New School, New Experience

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to go and live somewhere else for a while? Well, this semester, I get to! I am living in Hawaii with my Mom, who is here for work.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to go and live somewhere else for a while? Well, this semester, I get to! I am living in Hawaii with my Mom, who is here for work. Here are things that are similar and different here from Colorado.

I attend Wai’alae Elementary, a public charter school in Honolulu. In school, we have all the normal subjects like math and language arts, but we also have Hawaiian studies where we learn hula and things about the history of Hawaii. We also learn Hawaiian traditions and language. For lunch, we have food like pizza and spaghetti, but some days we will have something like shoyu hot dog or teri burger.  Shoyu hot dog is a cut up hot dog smothered in soy sauce; teri burger is a hamburger covered or cooked in teriyaki sauce. We also have hapa rice a lot. Hapa means half, so it’s half white rice and half brown.

In my class, there are people from a lot of different cultures, and I don’t have that as much in my Colorado school. For instance, 40% of the students in my school are Asian and about 20% are Pacific Islander (which typically means of Hawaiian descent).  My school campus is a lot more open, and we have a lot of plants and grass outside.  In the middle of our building is a giant courtyard, where we have assemblies. This spring, in the front of the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade building, we have a garden where the 5th grade is growing corn and beans. We tried to grow squash, but it never grew. Although lots of schools in Colorado have gardens, students here can grow things year round.

Living in my neighborhood in Honolulu has been different as well. Where I live, we have wild roosters and chickens even though we live in the middle of Honolulu! We also have more birds, such as mynah birds and finches. There are mango trees growing all over our neighborhood, and we have a banana tree in our backyard. Did I mention it is always pretty hot here? By 8:00 a.m., it is about 70 degrees outside! It has also been interesting to see how many different cultures there are here. For example, just walking around the mall, you can hear 3 or 4 languages being spoken. The beach is very popular, like the mountains in Colorado. Everybody likes to go there.

I have enjoyed living here because of all the different cultures (especially because of the amazing and interesting foods).  But, I will be glad to get back to Colorado because I miss my friends and the snow.