Captain Shawn moved to Hoonah in 1969 when his parents came here to work as teachers at the local schools. Coming from the deserts of New Mexico, it was as if he had stepped into paradise. Trout on every cast could be found just a hundred yards from the back porch. The forest and waters surrounding Hoonah provided an infinite playground in which to camp, build, hunt, fish, and explore. Shawn first went to sea in a 12 foot Boston Whaler as a commercial salmon troller at age 14.
After graduating from Hoonah High School, he attended Seattle Pacific University where he met his wife, Teresa, who shared a similar life story, having moved with her parents to Glennallen, Alaska in 1968 as they took teaching jobs in the small town north of Anchorage.
Following college, both Teresa and Shawn accepted teaching jobs in Fairbanks from which they have both retired after 20+ years of service. During the years of teaching in Fairbanks, they returned to Hoonah each summer to afford their sons, Captain Casey and Kyle, the opportunity to enjoy a lifestyle unmatched in its richness and wild beauty.
They permanently moved back to Hoonah in May of 2008 and look forward to spending many more years enjoying the Southeast Alaska lifestyle full-time.
During the past 40+ years, Shawn has worked as a commercial fisherman as well as a crew member and cannery hand. We started Glacier Wind Charters in 1995 and have had the tremendous pleasure of sharing the wildlife and beautiful vistas of our area with guests from all over the world.
Shawn spends the winters working on building projects and writing.
Check out his first novel, Night Vision, and his most recent release, Icy Passage, available on Amazon.
We are pleased to have our son Casey captaining the Kohola for his third season. A favorite with our guests, Casey brings a wealth of knowledge of the local area, the wildlife and surrounding countryside. He has been up and down most of the local mountains in his pursuit of game and is constantly trying new areas and techniques for fishing. All the while with a keen eye on the whales and other marine wildlife. Casey has recently completed his master’s degree in Fisheries Biology, if you have a fish question, he is the person to ask…