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Age: 19
Year: 2011 Down Syndrome `Ohana of Hawai`i

Lisa Uesugi, Photographer

I made several lifelong friends through ProjectFocus including Miss Hawai`i, Lauren (Cheape) Matsumoto. Since being in the program, I have become more involved with social activities even though I am still quite shy. I am working on being more open and friendly. I am most proud of being able to dance hula and hip-hop. Both allow me to entertain in front of a crowd and this summer I’ll be performing at the opening ceremonies for the Special Olympics World Games in LA with my dance group, “Heartbeat.” My dream is to become a good hula dancer.
* Shared by Chelsea’s mother.

I am…a happy girl because I have friends from “Heartbeat” and hula sisters from “Na Maka O Puuwai Aloha”

I will…paddle on my paddleboard because I love being in the ocean

I appreciate…the pictures Auntie Lisa took of me because
she made it fun

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