Udella Myers Auyoung continues to support youth and their families on Oahu through her work at Kamehameha Schools. She previously served as an outreach counselor for the school, and her title has since changed to behavioral health specialist. She has also completed the clinical licensure requirements in social work.
The pandemic has pushed education onto different virtual platforms, and her student support sessions have followed suit. While she currently spends the majority of her time interacting with students virtually, there’s been a gradual transition to providing more in-person support as schools have started to reopen.
Most of Udella’s family still live on Lanai, so she tries to return as often as possible. When she’s on island, she makes time for beach outings at Hulopoe and Lopa, and reconnects with friends and family over food. She also enjoys supporting Lanai’s local businesses.
When asked what advice she would give to Lanai’s youth today, Udella responded, “First, to be proud of who you are and where you come from! Growing up on Lanai has played a big part in shaping me into who I am. I’m proud to be from, and a part of, a caring and close-knit community. Second, to take advantage of opportunities. Learn and try new things, then share your knowledge and experiences with others.”
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