Elena H.

Joined Kanu Hawaii Jun 8, 2009
Hometown: Hawaii Kai, HI

About me

I'm a member of the Class of 2012 at Punahou School. I've lived in Hawaii for almost my entire life.

Why I love Hawaii

I love the Aloha Spirit of Hawaii. It's not just an act for tourists, but a genuine feeling of welcome within the community. I don't think you could find the same spirit anywhere else. Hawaii mixes a combinations of cultures to become a place unlike any other. We end up with something that is truly Hawaiian that can't be found anywhere else. I've grown up not in a culture that reflects one group or another, but a culture that reflects the mixture of all groups. It has taught me to be more than just accepting of others. I've learned to embrace and grow from everyone around me.

Latest Stories shared by Elena H.

The Challenge of Being an Active Citizen Never Ends

Posted on Jun 14, 2011 | Comments 1 | Inspired 1

The ending of this year's legislative session does not mean the end of advocacy as a citizen. Citizens Challenge 2011 involved making our voices heard by expressing our views on important issues to other people who have the power to enact change. As a Kanu Youth Fellow for this initiative, I helped...

The Road to Pizza and Politics at the Capitol

Posted on Mar 27, 2011 | Comments 1

I got involved in Kanu Hawaii as a youth fellow working on Citizen's Challenge 2011 without knowing just how much I would learn from the experience. I have had the privilege of working with dedicated individuals, especially my fellow youth fellows Chaylah and Sharon. Together, we have become a...

Reaching Citizen's Challenge 2011 on my Road to Advocacy

Posted on Jan 19, 2011 | Comments 0 | Inspired 1

Over this past summer, I took a trip around the country on Etgar 36, a cross-country trip for Jewish teenagers with a focus on social justice. By being exposed to people who dedicate their lives to social action, I was further inspired to become active in my community. I recently wrote an article...

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