About Ilima Loomis
I’ve been working full-time as a writer or editor for more than 15 years, and one of the things I love most about my job is the wide variety of stories I’ve covered.
As a freelancer, I’ve covered space junk for Science and Nature, written about dark matter for Popular Science, interviewed scientists at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan for Astronomy, and profiled “cool jobs” in volcano science for Science News for Students. Along the way, I’ve contributed to numerous other publications, including National Geographic Traveler, Muse, Hakai, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, Islands, Alaska Beyond (Alaska Airlines Magazine),WestJet Magazine, Hana Hou (The Magazine of Hawaiian Airlines), Hawaii, Honolulu, and Hawaii Business.
During my time as managing editor of Spirituality & Health, I helped see the magazine through a major reorganization; working closely with some incredible contributing writers; and covering topics ranging from chronic pain, to Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, to pet psychics.
As a young reporter at The Maui News, I won numerous awards for my journalism, including the state’s top prize for investigative reporting in 2008, for my coverage of risky business practices, massive layoffs, and questionable land sales at Maui Land & Pineapple Company. In 2007 I received honors in feature writing and public service journalism for my exposé of the state’s troubled air ambulance system.
My work conducting oral histories for the Hawaii Cattlemen’s Association led to my first book, Rough Riders: Hawai’i’s Paniolo and Their Stories, which won the Hawaii Literary Arts Council’s Elliot Cades Award for Literature in 2006. The paniolo theme inspired me to write my first book for children, Ka’imi’s First Round-Up.
Although born and raised in Hawaii, I did put in my time living on the mainland, including surviving four New Hampshire winters while earning my B.A. at Dartmouth College.
When I’m not writing, I practice Aikido at Maui’s historic Shunshinkan Dojo.