HOSA seniors lead CPR event at Waialae Elementary

The Kalani Health Academy (HOSA) logo.


The Kalani Health Academy (HOSA) logo.

Lin Meyers, News

On Monday, Jan. 23, the Kalani Health Academy is hosting an event, OurBeat CPR at Waialae Elementary Public Charter School. This event is held to encourage early learning of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and healthy heart practices. 

The leaders for this major event include third-year students from the Kalani Health Academy. All leaders are seniors with different tasks to accomplish. Ashlie Wang and Kaycee Chun communicated with outside vendors to secure locations; Kaylin Miura filled out the information for the event and set up the plans, and Hailey Mashino led the communication by meeting with vendors and volunteers.

They noticed that students can decipher when sudden emergencies arise as they become more aware of their surroundings.

A friend, teacher, or family member could collapse, and we want to equip students with the basic knowledge and skill set to know what to do in a possible situation,” Chun said.

The Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) group will work with several fourth- and fifth-grade classes to educate them on the basic skills of CPR and the importance of their hearts. Special volunteers from the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Institute, alongside CPR-certified second-year Health Academy students, will teach CPR to young students.

“We were inspired to take charge in this event by our experiences getting CPR certified in Health Academy last school year,” Chun described. 

Organizers say their goal for OurBeat CPR is to encourage students to learn the importance of CPR while obtaining knowledge about keeping a healthy heart. 

We are really excited to take part in this event,” Chun exclaimed.