With literature, of course, I emphasize universal themes. With writing, I prefer narration over exposition, action verbs over passive, well-organized outlines, increasingly cogent drafts, and, when possible, the use of literary devices: simile, metaphor, alliteration, assonance, internal rhyme, personification and onomatopoeia.
Hello, I am an experienced communicator and educator and for more than three years was editor of Hawaii Magazine, a bimonthly specializing in culture, history, nature and the environment.
I have taught journalism at the University of Hawaii, Manoa, and Kapiolani Community College, and any number of subjects, including English, math, science and history, as a substitute at Punahou. In 2018, I spent a year in California and Oregon, and taught as a substitute in the Mount Diablo Unified School District (East Bay San Francisco.) For this, I had to get C-BEST certification and a criminal background check. On one Friday, I taught science to unruly 7th-graders, and during final period must have confiscated a dozen paper airplanes. The good news is, they were all aerodynamically sound, so there is hope for our youth. I am currently tutoring two high-school students (one via Zoom) in trigonometry and algebra, but am comfortable with students of all ages and backgrounds.
Freelance editor and science writer.
Online and in-person math coach, Kosasa Academy, Honolulu.
Copy editor, Yonhap News Agency, editing English-language stories from the Washington, D.C., bureau and other overseas correspondents of the Korean news service. June 2005 to present.
Copy editor, Pacific Forum, a Honolulu-based foreign policy think tank. As needed since September 2019.
Assistant city editor, Honolulu Star-Advertiser, formerly the Star-Bulletin, full-time 2007 to January 2018 and part-time February-June 2018 and August 2019 to June 2020. Copy editor, March 2001 to January 2007, and reporter, January to April 2007. Contributor to op-ed pages.
Collaborator, with former U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka, One Voice: My Life, Times and Hopes for Hawaii, his memoir, Watermark Publishing, Honolulu, 2017.
Freelance writer with articles in the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Examiner, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Newsday, Far Eastern Economic Review, Jane’s Defence Weekly, Time, Islands, Oceans, Odyssey (science for kids) and other national and regional magazines.
Adjunct journalism instructor, University of Hawaii, Manoa, 1993-2005. Courses taught: news writing, magazine writing, media and society. Editorial adviser, University of Hawaii Board of Publications, 1992-94. Advised the student staffs of Ka Leo O Hawaii, the Manoa campus daily, and Hawaii Review, the literary magazine.
Substitute teacher, Mount Diablo Unified School District, Concord, Calif., September 2018 to January 2019. Substitute teacher, Punahou School, Honolulu, 1991-92 and 2000-2002.
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