Aloha, my name is Carrie Kaufmann. My name sign is a twinkle from the eye. I was born in San Diego, California. I finished high school and transferred to Mesa community college. While attending classes
there, I met my husband, Dano. When I graduated from college in 2004, the two of us decided to take a vacation to celebrate our graduation. We went to Kauai and I fell in love with the island. It was beautiful with all the rain and the jungle, the people were great and it had a small town feel. The two of us decided that if we got married, we wanted to move to the islands.
Our son graduated from high school and moved away to college, and Dano and I set up a 2-year plan to move here. We packed and bought plane tickets and had everything set to move. Then the lava flow of 2018 happened! We decided we were still going to move, we were going to help interpret and get the information out to the Deaf community, in collaboration with the government agencies. We arrived and joined the team of interpreters already here on the island. We interpreted for many educational meetings and helped inform people of what was going on with the lava flow.
Now that everything has calmed down, we are still working and enjoying our time here on the island. I enjoy interpreting for education, medical, events, and tours. I enjoy interpreting for almost anything. I have RID (Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf) and EIPA (Educational Interpreter Performance Assesment) certifications. When I am not interpreting, I enjoy spending time with my family. My sister and brother-in-law moved here with us, so I like hanging out with family and friends, cooking, fishing, snorkeling, hiking, camping, and most outdoor activities. I really enjoy the rain here, especially after living in San Diego. I enjoy meeting new people here in the Deaf community, so if you see me, please say hello. I look forward to meeting all of you.