2018 First day of School at Kamehameha Schools

Enter the Days of Kamehameha High School…

My child was up at 5 am this morning to get ready for her big debut into High School life. She will enter the ranks of other freshmen both excited and nervous to start this next chapter in life.

However, MY Keaka will not only be entering High School, but she is also coming from 3 years of Homeschooling. I’m not sure how her transition would have been into a public school, but thankfully Kamehameha Schools has an awesome summer program to help all transitioning students.

~ Mahalo piha a mau loa e ke ali’i Pauahi a me Kamehameha Schools!!!~

Yesterday when we went to the campus for the laptop “roll-out” she was completely at home. I, of course, have no idea where everything is, so I was completely dependent on her. Her self-confidence gave me confidence and some peace of mind.

She has been prepared well for the upcoming task at hand…HIGH SCHOOL!! It will be, or should I say has been an adjustment for all of us. I’m still wrapping my mind around the fact that she is in HIGH SCHOOL…..WWHAAAHHH! Where has the time gone? Her Daddy and I are still preparing ourselves for what’s to come, both mentally and emotionally….lol!!

~ Are parents ever ready for this? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.


Hard work and Validation…

The invitation to Kamehameha Schools came as a surprise, a very pleasant surprise. Not to say that we weren’t hoping and praying she would get in, it’s just that the competition for such a school is fierce.

When we got the call I was literally jumping (for real jumping, twirling, dancing) and tearing up. I’m tearing up just writing this (OMG….LOL!!).

I was proud because she worked hard to earn her place. I will also admit that I felt validated in that I had made the right choice to homeschool my daughter for the past 3 years. There were many, many times that I questioned and doubted myself to the point where I almost threw in the towel.

I’m glad that I didn’t give up. I hope that my perseverance in our homeschooling journey has influenced her and will give her that grit or ho’okoa-(borrowed from a sign I saw on the campus yesterday) to pursue her passions in life.

Looking forward with high hopes…..

The journey for her has just begun and my hope is that she makes the most of the opportunity she has been blessed with. Our job now is to support and guide her the best we can. I know she has great expectations of herself and will do her best to accomplish her goals. I’m privileged to be able to witness her journey of self-discovery. However, it will be difficult to take a back seat as she climbs into the driver’s seat. Okay, my emotions are acting up again, so I have to stop…lol!

With that, I will be signing off for now. We start our homeschooling year next week and I still have some prepping to do. I’ll be sure to update you all as our (her) journey unfolds. Aloha and Blessings!!!love

*** Update 8/06/2018 ***

This will be Keaka’s first full week since her journey began. I can tell that she is proud of her school and the role she will play in the coming years. I enjoy talking with her when she gets home as she shares her adventures.

My hope is that we will continue to grow and maintain our closeness through her high school years. My fear is that she will pull away in attempts to establish her independence. How do I let go, but keep her safe? Ah, yes bubble-wrap! That should do the trick…hahaha! Just kidding!

I’m proud that she is taking things seriously and setting high standards for herself. When we talk about her classes and teachers it’s good to hear how she is relishing this experience. The most surprising of all was her announcement that she, “likes algebra” and that the teacher is cool. I was over the moon to hear this.

I always did well in math, so when we were struggling with it while homeschooling I was bummed. So, I decided to enlist the help of Ms. Joni at the Kumon Center of Hilo-South.

Well, Ms. Joni, this is my hats off to you!! Brava!! Even though she was smiling ear to ear on her last day just know that she knows she wouldn’t be where she is today without the help of all the amazing people at the Kumon center!

~ Mama mess-up… So I printed out her schedule for the entire year (seemed like a good idea at the time) which led to her running around campus on the first day looking for classes that didn’t yet exist. Hilarious!!! We laughed and teased each other relentlessly. The whole ohana got a good laugh and I was thoroughly scolded (playfully of course) for setting her up.