Hello. My name is Sai Kamakani Koichi Furukawa, a Kamehameha Schools Maui Graduate of 2013. I have three siblings, two older and one younger. Although we fight sometimes – more like always – it makes us stronger for the real world. The world is tough, especially now with the hardships of socioeconomic statuses, the overpopulated world, which means competition, and the negative influences that are hindering each and every one of us from our ultimate goals. I have to say one important thing about all of these things though: they are what create us, our sense of identity, and our voices. And as a part of my identity, I am a math tutor at the University of Hawai‘i Maui College and my services are for you.

I discovered many new things about me while I was in high school. I love to act (Drama/theatre), do sports (cross country, wrestling, judo), learn (math, science, foreign languages), and be the philanthropic person the world needs today. Judo, especially, is a passion that I will continue doing for the rest of my life. I love the feeling of individuality, power in a gentle form, and the creativity it promotes. Knowing what I love to do on my spare time, I always like to do my best in whatever I do. It has inspired me that there are many things to be learned in life and not all of them are good. But what I say is to never give up and this is one thing I will ensure to teach. Two quotes that I aspire to be is “Aim for the stars, but land on the moon” and “Pain is temporary, quitting is forever.” I love to challenge myself and by doing so, it has helped me for the better. You just have to discover it for yourself; it cannot be taught. You can try, but it may be difficult, especially because a person’s mindset is the most powerful thing in the human body. Our minds dictate every path we take, whether good or bad. But all in all, these two unique quotes have truly inspired me to be the best that I can be and to teach others to be the best they can be.

During my high school career, I discovered that I am infatuated with science, especially medicine. I always found myself dazing off into the science world by just looking at a science textbook. All the scientific terms, theories, equations; it never gets old and I think this is probable because there are many yet to be solved mysteries in life. I love finding out that our bodies consist of many different organs – and I mean a lot – or that Carbon is probably the most important chemical property in life. Knowing these things is what I like and has been a major contribution to my aspiration of becoming a doctor, a surgeon in particular. It just feels good to learn about whom we are, the physical parts, and how we function as human beings. I will become a surgeon and it is a challenge I am willing to take on as a contributing member of society. I want to save people for they have saved me – both physically and mentally.

As for the other puzzle pieces that make up my identity, they still do not fit properly and to be honest, there are still pieces missing. Over time, I will discover what they are but as of right now, I may be on the opposite ends of a spectrum to knowing who I truly am. It just takes time and dedication. And what I would like to do for you, seeing upon my experiences in life thus far, is to encourage you to do your best no matter what. It doesn’t matter if you start at the bottom or not. What matters the most is where you end up down the road. And as a tutor, a personal friend, it is my job to help you find a puzzle piece that fits both in your identity puzzle and your path to the future. Remember, “A‘ohe hana nui ka alu‘ia” – “No task is too big when done together.” We can all make a difference in the world.

I can tutor:

Math 18, 82, 100, 103

English 15, 19, 22, 100, 102

Psychology 100

Sociology 100

Health 125

Biology 100, 171, 172

Chemistry 161, 162

Spanish 101