Aloha Foundation Audio Series, Straight from our Counselors

During the 2019 summer, alumna Caroline Cunfer met with counselors at Aloha, Hive, and Lanakila to capture their firsthand accounts of camp’s impact. A talented interviewer who is working toward a master’s in Oral History at Columbia University, Caroline understands the value of storytelling and skillfully guides our staff to articulate what matters most to them about camp.

We’ve chronicled their stories in a series of audio recordings and will share them with you here and on our blog—a new one every other week.


Ayana, a bright, young counselor in Arts & Crafts at Aloha Camp, remembers a moment when nature brought the entire community to a quiet standstill and talks about when something scary became peaceful.


Growth asks us to make the choice to face down a challenge. Here, Tommy, a Lanakila counselor, shares a story of one such moment.


Gretchen, Aloha Hive’s talented program director, speaks of a moment that all parents face: seeing her child take a risk.


Marina, an Aloha counselor and alumna, talks about how camp was just the push she needed to conquer familiar to many of us.


Hal, a Lanakila swimming counselor, speaks of a time when the whole camp got behind a camper’s goal.


Zendelli, a Hive counselor, shares how finding a counselor she could connect to greatly improved her time as a camper—and impacts the kind of counselor she is today.


The Aloha counselor and Hulbert instructor talks about how a camper’s initiative can make all the difference in a camp experience, even if it’s from simply encouraging others to have fun.