Hawaiian Language Immersion Program

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Did you ever experience having a family member be your teacher? Well, I have. My aunt, Kapolei Kiili was my teacher in Kindergarten and is now my teacher again in high school in the Hawaiian Language Immersion Program that I’ve been in since preschool. My parents chose this program for me because they wanted me to learn something that they couldn’t learn in their own childhood. My dad and my aunt grew up together from when they were babies. Having my aunt become my teacher has been a great experience. She attended University of Hilo for 6 years and 1 year and a half at UH Manoa. Upon my arrival, I noticed she was standing tall and confident in a thin polka dot long sleeve and jeans pants. However, this level of calm and intelligence was a…show more content…
She explained that “there was an excellent Hawaiian Language and Hawaiian Studies program of which I planned to study.” During her summer of her Senior year in high school her dad passed away suddenly. She told me that, “This was a sad time for me, but also my greatest motivation to graduate from college because I wanted to make my dad proud of me. And, I wanted to make sure that he knew that his short life raising me was worth all he gave. He died when he was 41 and I was only 17.” Although losing her dad was hard, she didn’t give up and stay focused enough to earn two Bachelor of Arts degrees; one in Hawaiian Studies and the other one in Communication. It took her five years to do both degrees, but she loves school a lot and likes to learn. Later on, she decided that she wanted to teach, so she stayed in Hilo for one more year to work on getting a Teaching…show more content…
I’ve been living my whole life with internet and mobile cell phone. I can’t imagine how she got her work done without them! I guess that means she used the library a lot because she told me that she worked in a lot of study groups. “I interacted with a lot of people face to face and this helped me to make a lot of friends.” I am also amazed that she got a $4,000 scholarship after graduating from high school to help her pay for college. Being from a poor family, no one could help her pay for school, but this did not stop her from achieving her goals. “The biggest struggle was making sure I had enough money to pay for school every semester.” Her good grades helped her to earn a lot scholarships and she qualified for financial aid help. She also had to work really hard to budget her money. Sometimes, eating saimin for a week was one example of a sacrifice that she
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