As a reader, it drives me crazy to be mired in poor grammar, dull images, and confusing particulars. As a writer, with each sentence I try to gain another inch of territory in the land of lucid storytelling. I always aim for clear writing that highlights content.

My particular expertise is in the areas of art, Hawaiian culture and history but I write for general audiences on a wide range of topics. I can tailor my words to fit the demands of any format, from books and magazine articles, to brochure or web copy.

I also work as an editor, performing both copyediting and content editing. Past projects have included book-length manuscripts and academic dissertations.

Please contact me at tamara.moan@yahoo.com or 808-221-8102 for rates and estimates.

Recently I’ve added writing performance to my repertoire, taking my skills with poetry from private scribbling to public composition. It started as a self-dare – could I really set up on a sidewalk with my old manual typewriter and bang out a poem to order? My first customer told me the story of his marriage and asked me to write an appeal to his wife that they give their relationship another try. He smiled as he read my poem, then shook my hand, and took my words and his armful of roses home to his wife. Then I put a new sheet in the typewriter and wrote some more. Through Poetry in Motion I write poems for individuals or at events like wedding receptions, company functions or parties. Click here for Poetry in Motion details.

Samples of Art Subscription Items

Samples of Art Subscription Items

Poems are also one of many offerings in my Art Subscription. A six-month subscription will get you six made-to-order poems mailed to you each month. Click here for details and order form.

Click here for a writing resume.



“The Avon Lady.” Bamboo Ridge, 2018
“Garden of Neglect.” Bamboo Ridge, 2018
“April 15.” Bamboo Ridge, 2018
“Mauna Loa Forest.” Bamboo Ridge, 2016
“Inside the Lines.” Bamboo Ridge, 2016
“The Rooms of the Heart.” Bamboo Ridge, September 2015
“Native Nattiness.” Honolulu, May 2012
“Coding for a Fix.” Honolulu, April 2012
“Digging Out of Depression.” Island Scene, Winter 2012
“On the Hunt.” Honolulu, August 2011
“Off the Wall.”  Honolulu, January 2011
“Annual Pastel 100: Abstract.” The Pastel Journal, April 2010
“Twelve By Two.” Watercolor Artist, April 2010
“Portrait of a Place.” Honolulu, June 2010
“Letterpress and Book Arts Residency.” Honolulu Printmakers Newsletter, May 2009
“Annual Pastel 100: Landscape & Interior.” The Pastel Journal, April 2009
“Ron Kent: Figurative Allusions in Wood.” Sculptural Pursuit, Spring 2009
“Instrument of Healing.” Island Scene, Winter 2009
“Art Competition: Animal/Wildlife.” The Artist’s Magazine, December 2008
“Maile Yawata: Gift Print Artist for 2009.” Honolulu Printmakers Newsletter, November 2008
“Model Behavior.” The Pastel Journal, December 2008
“Healthy Expressions.” Island Scene, Summer 2008
“Out of the Woodwork.” Hana Hou, July 2008
“A Model Job: Working from Life.” The Artist’s Magazine, October 2008
“Treasure Island.” The Pastel Journal, August 2008
“Atelier Hawaii: Workshop in Classical Realism.” Malama o Koolau, Spring 2008
“Giving Dogs a New Leash on Life.” Generations Hawaii, October 2007
“Turning Wood into Works of Art.” Generations Hawaii, Aug/Sept 2007
“On a Mission to Bring WWII Aviation History Alive.” Generations Hawaii, Jun/July 2007
“The Ukulele Man.” Generations Hawaii, Apr/May 2007
“Mr. Narcissus.” Generations Hawaii, Dec/Jan 2007
“Shall We Dance?” Generations Hawaii, Aug/Sept 2006
“Sea, Sand, Sky.” Pastelagram, Summer 2007
“Capturing the Ocean in Pastel.” American Artist, February 2007
"H-3 What Price? What Purpose." Co-authors Steven Goldsberry, Clemence McClaren.
    Honolulu Magazine, March 1992


Sally-Jo Keala-o-Anuenue Bowman, The Heart of Being Hawaiian, Tamara Moan, illustrator. Honolulu: Watermark Publishing, 2008.

Mona Kahele, Clouds of Memories, Tamara Moan, ed. Honolulu: Kamehameha Schools, 2006.

Henry Nalaielua with Sally-Jo Bowman, No Footprints in the Sand: A memoir of Kalaupapa, Tamara Moan, ed. Honolulu: Watermark Publishing, 2006.

Richard Paglinawan, Michell Eli, Moses Kalauokalani, Jerry Walker, Lua:The art of the Hawaiian Warrior, Sally-Jo Bowman and Tamara Moan, eds.  Honolulu: Bishop Museum Press, 2006.

Don Severson, Michael Horikawa, Jennifer Saville, Finding Paradise: Island art in private collections, Tamara Moan, ed. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2002.


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