Tadaaki "Tad" Kikugawa was born on the island of Lanai, and grew up in Wahiawa, HI. He graduated from Leilehua High School and Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, TX. He also graduated from seminaries in New Orleans, LA, New York, NY, and Newton, MA. After graduation, Tad and his wife Elinor settled in the Bay Area. He then obtained his teaching credentials from San Francisco State University and began his career teaching mathematics at De Anza High School, Richmond School District. Tad had a lifetime interest in pottery, woodworking, brush painting, and bonsai.