At Wai’anae High School, there aren’t too many options for extra curricular activities. Since 2000 there has been a decrease in clubs and organizations from a high of twenty to the current number of three.

As of today there are 12-15 unofficial clubs on campus. The Math Team, Travel club, and SHAPE & HOSA are the only three clubs to complete their paperwork on time.

I FEEL GOOD THAT IT’S ACTUALLY A CLUB AND IT’S ACTUALLY A CERTIFIED CLUB ON CAMPUS ‘CAUSE THEN IT SHOWS, YOU KNOW, WERE LEGIT.

One dilemma that these clubs face is the lack of participation involving both advisers and students.

MY MOTIVATION TO GO TO MAX POTENTIAL DEPENDS ON THE MOTIVATION OF THE STUDENTS. I HAD AN INTRINSIC MOTIVATION WHEN I START THE CLASS OFF, STARTING THE CLUB OFF, BUT AS STUDENTS BECOME MORE ENGAGED IN IT, THAT PUTS MY, THAT STEPS UP MY LEVEL OF MOTIVATION AND ENGAGEMENT.

One of the reasons for the decrease was the lack of support being offered. Yet that doesn’t stop these advisers from moving forward.

I JUST FELT LIKE IT WAS A REALLY IMPORTANT THING TO GET OUR KIDS OUT INTO THE WORLD AND LET THEM SEE WHAT’S GOING ON OUT THERE.

Along with teaching during school, advisers give their time after hours, either fundraising with the students or preparing them for meets with other schools. All without extra pay.

IT’S MORE THAN A HOBBY AND YOU FEEL LIKE YOU HAVE TO DO IT BUT IT’S BECAUSE YOU WANT TO.

IT’S DEFINITELY WORTH ALL OF THE TRIALS AND CHALLENGES THROUGHOUT THE YEAR TO FINALLY TAKE THE KIDS ON THE BIG TRIP OUT OF THE COUNTRY.

Despite the challenges that these advisors have to face on a daily basis, they’re still keeping their heads up.

THE OFFICERS I SELECTED, THEY’RE ALL WORKING TOGETHER AS A TEAM AND I JUST GOT TO WORK MORE ON THE TOTAL COMMITMENT OF PEOPLE WHO JOIN THE HOSA AND BEING TOTALLY DEDICATED.

We’ll just have to wait and see if the obligations are really just too much, or if it will be worth it in the end.

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