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  • Ryan O.

Giving Back

Prior to getting into real estate, I was pursuing a career in teaching and coaching. I just received my undergraduate degree from the University of Hawaii and I submitted a summer school class proposal to Iolani School; it was a current events course.

Over the span of a few weeks, I met with the Director of Special Programs to revise my course curriculum. At one time, I thought my class wouldn’t make the summer school catalog because of my lack of teaching experience.

When summer school registration began, only a handful of students signed up for my class. That’s when I received a call from the Special Programs office. I was informed that my class could be cut if the enrollment didn’t increase.

A day or two later, I received an email from a lady named, Allison Ishii. Allison worked at Iolani School and she was running a summer school program that brought Jarrett Middle School students to Iolani for the entire summer. In that email, Allison asked if it would be okay if she enrolled a handful of her students in my class. I was thrilled!

By enrolling her students, Allison gave me an opportunity to teach. At that time in my life, I really wanted to teach. To be perfectly honest, I don’t know what I would have done if my class was withdrawn. Knowing that, I promised myself that I would support Allison and The KA’I Program.

Even though I have transitioned into real estate, I still find ways to support The KA’I Program. Giving back to The KA’I Program allows me to continuously “pay it forward.”

Find something that gives you meaning and purpose to your life. Latch on to it. Learn, experience, and grow. In return, give back so you can make the world a better place.


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