As a Hawaii-based author and nationally published writer I’ve savored traditional island fare like kalua pig, poke (po-kay), and lilikoi in every form imaginable. I’ve sampled (note: not savored) other island delicacies that are probably best left to the people who love them.
Writing about topics as diverse as hiking Hawaii trails and traditional Hawaiian music gives me the opportunity to explore new adventures right in my backyard. When I do leave my backyard behind, I am usually accompanied by malasadas from nearby Tex Drive-in making me a very popular guest – so long as the malasadas last.
I primarily cover green living and travel these days, though I’ve been known to tackle topics such as home decor, wine, and real estate.
Living lightly on the land, eating locally, and practicing traditional skills are passions of mine and my writing has taken a turn in that direction. Currently, I’m spending a lot of time on my book, Attainable Sustainable: The Lost Art of Self-Reliant Living (National Geographic), which launches in March 2020.
I’m a northern California native, but since 2005 I’ve been lucky enough to call Hawai‘i home. Luckier still? I can write about Hawai‘i from Hawai‘i. From under a palm tree if I please.
I’ve written about these islands as well as other travel destinations, covering food, music, and culture for print publications like Islands, the Hawaiian Airlines in-flight, Hana Hou!, ATA Sights, and the Christian Science Monitor, as well as a variety of online sources. You can see a sampling of those clips here.
My hands-on history books for kids are published by Nomad Press. Team Challenges: Group Activities to Build Cooperation, Communication, and Creativity was published in 2005 by Zephyr Press and has been their top seller over the course of many years. (I’ve discussed the possibility of a new, more environmentally friendly edition with the publisher.)
I’ve worked on several guidebooks about Hawai‘i, contributed a chapter to another about NASCAR racetracks (no, really), and compiled a regional guide about the Sacramento area for HGTV’s FrontDoor.com.
I’ve written for numerous publications, including:
- Farmers’ Almanac
- Hana Hou!
- Disney’s FamilyFun
- Nick Jr. Magazine
Coming over? Call me. We’ll have coffee.