Where are you from?
Michelle: Born and raised in Hawaii and went to college in Seattle, WA!
Mona: Born and raised on Oahu!
What first got you started in your career?
Michelle: My family are educators at heart. We have several teachers and counselors within my family and I had the honor to see what a difference they make in students’ lives. My family has inspired me to be in education.
What is something on campus that brings a smile to your face each day?
Mona: The busyness of it all. The faculty, staff, and students all busy about the Lord’s work.
How would people describe you?
Michelle: Bubbly personality; loves God, family & friends; loves food!
Mona: Outgoing, zany, & funny
What is your best personal achievement?
Michelle: Having my baby girl and soon to be twin boys!
What is your favorite thing about working in admissions?
Mona: Assisting families and being a part of an amazing team.
What was your childhood dream?
Mona: I wanted to be a veterinarian, but decided against it when I realized that the job entailed more than just petting animals.
What is your favorite part about interacting with students?
Michelle: My favorite initial interaction with the students is watching them figure out, think through, and get excited for what their educational career would be like at Hanalani Schools. The ability to have meaningful conversations with older students about where they see themselves in the next several years and being able to support them in achieving their dreams!
What is a challenge you have overcome:
Michelle: Sometimes, God stretches you to do things in order to make yourself and others see that overcoming the obstacle has been accomplished because He has equipped you with what needed to fulfill His purpose. Over 10 years ago, God had opened the door for me to serve in the halau ministry at church. I have NEVER danced hula in my life! But through God’s grace, I was able to serve on several mission trips and be a part of many opportunities to evangelize the Gospel of Christ through hula!
Fun fact about yourself:
Michelle: Small yet mighty! I’ve been the same height since 6th Grade!
Best piece of advice you can give:
Mona: These are not my words, it comes from One infinitely better than I. I just try my best to live by them. “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.”