Gail Nagasako began home-schooling her son on Maui at a time in the 1980s when relatively few were doing that kind of thing.
Her son, Jordan, was home-schooled through nearly all of his compulsory schooling years, and he now runs a successful business filming weddings.
His mom went on to write a book about home schooling and formed a support group to help other parents follow her path. She said her experience taught her that home schooling can be fun and easy, often requiring far less time than one would think.
Today, Nagasako is no longer part of a small group bucking the confining structures of traditional education.
“There are plenty of successful home-schoolers,” she said. “You don’t have to be afraid to do it anymore, and there’s a lot more willing to make the jump.”
David Miyashiro, executive director of HawaiiKidsCAN, said parents have told him they want flexible distance-learning options and aren’t happy with what’s being offered by the DOE.
“A lot of families want and need that flexibility, and the amount of quality online options for home-schoolers is impressive,” he said.