Carol Hogan is an author, photojournalist, and lifetime learner who, after a long and successful career as a photojournalist, returned to college and completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Nonfiction. She graduated in December 2012, as a member of Phi Kappa Phi honor society, from Western Washington University, in Bellingham, Washington.
Born on the Fourth of July, Ms. Hogan, a native Californian, grew up in the small seaside town of Manhattan Beach, where her family had lived for three generations. But Carol wanted to see more of the world. When Bob announced he’d like to build a sailboat, Carol was all for it. Reinforced by their supportive families, in 1960 they started construction of a 33-foot sailboat in their backyard. Five years later, they launched Discovery, and moved aboard with their two young children Robbie and Sharri. Following a year of preparation, in November 1966, they left California bound for a cruise around the world.
They visited numerous ports in Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, the Galapagos Islands, Easter Island, Pitcairn Island, Tahiti, the Tuamotu Atolls and Marquesas Islands, all the while homeschooling the children. But after two years, they ran out of money, the children needed critical elements of schooling, and their boat was way too small. They decided to sail to Hawaii to replenish the cruising kitty, enroll the children in school and build a new, larger boat. While in Hawaii, Carol began writing feature stories about cruising with children, Because of the dearth of information about children on boats, publications such as Sail Magazine, Cruising World and Boating purchased everything she could write. When she had exhausted the cruising stories she turned her interests to Hawaii, publishing features about her new home. Her photographs and articles included culture, food and ocean sports, and were published both locally and internationally.
She became the outdoor writer for The Honolulu Advertiser in 1978, and for ten years covered all of Hawaii’s championship outdoor sports events including surfing, swimming, kayaking, running, cycling, triathlons, and Hawaii’s most popular indigenous sport –– outrigger canoe racing. Her ten years at the newspaper spanned the controversial period when female sports reporters were not welcome on the playing fields and were kicked out of locker rooms. In order to prove she was a knowledgeable sports writer and to understand what the athletes were experiencing, Carol began participating in many of the events she covered. Because of this she was sometimes referred to as Hawaii’s George Plimpton.
In summer, 1980, Carol and Bob flew from Honolulu to Portland, Oregon, with their bicycles, bound for a trip across the United States. Three months later they arrived at the Atlantic ocean in Boston, Massachusetts. When they returned to Honolulu and work, Carol announced that she had entered Hawaii’s Ironman Triathlon. When he heard this, the Advertiser’s managing editor told her: “You only have to cover the event, you don’t have to race it.” But Carol knew otherwise. Not only did she finish the race, she was third in her age division and received a trophy. She raced again the following year and won fourth place in her age group.
She is planning to enter graduate school, and is also writing full time to complete her first book chronicling her cruising adventures, a novel titled: In the Wake of Discovery: Two Adults, Two Children, and 25,000-Miles on a Small Boat. Her writing and photography has appeared in dozens of publications including Sail, Cruising World, Boating, and International Yachtsman.