Jean Nishi NHIS Student Activities Coordinator is retiring after over 30 years of service.

Nishi Retiring: Leaves Legacy of Shaping Student Leaders

June 12, 2018

Jean Nishi has been at Nānākuli High and Intermediate School for as long as many students, faculty, and community members can remember. More commonly known around the Nānākuli community as Ms. Nishi, she has given much of her heart and soul to the students of NHIS. Nishi has dedicated most of her career to being the student activities coordinator; before she taught both English and Japanese Language. At the end of August 2018, Ms. Nishi will be retiring and end her 30 plus years of teaching.

“So I turned 62, I can collect social security. I guess it’s mostly because there are things in my personal life that need attention now and I feel like I’m in a race against time. I need to get stuff in order—my mom is 91 years old and she’s got dementia, my dad is going to be 92 next month and he’s trying his best to take care of my mom too, but it’s hard for him to be a caregiver when he’s kind of needy himself. So it’s that and I have grandchildren that live in Vegas and I don’t get to see them much. So it’s just a lot of things I need to do in my personal life, but it’s totally not being unhappy here. That’s what’s going to make it so hard to leave. Because I love my job, I love what I do, I love Nanakuli, I love the students, I love the teachers, it’s just a great place to be. I wouldn’t be transferring to somewhere else, there’s nowhere else I’d rather be, but it’s just in my personal life, I can’t do—I can’t work full time and do what I gotta do,” said Nishi.

THE EARLY YEARS

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THE EARLY YEARS

As a young child, Nishi had a lot of experiences in being in different places. Throughout her childhood, Nishi moved around the central areas of Oahu and became accustomed to being able to adapt to new places.

“I grew up all over the place; I was born and lived in Nu’uanu until I was I guess elementary school age and then I moved to Kaimuki. And I attended Liholiho Elementary School and Kaimuki Intermediate, and Kaimuki High School. And then our family moved to Moanalua and I should have transferred to Farrington (High School) but I didn’t want to have to start all over again with making friends when I was a Sophomore, so I just commuted every day from Moanalua to Kaimuki,” said Nishi.

FINDING HER PASSION

From a young age, Nishi dreamed about becoming a teacher. From playing teacher with her siblings at home, to eventually becoming one was a dream come true for her. Nishi attended the University of Hawaii Manoa to get her bachelor’s and master’s in teaching. Although she was swayed from the career throughout college, she continued to follow her passion.

“Okay so, I wanted to be a teacher from when I was little. You know how when you play with your sisters, I played school. I always played school, and I was the teacher or whatever, but we always played with my sisters school and I wanted to be a teacher. And even when I was older and I was in college to be a teacher everybody said, ‘Oh there’s no teaching jobs! You’re just going to end up being a sales clerk at Liberty House—’that’s what it was called back then. And I said, ‘I’m just going to try,’”

PROVING THEM WRONG

Nishi first found herself teaching at Washington Intermediate School where she first experienced the challenges of teaching. However, as time progressed the fate of one special call led her to Nānākuli High and Intermediate School. Although persuaded to not take the job, she wanted to challenge herself in going to a place where she had not been before.

“I got a job at Washington Intermediate School. And the kids over there—they were really naughty, they were naughty. It would be like, ‘You gotta turn that radio off, it’s class time.’ ‘What Miss?! You going make me?’ (It would be) like that. And I thought, ‘Oh no, what did I get myself into?’ But then they contacted me and they said that there was a position at Nānākuli (High and Intermediate School). And my family all said, ‘Are you sure? Cause you know, get bullet holes in the traffic signs and the stop signs.’ And I’m thinking, ‘Oh, I’m going to prove to them that I can handle.’ So I came out here and I did get tested by the kids, they wanted to see how far they could get with me. But after awhile I guess they realized that I was here to stay and that I cared about them, and then they stopped picking on me—but they were driving me crazy in the beginning,” said Nishi.

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LIFELONG LEARNING

LIFELONG LEARNING

Nishi stepped out of the classroom as a classroom teacher and became NHIS’ SAC (Student Activities Coordinator) in the early 2000’s. Along the way she overcame challenges and learned many things from coordinating many of the events enjoyed by the students, faculty, and community of Nanakuli.

“I would say a challenge would be, you have to juggle numerous things at the same time. You can’t say, okay I’m going to work on May Day Ho’olaulea and then when that is done I’m going to work on Military Appreciation Luncheon or Awards Night. You gotta work on multiple things at the same time, you just have to be juggling constantly and also having to work with students, teachers, community, admin; you gotta coordinate with so many people,” said Nishi.

Nishi tearfully added, “Wow, you know I just feel that I learned so much from the students. They are the most—I mean they’re so honest, you think that they wouldn’t be, but they’re real—they’re brutally honest. I learned a lot from them. Just seeing how they interact with new people too.”

MEMORIES TO LAST A LIFETIME

Being a teacher and a SAC Nishi also gained many memories that not only bring her joy, but also life lessons and examples that she will take from the students and community of Nānākuli.

“So this is a really nice story—so I guess a parent and her new spouse brought in her child. And this girl, you could tell that she was from town. Just how she looked and everything and she looked like she was really afraid to be here. And I told the parents, “Just go I can take her to her classroom.” So this girl I’m walking with her to class and as soon as we walk in the door I said, “Excuse me, we have a new student.” All the kids, they turned and they look and they go, “Oh sit by me! Come sit by me!” They just welcome; and that’s what I notice here at Nanakuli, they welcome people with open arms,” said Nishi joyfully.

Nishi also added, “And before I used to sell ice cream here, before we had that wellness policy where we can’t sell all kinds of stuff. But we used to sell ice cream and students would come in and a student might have a ten dollar bill and he’ll go, “What you like? What you like? What you like?” And he would treat all his friends, even though that means he’s not going to have money the rest of the week. But they are just so generous, so giving. I have learned so much about people here at Nanakuli, just really genuine people.”

THANK YOU MS. NISHI

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THANK YOU MS. NISHI

Blythe Emler band and ukulele teacher: “For me, it’s working with her during Homecoming. Coordinating the band with her at the parade and watching for her cues from the press box during the halftime court presentation. It won’t be the same working that event without her for sure.”

Jackie Ku class advisor: “Oh my god. I’ve known Ms. Nishi since I was a teenager, she was a Japanese teacher here at Nānākuli High School, so I graduated ‘87 so that’s how long I’ve known Ms. Nishi. And now that I came here back in 2004 to work here she was the leading advisor for student government. In the beginning, it was kind of hard to understand policies when it came to student activities, so I got to learn a lot from Ms. Nishi when it came to student activities because this is where I’m at this year. It’s saddening that she’s leaving and I made her cry because I brought it up the other day, and she’s very soft and I just couldn’t help it because I’m going to miss her. I mean who can fill her shoes? And I’m gonna be honest with you, there is no one on this campus that can fill those shoes or what Ms. Nishi has done because she has such a big heart for these kids. And there is no one; I’ve been here long enough, 14 years, I’ve been here long enough to know that there is no one that can fit the needs of a student activities coordinator.”

Jasmine Kamana`o Senior: “In my opinion, she is very caring and extremely organized. She has love for her students in Student Government. I am truly going to miss her telling me how I can improve on things, showing that she really cares about the person I will become in the future or her giving me snacks when I accomplish things. I’m truly going to miss that sense of having a family member at school”

Rosalie Hobbs former Student Body President: “I remember walking into ETL for the first time, I transferred schools at the begging of Junior year and got placed in her class at default, as soon as I walked in and sat down she asked me if I wanted to be Vice President for Student Body before she even asked my name. She played a big role in my decision to go into political science after making me the HSSC rep. She taught me to focus on what I can and have achieved. She’d still celebrate something even though we made mistakes on the way because she already knew we’d work to improve next time. She has a special way of being both motivational and empathetic and being a SAC truly was her natural calling in my eyes.

Irene Ohashi retired NHIS teacher: “I remember early in her career, Mrs. Nishi was willing to go back to college to pick up credits in Japanese language in order to offer the courses at NHIS.  Because of her outstanding efforts, the Accreditation team gave her commendations and made our school look good.”

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FINAL THOUGHTS

FINAL THOUGHTS

As Nishi moves on from NHIS she has some advice for the new SAC and has some final thank you’s and advice that she’d like to leave behind.

SAC:

“Don’t procrastinate, get organized, just call me if you need help, I’m still gonna be on island. Try to remember the traditions, I would say that. This school, this community, they value traditions so I would say try your best to keep the traditions alive,” said Nishi.

Students:

“I would just like to tell them to keep working hard, always remember where you’re from, and make everybody in Nanakuli your family, your community proud. Just be good people,” tearfully said Nishi.

Faculty and Staff:

“I just want to say thanks for all your support, made a lot of friends and a whole bunch of them have also moved on too, they’ve retired or some people have gone their separate ways, but just thank you for taking me under their wings and helping me to learn the ropes and supporting me. I have a lot of good memories thanks to the students and the teachers,” said Nishi.

“Thank you so much—thank you Nanakuli, for everything,” said Nishi.

44 Comments

44 Responses to “Nishi Retiring: Leaves Legacy of Shaping Student Leaders”

  1. Jewelynn Kirkland on June 10th, 2018 10:58 pm

    Aloha Ms. Nishi!

    You were always so helpful, accomodating, sharing and giving. Anytime, I had a question, needed something, needed help or even sharing food with student counsel you were there! It is now your time to do as you need. Enjoy the moments, life is short.

    Love you!
    Jewelynn

  2. Jean Nishi on June 11th, 2018 10:13 pm

    Thank you, Jewelynn! I am REALLY going to miss you and the rest of the faculty, staff and students of Nanakuli! It’s been a wonderful 36 years at NHIS!!!

  3. Tiare-Summer KaNa'iAupuni on June 12th, 2018 11:45 am

    This is my first year working at Nanakuli High and Intermediate and I was able to work with Mrs. Nishi with attendance etc. She is very easy to work with and always positive and upbeat. She goes above and beyond when it comes to her job and students. Our school and community has been blessed to have her. Mrs. Nishi will be greatly missed. I wish her good health, love, laughter and prosperity. Happy Early retirement Mrs. Nishi!!!! You deserve it!

  4. Jean Nishi on June 13th, 2018 2:18 pm

    Thank you, Tiare! Nanakuli is so fortunate to have you on staff! You have done so much for our school. Keep up the AWESOME job you are doing for us!

  5. JAN K MAKEPA on June 10th, 2018 11:35 pm

    I came to Nānākuli in 1982, being schooled in Waiʻanae from Elementary to Intermediate, then transferring, was hard. I loved my friends from Waiʻanae but Waiʻanae wouldnʻt accept me. I had dropped out of school after my 8th grade year at Waiʻanae Intermediate school and went to work at a gas station getting paid cash money. After a year, I wanted to return to school at which time my mother said “You dropped yourself out, you get yourself back”. I went to Waiʻanae Inter to find out that I had passed to the 9th grade. I then went to Waiʻanae High only to be told they had no room for me and Iʻd have to go to Nānākuli. Heartbroken but determined, I headed for NHIS and registered myself while my father waited in the car for me. Because I had no records, I needed to take a placement test for all my classes. I was at the school for 6 hours!! All the while dad waited. Once all my tests were done, all my classes were in order and I started school in the fall of 1982 as a Freshmen. A year behind my graduating class because of dropping out at Waiʻanae.
    I interacted with Ms. Nishi 3 times while at Nānākuli. First time as my College Prep English teacher. Class was fun, I guess because I loved to read and write. However, school was not a strong subject and Iʻd skip classes or skip school in general and made bad choices. Next time I encountered Ms. Nishi was as my Japanese language teacher. It wasnʻt a class I signed up for but one that was delegated because I didnt register for classes I wanted. She introduced me to a whole new world of language and culture. Still school was not my best subject. In the 2 years there, Iʻd start off strong in the beginning of the school year then my grades and attendance suffered toward the end. School was getting to be a burden and I thought Iʻd made the wrong choice in returning.
    What made me push to want to graduate was the enthusiasm and excitement of the junior class at the end of my 2nd year there. They were all going to be seniors that fall and the excitement was in the air. However, I didnʻt share in that excitement because I would only be a junior. This would be MY graduating class of 1985 and I would be there another year to graduate with the class of 1986. Which by the way were an awesome bunch of people. I had given up yet was determined. I felt that if I didnt graduate with my class, I was going to return the year after.
    This was my 3rd encounter with Ms Nishi. By then she was a counselor at the school. I visited her in her office before the 83/84 school year ended and begged her to help me get the credits I needed to graduate. She mustʻve saw something in me, she pulled my records, tallied up my credits and realized I needed to pass all my classes the following 84/85 school year but would still be 3 credits short. So she made a few calls to Waiʻanae High Schools Summer School session and pulled a favor to get me in. They wouldʻnt otherwise have taken me because I was still technically a sophomore and they only accepted juniors. She worked her magic and got me not only into WHS summer school but also WHS after school classes for both semesters the following year. So I needed to pass all my classes at School, Summer School AND After School Classes to graduate. I could not let Ms Nishi down, she put herself on the line for me. I was determined!!
    Summer of 1984, Social Studies, got my credit.School year 1984/1985 passed all my classes and after school classes. Gained all my credits, participated in song practice and graduation practice and graduated Nānākuli High School Class of 1985!
    Fast forward 2018. Iʻm 50 years old now. Coming back to NHIS as a craft vendor for their annual May Day Hoʻolauleʻa and there she was….Ms. Nishi….my 4th encounter. She didnʻt remember me or how she helped me so much. But I never forgot her. I came to get the form and information on the Hoʻolauleʻa and forgot to turn in the form on time. Was 2 days late. So what did I do? Called her and begged for a chance, just like I did 33 years before. And again, she came thru for me in a clutch just as she did before.
    I KNOW that my story is one of many for literally thousands of students who were fortunate enough to stand in her light. And I KNOW each one of us has a unique story of how she worked her magic or came thru in a clutch for each of us. Because I KNOW she did it out of love. Not for one of us but for ALL of us. She has taken cared of generations of students and we are ALL grateful for her. We love you Ms Nishi!! No go take care your ʻohana and enjoy YOUR time. Thank you for your service and thank you for the memories. Jan Makepa, NHIS Class of 1985!!

  6. Jean Nishi on June 12th, 2018 8:47 am

    Thank you for sharing your story, Jan! So many precious memories after being at NHIS all these years!

  7. Yumi O’Connell on June 11th, 2018 12:35 am

    Thank you for investing so much of yourself into the students and community of NHIS! I was in one of your very first Japanese classes back in the 80’s and I will always remember how kind and engaging you were in helping us to learn basic Japanese and hiragana! Will never forget how you made us apologize (in Japanese) to the class if we were to come to class late. I can still recite it today. We are so blessed by your 30+yrs at NHIS! Best wishes on your retirement and take care!

    Aloha,
    Yumi (Morales) O’Connell
    c/o ‘86

  8. Jean Nishi on June 12th, 2018 8:58 am

    Thank you, Yumi! It’s funny how the students in my Japanese language classes remember that they had to apologize for being tardy in Japanese! Hopefully, it made my students hurry to class!

  9. Windell Aglia on June 11th, 2018 1:34 pm

    Thank you Mrs Nishi for wonderful memories in Japanese class one and two. Because of you, I am able to “think outside the box” and help my son with his homework who has learning problems. You really took the time to make learning easy as possible.

    You always remained calm, humble and gentle… regardless what types of students came into tour class. Thank you!

    Class of 1998
    Windell

  10. Jean Nishi on June 12th, 2018 9:11 am

    Thank you, Windell! I truly enjoyed teaching Japanese because of students like you!

  11. Nadine Jury on June 11th, 2018 3:20 pm

    Thank you Ms. Nishi for being the passionate person you are! You have made an impact in my life and I will forever be grateful! I still remember reciting this saying because I was mostly late and I had to excuse my tardiness “ sensei minasan shitsudei shimashta otokunate sumimasen”. Spelling may be off, but after years of being out of school I still remember your life lessons! Good luck in your well deserved retirement… Nadine-NHIS Class of 1986

  12. Jean Nishi on June 12th, 2018 9:17 am

    Thank you, Nadine! I am smiling because that’s pretty amazing for you to remember that phrase . . . you must have said it many, many times! Thank you for the well wishes!

  13. Jacqueline Garcia on June 11th, 2018 6:07 pm

    Mrs nishi thank you for being a wonderful teacher friend Co worker. I truly am blessed to have known you. I pray nothing but good for you. Thank you again for being such a positive role model. God bless

  14. Jean Nishi on June 12th, 2018 9:20 am

    Thank you for your kind words and well wishes, Jacqueline! I hope all is well with you and your family!

  15. Marianne Aguinaldo on June 11th, 2018 6:44 pm

    Aloha and mahalo miss nishi. You were one of my favorite teacher back in high school. You were so greatful and acceptable especially to a person like me who just came from a different country. I was so shy and scared on my first year in nanakuli but you were the first person who welcome me with open arms. You taught me how to mingle with my other co students. You taught me how to be brave. You taught me how to stand up for myself. You taught me so much that i couldnt even count it already and for that i am forever greatful to you. I hope and wish that in your next journey of your life, you will still impact many more lives like how u did to mine. Have a blessed and enjoy returement. Mahalo and arigato gosaimasu!!!

  16. Jean Nishi on June 12th, 2018 9:30 am

    Thank you so much, Marianne! I truly appreciate your story. I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to meet such special people like you over the 36 years I have been here at Nanakuli High and Intermediate School. I am REALLY going to miss everyone and everything about NHIS.

  17. Rochelle (Navarro) Ploski on June 11th, 2018 7:36 pm

    Congratulations on your retirement!
    Well deserved
    Thank you for all your hard work with all of us
    Nanakuli Golden Hawks
    Good Luck on your next adventure

  18. Jean Nishi on June 12th, 2018 9:33 am

    Thank you, Rochelle! People have been telling me that they are busier in retirement than when they were working–YIKES!!!

  19. Len Fergusen on June 11th, 2018 8:22 pm

    Ms. Nishi, you will be so much missed. Thank you for all the help and inspiration you have given me, you are appreciated, mahalo, Len

  20. Jean Nishi on June 12th, 2018 9:38 am

    Thank you, Len! Thank you also for all the donations you regularly bring in for the students. I will miss the students, faculty and staff of NHIS profoundly . . .

  21. Kurt nishi on June 11th, 2018 9:17 pm

    Beautiful article Chloe… I am Ms. Nishi’s son, Kurt. My moms decision to retire was a tough one. She has bled black and gold for as long as I can remember. Nanakuli High School and it’s people, hold a very special place in mother’s heart. Nothing would stop her from giving every bit of time and effort to improve the Nanakuli community. Reading other replies to this article makes me truly proud of my mom and her accomplishments. Most of all, the people she has touched along her journey. If there is anyone that deserves a retirement, my mom sure does. Whoever fills in for her has big shoes to follow in. Probably won’t even be close to another “Ms. Nishi”, but I’m sure my mom will be there to help. I love you mom and congrats on your retirement. Your grandkids are looking forward to seeing you soon and more often!!!

    Kurt

  22. Jean Nishi on June 12th, 2018 9:48 am

    Thank you, Kurt! Yes, tell Keido and Kamden that Grandma is going to be able to visit more often!!! Your comment about me bleeding black and gold is reflected in my wardrobe– I have a few regular blouses, a couple of dresses and TEN MILLION Nanakuli shirts!

  23. Shannah Nahulu on June 12th, 2018 7:06 am

    Mahalo nui loa Mrs. Nishi for being an awesome teacher, co-worker, and friend! I may not have had you as a teacher when I was a student here but I have seen the impact you’ve made in our school and in our community. You were and still are a role model for many and I know that you will never ever be forgotten. Mahalo for keeping traditions alive in our school and community and for embracing everyone with aloha. Congratulations on your well deserved retirement!

  24. Jean Nishi on June 12th, 2018 9:55 am

    Thank you, Shannah! Thank YOU for all you do for our school and our students from performing at assemblies and May Day to coaching Songfest to keeping the library in order. You are truly appreciated. Nanakuli is in good hands with awesome faculty and staff like yourself!

  25. Jackie Ku on June 12th, 2018 9:09 am

    Lol. Yes she Bleeds BLACK & GOLD…

  26. Jean Nishi on June 13th, 2018 2:22 pm

    YUP!!!

  27. Max Miura on June 12th, 2018 11:40 am

    It was a pleasure teaching with you for 13 years and also inviting me to return to judge at songfest. Ironically when I returned to Hawaii after college in Oregon, my first job was at Washington Intermediate(just like you), then Moanalua Intermediate before I got bumped and hired at Nanakuli. My transition to Nanakuli was little easier bcuz I was the HS band director and the 1st head wrestling coach. I retired rather quietly and probably forgotten by now but your legacy is truly amazing. Congratulations to a well deserved retirement.

  28. Jean Nishi on June 13th, 2018 2:28 pm

    Thank you, Max! How are you? Hope all is well and you are enjoying your retirement. I truly appreciate you coming out to Nanakuli every year to judge our Songfest. We definitely could not find a more qualified person to judge our song conductors than a former band director!!! Take care and keep in touch!

  29. Lily Cabinatan on June 12th, 2018 3:33 pm

    What are we going to do without you? You will be missed! Enjoy life now & take care of yourself too! Mahalo for staying so long & doing so well! Lily Cabinatan

  30. Jean Nishi on June 13th, 2018 2:34 pm

    Thank you, Lily!!! It’s been an AWESOME JOURNEY!!! I have loved every minute of it!!! (Everything except correcting stacks of papers and calculating grades . . .Ha ha!)

  31. Dezrae Kauhane on June 12th, 2018 7:55 pm

    I will never forget you! And I know you will never forget me too! Because of you, I can read, write and speak Japanese. When I went to college, I helped my whole Japanese class learn Japanese with your methods. Thank you for everything you did for me and for Nanakuli! We will miss you. You are a true golden hawk…

  32. Jean Nishi on June 13th, 2018 2:48 pm

    Hi, Dezrae! You’re right–I will always remember you!!! Wow! You never told me about teaching your classmates Japanese in college. That’s so COOL!!! Year after year, teachers just keep trying their best to impart their knowledge to their students but they never really get to know how much they may have impacted their students. It makes me smile to know that you enjoyed and learned so much in Japanese. Thanks, Dezrae!

  33. Jahnn-Marie Kahele-Madali on June 13th, 2018 3:56 pm

    Ms. Nishi,
    I first learned about you through my siblings. My brother Thorne had you for Japanese class and then my sister was involved sixth student government. Me I knew you because you sold ice cream. Lol but you were much more to me than that. You were basically the boss of all activities that happened on campus. You put your heart and soul into the school and place I call my home and I can’t thank you enough for the hard work you put into making my high school years unforgettable. Mahalo nui loa for the legacy you are leaving in hopes that the next generation can learn and create their own path through your steps.

  34. Jean Nishi on June 14th, 2018 10:38 am

    Thank you, Jahnn-Marie! I appreciate your kind words! I have truly enjoyed being at Nanakuli all these years . . . .so many wonderful memories . . .Please say “hi” to your brother and sister for me!

  35. Darlene Wilson on June 13th, 2018 4:22 pm

    Hi! Ms. Nishi,

    So happy to have seen this post. Since leaving high school in 1990, I have never really been back to the campus. Hearing about your retirement brings back so many memories of Japanese class! Most memorable was when you taught us how to make sushi. Thank you very much for your years of service. While I’m saddened to hear you are leaving NHIS, I know you deserve to relax and be there for your family. Hopefully, I’ll get to see you.

    Since leaving school, I have obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and is now working towards a Master’s degree in Education. It can be hard work but I realize the benefits earned from those we serve is priceless!

    Thanks again for all you do. Best wishes on your retirement!

    Aloha,

    Darlene Wilson

  36. Jean Nishi on June 14th, 2018 10:50 am

    Hi, Darlene! So proud of you and your accomplishments!!! We are looking forward to seeing you in the school system someday soon!!! Yes, I remember we rolled sushi and even made oyako donburi in Japanese class. Food always seems to capture the attention of students! Best wishes on achieving your Master’s Degree!

  37. Vernon Taylor on June 14th, 2018 5:46 pm

    Aloha Jean Nishi ,
    You proved yourself many times ! Taking on many responsibilities and doing it !
    We’re going to mis you ! Don’t forget to visit us now and then ! May Jah be with you !
    Mahalo and Aloha ! Vernon Taylor

  38. Jean Nishi on June 15th, 2018 9:35 am

    Thank you, Vernon! I appreciate all the times you came to the rescue to help me set up the sound system in the café . . .sorry, this old fart is technologically-challenged. Ha ha. I will probably be experiencing “withdrawal symptoms” when I retire so I will definitely visit when I can. Thanks again, Vernon.

  39. Uncle Vince on June 19th, 2018 10:48 am

    Sensei Nishi aka Doctor Nishi, The work and time that you do for our students, faculty and staff and community is, was and will always be cherished by all. Your dedication, thoughts, professionalism, communication, respect, relationship and knowledge has touched the lives of many here at home and afar. You have raise the standards of “HA” BREATH through “aloha-love, mahalo-thanksgiving and ohana-family”. You are deserving of retirement, please enjoy, be safe, take care and like always, LOVE. You were always before me as a leader, always beside me to guide me and always back of me to support with understanding, compassion and knowledge. I will miss you physically, but I know in my heart what you shared through out the years have been instilled in my heart and soul, Mahalo and Aloha Always Uncle Vince P..S Ill miss getting pens that is for sure…ha ha ha..

  40. Jean Nishi on June 27th, 2018 2:40 pm

    Thank you, Vince! It is I who should thank YOU for all you do for our students, school and community! Thank you for helping me with all of our school events from Brown Bags to Songfest to May Day and MORE! And, no worry . . .I going stock you up with pens before I go! Ha ha!!! Thanks again, Vince! You da bestest!!!

  41. Loke McGihon on July 20th, 2018 4:45 pm

    With this being my first year, I really appreciated your direction and support with club information. What a time to treasure your family and not only care for them but care for yourself in your retirement. Congratulations! We will miss you!

  42. Jean Nishi on July 30th, 2018 7:17 pm

    Thank you, Loke! We are so fortunate to have teachers like you who go above and beyond for our students!!! Wishing you an AWESOME 2018-2019 school year!!!

  43. Miss Leona on August 1st, 2018 10:29 am

    Thank you Jean for your time, talent and hard work. You’ve shown patience and humility in all you do for the community and school. We all hope you will still come out and watch any upcoming events here at Nanakuli. Take care and God bless on your next adventure.

  44. Jean Nishi on August 31st, 2018 9:20 pm

    Thank you, Leona! I will most definitely come out to our upcoming school events!!! I look forward to seeing you all again. Thank you so much for all you do for our students and especially the Class of 2020. They are so very fortunate to have you and Ms. Bernholz as advisors. Take care and see you soon!

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