"If you have to ask what jazz is, you'll never know." Today, the whole Middle School went on a learning journey to the M.A.C.C to learn about the genre, jazz. The spokesperson and singer/songwriter was Halie Loren. She introduced herself and told us a little of her background. Growing up, her major influences were her parent's music and listening to the public radio. Halie is an internationally recognized artist with her band, Matt, and Trevor. Halie told us that any song could be changed into a jazz style and sang us an example, "Over the Rainbow" by Judy Garland. Her voice depicted elegance and beauty. You could see her body gestures flow freely to the roots of the song and her emotions were symbolized through her movements. I am not a big fan of jazz but I enjoyed the experience and was captivated by her performance full of charisma.
The day started with rainy showers of blessings from God. Thankfully, we all got to the location safely. Before the 7th and 8th grade classes of Sacred Hearts School entered the class at Kamehameha Schools, we chanted "Ia Wa'a Nui," a permission chant. It was followed by a welcoming chant recited by the 4th grade classes. Feeling way more confident and comfortable speaking to the students about revolutionizing education caused the usual blitz of nervousness and tension to discontinue. Instead, I actually felt delighted to speak to them. I also noticed the same feelings through my classmates. We are all slowly developing as confident speakers which makes me feel relieved. Who would have thought a shy person like me would speak in front of a crowd of students? After speaking to the whole group, we were divided to speak to a smaller group of five students. Communicating with them made me realized that they also felt comfortable listening to me. I tried to make them laugh and surprisingly it worked. Transforming into developed speakers will prepare us for life's challenges.