EGT Reads: Kanaka By Richard K. Hussey, Read By Michelle Silveira
Our next podcast touches on the story of a young Hawaiian man who leaves his home to come to California. Seeking fame and fortune, he finds that California is flooded with people looking for the same thing. The protagonist deals with racism, poverty, and the Gold Rush. “Kanaka” is written by Richard K. Hussey.
About The Author
Richard Hussey has been writing in earnest since 1969 starting with his memories of the Vietnam War in a diary he wrote while he served. He also wrote articles for the now defunct Sacramento Union Newspaper about the Hawaiians’ contribution to California’s early history. He has been an avid California history student for 53 years and a gold prospector for the past 30 years. Hussey was born and raised in Hawaii and now lives in Sacramento, California with his wife Jean (Kini) and their dog, Poi Dog.
In The Book
Rarely do books about the California Gold Rush talk about Hawaiians. Most of the time these books focus on immigrants from the eastern part of the United States. But Kalei wants money and to have an adventure, so he leaves Hawaii on a whaling ship. However, he quickly finds out that the outside world is not kind to foreigners. And finding gold in California is not as easy as it sounds.
Where Can I Get A Copy?
If you would like to buy a copy of this book, please reach out to Richard K. Hussey at his number (916) 277-5332.