Spring 2021: May Issue

Aloha mai kākou,

Peace out, Girl Scouts! I’m burnt out and ready to graduate and be done with my undergraduate degree, and never look back. I’m writing to you all from Colorado, where I have spent the last couple of months, working (struggling) and learning remotely. What a strange time it's been since COVID-19 entered our universe. Personally, I cannot help but think that I have been driving a car that felt like it was progressively falling apart. Let's be real — everything has been a total shit show for the last year, and it looks like we still have a bumpy road ahead of us.

On a more uplifting note, I am very thankful for the opportunities that UH Hilo, it’s community, and especially Ke Kalhea has given me over the past three and a half years. There have been many life lessons, growing pains, and experiences that I have gained here in Hilo that have given rise to the person I am today.

Like me, every one of my team members had their fair share of struggles through the course of this school year. But I feel so appreciative of them for hanging on and staying committed to seeing this year through with the publication. If you have any desire to learn a bit about newspapering and a lot about working with others, and even managing them, I would suggest that you get involved with Ke Kalahea, another publication under the Board of Student Publications, or even another CSO. Hopefully you will decide to do something beyond just taking classes at UH Hilo. As my adviser says, “it takes a village to make a village.”

Kasumi Collins