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Hawai'i in War and Peace free pdf This book completes the memoirs of Hawaiian Author, Bill Fernandez. The first one, Kaua'i Kids in Peace and War, covered the years 1931 to 1944, and ends as he flies to Honolulu to school at age 14. Hawai'i in War and Peace begins when his airplane lands in Honolulu as he heads to a school he didn't want to attend, Kamehameha Schools. At this boarding school for children of Native Hawaiian ancestry, he is thrown into a city and school dramatically different from his sleepy Kapa'a on Kaua'i. The ROTC uniform scratches, the shoes squeeze his feet, and his country bumpkin ways are derided. He abruptly encounters military discipline and a city filled with World War II military and racism. Newspapers teach him about world politics and locals talk about "rap the ha'ole." Peace seems remote when Berlin is blockaded by the Soviets, Winston Churchill describes the Iron Curtain descending onto Europe, and tsunamis strike. As his family drives around the United States in 1948, Bill witnesses racism. Despite increasing success as a student, he is uncertain if he wants to attend college as his parents urge. His vivid description of a summer of fishing adventures makes him waiver between college or becoming a fisherman. A sudden shock makes his decision for him. The book ends as he enters Stanford University in 1949 and meets an Olympic gold medalist, Bob Mathias.

About Bill Fernandez

Author Bill Fernandez, half Native Hawaiian and retired judge from California, turned to writing after retirement to the home in Kapa'a, Kaua'i, that his mother bought with her pineapple earnings in the 1920s. There he and his wife, Judith, enjoy island breezes and watch the waves as he writes memoirs, novels, creates poetry (chants) in Hawaiian, and gives talks on historical subjects and his books. Hawaiian Sovereignty was the most recent topic. While president of the Kaua'i Historical Society, he actively promoted preservation of history, education, and research of island history includng its cultural diversity. Bill also serves on the Juvenile Justice State Advisory Commission for the state, representing Kaua'i, and is on the Board of Hale 'Opio, a social service agency serving families on Kaua'i. Bill is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools, Stanford University, and Stanford School of Law. A former mayor of Sunnyvale, CA, Bill practiced law there before his appointment to the Santa Clara County, CA, courts. He and his wife enjoy world travel, opera, the ocean, history, and writing. They feel very blessed to live on this special island. Bill grew up under United States military occupation during World War Two where he turned into an entrepreneur running errands for the GIs, delivering cigarettes and candy. He branched out into shining shoes and listening to GI stories and developed a strong interest in seeking the answer to why wars start, why people want to kill each other. This lead to a lifelong interest in military history which started as he read about ancient Greek wars while sick with asthma and continues to today. Military museums are among the highlights of his travels.

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Author : Bill Fernandez
Publisher : Createspace
Data Published : 18 April 2015
ISBN : 1505881994
EAN : 9781505881998
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 230 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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