Saturday, June 1, 2019


Aloha kakou!

Hoʻo ikaika  means "to make a great effort, work hard, encourage, animate, strengthen, fortify, try, strive."  

I'm starting this blog to support Kapaʻa High School students in three major areas:

  • people skills 
  • school skills
  • Google/tech skills

I also plan to post photos, just because.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Friday, September 21, 2018

Wednesday, August 1, 2018


Welcome back!

The 2018/2019 school year is here. Welcome back. I hope that you had a great summer.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Friday, March 2, 2018

The power of Grit


Thomas Oppong is a writer worth following.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Change the world


I made a survey to see why students ditch class. I'll post the results here once I get enough responses.

Writing resources

Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL):
General writing resources
MLA style (You will use this in English classes here)

Thesis builder (fill in some blanks, it will help generate draft thesis statements)
Citation machine (search for material, it will give you a properly formatted citation)
Grammar girl (practical tips about grammar)
MIT OpenCourseware (Free college-level courses open to anyone)

How to be successful

The basics:
  • Show up, on time, every period, every day
  • Do your best - always
  • Read the instructions, and pay attention to them
  • Ask for help if you don't understand
  • Get stuff done and turned in on time
  • Focus on your work, not your phone



12 essential communication skills



Not all skills are taught in school

Life skills


Building resilience

Manage your attention

Manage your attention


Never give up


Life skills

50 soft skills for life