Cul-de-sacs and Tarps
During the third season of American Idol, there was a voiceover from Jasmine Trias, liltingly saying she was “from a small town called Mililani.” We’re guessing the producers wrote that romanticized version. Mililani’s portrait is drawn more knowingly in Chris McKinney’s newest novel, Mililani Mauka. (Though there’s a character inspired by Trias.) McKinney, a language teacher at Honolulu Community College, is best known for his gritty 1999 book, The Tattoo, which has retained buzz as a Hawaii must-read. His next works, The Queen of Tears and Bolohead Row, also covered some of the seedier sides of life in the Islands—conflicts, addiction. His latest is a saga of two families, one in suburban Mililani and the other, homeless in Waianae. It’s out this month, from Mutual Publishing.