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"California Hotel and Casino"
Book by Ogawa, Blink, and Gordon

This true crime book by Norman Katkov is the story of a woman whose rape by the best friend of her husband was blamed on four young Hawaiian men. The book was a best seller when it was first released.

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ISBN: 0824833295 EAN: 9780824833299 TITLE: "California Hotel and Casino: Hawaii's Home Away from Home" AUTHORS: Dennis M. Ogawa, John M. Blink, and Mike Gordon PUBLISHER: Japanese Cultural Center of hawaii DISTRIBUTOR: University of Hawaii Press PUBLICATION DATE: October 2008 NUMBER OF PAGES: 152 or 160 pages NUMBER OF ILLUSTRATIONS: 91 BINDING: PAPERBACK DIMENSIONS: Unknown DESCRIPTION: How las Vegas gaming legend Sam Boy drew on his experience living in Hawaii to successfully draw a Hawaii local clientele. How the California Hotel grew from an unattractive property in a run-down section of Las Vegas to become the must-visit destination for Hawai'i gamblers. Celebrate the publication of California Hotel and Casino at these events and book signings in and around Honolulu: Thursday, November 13, 10:30 a.m. - Reception and free public admission to the JCCH Community Gallery, which will feature an exhibit of photographs, historical objects, and video to honor Sam Boyd as well as highlight the lasting relationship between between the California Hotel and the people of Hawai‘i. The exhibit ends January 23, 2009. Saturday, November 15, noon-1:00 pm - Borders, Windward Mall Saturday, November 15, 4:00-5:00 pm - Borders, Ward Centre Sunday, November 16, 10:30-noon - Don Quijote, Pearl City Sunday, November 16, 1:00-2:00 pm - Borders, Pearlridge Center Sunday, November 16, 3:00-4:00 pm - Don Quijote, Waipahu Monday, November 17, 10:00-11:30 am - Don Quijote, Kaheka Street (John Blink only) Monday, November 17, 1:00-2:30 pm - Don Quijote, Kailua (John Blink only) Tuesday, November 18, 10:00-noon - Marukai Wholesale Mart Tuesday, November 18, 12:30-1:30 pm - Bestsellers, Bishop Street Book Debut and Exhibit Opening: November 13 through January 23, 2008 FRrom the Introduction by Dennis M. Ogawa "...the story of how the California Hotel grew from an unattractive property in a run-down section of Las Vegas to become the must-visit destination for Hawai‘i gamblers, whose special relationship with the hotel was forged in its first decade of business - 1975 to 1985. . . . [It’s] told largely through the voice of John Blink, who was a witness to the powerful connection Sam Boyd created between the California Hotel and Hawai‘i’s gamblers. But it also includes personal recollections from people who worked in Hawai‘i and the hotel. Together, they offer insights, memories, and opinions on what made the hotel an oasis of aloha in a depressed corner of Las Vegas. The early chapters, which provide the background and the events that led to the opening of the hotel in 1975, introduce the reader to Boyd and describe his growing mentorship of Blink. Subsequent chapters chronicle the California Hotel’s shaky start and the business decisions that turned it into a profitable casino beyond everyone’s dreams. They describe a place so popular that guests routinely say the best times to see old friends - sometimes the only times they ever see them - are at weddings, funerals, and at the California Hotel" Introduction: http://www.uhpress.hawaii.edu/books/ogawa-california-intro.pdf ___________________________________ Table of Contents FOREWORD by William S. Boyd ACKNOWLEDGMENTS INTRODUCTION by Dennis M. Ogawa CHAPTER 1: Working for Sam CHAPTER 2: The Hawai‘i Market Roger Paglinawan, chef Laura Welchman, cocktail waitress Ron Planck, bellman David Martin, bellman CHAPTER 3: A Great Demand Herbert Tanaka, travel agent Hari Kojima, television show host CHAPTER 4: The Gamblers from Hawai‘i Jackie Kitagawa, tour operator Maggie Kawatachi, Ethel Furuya, Marianne Luna, Nelson Yuen, Myra Yuen, Rae Watanabe, tour escorts Herb Yamagata, beef jerky store and restaurant operator EPILOGUE INDEX ___________________________________ November 2008 http://www.starbulletin.com/features/20081111_Winning_pair.html Winning Pair: Sam Boyd and the California Hotel November 2008 http://www.starbulletin.com/features/20081111_Betting_on_Hawaii_pays_off.html Betting on Hawaii Pays Off October 2008 How Struggling Casino Became Hawaii's Second Home http://pacific.bizjournals.com/pacific/stories/2008/11/03/editorial5.html?jst=pn_pn_lk 2003 December http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2003/Dec/14/il/il07a.html Hawaii's Home Away From Home in Las Vegas



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