I am so grateful to have been given the opportunity to be a student for a day at Hoa ʻĀina O Mākaha, a community farm/learning center created for our Waiʻanae students and residents.
Experiences like these always allow me to take a step away from the difficult hardships I am facing in the classroom as a TFA first-year teacher and into a space filled with needed clarity and reflection. Still pondering Uncle Gigi’s wise words, this idea of being the ho’o mo’o for our kiddos, and the powerful concept of “planting” not “planning.”
So much gratitude to have been welcomed into this amazing community as a teacher, despite my identity, and as a visitor to this space, land, and island 2.5 years ago. Mahalo to Uncle Gigi and Hoa ʻĀina O Mākaha for all that you do to help our Meiji and community as a whole thrive, and for providing our cohort with the chance to spend the day learning, growing and sharing with you on the farm!