Fr. Khanh Hoang was born during the Tet Offensive of 1968 in the city of Da Nang, Viet Nam. He grew up during the Viet Nam war and eventually escaped out by boat with a brother and sister in 1978 and landed in Hong Kong. He came to the United States in 1980 and have lived in numerous places; California, Texas, Colorado, Michigan, Ohio, New Jersey, and now Hawaii.
Fr. Khanh entered the seminary in ninth grade in 1982 (skipped eighth grade), actually to accompany his cousin who wanted to study for the priesthood. Eventually the cousin left and got married. Fr. Khanh continued and was ordained for the Diocese of Colorado Springs, Colorado on June 4, 1994. Fr. Khanh came to Hawaii in 2003 due to allergies and has served at St. Jude, Sts. Peter and Paul, Our Lady of Good Counsel, and Vicar for Clergy. Fr. Khanh was re-assigned to St. Jude on July 1, 2014.