Only in Hilo: UHH’s “It’s Great to be a Teacher in Hawaii” Event

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by Misty I.

Recently a Teacher Appreciation Event was held at ʻImiloa Astronomy Center for alumni of the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo.

I attended this fun event filled with good food and fellowship. I love reconnecting with friends that I havenʻt seen in awhile, like my friend Jerry Chang! The event was well attended by many members of the Hilo community! IMG_8049.JPG

The program was short and sweet with interesting speakers. I enjoyed Alumni Hidi Botelho’s heartwarming journey from being a kolohe student at Pāhoa Elementary to coming full circle as she is now an academic coach at Keonepoko Elementary School.

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Hidi’s powerpoint was filled with ʻōlelo noʻeau that many of us could relate to. Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi’s Dr. Clint Anderson wowed all of us with his utterly fantastic slam poem.

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Special thanks to Dr. Michele Ebersole and Dr. Avis Masuda for organizing a great event and of course to the always jovial Uncle Derek Kurisu too who served as the Master of Ceremonies that evening.

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Additionally, food (like prime rib!) was provided by KTA, Suisan and other Hilo businesses. A delectable ice cream bar was sponsored by Kandi’s Drive Inn. Indeed, it is great to be a teacher in Hilo, Hawaiʻi!

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