Fiction. Asian & Asian American Studies. KONA WINDS is a hard-boiled noir murder mystery set in Honolulu in 1953, when Hawai'i was changing from a racially stratified, near-feudal plantation colony to the multi-ethnic 50th State. This debut novel by Japanese American author Scott Kikkawa was written with the firm belief that Hawai'i is more than just a pretty backdrop for the mischief of tourists. It can be, and was, a terrifying, sodden place whose social realities were ugly not so long ago and continue in some respect to go unresolved. In addition, the novel provides a glimpse into the police work of postwar Honolulu, which has been rarely written in this way before.
A fourth generation Japanese American born and raised in Hawai'i, Scott Kikkawa is the author of noir detective stories set in postwar Honolulu featuring Detective Sergeant Francis "Sheik" Yoshikawa. His work has been published in BAMBOO RIDGE, JOURNAL OF HAWAI'I LITERATURE AND ARTS (Bamboo Ridge Press). KONA WINDS is his first full-length novel. The New York University alumnus is currently a federal law enforcement officer and lives with his family in Honolulu.Author City: HONOLULU, HI USA