Kahuaomānoa Press is committed to publishing collections of poetry, fiction and essays as we have in
from University of Hawaii Mānoa students:
Sage Uʻilani Takehiro's Honua was our first publication and her reading was a success at the Kamakauokalani Center for
Hawaiian Studies. Her poetry "aims to bind social and cultural wounds" in Pidgin and standard English poetry "through
Hawaiian language spiritual poems" writes UH professor and poet, Susan M. Schultz.
Ann Inoshita, our co-founder, writes of growing up in Hawaiʻi's complex local culture in her first book, Mānoa Stream.
Marie Hara observes, "Rising out of an ocean of memory like a shimmering dream, Ann Inoshita's poetry takes us out of
the real into the magical."
Tammie Oka writes of sexual abuse and the complications of womanhood as a Japanese American in Hawaiʻi in
How to be a Good Ojoosan. Poetry professor Robert Sullivan says of Oka: "Many will identify with the sardonic passion
and dismay at the weaknesses of others."
Emelihter Kihleng writes of colonialism in the Pacific in My Urohs. Author, poet, and cultural critic, Teresia Teaiwa
speaks to the richness of Kihleng's words: Emelihter's poetry is "lush with the languages and imagery of Pohnpei and
Micronesia...Yet there is also something light and bare about this writing."