Victor C. Pellegrino, Professor Emeritus, taught writing and Eastern and Western literature at Maui Community College. He served eight years as chair of the Language Arts Division. He also taught courses in advanced writing and American literature for the University of Hawai`i. Pellegrino was the first recipient of the Excellence in English Teaching Award presented by the Hawai`i affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of English. He also received the Excellence in Teaching English Award from the Hawai`i Branch of the English-Speaking Union of the United States. Pellegrino served on the editorial board of Makali`i, The Journal of the University of Hawai`i Community Colleges.

Pellegrino’s books have guided writers for more than two decades. His WRITER’S GUIDE SERIES—A Writer’s Guide to Transitional Words and Expressions, A Writer’s Guide to Using Eight Methods of Transition, A Writer’s Guide to Powerful Paragraphs, and A Writer’s Guide to Perfect Punctuation—have been used by students, teachers, and writers in the United States and abroad.

Pellegrino’s writing is not limited to the world of English. Pellegrino has written two reflective books: Maui Art Thoughts: Expressions and Visions, and A Slip of Bamboo: A Collection of Haiku from Maui. He has also published an Italian cookbook, Simply Bruschetta: Garlic Toast the Italian Way. As a cookbook author, Pellegrino has appeared on television shows in Hawai`i and on the Mainland. He has held numerous food demonstrations, taught many cooking classes, and conducted cookbook writing workshops. His most recent book, A Journey into the Self, is a collection of poems he wrote between 1956 and 2009. He recently completed two family genealogy books and is currently writing a novel and a vegetable-based Italian cookbook.

In addition to his own writing, Pellegrino has edited and assisted in the publication of numerous books for other authors from Hawai`i and the Mainland. He has been a presenter at several writing conferences, the most recent for the Excellence in Writing Institute. He has conducted self-publishing seminars for the Maui Community College Department of Continuing Education and for the Hawai`i Writer’s Conference.

Pellegrino received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the State University of New York, College at Buffalo. He has studied and traveled extensively in Japan, China, and Italy. In 1984, he was a Fulbright Scholar in India. He is married to Wallette Garcia of Wailuku, Maui. They have three children, La`ela`eokalā, Mahinamālamalama, and Hōkūao, and two grandchildren, Kamehanaokalā and Ka`imi.

Most recently, Pellegrino has become a farmer in Waikapū. Restoring the ancient kalo terraces, lo`i, and `auwai (more than 400 years old) with his family, neighbors, and friends was the inspiration for Uncle Kawaiola’s Dream: A Hawaiian Story.