The Story of a “Gutsy” Woman in a Changing Hawai‘i

Karleen Chinen

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and her daughter Chelsea Clinton have been making the rounds of the news and talk shows, promoting their new book from big-time New York publisher Simon & Schuster, “The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience.”

I recently read a book by a woman whom I consider “gutsy” in her own right. She was courageous and resilient every day of her life. Evelyn Yoki Shirota Tan didn’t live on a big stage like some of the gutsy women in the Clintons’ book. Yoki was born in 1916 in the rural East Maui community of Pe‘ahi — today known as the popular surf spot, “Jaws” — where her immigrant parents were pineapple growers. In 1978, Tan self-published her autobiography titled, “The Blending.”

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