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Pohai Kirkland has a genealogical ‘ohana of a multitude of stories and history and encourages all peoples to discover their own “story boards of life” and to preserve them for the next generation.
Kirkland is the guest speaker for the next Zonta Club of Kaua‘i general membership meeting, Thursday, at the Regency at Puakea. Guests are welcome to this presentation with advance notice.
During the meeting, Kirkland will discuss “Hawaiian values of the past, a present for women,” discussing a short comparative on how the “gift” to women today is the imparting of knowledge from traditional values which can help them share and live with a better understanding of women’s role as leaders for Kaua‘i.
Kirkland was born in the “community of the past” called Kapahulu, living “right down the road from the Honolulu Zoo and Kapi‘olani Park on O‘ahu. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Hawaiian History from the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo where she lived for 16 years.
She likes to refer to herself as a “well-rounded” individual of a variety of modalities for learning and ever-increasing pursuits, but her passion is teaching.
She is currently employed as a paraprofessional tutor for the second grade at ‘Ele‘ele Elementary School and is a volunteer with the Aloha Peace Project which services the ‘Ele‘ele School grades 1 through 3 and soon to include grades 4 and 5.
She has been in her current position for more than a year.
Living on Kaua‘i for almost three years, Kirkland’s other role is as the community liaison for the Monk Seal Recovery Actions of Kaua‘i, both positions affording her opportunities to get to know the diverse community of people who make up the “incredible ‘upena (netting) of our island home, Kaua‘i.”
While living on the Big Island, she was part of the Community Development and Planning initiative for the South Kohala community of Waikoloa where she taught through the Hawaiian Studies/World Language programs at Waikoloa Elementary School.
Call 431-4715 for more information.
• Dennis Fujimoto, photographer and staff writer, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 253) or dfujimoto@ thegardenisland.com.
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