Al Lagunero was born in 1945 and graduated from Farrington High School. He furthered his art education at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Arizona State University, and the San Francisco Art Institute. Al’s pilgrimages to holy places in north, central, and south America, Japan, Korea, Italy, France, Belgium and Spain inform his art. Lagunero has spent many years in the art industry as a freelance illustrator, artist, gallery owner, and chair of the Olowalu Cultural Reserve; the Keomailani Hanapi Foundation started by Hiko Hanapi on the big island in Waimea. KHF started the first Hawaiian art school, HOEA: Hawaiian Ohana for Education in the Arts as a prototype project. Since 1959, he has exhibited in local, national, and international venues, with numerous purchases, placements, and recognitions of his work. He has volunteered in the community in the areas of Arts, Sciences, and Spirituality since he was a child. Currently, he is a full-time artist who works out of his art studio and private showroom in Kula, Maui.
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