Dennis Kawaharada

Professor, English
Kapi‘olani Community College
Retired: June 2016


Photo Right: Na Pua‘a Kai / Mahoe Mua 1999. Photo by Kapulani Landgraf.


Print Books

2018. Summer Grasses, Autumn Wind. An annotated and illustrated translation of Bashō's Oku no Hosomichi (Narrow Roads of the Deep North). The text comes in a color edition and a black and white edition.

2015. Roads of Oku: Journeys in the Heartland. Essays on Japanese literature, religion, history and culture. Honolulu: Kalamakū Press.

2004. Local Geography: Essays on Multicultural Hawai‘i. Honolulu: Kalamakū Press.

1999. Storied Landscapes: Hawaiian Literature and Place. Honolulu: Kalamakū Press.


Online Books

Edited Works


  • 2005. “Cane Fire.” Translation of a short story by Naoto Nakashima, with Masako Ikeda. Printed in Bamboo Ridge, Summer 2005. Nakashima’s Hawaii Monogatari is ca ollection of ten stories, including “Cane Fire,” published in Japan in 1936.

Photo Gallery

Mango Trees on Keaʻahala Road c. 1957. See "Mango Trees on Keaʻahala Road."

Oyu Stone Circles, Aomori, Japan, Summer 2005. These stone circles, perhaps marking burials or used for astronomical observations, date from the Jomon period, around 4000 years ago. See Japan Suumer 2005: “Roads of Oku: In the Footsteps of Basho and Beyond.

Winter Sunset over Lake Shinji, December 2006. The sun goddess Amaterasu’s splendid rays giving way to the cloud forms and wintry darkness of the storm-god Susanoo. See Japan Autumn 2006: “Where Gods Alight: Sacred Sites in Western Japan.

Ise Shrine, Spring 2014. The shrine to the sun goddess Amaterasu.

Hane, Ua Huka, Marquesas Islands. See Marquesas 1999: On the Voyaging Canoe Hokule‘a to Six Islands in the Marquesas.

Uxmal. See Yucatan 2000: Mayan Ruins.

Travel Writing–Japan

Travel Writing–Pacific

Travel Writing–Americas

Polynesian Voyaging and Navigation

Essays, Introductions, Reviews, Interview

Education and Career



  • Kapi‘olani Community College (KCC), faculty in English, 1984-86, 1988-2004, 2010-2016
  • City College of San Francisco, lecturer in English1987-88
  • University of California at Berkeley, lecturer in Asian American Studies,1986-88
  • University of Hawaii, lecturer in English, 1979-84
  • University of Washington, teaching assistant in English, 1977-79


  • Kapi‘olani Community College, Interim Program Dean, Arts and Sciences and Business and Legal Education, March 2008-February 2010.
  • Kapi‘olani Community College, Interim Program Dean, Emergency Medical Services, Health Sciences, Nursing, Business and Legal Education, and Library and Learning Resources; April 2005-March 2008
  • Honolulu Community College, Interim Program Dean, Arts and Sciences, May 2004-April 2005

Editing and Publshing