Dayle Kalama Turner was born and raised on the windward side of the island of Oahu in the beautiful state of Hawaii. One of five children of Martha and Charles Turner, Dayle developed a love of sports, of nature and of the wonder of the written word while growing up. He was educated at the Kamehameha Schools where he graduated in 1976 (yes, a long time ago).
At Kamehameha, Dayle immersed himself in athletics, and he was a member of several championship teams including the 1974 and 1975 Oahu Prep Bowl championship football teams and the 1976 Hawaii high school state championship basketball team, which he co-captained.
After graduating from high school, he attended Boise State University in Idaho, Windward Community College, and the University of Hawaii. At the latte, he eventually earned a bachelor of arts degree in English. The highlight of his undergraduate career was having a personal narrative, "Children and Champions," published in Honolulu magazine in 1983.
During his undergraduate years, Dayle returned to Kamehameha where he coached football and basketball at the junior varsity, then the varsity level. Several of the teams he coached won league championships.
After working at a series of jobs in Honolulu, Dayle decided to give grad school a try and in the summer of 1989, he enrolled at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. A year of intense studying and research culminated in Dayle graduating summa cum laude with a master's degree in English in May 1990. Dayle's goal was to teach writing at the community college level.
Although he applied for several dozen community college teaching positions ranging from Texas to his home state, no offers materialized--that is until two weeks before the Fall 1990 semester was to begin. At that time, Dayle received a call from Kay Porter, the then-Language Arts Division Chair at Leeward Community College. She mentioned that the division needed a lecturer or two to teach some unstaffed writing courses at LCC. An interview was set-up, and Dayle was offered a job teaching four sections of developmental writing in the PASS Program, a package of courses with a target population of first-time college students.
After working as a lecturer (adjunct), Dayle applied for a full-time, tenure- leading postion as a writing instructor at LCC. He was hired. In the summer of '97, Dayle cleared a major career hurdle when he was awarded tenure.
Even today at the age of 49, Dayle still enjoys playing in coummunity basketball leagues, running, kayaking, hiking and bicycling. In fact, he, Jacqueline Delgado (who Dayle married on 6/5/04) and Guy Kaulukukui hiked to the top of Mauna Loa in the summer of 1995. Dayle and Jacque are members of the Hawaiian Trail and Mountain Club (HTMC) and Dayle served as club president in 2002-2003. He especially enjoys writing about the many hikes he has done.
Dayle and Jacque are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Kaneohe 1st Ward). Together they have made a vow to care for each other and their four children through this life and in the eternities.
Life has been fruitful for Dayle and every day he feels fortunate to have received so many blessings.
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