James Kaleikaapuni Ahia, Jr. was born at Ola`a (now Kea`au) on Hawai`i island.
was raised on Puna Sugar Plantation, spending most of childhood summers with his
grandma at Kaimu, next to Kalapana on the Puna coast.
In the 6th grade, he boarded at Kamehameha School on O`ahu, graduated in 1960 and attended the University of Hawai`i-Mnoa.
jobs were: seasonal ranger at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
and Kaua`i island manager for Brewer Chemical
He moved to Walla Walla in 1993 to work for Western Farm Service and has been living in that corner of Washington ever since.
Kimo and his wife Kathy have a son James
in Texas and daughter Debra on Kaua`i and four mo`opuna.