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Cedric Yamanaka, In Good Company (University of Hawai’i Press, 2002).
Short stories set in the Hawai’i most visitors never see, in billiards halls and basketball courts and bowling alleys and drive-ins. Yamanaka’s characters live on the troubled side of paradise, where dreams keep outpacing reality, and where life is messier than the postcards of Diamond Head.
Here is Google Book Search, with a preview and other creamy goodness. Wanda A. Adams (Honolulu Advertiser) recommended it as one of the best books of 2002. I can’t tell whose review this is. Nadine Kam profiled Yamanaka for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Honolulu Weekly had this to say when the book came out. It says here that Yamanaka, previously a TV news reporter, became the Governor’s press secretary. That didn’t stop him from writing this piece for Honolulu Magazine about ghost stories.