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Auriella Hughes and Fred Knowles and their son Orion moved together to Alaska in 1998 from the aloha state of Hawaii for what was intended to be a three-year work commitment. They both fell in love with the wonderful community of Sitka and with the beautiful environment of Southeast Alaska, and decided to stay. The Biorka Guest House was already established when they moved in, and has provided a wonderful opportunity for them to meet hearty travelers from all over the globe who also love to explore Sitka and to enjoy all that this community has to offer.

Auriella worked as a nurse for over 35 years and also loves creating wheel-thrown pottery. She co-founded the nonprofit organization Brave Heart Volunteers here in Sitka, and has also been fortunate to work closely with Alaska Native Elders in nearby villages. She sells her pottery locally at the Island Artist Gallery in Downtown Sitka. She was a volunteer for the local NPR affiliate, KCAW, for over a decade, and loves gardening, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.

Fred‘s career has been built around the construction industry. He manages commercial and municipal capital improvement projects in southeast Alaska. He finds time to play guitar in his blues band and in a rock ensemble here in Sitka, a community very supportive of the arts and music. Fred also has a blues radio show on KCAW. A lifelong baseball fan, and Little League coach for 15 years, Fred still pulls the old glove out to play catch with son Orion, who pitched on the state championship team in high school.







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