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`Aha `Ōpio (Young Adult Gathering) Adulting 101

This seminar will cover various topics such as conducting your adult life with aloha, money management, mentoring lessons, and preparing yourself for interviews. It will also include a photoshoot for your portfolio.

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`Aha `Ōpio (Young Adult Gathering) Adulting 101
`Aha `Ōpio (Young Adult Gathering) Adulting 101

Time & Location

March 26-27, 2022 (Sat. – Sun.)

251 18th St S (Lobby Level), Arlington, VA 22202, USA

About the Event

`Aha `Ōpio (Young Adult Gathering) Adulting 101 | Youʻre Graduating? Now What?

IMPORTANT: ALL ATTENDEES MUST BE VACCINATED. We will practice socially-distant seating as best possible. While masks will not be required, we encourage attendees to wear them. We will have extra masks available at the registration desk. 

March 26 – 27, 2022, 8:30AM – 3:00PM

251 18th Street South, Arlington VA 22202 | Lobby Conference Room

Saturday, March 26: Broaden Your Perspectives. Focus on Your Goals

8:30-9:00:  Registration

9:00-9:20:  `Oli Aloha, Administration, Introductions

9:20-9:30:  Networking Break (Frequent breaks provide opportunities to get to know each other, to engage one-on-one with the speakers, and to begin valuable relationships.)

9:30-10:00:  Always With Aloha (Leihua Stewart, CEO, E Ala E Hawaiian Cultural Center) - Hawai`i, `Ohana, Aloha – These define the sense of place, the sense of culture that we bring with us. How might this affect us in our personal and professional lives?

10:00-10:10: Networking Break

10:10-11:00: Owning Your Career Path (Coti Haia, Deputy Chief of Staff, U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono, D-Hawai`i) - There are multiple decisions you will make in pursuing your career.  Where do you begin to frame the criteria for those decisions? What are some important considerations to “owning” your path?

11:00-Noon: Lunch and Professional Photos (During lunch, there will be a professional photographer available to take your picture and advise how to best present yourself in a picture.)

Noon-1:50: First Steps: Early Decisions for a Prosperous Future (Jason Greenawalt, Chief Executive Officer, Nakupuna Companies) - Mark Twain said you are defined by how you earn your money, and how you spend it. What are the enduring principles and methods behind smart money management?

1:50-2:00:  Networking Break

2:00-2:50:  Mindset Is Everything (`Aulani Ah Loo, Executive Director, Nakupuna Foundation) - As we pursue our personal and career goals, we will confront challenges. How can we turn these into opportunities?

2:50-3:00:  Let’s Share Mana`o! (Let’s Share Thoughts!) - At each day’s end, we will collect the lessons learned and record opportunities for improvement.

3:00:  `Oli Mahalo | Hawai`i Aloha

Sunday, 27 March: Getting a Job. Focus on Your Brand

8:30-9:00:  Registration

9:00-9:10:  `Oli Aloha, Administration, Introduction of New Attendees

9:10-10:00:  Nā Pahuhopu Ola (Life Goals) (Kelly McKeague, Director, Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency) - Mentoring lessons to link your larger goals with your career pursuits.

10:00-10:10: Networking Break

10:10-11:30: Resumés: Painting Your Picture | Social Media: Presenting Your Brand (Keawe Anderson, Director of Advocacy, Nakupuna Companies) - How to write resumés that present who you are to that prospective employer. Ensuring your social media presence presents you and your brand.

11:30-12:30:  Lunch and Professional Photos

12:30-2:30:  Maximize Your Hireability | You Never Get a Second Chance to Make a First Impression (Andrea Zito, Chief Human Capital Officer, and Sadie Berhane, Talent Acquisition Manager, Nakupuna Companies) - Hiring from an employer’s perspective.

2:30-2:45:  Open Q & A - Last opportunity to get those unanswered questions addressed.

2:45-2:55:  Let’s Share Mana`o! (Let’s Share Thoughts!)

2:55-3:00:  `Oli Mahalo | Hawai`i Aloha

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Thurs., March 24, 11:59 PM. 

For parents who are dropping off their students, there are several restaurants on the SHOPS level as well as nearby Pentagon City Mall for lunch and shopping. 

Directions (including free parking) and metro information:

Driving:  The event will be held at 251 18th St. S., Lobby Level Conference Room, Arlington, VA 22202 (red building). There is a parking garage below the building - Crystal City Shops at 1750 - National Landing. There are 2 entrances for this parking garage, but one of them (18th St. Entrance) will be closed this weekend due to construction. Use the entrance on Crystal Dr. Once you enter the garage, proceed all the way to the back, then turn left to the G2 Parking Level (blue area). Take the elevator listed for the 251 18th St. S., building and select the “L” button for Lobby.

Metro Directions: Take either the Yellow or Blue Line to the Crystal City Metro. Go up two sets of escalators (one on leaving the train and a second after scanning your smart trip card), then turn right and proceed through the double doors. Walk past Dunkin Donuts and turn right after Lily Bubble Tea & Smoothie. Turn right to the elevators and proceed to the Lobby Level, where you’ll see a registration desk just outside of the Conference Room.  

E Ala E Hawaiian Cultural Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit Hawaiian cultural organization headquartered in Alexandria, VA. For questions, please call 703.203.4848 or email us at


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