Ānuenue Review seeks to encourage quality undergraduate creative work by providing students from all disciplines with the opportunity to publish their best writing and visual art. We believe in the importance of creative expression and know that the prospects for publication and editorial experience for undergraduate students are few and far between. We want to change that.
Ānuenue Review is committed to contributing to and supporting the decolonization efforts of the English Department at the University of Hawaiʻi by offering and encouraging the use of our platform for written work in ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi and Pidgin. We actively seek members for our editorial board who can understand these and other languages and who come from diverse backgrounds in order to diversify the literature we publish. We believe that efforts toward diversity and decolonization are critical everywhere and in all fields. As a publication based in Hawaiʻi, which has been illegally occupied by the United States since 1893, prioritizing decolonization is particularly important for us. We believe that diversity in voices and perspectives is of utmost importance in literature as it provides a space for people of all backgrounds to share, connect, and engage with relevant cultural context.
As of the 2022-2023 semester, Ānuenue Review has made an effort to open our submission pool to undergraduate students from other University of Hawaiʻi System schools and out-of-state universities as a way to broaden perspectives and raise the caliber and recognition of the journal to a new level. We hope to continue our expansion and welcome all opportunities to bring awareness to our mission beyond our university and state.
Meet Our Editors
Anna Kalabukhova | Editor-in-Chief
Anna is an English major and Pre-Health minor that also sails for the University of Hawaiʻi’s sailing team. When not doing various potentially-dangerous ocean activities, she enjoys reading and writing prose. She has a specific interest for the Classics — especially in ancient Greek mythology and history. Her undergraduate Honors thesis is a character study on Medea. She was previously an editor for creative nonfiction before stepping up to take Johanna Leo’s (the original founder of the journal) position as Editor-in-Chief. She is excited to carry on the journal’s purpose to showcase the creativity of undergraduate students and empower ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi and Pidgin speakers and writers.
Keʻalahoʻoipoleimaile Cabanilla | Associate Editor
Welina mai nō kākou e nā pua a me nā lei kaulana i kāhiko akula mai Kumukahi a i Lehua. Keʻalahoʻoipoleimaile is a senior from Lahaina, Maui and will receive a B.A. in English at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Her ʻono for writing is inspired by moʻolelo Hawaiʻi and mele Hawaiʻi, together with the resilient voices of indigenous communities throughout the world. With the continued guidance and support of her kūpuna, she dedicates herself to the well-being of lāhui.
Mia is a junior at UH. This is her second year as a poetry editor for Ānuenue Review and she’s honored to be a part of it. Besides being a completely unhinged poet, other notable traits of hers include a concerning emotional attachment to her spotify playlists, the urge to drastically change her appearance every semester, and an unhealthy obsession with fruit metaphors. She hopes you enjoy reading the journal as much as she does and thanks everyone who has contributed to it <3
James “Jay” Rosenlee
Jay is a current sophomore and English major at UH Mānoa. This is his first year as an editor with Ānuenue Review and he’s enjoyed being a part of the journal! In his free time, he enjoys reading, writing creative fiction, drinking boba, and playing all sorts of board games with his friends. After graduating, he plans to either find a job in the journalism field or anywhere that will let him keep writing!
Matthew CalulotMatthew is a graduating senior, majoring in marketing and international business, with a soft spot for the arts & humanities. He has a passion for the art of storytelling—whether it’s through seemingly mundane pieces of text like copywriting and advertising, or through expansive mediums like creative fiction and even tabletop role-playing. In his free time, he enjoys long-distance running, reading (anything goes!), and playing guitar.
Joel LlopJoel is pursuing a BA-MA in English from UH Mānoa. With his love for reading has come the love of all things regarding the written word—editing, writing, marketing the writing, and em dashes. Besides literature, Joel enjoys video games, mountain biking, surfing, and cooking.
Sarah Cartee is in her last semester at UH majoring in English and minoring in Communications. She currently works as the English Department’s communications assistant and serves on the Engineering Writing Support Team as a copy editor. Although she loves to write, she has a particular passion for editing and working alongside others to help share their stories. In her free time, she loves to read, listen to film podcasts, surf, and dive.
Kianna is a senior undergraduate student pursuing her BA degree in English. Her academic interest lies within the field of composition and rhetoric. Outside of Kianna’s academic life she enjoys reading, writing creative nonfiction, drinking matcha lattes, and being in the water. After graduation, she plans to take a year off before graduate school to travel and create a magazine that seeks to create a space for diverse voices while promoting a love for writing.
2021-2022 Editorial Team
Johanna Leo | Editor-in-Chief
Azlynn Brandenburg | Associate Editor
Emily Plunkett| Copy Editor
Kristin “Kira” Santana| Poetry Editor
Mia Winand| Poetry Editor
Matthew Calulot| Fiction Editor
Keʻalahoʻoipoleimaile Cabanilla | Fiction Editor
Joel Llop| Fiction Editor
Anna Kalabukhova| Creative Nonfiction Editor
Amy Mar| Creative Nonfiction Editor
Ānuenue Review Founder
Johanna Leo | 2021-2022 Editor-in-Chief and Founder
Johanna Leo was an international student from México who graduated from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in the spring of 2022 with a double-major in English and Psychology. She started Ānuenue Review to create a space that actively seeks and encourages creative and diverse undergraduate work. She also worked as a writing consultant for the Writing Center. In her free time, Johanna likes to read and write, do yoga, go hiking, and spend time in the ocean.