A little Lee-way: Don’t know if you don’t try

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Photo by Mehana Lee

Welcome to Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice. How may I help you? (lol)

By Mehana Lee, news editor

“Every new day is another chance to change your life.” -Unknown

Spring break was a time of growing, learning and changing up my life a little. I made a promise to myself to step out of my comfort zone and be the adventurous person I have always yearned to be.

I believe that this promise brought me a great new opportunity and memories that I will never forget.

One example of when I changed up the average day of Mehana Lee was when I decided to go on Craigslist and finally find that summer job my parents have been bugging me about.

As I scrolled through the pages, one ad really caught my eye: “Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice counter person needed.” I saw that the ad was just posted earlier that morning…and realized that Ululani’s has always been my favorite place to stop at for a yummy, cool treat.

I didn’t even think twice. Not even five minutes after, my resumé was printed out and I was out the door in hopes of finding a part-time job.

The next day I got a call from the owner of Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice, and he asked me if I would be available for a job interview the next day. I jumped at the offer and said, “Of course!”

The interview went well, and I was welcomed to the team at Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice. The day after that I began training in Lāhaina and then continued to work at all four locations during spring break.

Everyone I work with is easy-going, but still determined to do a great job, and when I say “easy-going,” I’m not saying “lazy.” They’re hard workers, all right.  Just the type of people I like to surround myself with!

I guess you could say that everything happened really fast. I was employed in less than four days, and I now have an awesome job that I enjoy working at.

I realized that if I didn’t take that one chance of courage and change up my daily routine, I wouldn’t have had this opportunity for me to grow and become more of an independent young woman. As Ms. Frampton would say, “Variety is the spice of life.”

And, if you’re wondering, my ice shaving skills aren’t the best, but I’m working on it. I’m also still getting a hold of pouring the syrups in perfect proportions. No worries, I’m planning on perfecting this new ice-shaving, syrup-pouring art before I head off to college in the fall.

I hope to see some familiar faces down at Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice. I’ll be more than happy to make you a sweet treat!