​​        Jane Lasswell Hoff was born in Hollywood, California, and lived most of her childhood in southern California. She is the daughter of Thomas and Marcia Lasswell, authors and university professors. 

    She attended the University of Hawaii for her undergraduate studies and, there, she fell in love with the Hawaiian Islands. She attended the University of Oregon for her graduate studies...and there she fell in love again, and married Charles Jay Hoff. 

      She is a professional forensic anthropologist, a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and a lecturer in anthropology. As a forensic anthropologist, she has worked for tribal groups, the U. S. government and in the states of Alabama, Florida, Hawaii, Mississippi, Washington and Utah.

     She now lives and works in Hilo, Hawaii.

Jane Lasswell Hoff