About the Book
The cover photo of Hualalai was taken earlier that morning from Waikoloa Village before I joining the tour at HAWAII FOREST & TRAIL just north of Kailua-Kona. You can see that the summit was clear at that time. Later the clouds moved in for a very surreal effect - misty and mysterious. I had been to the summit one time before in the summer of 1966 with an NDEA Institute class out of the University of Hawaii-Manoa.
Michael F. O'Brien lived and worked in Seoul, Korea from August of 1963 to June of 1997. He grew up on a dairy farm in the beautiful wooded hills of northeast Iowa. At age twenty-four he left the corn fields of Iowa for the rice paddies of Korea. Those rice paddies fascinated and excited him with their ever-changing patterns and through them he learned, also, to love the Iowa corn fields he had left behind. He is a retired art and photography teacher from Seoul American High School in Yongsan, 8th U.S. Army, in Seoul, Korea. Mr. O'Brien's credits include Far-Reaching Fragrance - Photographs of Korea, a collection in coffee table book form of photographic insights into traditional Korea. He has also co-authored a high school photography text, The Photographic Eye - Learning To See With A Camera. 1984 - John F. Kennedy Center Fellow for Teachers of the Arts.