Shina Tohara’s Essay

Many kids dream of one day being on the television and of course people think it will never happen, especially for a girl coming from a small town on an island in the middle of the pacific ocean. I say where there s a will, there s a way. I first realized my dream of being on every American s television when I entered Kealakehe High School s Morning Broadcast program and got to experience broadcast first hand. I sit in front of the camera, the florescent lights warm my skin, my heart feels like it s about to jump out of my throat, the director counts down. Going live in three, two, one.  The room goes silent , Good morning Waveriders, I m Shina.  The words flow fluently and all the nerves I had float up and out of my body. The broadcast last for about five minutes but to me, it feels like seconds. I wish I could rewind time and do it over and over again. This feeling let s me know this is where I want to be and exactly what I want to do with my life. I cannot achieve this dream sitting on this island and waiting for it to come to me, this is why I m going to fly my little native  self to California and pursue my education in Broadcast Journalism.

Growing up in Kona has helped me to realize how imperative it is for me to go to California and pursue my dreams. Living in such a beautiful place tends to suck people in and cause them to end up stuck in Kona, doing nothing with their lives. I have seen so many of my very own friends drop out of school and go down the wrong road, doing drugs, having babies, and just getting stuck in the laid back Kona lifestyle. This is why I really want to go to California, attend college, and maybe come back to Hawaii to become a News Anchor.