Hope Keawe was born and raised
in North Kohala on the Big Island of Hawai`i.
She attended school in North Kohala and transferred
to Farrington High School on Oahu during her senior
year. She comes from a family of 8 children, all
of whom reside in Hawai`i .
Hope met John in 1972 upon
his return from the US Navy and they were married
on October 20, 1973. They have 3 sons and at last
count –- 9 grandchildren!
Hope has worked at various
jobs through the years and currently is the Health
Nurse Aide at Kohala Elementary School.
She loves music and is active
in the music ministry at the Sacred Heart Catholic
Church. As a child, she took hula lessons for
a while and did not take it up again until 1996
under kumu hula Rayleen Lancaster. Since then,
Hope has blossomed into an elegant hula dancer
and has become an integral part of John’s
performances by providing beautiful interpretations
of his original compositions as well as traditional