Christmas 2015 (My Christmas Card to You)

Ho, ho, ho, Merry Christmas! Here’s my 2015 “card” and customary Year-in-Review blurb. Hope this finds you well….

2015 started off great with a visit from Deborah & Henry, my Melbourne fam. So nice to catch up on our lives. Lifelong friends.

Our dynamic Kapālama Team (and friends) held its 2nd annual EdTech conference-unconference Mashup in January. There were more than 40 Hawai’i educators and school leaders in attendance. (Held our 3rd one in October. 65 in attendance.) Huge success!

This was my 2nd year volunteering for TEDxHonolulu and first time serving on a committee. It took up some time during evenings and weekends, but it was well worth it. Met a lot of inspiring people.

Traveled to Osaka (and Kyoto) during Spring Break. It was an amazing trip! Stayed with Daryl and also got to visit my friend Yoshitaka. Hope to return someday. Tanoshikatta….

Our TED-Ed Club was able to host a TED-Ed event on campus. We had student speakers from the elementary, middle, and high school. We also had alumni and faculty speak as well. It was a tremendous success. Got to give my very first “TED Talk.”

So blessed to have serviced our Big Island campus this past school year. I flew out every Thursday-Friday for a total of 31 trips. I met a lot of amazing educators and made great friends. It was tiring, but I miss them. Great people….

I was able to promote our KS EdTech Conference on HPR. Had a fun time with Burt Lum and Ryan Ozawa on Bytemarks Café. Here’s the interview.

This was my 3rd year as a co-facilitator at the Punahou Lab School. Always happy to work with Lorelei. I have always learned so much at this annual summer PD event. Amazing people.

Our Revive outreach faithfully served the needy in Chinatown for the past year and-a-half. We were able to partner with Pawa’a Church, Surfing the Nations, and the Salvation Army Missions Team. We recently relocated to the Kaimuki area when Inspire Church (city location) moved to Kaimuki High School. We hope to bless the community there.

Hehe. Played a live gig at Pono Plates in Pearl City. It was my first gig in over 15 years. It was a fun night meeting up with good friends.

Finally, I continue to work at our high school campus. Part of an amazing team. I get to laugh everyday. So unbelievably blessed….

“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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My Christmas Card to You…

Ho, ho, ho, Merry Christmas! Yes, I actually brought this Santa hat to Paris. Hehe…. This is my “Christmas Card” to you. (Here’s last year’s.) And here’s the customary “Year in Review” blurb….

2014 got off to a great start with a visit from these lovely friends from Australia. We were blessed to visit Glendal Primary School in Melbourne back in 2010. So we were thrilled that they could come. We had an absolute blast! (L to R: Roula, Antoinette, Alex, and Christina.)

We launched our Chinatown Outreach Ministry on Chinese New Year’s Day. We share food and fellowship at the Smith-Beretania Park every Sunday at 4pm. God has blessed our team as much as our friends who live in the park.

This year, I have been in search of the best bowl of ramen in Hawai’i. The Miso Cha-shu Ramen at Ramen Kai on Kona Street was my fave. The broth was porky-savory with hints of miso, garlic, and ginger. Unfortunately, the cook got homesick, closed shop, and went back to Japan. Now my go-to places are Agu Ramen in Mo’ili’ili and Hokkaido Santouka at Don Quijote.

In February, we hosted students from RDFZ Xishan School (Beijing) who visited Kamehameha on their Performing Arts Tour of the U.S. They visited our high, middle, and elementary campuses and stayed overnight in our dorms. Mahalo to the ETS Dream Team! It was an amazing experience for all.

During Spring Break, I took my YOLO, solo trip to Paris. It was a dream come true. I visited the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, and Notre-Dame. I hung out at sidewalk cafés and strolled along the River Seine. Vive La France!

Although jet-lagged, I was able to help my amazing KS EdTech Team hold our inaugural Mashup Event. We took the best practices of a conference and an unconference and combined the two.

I got to attend a Passion Tour concert at the Blaisdell. It featured Chris Tomlin, and it was amazing. I had front row seats for the very first time in the arena. It was an incredible night.

In April, we held our first ever TEDx Youth Event. It was a another dream come true. I continue to serve as an advisor for our TED-Ed Club at the high school. I have also joined the core planning team for TEDxHonolulu.

This summer, our entire KS EdTech team attended the ISTE Conference in Atlanta. It was hot, but we learned a lot and got inspired. Some of the highlights included a Braves game, sampling southern food, watching World Cup soccer at Taco Mac, and a day trip to Decatur.

In July, I was able to reconnect with C.Y. from RDFZ Xishan (Beijing) at Punahou. It was a surprise reunion and a special treat! We got to catch up a few times during her stay. #LifelongFriends

We were all blessed by a visit from Ryan from Osaka, Japan. He visited our Connect Group and Sunday outreach. Here’s our pic at Mocha Java. We also spent a nice beach day at Lanikai. Good times with Brother Ryan….

I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to service the Hawai’i Campus this school year. I travel to the Big Island every Thursday-Friday to help out at the middle school. I enjoy the teachers and students there. It has been a great experience.

Finally, after a 2-year hiatus, I’m playing guitar again. We play worship music at our Sunday outreach ministry in the Smith-Beretania Park. Come join us at 4pm. Thanks so much! May this blog post bring you good cheer for the holiday season.

Peace.

“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

My Christmas Card 2 You

Ho, ho, ho! Merry Christmas guys! Here’s my 2nd ever Christmas card blog post. Here’s last year’s. And no Christmas card would be complete without the customary “year in review” letter. Let’s do this….

2013 started off with a great musical at the Blaisdell! Great show & great company!

In February, I camped over at Keawewai on the Big Island to participate in the Kamehameha Schools’ Koa Reforestation Project.  It was a great cultural experience, and many new friendships were made.

I also took up a new hobby in 2013, longboarding! So far so good….

In March, I was blessed to give the message at a Kamehameha Middle School chapel service.

In May, I was blessed to be a part of the Inspire Church Medical Missions Team to Thailand. It was life changing! (Pastor John Sriwichai, bottom right.)

On my way home, I was able to visit my Compassion sponsored child in the Philippines. It was a dream come true.

The annual Kamehameha Schools Education Technology Conference in June launched the new dance crew, HotZone. Haha….

I was fortunate to co-facilitate a cohort at the Punahou Summer Lab School with Lorelei. Everyone in the cohort became close friends.

Punahou’s summer programs also provided a reunion with good friend Ryan from Osaka, Japan. We had great fellowship.

2013 marked 10 years of service at the Kamehameha Schools. Time flies….

Our Connect Group (Bible study) is still going strong. We meet at 6pm every Wednesday night at Mocha Java Café in the Ward Centre. Consider yourself invited.

I moved up to the high school this school year. I have now serviced the preschools, elementary, middle, and high school campuses. So blessed to be a part of a great team.

And in November, I was blessed to take part in the RDFZ Xishan International Summit in Beijing. The best part was spending time with great friends Jessie, Sunny, Raj, and C.Y. An amazing experience….

What did I learn in 2013? The experiences of 2013 have redefined what is possible….

May this blog post bring you good cheer for the holiday season. God Bless you 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

My Christmas Card to You

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Thank you so much for your wonderful Christmas cards! I really enjoy them! They’re the only Christmas decorations that I have up in my condo. And so sorry for not printing cards of my own. I promise to do so one day. But for now, this is it. Here is my “Christmas card” to you. Merry Christmas!

And no Christmas card would be complete without the customary “year in review” blurb, written in 3rd person. So here goes….

“Alan had a blessed 2012. Here are some of the highlights:

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In March, Alan was able to visit Italy & Spain with a Kamehameha High School tour group. It was a dream come true.

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Since Spring Break, Alan has been on a mission to find the best phở on O’ahu. This quest has taken him on weekly walks into Chinatown. After sampling 18 restaurants, he believes that he has finally found it.

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In June, the entire KS EdTech Team attended the ISTE Conference in San Diego. It was a tremendous learning opportunity and a time for team bonding.

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Alan was blessed to have started a bible study / care group in town. You are all invited.

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He also celebrated a landmark birthday in July. Yikes….

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In August, the Kamehameha Middle School moved into its brand new campus. It has been an exciting year thus far.

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Alan has grown professionally this year via TEDx events. He has attended TEDxYouth@Punahou, TEDxManoa, and TEDxHonolulu. He also participated as a guest blogger for a TEDxHonolulu Salon event.

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And finally…. After a 2-year hiatus, Alan has returned to Big Brothers Big Sisters as a volunteer mentor. He believes that this is one of the most important things that he does.”

So thanks again for all of your cards. May this blog post bring you good cheer for the holiday season. God Bless you guys!

“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

Deck the Halls….

I love Christmas. Let me qualify that statement. I love the real Christmas. Jesus. Everything else, not so much….

This is not to say that I wouldn’t want to experience a white Christmas with some eggnog and Michael Bublé singing carols in the background. It just seems that Christmas is hard work now-a-days. I do enjoy getting together with friends and seeing the Christmas lights at Honolulu Hale. But the shopping, parking, wrapping, traffic, rude people, etc….? Bah, humbug.

A lot of people relish this time of year. They decorate their trees, put on the Christmas music, and bust out the gift wrapping paper, bows & ribbons. I on the other hand, bust out the cello bags, a sharpie, and a stapler (see image above.)

There are two things that I watch each year that get me into the “Christmas spirit.” I watch Home Alone (the first one) and this….

Luke 2:8-14

Merry Christmas.