Volcanoes, Palm Trees, and Privilege: Essays on Hawai‘i

by Liz Prato BA ’89

Liz Prato BA ’89 combines lyricism, research, and humor to explore her role as a white tourist in a seemingly paradisiacal land that has been largely formed and destroyed by white outsiders. Hawai‘ian history, pop culture, and contemporary affairs are masterfully woven into her personal narrative of loss and survival in linked essays, offering unique insight into how the touristic ideal of Hawai‘i came to be and what it is at its core. International best-selling author Cheryl Strayed (married to Brian Lindstrom BS ’84, L&C’s 2017 Distinguished Alumnus), calls it “Searching, wise, intimate, and illuminating.” She adds, “Liz Prato’s Volcanoes, Palm Trees, and Privilege is a complicated love letter to a place and powerful reckoning of a life. I was moved by this beautiful book and enlightened, riveted, and astonished.” Overcup Press, 2019. 224 pages.