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.”