Home Away From Home….

Blessed to be servicing Kamehameha Schools-Hawai’i this school year. I fly out early every Thursday morning, stay overnight, and fly back early Friday evening. Hawai’i Campus has been a 2nd home.

And the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel has been my “home away from home.”

The rooms are pretty nice. Not quite up to 909 standards, but nice.

I keep my carry-on prepacked. I use a Nike Skateboard backpack. It holds my laptop and one set of clothes.

Auntie at Budget usually hooks me up with a ‘Stang. Sweet….

I’ve been sampling many different eateries in Hilo. Lots of good places. My fave has been the Hilo Bay Café. (My per diem can’t cover Takenoko.)

Great food, great ambiance, and great location!

Oh, and ridiculous desserts. Noms….

This is the Liliʻuokalani Gardens. The views here are spectacular.

So blessed to have this opportunity. Mahalo e Ke Ali’i Pauahi….

A Great School Year

Had an amazing 2013-2014 school year at Kamehameha. Looking back, here are some of my memories….

After servicing the elementary & middle school campuses for the past 10 years, I finally moved up to the high school. Blessed to be a part of a great team, the “Bishop Boys.” We started a tradition of Crock-pot Wednesdays.

The highlight of the school year for me was traveling to Beijing, China with Liz and Doug to present at RDFZ Xishan School’s International Summit. It was an amazing experience. The best part was reuniting with good friends, Jessie, Sunny, C.Y., and Raj.

But what makes working at KS so great is our amazing team. We are a family. Here we are at our Christmas party at the Bishop Museum.

Unreal. In February, KS was able to host students from RDFZ Xishan for two days. The RDFZ Performing Arts Team toured Honolulu, L.A., and San Francisco. They stayed overnight in our dorms and performed for our elementary and middle schools. They bonded with many of our high school students. It was a great experience and a total team effort.

In March (and on a Saturday,) our KS EdTech Team held its first annual “Mashup” professional development day for teachers. A Mashup combines the best elements of a conference and an unconference. We received nothing but positive feedback.

Photo courtesy of TEDxYouth@Kamehameha.

Our high school’s TED Talks Club hosted our very first TEDxYouth event on campus. It was a huge success! Already looking forward to next year.

Finally, the year ended with our annual KS EdTech Conference at the Blaisdell Center. It was a great time of learning and collaboration.

Extremely grateful to be a part of Kamehameha Schools. What a great year! Imua.

A Decade of Service

Seems like only yesterday when I celebrated my 5th year of service at the Kamehameha Schools. I am blessed. I have grown so much and have been a part of something truly special. As I look back at the past 10 years, my fondest memories are of the life experiences and relationships.

I have been a part of a truly amazing team. I remember when it was just the four of us. We have grown quickly, but have maintained that special closeness.

I remember the 6th grade Huaka’i to the Big Island. We would spend a week at KMC in the freezing cold. It was an amazing adventure.

I also enjoyed the camps at Camp Erdman. I chaperoned the 4th graders from KES, and then the 7th graders from KMS. Good times….

KS also gave me the opportunity to travel. I’ve been fortunate to have attended conferences in Philadelphia, New Orleans, Las Vegas, and San Diego. The highlight for me was participating in the JEM exchange program in Australia.

Finally, I just love being a part of the KS ‘Ohana. This is a school steeped in tradition. I will always remember playing worship at Chapel, going to football & volleyball games, attending the Founder’s Day Ceremony, Song Contest, & Ho’olaule’a, helping at the Biathlon, interviewing student applicants, and serving on the Kamehameha Day Parade committee. I will miss my dear friends Gail, Steve, and Fran.

And I will never get tired of the view as I drive up the hill past the guard shack. Looking forward to the next 10 years. Imua….

Back to School

Click to enlarge.

Today was the 1st day back to school, and my 1st day at the high school. It was special. It was also a big day for the incoming freshmen and new invitees.

I spent most of the day helping teachers with their setups. I also helped a bunch of lost students find their classrooms.

Here is my workspace in Bishop Hall. Not quite as luxurious as my former office in Kekela, but awesome teammates as well!

We affectionately call this place “the frat house” (four dudes sharing a decrepit corner of campus.)

It seems like I’ll be eating a lot of these during this school year. I’ll either lose weight or get fatter, depending on how my body reacts….

The day ended with an assembly in the auditorium. Spoiler alert: I think this will be the first class to choose “white” (newly added) as its class color.

Looking forward to this new adventure. Imua….

Moving to the High School

At Konia Circle.
Konia Circle.

It’s official! I’ll be moving up the hill to the high school campus this Monday, July 1st. This will be a new experience, a new adventure, and an opportunity to learn new things.

I am blessed to have served at the KS preschools for one year, the elementary school for four years, and the middle school for the past five years. I’ve enjoyed each campus, and have made fond memories and great friendships along the way.

Looking forward to this next chapter in my life. Imua….

I’ll be housed here in Bishop Hall. Photobomb by the antique grandfather clock.