The “Peter Boy” books are easy to read, not like those 2,000 pages of official agency records that I publicly disclosed in 2005 when I was Hawai’i’s State Director of the Department of Human Services (DHS).
The series of four books will rivet the reader as I tell all that needs to be said and fully appreciated about the Peter Boy tragedy, including a string of human errors and systematic flaws at DHS and elsewhere in Hawaii's child protection “system” from 1991 to 1999.
Shocking details about of the heartbreaking story of Peter Boy’s short and tragic life, from 1991 to 1997. Details not previously known or not previously appreciated. Told in Peter Boy’s own words, and in the words of each of his three siblings.
Also, told from the perspective of the perpetrators themselves, Peter Boy’s father, Peter J. Kema, Sr., and mother, Jaylin M.A. Kema, revealing how they saw themselves as victims, and exposing their contempt for Hawai’i’s “system” which was struggling, and failing, to protect little Peter Boy and his three young siblings from the extreme and protracted child abuse and neglect that they were suffering, due to this man and woman.
As readers will learn, the consequences of this government failure were devastating, both in terms of harm unforgivably preventable and of justice unjustifiably delayed.
Peter Boy Kema Books are important for anyone who cares about children and yearns to understand how this tragedy could have even happened.
In the book series, I critically expose and explore the disturbing details of the multiple mistakes that failed to protect Peter Boy and his three young siblings. By calling attention to the otherwise unknown errors that occurred in Peter Boy’s case, I hope to prevent such mistakes from being made again, and again, in Hawai’i and in the “systems” to protect children, everywhere.
If the lessons exposed by the book series – the lessons yet to be learned from Peter Boy’s heartbreaking story – are taken to heart by public officials everywhere, then Peter Boy’s legacy will be a positive one. Peter Boy’s short and tragic life will prevent many other children from needlessly suffering, and even save children’s lives.
Through these books, I serve as part whistleblower and part storyteller – to reveal the heartbreaking story of Peter Boy’s short life, from 1991 to 1997.
I combine two different genres, “true life” and “true crime,” to create this engaging, non-fiction book series – sometimes chilling, sometimes agonizing, but always surprisingly easy to read. It’s a “must read” for everyone who loves Peter Boy and everyone who wants to understand how this tragedy could have even happened.
I shine a glaring light on how Hawai’i’s “system” to protect children from parental child abuse and neglect failed little Peter Boy, again and again, and failed his three young siblings, too.
The questions to the reader throughout my books show the way to improve those still-flawed “systems,” everywhere, to prevent more children from needlessly suffering and dying.
In Peter Boy Kema Books, the aim is to expose more than the what, when, where, why, and how of the child’s tragedy. I aim to share my own parents’ inspiration as Holocaust survivors, by demonstrating through the book series, “the survivor's relentless quest for meaning when the pursuit of justice is futile.”
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At only three months of age, Peter Boy sustained three fractured ribs.