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Matthew Kainoa Wong was born and raised in Waiohuli, Maui on a cattle ranch that is run by his ʻohana. He attained his Bachelor’s degree in Hawaiian Language, his Post-Baccalaureate Degree in Secondary Education and his Master’s Degree in Hawaiian Language from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. His Master’s thesis and project focused on Paniolo lifestyle and cattle work. He teaches Hawaiian language levels 101-202 and still returns to Maui to work on the ranch.

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