About Me

Hi. Thanks for visiting my web site. For those of you who don’t know me, I’m a freelance writer and editor with a wildly eclectic set of interests. Whether that’s a good thing is open for debate.

For many years, I was a senior writer for Hawaii Business magazine, where I wrote stories about topics as diverse as the history of commercial fishing, the making of a miracle drug, and what to think about the confusing (but not doubtful) data behind climate change. In other words, not the usual fodder for a business magazine.

Over the years, I’ve also been a prolific freelancer. I’ve won awards for stories about travel, science, culture, and history, and my work has appeared in many national publications, including The Atlantic, Forbes, The Washington Post, and Smithsonian Air & Space. This eclecticism runs against the conventional wisdom that successful freelancers specialize. It certainly pays more for a writer to become an expert on one or two topics. It’s more fun, though, to write about esoteric subjects, like invention of the modern oyster, the industrial uses of meat byproducts, saving coral from climate change, and the advent of a new age in astronomy.

Sometimes, I tell people I’m a science writer. And, when I moved back to the East Coast, last year, it was, in part, to grow the science part of my freelance repertoire. But I also still write for Hawaii Business as the magazine’s Washington correspondent, so I’ve actually added a topic–politics–to my quiver. And we haven’t even gotten to my blog, a haphazard and idiosyncratic collection of musings on whatever interests me in the moment. So, am I a science writer, or merely a dilettante? The data, as they say, are still out.



7 Comments Add yours

  1. imustremain anonymous says:

    Craig Chapman must under no circumstances remain on Hawaii State land @ Malaekahana State Rec. Area, nor any member of his family. He should not even be in Hawaii unless in prison. Much damage has been done and the critics have only touched the surface. A lot of lives have been damaged by Chapman. Guests are anything but safe.

    I intend to spend whatever time is necessary to rectify the situation at Malaekahana St. Rec. Area.

    Please contact me.

  2. Mr. Hollier,

    My comment below is in reference to this article: http://blogs.hawaiibusiness.com/2012/03/22/employers-big-business-vs-small-business/

    Can you provide data on job creation by small versus big business and include how many jobs were outsourced to other countries between the two? In this article you compare revenue between 27.6 million firms with fewer than 500 employees to 975 companies with more than 10,000 employees citing that the bigger business generated more revenue but what is the total number of employees for each and how many of those jobs are being outsourced to other countries?

    In my opinion, keeping America and Americans working is not only a cornerstone but also the heartbeat of our great nation. Small businesses and big businesses working together will only strengthen America’s foundation and allow us to compete globally.

  3. It appears you know a good deal about this particular subject and it shows throughout this specific posting, called
    “Dennis Hollier | A blog of fascinations”. Thanks a lot -Marie

  4. Minnie says:

    Hello there! I could have sworn I’ve been to this blog before but after checking through some of the post I realized it’s new to me.
    Anyhow, I’m definitely glad I found it and I’ll be book-marking and checking back often!

  5. Philip J Olsson says:

    Thank you for your article on the modern oyster. I eat hundreds of oysters in a year but knew none of the science you present.

  6. Ken Otis says:

    Hi Dennis,
    Thanks for the shorthand article. I never learned how to write shorthand, but I sure wish I did, especially after reading your article. It would’ve helped immeasurably in high school and college.

    Ken Otis
    San Diego ca

    1. Hi Ken, Somehow your comment on my website disappeared until now. So, sorry for the (very) late reply. Glad you liked the shorthand story. It was one of the most popular stories I ever wrote and I still get emails and letters about it. I was even featured on a Freakonomics radio show.

      So, I’m even more of at shorthand fan than I was when I wrote the story. Glad you liked the story. Also, you can definitely still learn Gregg shorthand. You might not ever write 200 words a minute, but you can quickly learn enough to write 80 wpm. And with a lot of practice, 100 wpm is possible.

      Thanks for writing! And sorry for the multi-year delay in replying.


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