Dennis Kawaharada was born in Agana, Guam, in 1951, to nisei parents Makita and Matsuko, who moved to Guam from Hawaiʻi that year for work. In 1953, the family moved back to Hawai’i and settled in rural Kāne’ohe, where Kawaharada attended public schools, graduating in 1969. Dennis served as a writer, documentor on various Hōkūleʻa voyages prior to the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage. He also served as the webmaster for the original PVS website.

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