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2024 `Aha `Ōpio - Build Your Best Future



On Saturday, March 23rd, E Ala E Hawaiian Cultural Center hosted `Aha `Ōpio, a


must-attend event for those entering college, currently in college, or graduating college.


Our event was held in Arlington, VA, and was completely free! Representatives from


different universities from across the DMV area to learn about how to best equip


themselves to transition from college graduation into the workforce. We invited speakers


from different companies to come out to give advice on how transitioning out of college


was for them and how these `Ōpio can further develop their soft skills.


 


Other topics that were touched on by our speakers were; Power Introductions,


Networking, First Impressions, and, of course, Handshakes! Speakers were engaging


with the `Ōpio that attended and everyone got to practice their elevator pitches to each


other. `Ōpio were also able to ask questions, where the speakers that had been in


similar situations themselves were able to give some much needed advice.


 


No event is complete without some `Ono (delicious) food! We served Kalua Pork, Mac


Salad, Lomi Salmon, and of course Rice! (Can’t call it a meal without it!) The food was


so delicious that there wasn’t any left to take home!


 


And, of course, we can’t end the event without some hula! `Ōpio were able to learn He


Hawai`i Au (I am Hawaiian), from our `Alaka`i. Everyone had a fun time learning the hula


together and performing it at the end of the event.


 


What did one of the ‘Opio have to say about the event?


`Ōpio - “The `ono grinds and Hawaiian Sun; hula workshop; feeling welcome and the


aloha hospitality that I haven’t seen/had in years. I initially felt awkward since I am of


European descent even though I grew up on O`ahu, but meeting Jonah at check-in


helped ease me in.”




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