Brennan Takayama was born and raised in Hawai’i and grew up on a cattle farm with his family. He serves as the Area Director for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in Hawai’i, enjoys cooking home-style foods, and watching “Black-ish”, “Fresh off the Boat”, and “The Walking Dead”. He’s currently trying to re-watch all the movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe because he doesn’t understand the backstories of all of the infinity stones.

Together, We Can
By Brennan Takayama

A few years ago, I took a Hawaiian language class at Hawaiʻi Community College. In the fourth and final semester of the two years of ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi that the school offered, I journeyed with a cohort of students under our amazing kumu (teacher) Kuʻulei Kanahele. Our class consisted of Native Hawaiian and Japanese students; I was the only non-Hawaiian student who was born and raised in Hawaiʻi.

Behind the Face of Paradise
Hawaiʻii and Its People
by Brennan Takayama

WHILE STANDING in the courtyard of one of the oldest hotels in Waikīkī, I noticed a large monkeypod tree standing tall above a clean, well-trimmed lawn. It was magnificent, with branches that reached wide and a canopy that welcomed you in.