Remembered for both his acclaimed career as a falsetto singer and for his political activism on behalf of the anti-military, Protect Kahoʻolawe ʻOhana cause, he disappeared while on a 1977 mission to rescue fellow activists on the island of Kahoʻolawe.
While studying at St. Louis High School on the Hawaiian island of Oʻahu, he received both vocal music and guitar training.
During the mid-1970s, he spoke eloquently in front of the United States Congress, calling for an end to the U.S. Navy's use of Kaho'olawe as a site for bombing practice.
He was a native of Kalamaʻula, Molokaʻi, Hawaii.
He and legendary surfer Eddie Aikau both became Hawaiian youth heroes.