About Kim

When I graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism in 1985, I figured I’d end up back in Chicago where I grew up. Instead, I am living on an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

My husband and I moved to Kauai for one year, or so we told our family. We sold a four-bedroom house and all its contents. I sold a successful advertising and public relations firm and shipped my computer, camping gear, two dogs and little else besides my address book of New York editor contacts. That was in 1999.

I landed my first freelance magazine assignment with Fitness magazine, mostly because the editor was an alumna of my alma mater. More assignments came: Weight Watchers, Healthy Living, Backpacker, Sports Afield, Golf for Women, Running Times, Islands, Canoe & Kayak, among others.

Somewhere along the way, I ventured to Antioch University Los Angeles periodically and collected a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, and my husband built us a home. The dogs we flew to Hawaii with us enjoyed a long life but eventually died, and we adopted two more. I discovered I liked birds–Laysan albatrosses, in particular–and Hawaiian monk seals and humpback whales and conservation work.

My writing has taken a turn for place, primarily the people and places of Hawaii. I have contributed to Hawaii magazine, Hawaiian Airlines’ Hana Hou, Islands, and, most recently, as a staff writer, for OutriggerHawaii.com, where you’ll find dozens of my bylined feature stories and six years of blog posts for the View from Here blog.

I quit the Best Job in the World in April of 2014 because of three pesky creative projects that wouldn’t shut up. Now, I find myself a freelancer again–adding The Atlantic’s CityLab, Smithsonian.com, Audubon and Popular Science to my portfolio of clips–because I realized the only way to quiet those stories in my head was to sit down and write them.

You’ll learn about those projects here as I write them. You’ll also find other stories, experiences, and, sometimes, rants about life in Hawaii, my travels–wherever they may take me–and the people and animals I meet along the way. I’ll probably post a few photographs, too. I hope you’ll hang around.

6 thoughts on “About Kim

  • Kim I tried to email you with a blog topic idea, but WordPress kicked it back. Can you email me? Heather says hi–she’s in the Maldives diving right now! Your latest blog was great!


  • Ms. Kim,
    I saw an albatross smoking a cigar,
    and thought of you…
    What a beautiful piece in the Honolulu Magazine!
    And what a gift to the Twain World that you have
    focused your considerable talents on Samuel Langhorne Clemens.
    The also enormously talented Kathy Collins and her Nevada
    sidekick will be presenting “Mark Twain’s Letters
    from the Sandwich Islands” on your fair Island on the
    second of May. I would be quick to offer you
    and James Caron complimentary tickets, but they
    won’t let me anywhere near the ticket booth.
    I’d very much enjoy talking to you about our mutual
    friend and the influence the Land of Aloha had
    upon his contribution to American literature…
    Your friend in History, histrionics & humor,
    McAvoy Layne


  • Hi Kim,

    I’ve read about your stay at the Storyknife retreat. Thanks for sharing your experience there. I know one purpose of such a retreat is to provide you a refuge from distraction but I need online research capability for the nonfiction book I’m working on. Did the retreat have internet connection? I’ve asked that on the Storyknife website but haven’t received a reply. I want to know before I possibly apply for a retreat.

    Thanks, Val Van Brocklin

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    • Hi Val, there is no wi-fi at the cabin. Five miles away, there is a lovely library with free wi-fi where I went every few days. It was a nice break in the day and a way to stretch my legs. I’d generally tag on a stop at the grocery store, and a walk on the Spit, along Beluga Slough, or the beach, too. There is strong 4G signal at the cabin, so if you have a personal hotspot, that would be one way to get Internet on your laptop while at the cabin, if need.


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