The Color of Air is a beautifully written, powerful story of family, Hawaiian history and the beauty of nature. Daniel's story in 1935 is interwoven with the stories of Mariko and Koji twenty years prior. These perspectives rounded out the view and helped to fill in some missing pieces. Daniel was an interesting character. His family were immigrants to Hawaii from Japan brought to the island to work the cane fields. I was intrigued by this part of the island's history and the blending of the cultures that created strong bonds between the people there. Daniel was also among the first Asian American doctors to study in the United States at the time. The weight of this fact weighed heavily on Daniel. In addition to Daniel discovering and coming to terms with his past, the writing highlights the transformative power of the Hawaiian Islands and the resilience of the people inhabiting them.
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