Long time Ka Hana No’eau participant Kynan Kawai was on the road again…
Not long after returning from Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, where he served as one of five Hawai’i delegates to the 8th Annual Youth Leadership Summit for Sustainable Development, Kynan was off again. This time to Nashville Tennessee, where he and two other students represented Hawai’i at the 2012 Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) Mid-Year Training Institute.
An advocate for a drug-free community, Kynan (pictured above in the lime-green shirt) has been active for many years, recalling as a child going with his mother to sign wave along Kohala’s roadsides. One of the signs he remembers exhorted, “Cook Rice Not Ice!!!”.
This young man is someone to watch. Ka Hana No’eau Program Director David Fuertes, who himself is no minor player in the community, winning the prestigious Ho’okele Award from the Hawai’i Community Foundation, said of Kynan, “He is intelligent, practical, and on task. He is a thorough thinker who processes any situation clearly before acting, and as such is almost always successful at what he does.”
Congratulations Kynan! You’re racking up some miles!!!
Mahalo Nui Loa to Five Mountains Hawai’i, and Executive Director Robin Mullin, for sponsoring Kynan’s and chaperone David Fuertes Jr.’s trip to Nashville.