Hob Osterlund is a writer, photographer, filmmaker and the founder of the Kaua’i Albatross Network and the author of Holy Mōlī: Albatross and Other Ancestors (Oregon State University Press, 2016.) Holy Moli is now in its fourth printing, and has received accolades from such stellar authors as Mary Oliver, Carl Safina, Cheryl Strayed, Pam Houston and Terry Tempest Williams. For five years (2014-2018) she was the Kauaʻi Coordinator for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology “TrossCam” project. In 2017 she was given the “Lifetime Achievement” Award from the US Fish and Wildlife Service at Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge. She is the producer of “Kalama’s Journey,” a story about an albatross chick raised by two female parents on Kaua’i. “KJ” has won a Telly and a “Best Cinematography” award. In 2019, one of Hob’s albatross shots was selected as an Audubon “Top 100” photo.
Hobʻs writing and photography have appeared in The New York Times, National Geographic News, National Geographic Explorer, Audubon, National Wildlife, Nature Conservancy, Birders’ World, Hana Hou Hawaiian Airlines in-flight magazine, Portland, Ms. Magazine and more.
For several years she has served as a Habitat Liaison for a number of private landowners on Kaua`i.
Hob attended the University of California-Berkeley, and there received a bachelor’s degree in Ecological Geography. She holds a master’s degree in Nursing from the University of Hawai`i-Manoa.
Hob founded Hawaii’s first inpatient pain management program at The Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu, where she worked with an astounding team of professionals. As Principal Investigator for the Comedy in Chemotherapy (COMIC) Study, Hob and her colleagues were the first to conduct a randomized controlled trial demonstrating the positive impact of comedy on the symptoms of cancer and chemotherapy. Hob also wrote and performed the comedy character Ivy Push, RN for national healthcare audiences. She produced two DVDs of those shows.
Hob is a 6th-generation Hawai`i resident, descended from the firstborn of Richard and Clarissa Armstrong’s ten children. She is honored to be a member of the Daughters of Hawai`i, an organization of descendants of people who lived in Hawai`i prior to 1880.
Notable works, coverage and accomplishments
(cover photo: Joanne Little; headshot: Catherine Steinmann)