Volcanoes, Palm Trees, and Privilege: Essays on Hawai‘i
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Volcanoes, Palm Trees And Privilege: Essays on Hawai‘i by Liz Prato explores what it means to be a white tourist in a seemingly paradisiacal land that has been formed, and largely destroyed, by white outsiders. Hawaiian history, pop culture, and contemporary affairs are woven with personal narrative in fifteen essays that examine how the touristic ideal of Hawai‘i came to be, and what it “is,” at its core. The book is a highly readable hybrid of the in-depth exploration of narrative journalism combined with the through-line of memoir.
With a voice that is both conversational and confident, Prato examines her multi-layered relationship with Hawai’i and her soul connection with this group of islands creating a collection of essays that masterfully blends both cultural and personal histories through the lens of loss and survival.