Kawahara’s winning poem, “Approaching Nounou Mountain,” was
selected from nearly 100 entries statewide and will be published
in volume 17 of HPU’s literary magazine, Hawai‘i Pacific Review,
scheduled to be released this summer. Kawahara is a poet,
writer, and artist. An advocate of fine and cultural arts,
her book, Jackals’ Wedding, A Memoir of a Childhood in British
India, is due from 1stBooks Library later this year.
“I found Dawn’s poem to be rich with image and feeling, yet
it shows a brilliantly controlled use of language – all the
elements of superior poetic achievement,” said judge Adele
Ne Jame, assistant professor of English.
HPU also awarded an honorable mention award to Erin Starr
of Makawao, Maui, for her poem “Storm in Makawao.” A graduate
of Cornell University and the University of California, Starr
is currently completing three books: No Revisions; The Tigress
Diaries of Wisdom, Compassion & Pleasure; and Tribe: Growing
the Soul of the Great American Child.