2019年度ハワイサマーインターン生 ジョセフ・井芹






Aloha! I am Joe Iseri. As a second year student, I am currently studying Japanese pedagogy in the Japanese section at the University of Hawaʻi at Mānoa. In the future, I aspire to work at my alma mater,  Kamehameha Schools, as a Japanese language teacher.

My hometown is Kāneʻohe on ʻOahu island, Hawaiʻi. Kāneʻohe is more out in the country than in the city, so I love the countryside. During my stay here in Japan, I’m looking forward to going to popular tourist spots in Ehime, listening to Japan-famous rakugo, and visiting the Hiroshima Peace Memorial.

The Kamehameha Schools, my high school, was established in 1887 by the will of the great-granddaughter of Kamehameha the Great, Princess Bernice Pauahi. Princess Pauahi was the last remaining royal descendant of the Kamehameha family. As such, she owned a lot of the land of the Kamehameha Kingdom at the time of her death. She believed that education was the most important thing for the future of Hawai’i, and thusly bequeathed her land for the use for and by the children of Hawaiian families.

At Kamehameha, I learned how we, as Hawaiians, should protect and perpetuate our culture and language. I want to work hard this summer to use the knowledge I’ve gained at Kamehameha to help everyone know more about Hawaiʻi’s language and culture. Further, I look forward to learning more about Japan’s culture and history, as well as specifically about Ehime’s unique elements.

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