Mahalo, Mililani ‘Ike!

November 28th, 2012
By dreardon

When my friend Beth Kuwamoto Oka asked me to speak to her third-grade students I was apprehensive. I’d done many career days before and always feel honored to be asked, but I’d never done one with children so young. After the two sessions at Mililani ‘Ike Elementary School today, I’m glad I accepted her invitation.

The children were receptive and engaged. As usual after visiting a school I am optimistic about the future with so many bright, energetic young people being educated by dedicated, skilled teachers! And as always I emerge re-energized.

It was fun sharing stories about working in sports journalism, and it was a pleasant surprise when I asked how many of the kids’ parents get the newspaper at home and nearly all of them raised their hands.

Thank you Mrs. Oka and Mrs. Ebinger for your aloha and letting me spend time with your pupils!

4 Responses to “Mahalo, Mililani ‘Ike!”

  1. Jun Tao:

    That was nice. It is when we give back when we realize how to appreciate what we have and what the future holds.


  2. Beth Oka:

    Hi Dave,

    Thanks again for your giving up your time to speak to the kids! They had a great time getting to know what you do and who you’ve interviewed in the past! The students also mentioned that you are a very nice man!

    My class will remember this special experience!

    Anytime you want to come back, let me know!


  3. Derrick:

    Thanks Dave for giving of your time for the kids. My kids attend Mililani Ike and although they didn’t get a chance to meet you, this time of year is one they look forward to. It is a chance to meet nice folks who share stories about what they do and how they impact their communities. My son has shared stories about meeting and talking to police officers and pilots and my daughter met a group of firefighters from the Mililani Mauka Fire Station.


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