Mark Panek

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Mark Panek is a Hawaii novelist and scholar. A professor of English at the University of Hawaii, he is the author of two books on prominent Hawaiian-born sumo wrestlers Percy Kipapa[1] and Akebono.[2] His biography of Akebono, titled Gaijin Yokozuna, was called "the best sumo biography in English" by The Japan Times.[3] Lo'ihi Press published his first novel, Hawai'i, a story of native rights, corruption, and a hotly contested race for Governor.[4]

Panek is a graduate of Colby College and the University of Hawaii at Manoa.[5] He received the University of Hawaii Regents' Medal for Excellence in Teaching in 2008[6] and the Elliot Cades Award for Literature in 2013.[7]


  • Gaijin Yokozuna: A Biography of Chad Rowan (2006)
  • Big Happiness: The Life and Death of a Modern Hawaiian Warrior (2011)
  • Hawai'i: A Novel (2013)

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  1. ^ Schilling, Mark (March 11, 2012). "Dark side of sumo". The Japan Times. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  2. ^ University of Hawaii Press (2011). "Gaijin Yokozuna: A Biography of Chad Rowan". Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  3. ^ Schilling, Mark (November 19, 2006). "Akebono: Yokozuna to K-1". The Japan Times. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  4. ^ Lo'ihi Press (February 11, 2013). "Press Release – Hawai‘i: a novel". Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  5. ^ Tsai, Michael (August 20, 2006). "Gaijin connection". The Honolulu Advertiser. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  6. ^ University of Hawaii (2013). "Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching". Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  7. ^ Tanigawa, Noe (May 14, 2013). "Hawai'i: The 21st Century Update by Mark Panek". Hawaii Public Radio. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 

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