About the Author
George Kahumoku, Jr. was raised in the old ways, with a large family. He worked the land and the sea and grew up with the music of his people. By the time he was 12 years of age, he was playing professionally with the legendary and influential Kui Lee ("I'll Remember you" , "Lahainaluna", etc.). After graduating from the Kamehameha Schools in 1969, he went on to get a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Oakland's California College of Arts and Crafts. Not only has he achieved recognition and accolades for his music (Hoku awards in 1979 and 2000), and his art ( sculpture, etc.), but also for his skills and experience with the land, with several state-wide and national awards for farming. In 1993 he graduated from the Hawai'i State Agricultural Leadership Program. George is a community leader as well, working with children in native language studies, farming, and other programs, and teaches the Special Motivation Program at Lahainaluna High School. Auntie Nona Beamer has dubbed George "Hawai'i's Renaissance Man", because he is one ofthe few who still knows the old ways -- farming, fishing and herbs -- and can survive on the land, and yet gets up every morning and works the internet, fielding international requests for his CDs and performances.