Dawn Fraser Kawahara has freelanced magazine and newspaper features and has written prize-winning short and long fiction as well as poems. She authored Jackals’ Wedding, A Memoir of a Childhood in British India, a winner in the Writer’s Digest International Self-Published Books Competition 2004, Life Stories category. She won the James Vaughan Poetry Prize 2002, Hawai`i Pacific University, and has received numerous awards from the National Federation of State Poetry Societies (NFSPS). Her poem, "The kaleidoscope you gave me from the Museum of Art. . ." won second in the nation (out of 475 entries) and publication in the coveted NFSPS 2009 Annual Contest, "Founders Award." You may check out her most recent win, a true story, "In the Eye of a Fish" at www.kauaibackstory.com (Nov. 2012).
Dawn is the founder/owner of TropicBird Press, Wailua, Kaua`i; she has served as Poet-in-the-Schools—Kaua`i and is the originator and curator of the annual Garden Island Arts Council Poetry Fest. She is an ongoing student of ancient hula, its chants and sacred dance with Ka `Imi Na`auao o Hawai`i Nei Institute, and a board member of the Institute. The author presents readings and workshops based on the unwritten literature of Hawai`i and multiple subjects nationally and internationally.