Christmas Card & Year-In-Review

Ho, ho, ho, Merry Christmas! Here’s my 2018 card and customary year-in-review blurb. Hope your year was a good one!

It was an inauspicious start to the new year. Our @KSEdTech team held its annual Mashup professional learning day at Island Pacific Academy in Kapolei on Saturday, January 13th. Here I am just moments before the ballistic missile alert. Well… it’s great to be alive! The year can only get better from here on.

And it did! I got to go to SXSW EDU in Austin, TX in early March. This was the one education conference that I always wanted to attend. And it did not disappoint!

Just a week later, I got to go on an R&D trip with the Kealaʻula Innovations Institute to the Bay Area. We visited a host of schools, as well as Apple, Google, and the Stanford d.School. Mahalo to the Kealaʻula cohort for an amazing school year!

In April, I took part as a a panelist at the “It’s Great to be a Teacher in Hawaiʻi” event at Leeward Community College. I got to meet up with colleagues, school leaders, prospective teachers, (and even my sister.)

We did it! In May, we put on a very successful student TED Talk eventTED-Ed Club at Hālau ʻĪnana is a collaboration of students from public, private, and charter schools in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi.

Revive (homeless outreach ministry) continues to faithfully serve the community. Blessed and inspired by the amazing servants on our team. We go to Crane Park on Sundays following the 11am service. Come join us.

My summer PD of choice is the annual Punahou SGLI Educator Track. Always inspired by awesome educators from around the world. And it was great reconnecting with Roddy from Japan!

This year also marked 15 years of service at the Kamehameha Schools. It has been a blessing! So special to celebrate with such an amazing team.

Did some solo traveling to Seoul, Korea in October. Cashed in my HawaiianMiles rewards and had the best time. Looking forward to the next destination.

Merry Christmas & kamsamnida!

“Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11

A Day in My Life

Here’s a 4-min vid of what my typical day is like. So blessed to be working at KS and living here in Honolulu!

“This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24

P.S. This vid is also my feeble attempt at becoming a legitimate “YouTuber.” Only thing left is to make one of those “50 Facts” vids… 😂

Christmas Postcard Story

Paris, France
Osaka, Japan
Machu Picchu, Peru
Matamata, New Zealand

I love receiving Christmas photo cards from relatives and friends during the Christmas season. But I was never able to reciprocate. Getting Christmas cards printed seemed like such a “family” type of activity. I decided to change that.

I started making Christmas postcards to mail out to family and friends in 2013. It’s a great way of keeping in touch and spreading Christmas cheer. The very first one was of me riding an elephant in Thailand. Since then, it’s been an annual goal to travel to different places. You could half-jokingly say that these cards fuel my passion for travel.

Occasionally, people will ask me, “What’s your passion?” I reply, “I make Christmas cards…” And then I tell them this story. And if you’re wondering, I actually do pack a Santa hat on trips.

I now give out these postcards in lieu of gifts. Am I being too “cheap?” Actually, these cards cost thousands of dollars to produce. 🤗 Merry Christmas.

Happy Thanksgiving & Happy Thanksliving

So thankful for each and every blessing! Here are the Top 10 things that I am thankful for in 2018:

1. Jesus.
2. I am thankful for my family and friends. I do not deserve them.
3. I am thankful for my health. I just need to get in shape. (Pears do not count.)
4. I attend a wonderful church, Inspire Honolulu. Consider yourself invited.
5. I am blessed to be at the Kamehameha Schools with an amazing team. I laugh everyday.
6. I live in the best neighborhood. #OurKakaako
7. I am blessed to sponsor a child in the Philippines. I was happy to sponsor Marla for 15 years, and now I sponsor Maekylyn. This is the most important thing that I do.
8. TED-Ed. Technologies will come and go. Great ideas never go out of style…
9. Travel. This is my passion. Seoul in 2018. Hopefully Hong Kong in 2019.
10. Life.

“Rejoice always,  pray without ceasing,  in everything give thanks…”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18