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Francisco Acoba


Francisco “Fran” Acoba grew up in Kalihi and attended the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, where he earned an MA in English (literary studies) that concluded with a project about contemporary Hawaiian music. After graduate school, he worked as a research assistant at a commercial real estate firm and then as a technical writer at a financial institution. In 2001, Fran started teaching at Kapi’olani Community College (KCC).

Fran currently serves as an associate professor of English at KCC, teaching literature and writing (with a sustainability focus), where he also also helps to run the college’s Service and Sustainability Learning program.

Fran believes in Peter Elbow’s enabling mantra that “[e]veryone can write.” More specifically, within a particular context, everyone can generate text that follows conventions (and goes beyond them) and has meaning for its intended audience.

Interests: climate change, indigenous wisdom, sustainable communities, water

UN SDH’s: SDG 4 Quality Education, SDG 12 Responsible Consumption, SDG 13 Climate Action, SDG 17 Partnerships for the Goals


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