A Message From Your HBEA President


Hello from Lihu`e, Kaua`i!

I am thankful for the successful completion of the WBEA/HBEA 2016 Conference on February 12-15, 2016, at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort and Spa. Throughout the four days, participants were seen making the most of their time by networking with colleagues, absorbing information from the many professional development workshops and activities, and basking in the culture and beauty of O`ahu. Deep gratitude goes to every single person on the hard-working planning committee who went above and beyond the call of duty to ensure a successful and exciting conference.

Planning committee members are as follows:

  • Della Anderson and Warren Kawano - Conference Co-chairs
  • Kay Ono - WBEA President
  • Jean Hara and Cheryl Fujii - Exhibits and Silent Auction
  • Anne Chung and Bobby Yamane - Registration
  • Mark Langenbacher and John Scott - Computer Workshops
  • Emi Troeger and Ellen Nagaue - Decorations
  • Jennifer DiGiancinto, Therese Nakadomari, and Brent Hirata - Equipment
  • Evelyn Wong, Finance
  • Michael Van Lear, Hospitality
  • Pete Gross, Electronic Schedule
  • Roy Kamida and Tina Lee, Program
  • Trude Pang, Tours and Special Events
  • Doug Choy and Leighton Hara, Photography
President Cheryl Fujii

President Cheryl Fujii

It was heartwarming to watch the impenetrable teamwork of HBEA and WBEA members, friends, and relatives who came together and selflessly gave of their time and energy to lend a hand. My special thanks goes to Peggy Regentine, Dottie Sunio, and Dottie's husband Alan for the invigorating and informational early morning culture walk down Waikiki. Please see Della and Warren's article which includes memorable photos by Doug Choy and Leighton Hara. Hana hou in ten years!

If you missed the big conference, you have another opportunity because HBEA 2016 Spring Conference Co-chairs Jean Hara and Peggy Regentine have planned an exciting conference to wrap up the Spring semester. Entitled, "A Whole New World, The Yin and Yang of Technology," the conference will highlight the bright side of new technology (Yang) and the dark side of cyber threat (Yin). The conference will be on Friday, April 29, 2016, 8 a.m. - 12 noon, at Leeward Community College (Room GT-105) with HBEA Board elections, installation, and awards to follow. Benson Kwock from Microsoft will be flown to Hawai'i from California to present his extremely successful workshops he presented at the WBEA/HBEA Conference. Many of us were unable to attend his workshops, so this is your opportunity to listen to his presentation and invite your colleagues to also attend. Please see the registration form in this newsletter issue. Save the date!

Summer is around the corner and now is when I start plans to reclaim order in my life, i.e. catch up on my reading, start curriculum projects, clean my closets, etc. It is so timely that I was recently gifted with two wonderful books (thank you, Jean!) that discuss the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing. In the book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Marie Kondo talks about the act of tidying as seemingly simple but people in a short time after tidying find that their spaces are a mess again. "The cause is not lack of skills but rather lack of awareness, and the inability to make tidying a regular habit. In other words, the root of the problem lies in the mind. Success is 90 percent dependent on the mind-set." (Kondo, 5) A theme of simplicity as a way of life consists of surrounding oneself with belongings that bring joy and discarding unnecessary items that don't. It is no small task to undertake this life-changing mindset. Some of us grew up during the plantation camp era and have lived in times of scarcity. Feelings of keeping things because "I might need them one day" may linger, leaving closets too full with "someday" items. Nevertheless, I am up for the challenge.

The mind is a powerful tool and I rejoice in knowing that being hard headed will finally work in my favor. I decided that this summer will be the beginning of a new journey of good habits that will not only clear the way to draw in good energy but also to nurture my mind, body, and soul. Sometimes it takes an annual birthday visit to the doctor to send the warning that it's time to start making better choices to tidy up the temple. What was my doctor's prescription? Nothing new---just eat more fruits and vegetables, drink plenty of water, exercise regularly, meditate, sleep 7-8 hours a night, and learn how to say No.

Have a safe and exciting Spring!
Cheryl M. Fujii

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