In brief

I’m a multi-disciplined artist who paints, draws, designs, writes and dances hula.

My story

I played among the boulders in the tundra of Iceland, hung out in a bustling Norcal Navy town and bicycled daily through the sprawl of Honolulu. Along the way, I gathered stories–glints of people, places and events. In grade school, I made up fanciful tales and poems; and in my teens, I took to journaling and writing short stories. While the pages that held those stories are long gone, the colorful yarns spun from life still remain.

I fell in love with picture books thanks to Maurice Sendak’s iconic, Where the Wild Things Are. On completing my first illustration portfolio, I began writing stories with the goal of publication. My first picture book, The Sleeping Giant: A Tale From Kaua’i (BeachHouse Publishing) was published in 2006. I also have publishing credits in nonfiction and poetry markets. Now, I’m putting the final touches on several pieces for the kid lit market. Check out my blog for my latest news and updates.


Check out these interviews by some wonderful kid lit bloggers:  Into The Wardrobe by Tarie SabidoNathalie Mvondo’s Multiculturalism Rocks and Jama Rattigan’s Alphabet Soup (includes my mom’s yummy lumpia recipe!).


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