Joe Holt (aka Aloha Joe) was born in Santa Barbara, California on the 12th of September 1978. After living in orphanages, foster homes, and a forced child labor camp, he signed to join the United States Marine Corps on his 17th birthday. After two enlistments in the Marines as an Aviation Electrical Engineer, he had attained the rank of Sergeant, had served two tours overseas, and had earned a National Defense Medal. A combination of military and off-duty injuries led to his medical retirement at the age of 23.
After his early retirement, Joe began serving non-profits in his local communities. As a Patriot Supporter of the Vietnam Brotherhood, as well as the Historian and Sergeant at Arms of the American Legion, he recorded veterans stories to help preserve America's rich national past for more than a decade. He is a member of the Kona, Hi. Freemasons, Pacific Grove, Ca. Freemasons, Scottish Rite Valley of San Jose, Ca., Chaplain of the National Sojourners, (as well as an ordained minister) and is also a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Veterans. He is the father of two sons, Joseph Jr. and Justin, and now lives on the Big Island of Hawaii. He is a full time non-fiction writer, photographer, artist, and Ambassador of Aloha.