Community Diversity Photo Series: Cisco

Updated: Mar 31

“Growing up in Hawai’i has truly been a blessing. From as far back as I can remember family has been a focal point here."



Meet Cisco: A fun, caring and generous man whose mother is Taiwanese and father is from Iowa and is of German, Irish and Italian decent. With his diverse and rich heritage, he has a unique view of family, and being raised in Hawai’i.


“Growing up in Hawai’i has truly been a blessing. From as far back as I can remember family has been a focal point here. Any excuse for us to come together or throw a party, we jump at the opportunity. Family, love, and respect are the pillars of the islands. One of the most proud moments of my life, besides graduating from high school and community college, was when two of my cousins got their American citizenship."


"It was a long and tedious process for my two cousins to get their citizenship, and not many people are aware of how hard it is. Not only was it very time consuming, but it was also very expensive for them. All the while, they were going to school, and also dedicated to going to English as a Second Language classes. So for them to complete all of that, and now to see both of them being successful and sending money back home to Taiwan to help their family, well, it makes me very proud of them. Proud to be their cousin, and I love them as younger brothers."


"I truly love my family and all of their sacrifices, and I’m proud to call them fellow Americans, because to me, being an American means to be loyal, true, kind, and just. I see that in them and all their hard work.”

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