Sign language improves local YWCA staff's relationshipsUPDATED 8:49 PM HST May 19, 2014Video Transcript
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. Our Moanike'ala Nabarro explains... It's all new tonight at six. 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. 38:50 Darryl---check this time BEING DEAF EVERYTHINGS QUIET..I CAN JUST DO MY WORK . Darryl's co workers find creative ways to communicate daily tasks around the property... 49:50-49:55 MIKO ) SO WE GO TAKE THE BLOWER AND JUST BLOW OVER THERE LIKE THAT, SO HE UNDERSTAND WHAT WE'RE SAYING. But it ends there. No small talk. No way to REALLY get to know him. 40:02- 40:13M ike HE'S HAD PEOPLE LIKE ME TELLING HIM WHAT TO FOR 30 YEARS...BUT NOBODY HAS COMMUNICATED WITH HIM OR TRIED TO EXPLAIN OR COME INTO HIS WORLD. One get together would change that. MOANI UPPER 9:45- 9:53 DARRYL'S CO WORKERS SAY THEY SAW A CHANGE IN HIM AT A COMPANY CHRISTMAS PARTY...THAT WOULD INTRODUCE THEM TO A WHOLE NEW DARRYL. Staff hired an INTERPRETOR for the party and for the first time Darryl opened up. 42:42-42:50 Mike 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. THAT inspired co workers Mike and Miko to sign up for SIGN LANGUAGE classes, after work... and on their OWN dime. 43:19-43:26 Mike IM A VISUAL LEARNER, AND THIS IS ALL WITH YOUR HANDS butt with 51:44-52;01 Miko ITS EASY TO SEE IT, BUT WHEN WE SIGN, ITS HARD FOR US WE SPELL OUR NAME..M, I, K, O Miko's wife also took the sign language course NAME..M, I, K, O Miko's wife also took the sign language course 55:31-55:41 MIKO AT HOME WE COMMNCATE THE SIGN LANGUAGE.. GIVE ME THE WATER. AND THE OTHER PEOPLE AT OUR PLACE THEY ODN'T KNOW WHAT WE'RE SAYING. 8:01-8:05 cute siging mike and darryl time to go eat...let's go 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. 34:14-34:22 GOOD FACIAL EXPRESSION HEREDar ryl IT MAKES ME FEEL GOOD BECUASE WE CAN COMMUNICATE AND IF WE LEARN MORE SIGN LANGUAGE AND THE MORE AND MORE THEY LEARN AND THE MORE AND MORE WE CAN PROGRESS More importantly...he appreciates their efforts to get to know him. 32:37-32:51 Darryl YAY, THEY'RE LEARNING TO SIGN AND THAT'S GOOD THAT THEY'RE LEARNING....HOW ARE THEY DOING...AAAH, PRETTY GOOD, THEY GOTTA LEARN MORE. And 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.