The author and illustrator of Petroglyphs of Hawaiçi lived in Volcano, Hawaii for over 30 years until his death in October 1993. A student of Hawaiian tradition and culture, McBride also lectured on geology, botany, history and legends of Hawaii. His death has left a great void.
Of Irish and Iroquois Indian descent, McBride was born in Reading, Pennsylvania and grew up in Ohio. In 1943 he enlisted in the Navy and after basic training, was assigned to a ship stationed at Nawiliwili Harbor, Kauai. It was there that he fell in love with the Hawaiian Islands and people and started learning the Hawaiian language and about Hawaiian culture.
After service in World War II and the Korean conflict, McBride received a B.S. degree in geology from Ohio State University, with a minor in botany. After work in industrial research, he joined the National Park Service and was assigned to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. With his family, he made his home in the Volcano area. In an eleven year association with Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, McBride continued to add to his knowledge of all things Hawaiian.
Throughout much of his life McBride was a dedicated student of Hawaiian tradition and culture. He told Hawaiian stories in the old Hawaiian way for nearly thirty years and held a kauila dagger, the sign of a professional Hawaiian storyteller. A talented stoneworker and woodcarver, McBride crafted numerous museum-quality reproductions of Hawaiian tools and weapons.
The author wrote and illustrated four other outstanding original works: About Hawaii's Volcanoes; The Kahuna, Versatile Masters of Old Hawaii; Pele, Volcano Goddess of Hawaii (currently out ofprint); and Practical Folk Medicine of Hawaii.