In honor of National Principals Month in October, the HIDOE produced an inspiring video of principals who have graduated from the DOE leading their own DOE school with pride! I attended elementary in California, Okinawa and then 4th to 6th grade at Maemae Elementary School. I then went to Aiea Intermediate and High.
Attending public school taught me how to relate to so many different types of peers from different cultures, beliefs and thoughts. The opportunity to learn how to negotiate, compromise and connect allowed me the chance to see life through others eyes. Sometimes parents can inadvertently hurt their child if too much protection and shelter block reality. For me, at Aiea, life was real. Full of challenges, obstacles, and triumphs.
Learning how to deal with defeat and setbacks gave me the drive to persevere and battle my way back no matter how hard the situation was. Mrs. Kumasaka, my 11th grade English teacher gave me a very low score on a writing piece and expected more from me than I thought possible. This ultimately led to raising my own personal expectations.
As a school principal, I expect nothing but the best for our students, faculty, and families. With that mindset and determination, Kanoelani has flourished with the help and dedication of every single staff member who works day in and day out with the WE > ME heart! We are truly one team and everyday people at Kanoelani choose the right attitude and love each individual for who they are! I am very proud to be apart of this great community!
On Saturday, May 9, 2015, Denzel Washington delivered the commencement speech at Dillard University. This video is just a small portion of his speech that he gave that day to 213 graduating students. Mr. Washington emphasizes that you should have dreams with goals. Without goals, a dream will only have disappointment. I hope you will be inspired by Mr. Washington to set goals for yourself and your family.Uploaded Sep 22, 2017by Stacie Kunihisa
Video By: Brent Suyama
Video Production Manager
Communications and Community Affairs Office | Video Production Branch
Hawaii State Department of Education