[translated] line, “That’s where I am with my sweetheart.”
Also each year, a few students who live within the designated theme area are picked to read short essays they’ve written about their communities. In the program, these essays are called student reflections .
One of the essayists, Leila Breen, Class of 2016, read her essay about living in Waiakalua. For Kaua`i asked if she would be willing to share it with our readers, and she agreed.
Here it is.
Hello everybody, my name is Leila Breen. I am in eighth grade and I have lived in the northern part of the Ko’olau district all of my life. Never once have I wished to live anywhere else on this island.
The Ko’olau district is a beautiful place to live, through and through. From the towering mountains behind my house in Kilauea farms, to the cool winding rivers, to the awe-inspiring lookouts of Kilauea Crater, to the glistening warm sands of Secret beach, I can only describe where I live as paradise on earth.
I wake up early every day to catch the bus to school and I am greeted by the Technicolor sunrise, lighting up the clouds. It is an amazing way to start my day.
Nature, however, has a way of keeping things in perspective. I’ll never forget waking up to the news of the Kaloko Dam break. No Technicolor sunrises for over a month. Only torrential and, as it turned out, deadly rains. I’ve come to realize that I shouldn’t take for granted the paradise that I call home.
Thank you and enjoy the program!
Island School’s May Day Committee was co-chaired by Hawaiian Studies teacher Sabra Kauka and music teacher Rose Alfiler. Musicians included primarily students, with a few adults, including Kirk Smart, Jerry Jona, Berto Genovia, Pali Carbonel and Robbi-Lyn Contrades doing special vocals.