KRISTIANA KAHAKAUWILA is a hapa writer of kanaka maoli (Native Hawaiian), German and Norwegian extract. Her first book, This is Paradise: Stories (Hogarth, 2013), takes as its heart the people and landscapes of contemporary Hawai'i.
Kristiana is the 2015-16 Lisa Goldberg Fellow at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study, where she is working on a multi-generational novel about water and native rights on the island of Maui.
She is an associate professor of creative writing at Western Washington University and has served as faculty at the Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing program at Oregon State University-Cascades. She has also taught at Chaminade University of Honolulu.
Kahakauwila earned an MFA in creative writing from the University of Michigan and a BA in comparative literature from Princeton University. Her work has appeared in Off the Path Volume II: An Anthology of 21st Century American Indian and Indigenous Writers (Off the Pass Press, 2015), GEO Magazine and Mission at Tenth, among others. She was the Jane Tinkham Broughton Fellow in Fiction at the 2013 Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and more recently has received residencies from the BAU Institute at the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France, and the Djerassi Resident Artists Program in California. This Is Paradise was short-listed for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing and named a 2013 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection.
Prior to her entree into the world of academia, Kristiana worked as a writer and editor for Wine Spectator, Cigar Aficionado, and Highlights for Children.