The 2014 Oceanic Popular Culture Association Conference hosted by Chaminade University invites the public to a free lecture titled “(Re)Visiting Hawaii Paradise” presented by Kristiana Kahakauwila at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 24, 2014, in the Clarence T.C. Ching Conference Center, Eiben Hall, at Chaminade University, 3140 Waialae Avenue, Honolulu, Hawaii. For information, contact Cheryl D. Edelson, PhD at or (808)739-8533.

Kahakauwila, a native Hawaiian, was raised in Southern California. She earned a master’s in fine arts from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in comparative literature from Princeton University. She has worked as a writer and editor for Wine Spectator, Cigar Aficionado and Highlights for Children magazines, as well as has taught English at Chaminade University. Today, she is an assistant professor of Creative Writing at Western Washington University.

A Barnes & Noble Summer 2013 selection of the Discover Great New Writers program, her book This is Paradise: Stories has garnered praise from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and National Public Radio show All Things Considered. O, The Oprah Magazine called it “gritty, haunting, and suspenseful” while Lisa See, writing for ELLE magazine, acclaimed the book “a sparkling debut story collection.”

Educating students for life, service and successful careers, Chaminade University is a Catholic/ Marianist university offering programs of study grounded in the liberal arts with day, evening, online and accelerated courses. A Native Hawaiian serving institution, Chaminade is located at 3140 Waialae Ave., Honolulu, HI 96816.  For more information, visit the Chaminade Web site at or call (808) 735-4711. ###

HONOLULU—May 20, 2014
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