthologized widely in local and international journals. She teaches at Leeward Community College.

Juliet S. Kono is the author of several books: HILO RAINS, TSUNAMI YEARS, HO‘OLULU PARK AND THE PEPSODENT SMILE, THE BRAVEST OPIHI, NO CHOICE BUT TO FOLLOW, and ANSHUU, a novel. She has appeared in many anthologies and collections and is the recipient of several awards. She is retired and lives with her husband in Honolulu.

Christy Passion is a critical care nurse and poet. Her singular works have appeared in various local journals and anthologies, as well as in mainland and international journals such as CRAB CREEK REVIEW, HAIGHT ASHBURY LITERARY JOURNAL, BLUE COLLAR REVIEW, and MAURI OLA. She has received the James A. Vaughn Award for Poetry, the Atlanta Review International Merit Award, and the Academy of American Poetry Award. She co-authored NO CHOICE BUT TO FOLLOW and her début collection of poetry, STILL OUT OF PLACE, was published in 2016. She works and resides in Honolulu.

John P. Rosa is Associate Professor of History at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. He is the author of LOCAL STORY: THE MASSIE-KAHAHAWAI CASE AND THE CULTURE OF HISTORY (University of Hawai‘i Press, 2014). He was raised in Kaimuki and Kane‘ohe on the island of O‘ahu. If you really must know, he graduated from Damien Memorial High School in Kalihi-Palama.

Jean Yamasaki Toyama is professor emerita of French and former Associate Dean of the College of Languages, Linguistics and Literature at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. Her latest books include a volume of poetry, PREPOSITIONS, and one of short stories, THE PIANO TUNER’S WIFE. She is a Beckett scholar.