Kanoe was born and raised in Mākaha valley with his three brothers.
They have a very close bond, formed in the sun with their hands in the dirt. They spent many days helping and laughing at each other, and Kanoe is thankful for each of those moments. He considers himself blessed to have been guided and raised by passionate and thoughtful parents and grandparents. Kanoe is a firm believer in, and advocate for, the native Hawaiian community; he is grateful to the Queen for the opportunity she has provided him to give support and hope to those who most need it. Kanoe has worked for Queen Lili‘uokalani for five years. He earned a BA in Hawaiian Studies from University of Hawaiʻi and a MSW from the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work. Kanoe is a proud, loving father of two sons: five-year-old Lono and five-month-old Mākua; he is in a constant power struggle with both of them. At last check, Kanoe was losing ... badly.