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Da Manapua Man: A Mini Macabre

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Eight year-old Yohei Sakakura, living in Hell's Half Acre, T.H., finds his days haunted by Da Manapua Man. Local legend says Da Manapua Man is as old as time and steals away young children only to grind them up into the delicious sweet meats he sells to tourists. But is Da Manapua Man the true embodiment of evil Yohei's friends say he is? Or is there something more to his ...more
ebook, Digital Edition, 45 pages
Published October 7th 2016 by Paul G. Bens Jr.
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Janie C.
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the account of a young boy who witnesses the devastation of Pearl Harbor.  A lesson is learned about the directness of simple language and how to listen.  A heartrending and beautiful story.
Eli Easton
Feb 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've read all 3 of Paul Bens "mini macabres" and this one was my favorite. It's a little longer and more involved. Unlike the other two, there's zero sexual or romantic element to this story. It's the story of two young Hawaiian boys living in a poor area of Hawaii. One begins to see an old man, who is a local ghost legend that supposedly kidnaps children and possibly eats them.

Then Hawaii is struck by the horror of Pearl Harbor, and the boy discovers that having seen Da Manapua Man may be more
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T.T. Thomas
Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Da Manapua Man: A Mini Macabre is a thriller of a read with enough scary moments to remind me of the un-whitewashed versions of the Grimms’ Brothers fairy tales I read as an adult—having previously read the cleaned up versions as a child. I LOVE the tagline: A Mini Macabre!

Bens has shown us in prior works (most notably his novel Kelland and his other hauntingly emotive short stories), that he is a masterful storyteller with a unique and pure style that supports a solid and compelling storyline t
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Nathan Oser
Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Style is a huge draw for me. The sample of "Da Manapua Man" really creeped me out and got me hooked to read more.

The brothers Yohei and Kenji have a very realistic chemistry, adding the perfect splash of humor and levity to a genuinely chilling story. The subtitle "A Mini Macabre" is spot on, as it's not quite "horror" horror (though it can get grisly) and there is a good deal of actual history going on. As I read I kept thinking of the old "legend has it..." urban myths and monster tales. The a
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Frieda Verbaenen
Nov 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-and-owned
Childhood fears and a day of Infamy.

2 brother, Yohei and Kenji. Kenji as the eldest, grudgingly takes care of his younger brother whereas Yohei looks up to his older brother. A vision of Da Manapua Man is plaguing Yohei, but is it a vision or is he real? The story about childhood fears and whispers moves towards an unexpected end that coincides with the attack on Pearl Harbour on 7th December 1941. We also get a brief glimpse into how the lives of Japanese Americans changed overnight and how th
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Liz
Oct 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I really like the way the writing created a movie in my mind and I felt a part of it. The dialog with the kids really put me in the plot. Leave it to Paul to bring an important historical event into a different point of view which I greatly appreciated.
Anita Frackenpohl
Nov 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read this heartrending, beautiful “horror”-fairy tale and enjoyed this well written story on a historic event very much. It’s a thriller with scary moments that gives enough room for own imagination along the way of reading. I could not put the story aside and had to read it in one. Highly recommended.
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Hawaii Book Blog: Da Manapua Man 4 9 Oct 11, 2016 07:01PM  
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Born in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, far too many years ago to be honest about, Paul G. Bens, Jr., has spent the majority of his adult life in the entertainment industry. His first foray into Hollywoodland was as a casting assistant on the feature films Trip to Spirit Island and Martians Go Home. He then graduated to Casting Associate and worked for three years on the NBC hit series Night Court a ...more