This may not exactly be about real estate but perhaps it has everything to do with real estate. You decide. At times, it just seems right to honor families. After all, that’s how we roll in Hawai`i. Each year about this time, parents and grandparents are scratching our heads wondering how our keiki could possibly be graduating high school already! After all, time does fly! By every standard, Faith Makanalani Kraus is my hero. Not only because of all she has been through in her short life but because of her maturity, perseverance, common sense, and strength of character.
As a 2021 Summa Cum Laude graduate of Ke Kula ‘O Nā wahīokalani‘ō pu‘u /Hilo High, Faith began her ‘ōlelo journey at age 2. Looking back, I suppose I was not surprised when Mealoha embraced Nā wahī for her children. She had grown up bi-lingual when I was stationed in Germany. Nā wahī is an amazing school!
Their love and support are there for all the children each and every day. They were there for us when we were all involved in that terrible accident that took Faith’s Grandpa Miles. They were there in a big way again when her Mom became so ill and eventually lost her battle with breast cancer.
To me, that school is a throwback to a simpler time. It is a model for every school. In the end, however, it was Faith who found the courage to face not only the difficult trials at such a tender age but somehow she was able to dig deep and find the strength to continue to thrive.
It was Faith who stepped up to running their household: cleaning, cooking, keeping track of appointments, driving her brother to wherever he needed to go. She never complained (well, maybe a little.)
I remember my first officer efficiency report. First Lieutenant Hope Gentle wrote that “I should always be the example.” Those words describe Faith to a “T.” Graduates such as Faith restore our faith in humanity. The hope they bring to us is part of the reason we have all survived these crazy times.
For years, Faith was leaning toward medical school but, more recently, she’s talking about becoming a third-generation Hilo REALTOR®. First things first, she’s off to college in New York. Her Grandy will miss her terribly, but we are a close ‘ohana and I know she’ll keep us in her heart.
In the meantime, Aunty Nui and I will be here holding down things on the real estate front just in case she decides to join us when she graduates college. Rest assured, every time we get in our cars to show property, we’ll think of Faith and wonder if one day she’ll continue our journey to set the example in Hawai‘i Island real estate. Whatever she decides to do in life, she will do it well. Of this, I am certain. Until then, we will all be holding her in our collective arms each and every day! Love you Faith!
Congratulations to the entire class of 2021!