Throughout his life and career, respected businessman and educator Wesley T. Park has lived by 'local values' that reflect his own working-class roots and the warm, welcoming culture of Hawaii's people. Now, in Lessons Learned on the Corner in Kalihi, he shares his homespun philosophy in a collection of plain but powerful lessons — more than 75 inspirational adages to live by. Here are simple truths worth remembering — in the workplace or in the classroom, from the street corners of Kalihi to the boardrooms of Bishop Street. Foreword by First Hawaiian Bank chairman Walter A. Dods, Jr.
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Raised in a blue-collar Honolulu neighborhood and educated at the University of Hawaii-Manoa, Wesley Park has held management positions in Hawaii's academic and business communities. Among them: President and CEO of Hawaii Dental Service and Dean of the University of Hawaii's College of Continuing Education and Community Service. He has also served on the boards of First Hawaiian Bank and Verizon Hawaii, among others.Review:
This book is hardly 'junk stuff'
You ought to know his name but probably don't.
Wesley T. Park has held high power positions for decades, but has kept himself largely behind-the-scenes.He was president and CEO of Hawai'i Dental Service, vice president of the East-West Center, dean of the University of Hawai'i College of Continuing Education and Community Service, on the board of directors for First Hawaiian Bank, Verizon, Honolulu Academy of Arts, Bishop Museum, the June Jones Foundation and on and on.
Park pursued higher education, cultivated an appreciation of art, and held fast to the values of his Kalihi youth, including the emphasis on humility, which is why it took a lot of persuasion to get him to publish a book. Park, now in his 60s, wrote Lessons Learned on the Corner in Kalihi for his two sons and his grandson, never intending the collection of pithy adages to leave family hands. But a friend got hold of the manuscript, made 200 copies and started sending them out to people. It took two years of persuasion to get Park to agree to have his words published.
The book has one or two sentences per page, like:
"Never buy anything from a salesman with greasy hair and a thin mustache."
"Don't gamble in your own hometown and don't drink before the sun goes down."
"Forgetting junk stuff helps you to be happy."
The effect is something like the Rev. Paul Osumi meets Skippa Diaz, soulful and funny, with a fond foreword written by Park's dear friend, Walter Dods. Park says the finished text is really his outline for a book, but friends convinced him to keep the haiku-like format. "They told me, 'A lot of guys have one idea and they take the whole book to explain the idea. But you, you take an idea and put it in on one page, in one sentence. It's a reverse gift. A novelist has to learn to expand and describe and build character. But yours is the opposite. Leave it like that.'" --Lee Cataluna, "The Honolulu Advertiser" (copyright 2005)
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Book Description Watermark Pub, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 1st edition. 157 pages. 8.75x6.00x0.50 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk0975374036
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