I was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. I am, in Hawaiʻi, what they call “hapa.” That means that I’m half Asian, half Caucasian, Korean on my dad’s side and a mix of Norwegian, English, Scottish, Irish and a few more on my mom’s side. My folks met at the University of Wisconsin, Madison after World War II, my mom a Southside Chicago native, my dad from a small town named Kekaha, in the Waimea District of the island of Kauaʻi. They met by chance in the UW’s Memorial Union, in Der Rathskellar, and the rest is history.
I earned my B.A. in English at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, then my M.A. at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, then, after quite a hiatus, my Ph.D. back at UHM. I am also a proud graduate of University High School (aka University Laboratory School), which is situated right across University Avenue from UHM. I attended the Lab School from age three through grade 12.
At UHM I was a member of the first class of Ph.D. candidates. The program began in fall of 1987, and I finished in fall of 1992. My dissertation, Hours of Operation: Life Sketches from the Archipelago, is a loosely connected series of 43 short stories, and as the second person to complete the program, I was the first to write a creative dissertation.
In addition to drafting and publishing one piece, or part of a piece, each day, I’m currently working on a memoir about my journey from the decision to major in English as an undergraduate, to my move to Madison for the M.A., and then a circuitous meandering along the winding road that ended with being accepted into the Ph.D. program at UHM.
Aloha to all you visitors, and mahalo for reading. A hui hou (until we meet again) and peace be with you.