Jeff, our younger son, is a Social Studies teacher. Driving a rental car, J.J. and I went to the Nanakuli High School located in the Leeward side of Oahu.
Nanakuli High and Intermediate School is a public school. It is on 60 acres of Hawaiian Home Land in a beautiful rural setting.
This has the largest Pacific-Islander population with approximately 68% of students claiming part Hawaiian ancestry.
Jeff schedules one Saturday each quarter for students to come and get extra credit. Each student must get their parents' written approval, and spend about 4 hours watching a film. It is usually a Bollywood production. Aside from being entertaining, the films have messages about family value, friendship, honesty, courage, hard work, etc.
By the time J.J. and I left Jeff at , his classroom was packed with students. Maximum of 50, but Jeff said he always get a few last minutes requests. It was wonderful to spend a day with Jeff. It was also extremely gratifying to watch him interacting with his students. They seemed comfortable to joke around, but also showed immense love and respect.
Aloha -- Cathi