Arthur and Carmen Nitahara
|I have lived in Wahiawa my entire life. It is also where my parents and both sets of grandparents, my great grandmothers and my great-great grandmother has lived. I wanted to participate in this internship to understand the roots of Wahiawa by listening to the stories of the older generation. I would like to share my experience of learning so much from this generation, and to give them a voice that could reach the entire community and those outside of Wahiawa as well.
Island Pacific Academy
Photographer: Lisa Uesugi
Kūpuna Jeanette Nakagawa and Natsuko Uezu
Ages 92 and 97
|Wahiawa is often forgotten or swept aside for being smaller and older than other towns, yet it has such a rich history that many people don’t know about. This project will help others see that Wahiawa is so much more than what’s on the surface. I learned that Wahiawa was a great place to have grown up, and kids were very close to each other. They often found ways to find fun in everyday life, even if they didn’t have the money to buy the newest toys, or if they had to spend time working.
I enjoy the history behind Wahiawa. It has grown so much in the past few years, but I can still remember some of the changes from when I was a small kid. I enjoy walking around the town and seeing all the different sides of Wahiawa. Sometimes I’ll walk to the town center and visit some of the shops. I’m very proud of Wahiawa, and to call it my hometown, as everyone is so close and everyone has such amazing stories to share and so much kindness in their hearts.
I enjoy creating art, learning new skills and visiting with friends. I haven’t decided yet on a path after high school but my passion is in the field of entertainment: creating and sharing stories and characters with others. I also enjoy mathematics, the scientific and political science fields where I can solve problems and make a difference in my community and the world.