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Island Hopping to Pohnpei
July 16th, 2011

I spent yesterday island hopping, and woke up today, Sunday (I lost a day), in peaceful Pohnpei. I’m here representing Hawaii (and presenting a lesson) at the Pacific Educational Conference, held once every two years. A special thank you to PREL (the Pacific Resources for Education and Learning) and Continental Airlines for sponsoring me and providing me this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

I am meeting the other Pacific Teachers of the Year on Monday, and the official conference begins on Tuesday. I am so excited to talk and share experiences, culture, and educational information with teachers from across the Pacific. Many teachers from Micronesia have already arrived, and I can’t help but think about the sweet and eager Micronesian students that I’ve had in the past. I know that I’ll learn so much here that will help me further connect with my future Pacific Island students.

I thought I’d share a few photos from my long journey here.

After a 4 hour and a half hour flight, we landed in Majuro, where I got out to stretch and take a few photos.

Our next stop was the island of Kwajalein, but we were not allowed to deplane or take photos there (military regulations). I did get out at our next stop, Kosrae, for a few minutes!

And finally, Pohnpei! I was greeted with haku lei and lots of friendly faces.

The view from my room in Pohnpei (I’m heading to the restaurant shown here in a few minutes for breakfast)

What a small world! The Ihara family (residents of Pohnpei) is related to a friend of my uncle, and treated me to a special Chinese dinner last night (at the only Chinese restaurant on the island). They’ll be taking me on a tour of the island this afternoon

More photos and sharing to come!

5 Responses to “Island Hopping to Pohnpei”

  1. bigislandkurt:

    spent time in Pohnpei once -- so beautiful!

    yes, there are some Hawaii folks in Pohnpei!

  2. sara:

    wow! it looks like a lot of fun kristen! i can't wait to read more about it! have a safe flight home!

  3. Russ Choy:

    It must have been nice to meet other Pacific Teachers and students with similar ties to the Hawaiian islands. I am so happy that you were able to meet my friend Ihara, Roy's family in Pohnpei.

    Russ Choy

  4. Nate:

    Hey, I know Roy Ihara...who is now living in Okinawa!

  5. James:

    Nothing better than to connect to Micronesian students by visiting their homeland. Then they become real people whom you have something in common to share.