Contributor

Choon James

Realtor; community advocate

<a href="mailto:ChoonJamesAloha@gmail.com" target="_hplink">ChoonJamesAloha@gmail.com</a><br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.CountryTalkStory.com" target="_hplink">http://www.CountryTalkStory.com</a><br /> <br /> Choon James is a licensed real estate broker in Hawaii and has a B.A. in English and TESL as a minor from Brigham Young University - Hawaii. She's the proud mother of 4 Eagle Scouts and one daughter. <br /> <br /> Choon is originally from Singapore. She comes from a family of ten children. Her mother was the second of her father's three wives. In the Chua household, they have Methodists, Catholics, Buddhists, Mormons, atheist and Taoist believers.<br /> <br /> "<em>We're fortunate to grow up with diversity. My father’s best friend, Chandra, was a Hindu Indian who spoke Hokkien. My best childhood friends at school were Malay Muslims. We learned to focus on the merits and content very quickly and forget about the superficial exteriors. <br /> <br /> Like many in Hawaii, our immediate household is quite chop-suey as well. My husband is a Caucasian born in North Dakota and grew up in Massachusetts. In our immediate household, English, Mandarin, Fijian, Japanese, Hawaiian, Tahitian, French, and Spanish can be spoken.<br /> <br /> We love Hawaii. Its diversity and aloha represent the best in all of us!</em>"<br /> <br /> Choon's past and present civic involvement includes the following:<br /> <br /> Defend Oahu Coalition - Founding member for Grassroots for smart planning<br /> Save Oahu Farmlands - Founding member<br /> Ko'olauloa Sustainable Communities Planning Advisory Committee<br /> Kahuku Hospital Board of Director<br /> Laie Point Community Association President & Board Member<br /> Laie Community Association Board<br /> BYU-Hawaii/CCH Alumni Association President<br /> Sierra Club Member<br /> Refugees Language Tutor Volunteer<br /> Amnesty International Freedom Writer<br /> Friends of "South Pass City", Wyoming, USA<br /> Boy Scouts of America<br /> Host - Country Talk Story - Olelo Public Television<br /> North Shore News columnist