I have long been a wordsmith and since 1998 I’ve worked with words professionally. That’s a lot of years spent honing my skills to get to this point where now I’m able to carefully craft just the right message, in just the right way, that best suits the client or publication and especially its audience.
One of my specialties is writing about Hawai‘i. I also write about tourism, travel, hospitality, and the visitor industry in general, as well as about luxury, business, agriculture, the building industry, nonprofits, and ancestry/family history.
I’ve written books and for many websites, trade and consumer magazines, and blogs, as well as content for special reports, white papers, op-eds, and much more.
My background includes a degree in journalism as well as a master’s degree in anthropology focused on Hawaiian and Pacific cultural anthropology. My writing has won first place in the Hawai‘i Visitor and Convention Bureau’s “Keep It Hawai‘i” award (print media division) as well as an “Excellence in Journalism” award for feature writing/long form from the Society of Professional Journalists. My books Mauna Kea (co-written) and Exploring Historic Hilo are published by Watermark Publishing. I’ve also written, edited and published books as Talk Story Press.
I’m a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors — the only member, I believe, living on the flanks of the volcano Mauna Kea. I’m also a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association and the American Society of Business Publication Editors.