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Ben: A Memoir - Reviews & Excerpts

BEN: A Memoir
A biography of Benjamin J. Cayetano, Hawai‘i’s governor from 1994 to 2002. Cayetano shares his story, from a childhood in the tough neighborhoods of Kalihi and its surroundings to helming the state as the first Filipino-American to govern a state. A fascinating look at Hawaii politics and the life of a remarkable man.


HONOLULU Magazine—“Mom” An early excerpt from BEN: A Memoir

A series of excerpts run by The Honolulu Advertiser:

"Book by former Gov. Cayetano recalls happy Hawaii childhood: Ben Cayetano publishes his memoir of Kalihi, politics" (Part 1 of 4)
"Dirty side of state politics: Former governor describes first statewide campaign" (Part 2 of 4)
"Battle for the state's top job: Cayetano recalls 3-way race for governor in 1994" (Part 3 of 4)
"'Bungee cord' democrats give Cayetano 2nd term" (Part 4 of 4)
A PDF of the first chapter is also available on their site.


Columnist Charles Memminger: "Gov. Cayetano's autobiography is a must read"

The Honolulu Advertiser—"Cayetano memoir a candid tell-all"

MidWeek—"Cayetano Still Tells It Like It Is"

Honolulu Star Bulletin—"Cayetano makes life an open book" An exclusive first-interview with Gov. Cayetano

Honolulu Star Bulletin—"What the Heck?"—"Cayetano Confidential"

The Honolulu Weekly—The Cayetano diaries: Former governor Ben Cayetano tells all-- and then some--in his forthcoming book (a pre-publication interview)

Other Media

Sunrise on KGMB9—"Ben Cayetano Talks About New Book "

KHNL News8 Interview—"Where are they now? Ben Cayetano"

Blogger Damon Tucker interviews Congressman Neil Abercrombie on his thoughts on BEN: A Memoir

Blogger Damon Tucker's video recording of Gov. Cayetano's Q&A session at Barnes & Noble Kahala Mall

KITV's Mahelani Richardson's pre-publication interview with Gov. Cayetano

Press Releases

BEN: A Memoir, from Street Kid to Governor: Ben Cayetano’s Autobiography Set for February Release