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Kiulyn John

Occupation: Student

Country of Birth: Micronesian Chuuk

Current: O’ahu, Hawai’i

Kiulyn John was born in Chuuk, Micronesia, where she experienced a lifestyle vastly different from what most people in Hawai‘i might imagine. Schools in Chuuk were small, lacked essential resources like computers and proper bathrooms, and many young kids faced difficulties attending due to financial constraints.

At the age of seven, Kiulyn’s family decided to move to Hawai‘i. The decision was driven by her grandfather’s desire to provide his grandchildren with better educational opportunities and a brighter future. Kiulyn’s excitement about moving to Hawai‘i was mixed with the sadness of leaving her parents and siblings behind. 

The journey to Hawai‘i was challenging. It was Kiulyn’s first time inside an airport and the unfamiliar environment was overwhelming, but the presence of her grandfather provided comfort. Starting a new school was tough, as she struggled with understanding English and navigating where her classes were. Fortunately, a classmate who was Chuukese like herself helped with her school work.

As Kiulyn settled into her new life in Hawai‘i, she embraced the opportunities available to her. Her family is busy with siblings attending school and her parents eventually joining them in Hawai‘i when she was around twelve years old. 

Kiulyn aspires to attend college after high school and dreams of returning to Chuuk to contribute to the community that shaped her. She is determined to help build more schools and motivate the youth in Chuuk to pursue higher education, hoping to inspire them to dream bigger and achieve more. Her story highlights the transformative power of education and the profound impact it can have on individuals and their communities.