Growing up in Hawai`i is a blessing in of itself. I am the youngest of seven and have wonderful parents who have been married for 36 years. My family is my heart. I grew up on a coffee farm and can still remember the days of picking coffee and caring for the animals. Growing up on a farm taught me that waking up early, having self discipline and team work are all essential for completion of daily tasks and big projects. Also, due to Hawai`i's melting pot of cultures growing up here has unknowingly made me culturally sensitive. As we all know in health care, cultural sensitivity is key in order to build rapport with patients, thus providing them optimal care.
‘Ike aku, ‘ike mai. Kōkua aku, kōkua mai. Pēlā ka nohona ‘ohana.
Watch, observe. Help others and accept help. That is the family way.