New releases from Hawaii authors
"Gaijin Yokozuna: A Biography of Chad Rowen"
By Mark Panek (University of Hawaii Press, $24.95)
Mark Panek's interest in sumo began in 1992, and the writer returned to Japan in 1998 to follow the Japan Sumo Association exhibition tours and attend major tournaments. His book chronicles the life of Chad Rowen and his journey to his historically important sumo ritual at the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan.
"Leaving Paradise: Indigenous Hawaiians in the Pacific Northwest"
By Jean Barman and Bruce McIntyre Watson (Bishop Museum Press, $45)
This hard-bound book from the University of Hawaii Press focuses on the history of native Hawaiians who left the islands and arrived in the Pacific Northwest. These Hawaiians arrived in that distant land as early as 1787 and continued to travel abroad as sailors, laborers and settlers.