Bree Kessler

Bree Kessler‘s first visit to the Big Island of Hawai’i was as a summer volunteer, picking pineapples on an organic farm. This experience with farming sparked an interest in urban agriculture; she returned to academia to pursue a PhD at the City University of New York in environmental psychology-the study of how people and places interact with one another.

Bree has taught courses on a variety of topics at the University of Hawai’i-Hilo, Hunter College, and the School for International Training. Outside of academia, she has a second career as a freelance writer. Her work has appeared in publications such as Honolulu Magazine, Edible Hawaiian Islands, Women’s Adventure, and Wine Enthusiast. Bree has lived abroad in China, Honduras, India, South Africa, and Thailand, volunteered with the National Park Service in northern Alaska, and traveled extensively throughout Latin America.

Although Bree currently splits her time between Hawai’i and Alaska, she always returns to the Big Island and her true vocation: exploring her island home and sharing its spirit of aloha. Learn more about her writing and research at
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