The Kokokahi YWCA is known for its tranquil setting fronting Kane'ohe Bay, providing the perfect place for group retreats.
But if you look at the very people who take care of the facility, you'll find out what really makes this place special.
Darryl Gushi is the man behind Kokokahi YWCA's neatly manicured grounds. He's hearing impaired, but that's never stopped him from thriving at his job for the past 34 years. In fact, sometimes it helps.
"Being dead, everything's quiet. I can just do my work," said Darryl.
Darryl's co-workers find creative ways to communicate daily tasks around the property.
"So we go take the blower and just blow over there like that, so he understands what we're saying," said Miko Micky, Darryl's co-worker as he demonstrated the motion.
But it ends there. No small talk. No way to really get to know him.
"He's had people like me telling him what to do for 30 years, but nobody has communicated with him or tried to explain or come into his world," said Mike Hardwick, Darryl's Manager.
One get together would change that.
Darryl's co-workers say they saw a change in him at a company Christmas party. Staff hired an interpreter for the party and for the first time Darryl opened up.
"It was so great to see him express himself – to be able to understand what he's saying when before he would just sit there and not be able to give his opinion," said Mike.
That inspired co-workers Mike and Miko to sign up for sign language classes after work and on their OWN dime.
"I'm a visual learner and this is all with your hands," said Mike.
"It's easy to see it, but when we sign, it's hard for us. We spell our name," said Miko.
Miko's wife also took the sign language course
"At home we communicate with sign language. The other people at our place, they don't know what we're saying," said Miko.
Lunch breaks are a lot different now. Mike and Miko get to talk story with Darryl, signing what they've learned so far in class.
"It makes me feel good because we can communicate," said Darryl. "The more and more they learn and the more and more we can progress."
More importantly, Darryl appreciates his co-workers' efforts to get to know him.
"Yay, they're learning to sign and that's good that they're learning," said Darryl.
When asked how they were doing, Darryl said pretty good.
Mike, Miko and Miko's wife plan to continue with their sign language classes at the Community School for Adults Windward Campus at Kalaheo High School.