Aloha everyone. My name is Jessica Skyles-Kaipo. I’m born and raised here on the Big Island, more specifically in the upper Puna District of the Kurtistown and Mt. View areas, but moved to Japan as a child. I went to a regular public school in Funabashi City, Chiba, Japan, for five years from eight years old to 13. After returning to the Big Island I went to Waiakea High School, Hawaii Community College (HawCC) and the University of Hawaii at Hilo (UHHilo), then went to the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHManoa) in Oahu for a summer school session after graduating from UH Hilo.
When I enrolled at HawCC after graduating from Waiakea High School, I majored in Liberal Arts. Because my English level wasn’t high enough to be accepted at the UHHilo, I mainly focused on my English classes and core classes for General Education. When I accumulated enough credits to transfer up to the UHHilo, I changed my major to Linguistics, Anthropology, and Japanese Studies. A few years after graduating with a triple major from the UHHilo, I enrolled in the summer sessions at the UHManoa. Even though I haven’t graduated from UHManoa, I gained knowledge in English as a Second Language, English as a Foreign Language, and Second Language Learning fields.
Shortly after I graduated from UHHilo, I also began to teach the Japanese Language and Culture at HawCC. After 21 years of continuous teaching, I had to halt all of my teaching due to the current pandemic. Because of this, I decided to pursue another and different career path in case I can no longer teach again. I am currently in my second year of my Business Technology major and anticipate to graduate next spring of 2023.