Born on the Hawaiian Island of Kaua’i as his mother before him who was a long-time public librarian and author of Kaua’i’s first guide book, it was Jozuf Hadley’s maternal grandfather who in 1902 founded Kaua’i’s weekly newspaper, The Garden Island.
Hadley studied Art at the California College of Arts & Crafts in Oakland, did graduate work at the University of Oregon in Eugene, then earned an MFA in Sculpture at the University of Hawaii in Manoa. He went on to teach Art at the secondary level for three decades. Among other awards and commissions, Hadley is the recipient of Hawaii State grants for Art in Public Places, and his works are included in private collections.
Since the early seventies the artist has been known for his books and recorded narrations of poetry and short stories in Hawaii’s Pidgin English, published under the name Bradajo (Brother Joe). A former swimming champion, he can often be found in the ocean at Place of Refuge in Honaunau on Big Island of Hawaii, where he resides.
Chaloookyu by Bradajo
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