The Lessons My Mom Taught Me In My Childhood That Prepared Me To Run For Office.
I count myself extremely fortunate to have been raised by a strong, independent woman. Even in my times of weakness and despair, I always knew what my potential was because my mom never accepted limitations or defeat, but instead worked tirelessly to overcome each hurdle. Sometimes, I think, just to prove she could. So, as I sit here writing an article about my journey to the County Council seat, I fully embrace that a lot of my leadership philosophy comes from those life lessons my mom taught me in my childhood. I’d like to share some with you amazing mothers:
1. Actions speak louder than words
Both my parents exuded aloha in leadership. My father, Jay Nakasone, was the administrator for Maui Intake Service. A probation officer for many years, he started the workforce program with the prison and also started the juvenile counseling section with the MPD.Today the Maui Police Department continues to be the only Police Department in the State with a juvenile counseling section.
My mom is currently our OHA Trustee for Maui, Carmen Hulu Lindsey. At her office in Honolulu she is known to cook up a big pot of her famous beef stew, yes in the fancy OHA offices, to feed all who are in smelling reach. My parents are truly the strongest examples of, “He ‘opu ali’i”, leaders who truly serve the people.
2. You can do anything, with hard work
When my mom became a single parent I witnessed the true grit this woman really had. Although my dad was always there and always supportive, they no longer shared a home. The every day tasks of caring for all three of us kids and paying the bills became hers alone.
My mom was the Land Use administrator for Maui Land and Pineapple Co. She would work in the office all day and then at night when all her co-workers went home to be with their families, she would return to clean the offices for extra money. Mom even mowed lawns on the weekends. She taught me, by example, that we have no limitations if we are willing to work hard for what we believe in.
3. Don’t get too big for your britches
This was a phrase that confused me when I was a little girl. First of all, what are britches? Britches or breeches are trousers that end above the knee. This was mom’s way of reminding us to be humble, always. If she would hear us speaking pridefully she would remind us, “Just when you think you’re the best, remember, there will always be someone better.” The lesson of humility was a constant in our home.
So now as I humbly ask for your vote in the upcoming County Council General Election I assure you, that although I come with strong experience in education, non profit, local and international business, the visitor industry and indigenous culture and language, I believe it is the lessons in service, hard work and humility that make me an especially effective servant leader.
This community has always and will always be at the center of my service and decision making and I would be honored to serve Upcountry.