On the eve of 2016’s hotly contested state and national elections, Watermark Publishing of Honolulu announces the release of Campaign Hawai‘i: An Inside Look at Politics in Paradise by political veteran Rick Tsujimura.
For more than a half-century, Tsujimura has been one of the true believers who work behind the scenes to get out the vote—the campaign staff and volunteers who canvass neighborhoods and stuff envelopes and hold signs at the side of the road, tirelessly supporting their candidates during election season. In Campaign Hawai‘i, Tsujimura shares stories of life on the campaign trail—the backroom strategizing, ethnic voting and mud-slinging, the exhilaration of victory and the disappointment of defeat on election night. It’s an inside view sharpened by Tsujimura’s long years spent toiling in the trenches for Jack Burns, George Ariyoshi, John Craven and Ben Cayetano, and running campaigns for Eileen Anderson, Arnold Morgado, Jeremy Harris, Randy Iwase, Neil Abercrombie and Kirk Caldwell.
“I hope these stories bring some life to events that voters may have heard about, but whose details have faded with time,” the author says. “This book is not so much a historical account of events, but a record of the lessons learned during my years of exposure to the political process in Hawai‘i.” Campaign Hawai‘i is a primer for campaign workers and candidates alike, and a great read for anyone who follows politics, Hawaiian-style. “With equal measures of intelligence and humility, Tsujimura explicates both victories and defeats. Students of politics, take out your notebooks and sharpen your pencils,” advises Dan Boylan, Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Hawai‘i − West O‘ahu.
Rick Tsujimura earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Hawai‘i and a Juris Doctor from the Loyola Law School. He is of counsel to the law firm Ashford & Wriston and serves on the boards of the Queens Health Systems, the East-West Center and Global Hope Networks International in Geneva, Switzerland.
Talk campaigning with Rick Tsujimura at his first book signing event at Barnes & Noble, Ala Moana, on Thursday, December 1, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. A portion of sales during the evening will be donated to PBS Hawai‘i. Mention Campaign Hawai‘i or bring in a copy of this voucher.