ALOHA: Adult Learning of Hawaiian Attributes will officially be released in July 2018.
As of Thursday (6/14), I have officially completed my graduate program at Portland State University, a goal I’ve been working towards since 2015 (inspired by my first trip to the Rose City in 2014, after graduating from UH Hilo with my Bachelor’s). I am so glad for school to be over; however on a personal level, despite the overwhelming obstacles I’ve had to jump through to get to where I am today, I still wouldn’t have it any other way. In fact, I have learned to accept that the journey is the destination, and that life can provide you with a plethora of learning environments and situations, both good and bad, and the educational component is like the glue that holds the pieces of the puzzle together.
This blog was originally started in 2014 under the name: Driven By Aloha, but was never given the time, attention, and aloha needed to move forward, until now; and after proposing a Hawaiian-based intervention by the same name, for my final Master’s project, I was inclined to continue it, and move it forward by way of blog.
I am really looking forward to spending more time writing, course-designing, and finding employment in teaching adult learners preferably at a university or community college, while discovering my new community and home in Nevada. I know that Las Vegas will provide me the opportunities to apply myself, and it seems fitting that after 19 years I am ready and prepared to return to one of the first colleges I’ve attended and managed to drop-out, but this time as an instructor. If not that one, perhaps another one…but it’s been determined that I’m going into teaching adults.
I am currently in Portland, enjoying the time I have left in the City of Roses, before returning to the realities of finding a job in the Silver State, but I just wanted to take the time to, Welcome any newcomers to this blog. If you’re reading this: I encourage you to “follow”, so you won’t miss the official release of my site, coming in July 2018. If not, feel free to join us anytime afterwards, as I intend to teach and share my culture, and inspire the world, on person at a time.
It’s Pride Weekend here, and there are parties everywhere in celebration of the LGBTQ+ rainbow community, and I’m about to take part, so I’ll leave you with this quote from Mama Ru, Rupaul, “If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell can you love someone else? Can I get an Amen, up in here?” Aloha Always!
Mahalo Portland, and all those who’ve supported me throughout my journey. I look forward to bringing you more ALOHA coming July. A hui hou kākou (Until we meet again).