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THE QUEEN of MOLOKA'I: The Saga of a Kama'aina Family

PRESS RELEASE FEB 11, 2019 12:00 EST

San Diego, California, February 11, 2019 ( - Honolulu writer Kirby Michael Wright ​has penned an incredible family saga with his brilliant new work of creative nonfiction THE QUEEN OF MOLOKA'I

We are on the verge of the Roaring Twenties in Waikiki. The focal character is the sexy and  vivacious Julia Wright, the writer's hapa haole grandmother. The book traces Julia's wild teen years and takes us into the Moana Hotel Ballroom, where she meets a dashing Englishman and falls victim to his charm. The Englishman leaves her hapai. Julia's rebound man is a Portuguese sea merchant who fails to tell her he's married. Once again, she gets pregnant. What to do with two bastard sons?  Why, place them in the care of her mother, who lives an impoverished lifestyle in a working class Honolulu neighborhood. We follow Julia over to the west end of Moloka'i, where she purses love with her girlhood crush while cleaning the mansions of haole ranchers with sprawling country estates. Her crush works as a paniolo at Moloka'i Ranch and promises Julia he will marry her and send for her sons if she adapts to the rugged country lifestyle. 

A recent review compared Wright to Pat Conroy (THE PRINCE OF TIDES) for family struggles and to Frank McCourt (ANGELA'S ASHES) for women overcoming great hardship.

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