Kapena Landgraf

Contact:
kapenaml@hawaii.edu

Office hours:
T, Tr 10:15AM - 11:15AM or by appointment. Room: KUY 225


Born and raised on the Big Island of Hawaii, I spent much of my childhood in the plantation towns of Pepe’ekeo, Pāpa’ikou, and Onomea before my family moved to Kaūmana in upper Hilo.  I graduated from Hilo High School in 2006 and currently attend UH – Mānoa as a Ph.D. candidate in English (3rd year).  My concentrations are Indigenous Hawaiian literature, local literature of Hawaiʻi, and creative writing pedagogy.  As I specialize in creative writing, I hope to develop a creative writing course/workshop which adopts Native Hawaiian story-telling (mo'olelo) practices and Native Hawaiian literary strategies and devices first articulated in the works of Dr. Hiapo Perreira and Dr. ku'ualoha ho'omanawanui.

Publications


Summer 2016
  • “Hoe Uli,” Bamboo Ridge Issue #108. Honolulu, HI: Bamboo Ridge Press, 2016.
    • A short narrative of a young man, Kahu, living with the loss of his father. This loss manifests itself as more than a physical absence in the young man’s life, but also as cultural and spiritual loss, his father being the only conduit though which all knowledge of connection to ancestry and heritage.
  • “Nā Iwi,” Ika Journal 4. Auckland, NZ: Manukau Institute of Technology, 2016.
    • A shorty narrative critiquing urban development and the destruction of Hawaiian burial ground, “Nā Iwi” is a vignette-length fiction piece weaving Hawaiian identity and contemporary life-struggles within a contested space.

Areas of Interest


  • Place-Based Narratives
  • Short Stories
  • Historical Fiction
  • Epistolary Novels

Awards


  • Patsy S. Saiki Award for Fiction – 2nd Place, University of Hawaii at Mānoa, Department of English, May 2016.
  • Bamboo Ridge Editor’s Choice for Best New Writer, Issue #108, Spring 2016.
  • Patsy S. Saiki Award for Fiction – 1st Place, University of Hawaii at Mānoa, Department of English, May 2015.
  • John Young Endowed Scholarship in the Arts, University of Hawaii at Mānoa, Spring 2015.
  • Patsy S. Saiki Award for Fiction – 2nd Place, University of Hawaii at Mānoa, Department of English, May 2013.
  • Phi Beta Kappa Society, University of Hawaii at Mānoa, May 2011.
  • Myrle Clark Award for Creative Writing, University of Hawaii at Mānoa, Department of English, May 2008.

Education


  • BA English - Creative Writing (2011), University of Hawaii at Mānoa.
  • MA English - Creative Writing (2013), University of Hawaii at Mānoa.

Courses


Fall Semester 2017
  • ENG-100: Composition I
  • ENG-100: Composition I
  • ENG-200: Composition II

Summer Semester 2017
  • ENG-273: Intro to Lit: Creative Writing (Session I)

Spring Semester 2017
  • ENG-273: Creative Writing: Short Stories of Hawaii

Fall Semester 2016
  • ENG-100: Composition I
  • ENG-100: Composition I

Summer Semester 2016
  • ENG-272: Culture & Lit: (Session I)
  • ENG-273: Creative Writing: (Session II)

Fall Semester 2015
  • ENG-100: Composition I