Much, if not most, of my major reported articles have covered Hawaiian history, politics, and culture.
“Keeping Step,” a profile of the legendary but little-known dance master Mae Kamāmalu Klein (who also happens to be my “hula grandmother”) appeared in Hana Hou!, December 2017/January 2018.
“Hawai‘i and the Bard”: Nineteenth-century Hawaiians gave Shakespeare a Hawaiian name — Hoonaueueihe. On the four hundredth anniversary of his death, the Bard remains an honored figure in Island culture. In Hana Hou!, October/November, 2016.
“The Man Behind the Murals”: story of the life and art of Jean Charlot, born in Paris, fixture in the Mexican Muralist Movement, and visionary chronicler of Hawaiian culture, in Hana Hou!, February/March, 2016.
“Mississippi Eyes”: Profile of civil rights photographer Matt Herron, Princeton Alumni Weekly, June 4, 2014.
“Hawaiian Language: Dead or Alive?”: Honolulu magazine, November 2013.
“The Last of the Waimea Cowboys,” National Geographic Adventure, (February 2006), 74-77, 91-92.
“Giving Voice”: Profile of cultural figure John Keola Lake, Honolulu magazine, November 2004.
“The Hula Movement: The ancient Hawaiian art is catching on nationwide—even worldwide.” The Atlantic, July/August 2002.
Personal Essays and travel literature
My travel essays have been widely anthologized. Many essays on writing and the writing life are at www.sinandsyntax.com.
“Cutouts,” published first in Italy, A Love Story (Seal Press) and also in Best Travel Stories 2006 (Travelers Tales), among other books.
Articles on language and writing
Eight-part series on writing that launched the “Draft” series, featuring writers on writing,at the New York Times Opinionator.
Essay on growing up speaking “Pidgin English” in Hawaii.
“Total Risk, Freedom, Discipline,” published in The Writer and on my Web site.
“Good grief: Seven stages of manuscript drafts,” published in The Writer.