Dawn Fraser Kawahara is a gypsy by nature, perhaps because of her family’s adventurous streak, the seeds sown in early travels, and because of the interest she continues to develop in people and their cultures. She has lived in India, Burma, Australia, and five states of the United States and traveled in each area. Her most recent travels with her husband took her to Alaska and the Pacific Northwest and to connect with family in Colorado and Ohio. Past travels have taken the Kawaharas to Japan, Peru, Portugal, Spain, Thailand, Cambodia, Belgium, Holland, Greece Italy, Central America, Jordan and Egypt, Croatia, Montenegro, Slovenia and back to Italy, Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, the Cook Islands and French Polynesia, and five Hawaiian Islands. A return to Burma and an exploration of south India, the lands that drew her forebears, and England, Scotland, and France, where they originated, are now fulfilled wishes. Jackals’ Wedding is the author’s first book, one of a planned trilogy. Book two ("Tales Under the Tamarind Tree: Burma Sojourn")is in progress.
Dawn has also authored Behold Kaua`i, Modern Days ~ Ancient Ways, nominated in two categories for consideration in the Hawai`i Book Publishers Assoc. best-books-of-the year awards. She has won numerous national and international awards for her poetry and writing. You may check out her prize-winning true story, "In the Eye of a Fish", at www.kauaibackstory.com (First Place, Nov. 2012).
Dawn founded TropicBird Press, Wailua, Kaua`i, through which she writes, edits and designs books. She is the originator of the annual Garden Island Arts Council Poetry Fest and promotes fine and cultural arts in her community.
She and her husband pursue a shared interest in travel to ancient sacred sites. They make their home on the farthest of the main inhabited Hawaiian Islands–Kaua'i-living "with birds and books." The author has led Elderhostel(now Road Scholar) travel groups throughout the South Pacific and teaches course lines of Hawaiian culture subjects on Kaua`i since 1998 for Hawai'i Pacific University.