This is a story of a young man growing into a responsible adult through his experiences while serving in the United Sates Army. Growing up in a small Midwest town he led a very sheltered youth but was looking for the great adventure. The novel will take you through his colorful experiences during his military life. Quoting William Joseph Palmer, a recognized author, "The Battle of Waikiki is certainly not your usual battle-scarred war memoir. Tom Speaker brings a new attitude and a wonderfully reader-friendly voice to the whole wartime memoir genre. In short, this is one of the funniest books about the American military to come along since Catch-22." The book has the young man's poignant stories of romance, drama, action and events that occur in the culture of Hawaii in the late 1950's. It also tells of his spiritual growth which is influenced by learning about Father Damien, the "leper priest" of Molokai.