Guy Kawasaki

Chief Evangelist, Canva; Best-selling Author

From High School AP English Student to Best-Selling Author

I was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1954. My family lived in a tough part of Honolulu called Kalihi Valley. We weren’t rich, but I never felt poor, because my mother and father made many sacrifices for my sister and me. My mother was a housewife, and my father was a fireman, real estate broker, state senator, and government official during his long, distinguished career.

I attended Iolani School, where I graduated in 1972. Iolani is not as well known as its rival, Punahou, because no presidents of the U.S. went there, but I got a fantastic and formative education there. (Punahou is “USC,” and Iolani is “Stanford”—but I digress.) I pay special tribute to Harold Keables, my AP English teacher. He taught me that the key to writing is editing. No one in the universe would be more shocked that I have written twelve books (or one book twelve times) than Harold Keables.

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