Fiction. Asian & Asian American Studies. Hawai'i Interest. An episodic novel set in contemporary Hawai'i about three brothers struggling to negotiate their identities in the wake of cultural loss, drug addiction, and family tragedy. Personal conflict leads Kā'eo Teixeira to question choices made while exploring his cultural heritage. He abandons those he cares for, pursues his own path, is ultimately left guilt stricken and alone, in the company of a meth dealer. As rumors of Kā'eo's whereabouts surface, Mark, the second oldest, grapples with family responsibilities while seeking independence, a sudden loss forcing him to accept events that are beyond his control. Consumed with grief and anxiety over their family's decay, Elani, the youngest, denies his present, taking on a new identity elsewhere. But when news of his brother's fate leads him to confront his past, Elani returns to discover his future in the wreckage of a life left behind. An account of a family's fight to persevere, capturing the difficulty of recovering what matters most from the depths of what remains when all that's left to find is ashes.
Donald Carreira Ching was born and raised in Kahalu'u. He graduated with his BA in English and his MA in Creative Writing from the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, where he also received the Myrtle Clark Award with distinction and the Sumie Saiki Award for Fiction. His short stories have appeared in numerous publications and anthologies locally and elsewhere, including BAMBOO RIDGE, Hawai'i Review, Rio Grande Review, and on the radio program, Aloha Shorts. In 2012, he was selected as the runner-up in the Honolulu Weekly fiction competition, was selected as the winner in the Star Advertiser's Halloween Fiction contest, and was voted the Best Writer in Pidgin 2012 in Honolulu Weekly's "Best of Honolulu." In 2014, he won the Ian MacMillan Writing Award for Fiction. Author City: HONOLULU, HI USA