George Kanahele

George Huʻeu Sanford Kanahele (1930–2000) was a native Hawaiian activist, historian and author.

George Kanahele
George Kanahele
Born(1930-10-17)October 17, 1930
DiedSeptember 14, 2000(2000-09-14) (aged 69)
OccupationActivist, historian, author


George Huʻeu Sanford Kanahele was born October 17, 1930 in Kahuku on the island of Oʻahu of Hawaii.[1] Kanahele graduated from Kamehameha Schools in 1948, and served as missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Japan until 1954. He then served in the United States Army Security Agency in Germany.

Kanahele received his Bachelor's and master's degrees in political science from Brigham Young University Hawaiʻi, and Ph.D. in Government and Southeast Asian Affairs from Cornell University in 1967,[2] graduating from Cornell with academic honors.[3]

Kanahele published several books during his life relating to Hawaiian culture and history.[4] As co-founder of the Hawaiʻi Entrepreneurship Training & Development Institute, he trained indigenous people around the world in how to start sustainable businesses.[1]

Kanahele founded of the Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association in 1997.[5] Despite being a valuable part of the Hawaiian activism movement, some of his ideas are controversial, such as his argument that native Hawaiians should embrace Hawaii's tourism by helping the visitor industry revive a "Hawaiianess," also described as "a Hawaiian sense of place," in visitor destinations such as Waikīkī. In 1998 he received the Living Treasures of Hawai'i award.

He died in Guam on September 14, 2000, after a heart attack[4] while teaching a seminar.[6]



  1. ^ a b "George Huʻeu Sanford Kanahele (September 2000)". The National Army Security Agency Association. Archived from the original on 2010-12-06. Retrieved 2010-03-08.
  2. ^ Michael Tsai (July 2, 2006). "George Kanahele". The Honolulu Advertiser.
  3. ^ "2008 Celebrate a Legacy in Tourism Honorees: George H. S. Kanahele". Shidler College of Business. 2008.
  4. ^ a b Omandam, Pat (September 16, 2000). "Historian Kanahele, 69, leaves legacy in Waikiki". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Retrieved 2021-05-20.
  5. ^ "Organizational History". official web site. Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association. Archived from the original on 2010-06-13. Retrieved 2010-03-08.
  6. ^ Dan Nakaso (August 16, 2009). "George KanaheleRestored 'Hawaiianness' to Waikiki and founded the Native Hawaiian Tourism and Hospitality Association". Honolulu Advertiser. Retrieved 2010-03-08.[permanent dead link]