Back in June when I had zero work opportunities and job interests (aka no one wanted me for their jobs!), my best friend Mikayla mentioned her mom might have a writing connection for me. A week or so later, she got me in touch with an editor at the main publishing company in Hawaiʻi, which releases all of the major newspapers and magazines on every island (briefly mentioned in this post). Thankfully that connection turned into my first freelancing gig– one I didn’t even know for sure was on the table! I was assigned articles in both the Go Kapolei (online article here) and Go Kailua (online article here) magazines that focused on athletics facilities/organizations for young athletes. The articles just came out in the September issues of both publications and I’m thrilled to see them in hard copy! My “Going Gold” article in Go Kailua is about the Kokokahi Gymnastics Team– the oldest gymnastics team in Hawaiʻi. I had the opportunity to meet with the organization’s current president, one of their coaches (who’s also my dad’s high school classmate and friend), and the best gymnast in the school back in June, which was such a treat. I had no idea that the gymnastics school was so highly regarded across the island and throughout America. If my Go Kailua story could bring just a little attention to the club’s accomplishments or push residents to enroll their little gymnasts in the classes, I’ve done my job. My Go Kapolei article was another sports-focused piece on Phase 1 Sports Hawaii: a premium training facility for children to adults in the community. The field and workout area was started by two former college football players, who wanted to give back to their communities and create a new avenue in which young athletes could work on and perfect their crafts. Phase 1 Sports Hawaii’is athletes have earned scholarships to college and name recognition in national polls, but the most important part of the facility is that its creators offer services to all kids and adults regardless of ability and/or income. I’m so excited to see these pieces after all these months and I can’t wait to get started on writing more!