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Moku Ka Pawa: Drawn to the Light
by Casem, Jason, M.F.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2009, 150; 1472265
Abstract (Summary)

Moku Ka Pawa: Drawn to the Light is a short-story cycle containing ten stories rendering the experiences of Pacific Island-Americans living within a sugar plantation community located on the North Shore of Oahu. Although each story is self-contained and has the potential to stand alone, the individual works were consciously framed within the short-story cycle form to demonstrate a greater narrative arc with interconnecting social, psychological, and cultural underpinnings that pervade race, gender, and generations living within an industrialized Hawaiian landscape. The cycle begins with the protagonist Malia living in the 1940's plantation town of Kahuku, Oahu, and bridges six stories that trace the maturation of Malia's great-grandson, Alika, living in the 1990's plantation town of Waialua, Oahu. The first seven narratives are then threaded together thematically by a pair of stories that introduces the character Fabian. By cycle's end, the recurring themes presented within stories one through nine—identity, aggression, alienation and cultural loss—culminate within the final story featuring the initial protagonist, Malia.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Glatt, Lisa
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 48/02M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Modern literature, American literature, Creative writing
Keywords: Original writing, Short stories
Publication Number: 1472265
ISBN: 978-1-109-47202-8
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