Jane Lasswell Hoff was born in Hollywood, California, and lived most of her childhood in southern California. She went to the University of Hawaii for her undergraduate studies and, there, she fell in love with the Hawaiian Islands. She is a professional forensic anthropologist, a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and a lecturer in anthropology. As a forensic anthropologist, she has worked for tribal groups, the U. S. government and in the states of Alabama, Florida, Hawaii, Mississippi, Washington and Utah. She was married to Charles Hoff but is now widowed and lives and works in Hilo, Hawaii.