A biography of Benjamin J. Cayetano, Hawaiëiís governor from 1994 to 2002. From a hardscrabble childhood in the tough neighborhoods of Kalihi to his two terms at Washington Place, Cayetano's story offers a riveting look at Hawaii yesterday and today: ethnic voting, Hawaiian sovereignty, Bishop Estate, the drama of 9-11 and the back-room maneuverings of politicians and business leaders. Here is a rare glimpse behind the scenes, an unflinching memoir with no punches pulled, told with warmth and candor in his own words. A fascinating look at Hawaii politics and the life of a remarkable man.
"...one of the most important books ever written on Hawaii politics" —David Shapiro, The Honolulu Advertiser
"Cayetano explains the intricacies and convolutions of Hawaii politics better than anyone ever has. Must reading for understanding how government in the Aloha State really works." —Political consultant Joseph Napolitan