Robert Nilsen was born and raised in Minnesota. His first major excursion from the Midwest was a two-year stint in South Korea with the Peace Corps. Following that eye-opening service, he stayed on in Korea independently, teaching and traveling, and soaking up as much of its history and culture as he could. Setting his sights on other lands and cultures, he made a two-year trek through Asia before returning home to the United States, and since then has had the good fortune to return to Asia and the Pacific on numerous occasions. Robert has written Moon Handbooks South Korea for Avalon Travel Publishing, and has contributed to Moon Handbooks Indonesia. Since the passing of his good friend J.D. Bisignani, he has shouldered full responsibility for the revision of Moon Handbooks' Hawaii series, including Moon Handbooks Hawaii, Moon Handbooks Kaua'i, Moon Handbooks O'ahu, Moon Handbooks Maui, and Moon Handbooks Big Island of Hawai'i. It is the many wonderful aspects of the Hawaiian Islands-slack-key guitar, palm-fringed beaches, tropical mountain hikes, the re-emergent culture of the Hawaiian people and their friendly aloha spirit-that keep Robert heading back each year.Nilsen, Robert is the author of 'Moon Handbooks Hawaii', published 2004 under ISBN 9781566915144 and ISBN 1566915147.