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

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.

Christmas Card & Year-in-Review

Ho, ho, ho, Merry Christmas! Here’s my 2017 card and customary year-in-review blurb. Had an awesome year. Hope yours was too…

Participated in Walk With Compassion at Ala Moana Beach Park with Shirlene and Joan. This charity event raises funds to rescue families out of poverty. Mahalo to all of my friends for donating!

Blessed to chaperone the Kamehameha Schools Children’s Chorus trip to Aotearoa (NZ) during Spring Break. It was an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience. Great kids and great “chappies.” Also got to back up the choir on guitar at Hoʻolauleʻa. Humbled & grateful…

Revive (homeless outreach ministry) is still going strong. Iʻm blessed and inspired by the amazing servants on our team. We now go to Crane Park on Sundays following the 11am service. Come join us.

We did it! On May 6th, our TED-Ed Club held a very successful Student Talks event at SALT @ Our Kakaʻko. It was followed by a CPR clinic by our Lifesavers Club. #ProudAdvisorStatus

Our @KSEdTech “dream team” attended the Personalized Learning Summit by Education Elements in San Fran. Good learning, good people, and good food!

The homecoming for the Hōkūleʻa voyaging canoe was a chicken-skin moment. It celebrated the end of the 3-year Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage. Met up with friends at Magic Island at 6am. #Historic

Gale and I attended our very first Tamayose Family Reunion on Kauaʻi island. We had the absolute best time making new memories with our fam. Most heartwarming experience of the year!

Our TED-Ed Innovative Educators cohort came to an official closing. #OnlyTheBeginning. I learned so much this year and developed such great friendships from around the world. Mahalo to TED-Ed for the amazing ride!
TED-Ed Innovation Project on community engagement.
• TED-Ed Animated Lesson on Polynesian Wayfinding.

Merry Christmas to all!

“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

Ugly Christmas Sweater?

In Hawaiʻi? Not so much. So I rock the not-so-ugly Christmas aloha shirt. Reyn Spooner makes them. I think they’re pretty cool.

Last year, they dropped a Moana design commemorating the movie’s release. I snatched one right away. And after doing a little research on the brand, I discovered that they’ve been issuing a new Christmas Spooner each year under the Mele Kalikimaka label since 1983. (You may be able to find some of their older releases at Bailey’s Antiques and Aloha Shirts on Kapahulu Ave.)

The two that I have are from 2013. Now how many Christmas aloha shirts do you really need? I do think you need at least two, in case you have back-to-back Christmas parties.

They’re a lotta fun. Perfect for the party, church, or checking out Honolulu City Lights. Great office attire for the month of December. Always a conversation starter.

The quality (and designs) of the Spooner cloth makes these shirts timeless. Some people have amassed collections. The Christmas Spooner has become a Hawaiian Christmas tradition.

No sweater? No sweat. You can go rockin’ around the Christmas tree rocking a Christmas Spooner…

Christmas Card & Year in Review

Ho, ho, ho, Merry Christmas! Here’s my 2016 card and customary Year in Review blurb. Hope this finds you well….

2016 kicked off with our @KSEdTech Team’s New Year’s get-together. I was able to take my coworkers on a tour of my beloved Chinatown. Needless to say, it was a blast!

I was summoned for jury duty in February. First time ever. Mind blown. Had no idea that people could live like this. My definition of the word “drama” was expanded “dramatically.”

Our Revive homeless outreach ministry relocated from Chinatown to Kaimuki. We continue to befriend those who are less fortunate. Blessed to be a blessing….

I continued to travel to the Hawaiʻi Campus in the early part of the year. Always a pleasure to work with such kindhearted and inspirational educators. Great people. Great school.

Hehe. Earned my Yelp Elite badge. “It’s neat to be elite.” And yes, I always take pics of my food. Absolutely….

Dream come true. Blessed to have traveled to Machu Picchu and the Amazon during Spring Break. Great students, great teachers, and great memories. AMAZING, AMAZING. #BucketList

Yes, lightning can strike twice. Blessed to have chaperoned an exchange project with schools in Takahagi, Japan. Amazing hospitality. Dear people.

Tiana got married! Congrats to Cody & Ana. What a beautiful ceremony and reception. It was also great to reconnect with my two “adopted nieces.” Priceless….


KS students volunteered at TEDxHonolulu in July. They did a great job of running interactive games with attendees. So proud.

Blessed with great PD opportunities this summer. Attended the CUE Rock Star Camp in Maui, hosted by Seabury Hall. Met up and learned alongside rock star educators, from Cali to Qatar.

Also attended the Student Global Leadership Institute (SGLI) Educator Strand at Punahou. It was an amazing experience. Got to connect with outstanding educators from around the world. My annual PD of choice. Looking forward to reconnecting next summer.

Then this happened. Blessed to have been accepted into the third cohort of TED-Ed Innovative Educators. What an amazing opportunity to learn, grow, share, and be inspired.

Privileged to have served on the EdCamp Honolulu planning team. Amazing educators and friends. We hosted the event at our middle school. Yup, yup, it was a huge success.

The year concluded with TED-Ed Weekend in New York City. Wow. It was incredible. The TED-Ed Team was awesome. The student speakers were amazing. And the cohort…. We became a family. #BestWeekendEver.

“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

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