By Hillary Lau

A Reflection on the Co-Op Experience


Berika tells us what she unexpectedly learned through her co-op experience and reflects on her time on island. 

What was the one experience that you think was the highlight of the experience? one in the clinic and one outside the clinic.

One of the highlights of my experience was the company retreat! Because my coop took place while COVID was and is still thriving, there weren't too many opportunities to interact with majority of the staff outside of the clinic until the retreat. Seeing everyone on a day to day basis was always great, but watching everyone team up to play volleyball, get massages, and do yoga was even better. I knew it was something that everyone looked forward to every year, and the hype did not fall short when the day came. It was just as fun as we had all hoped and probably even more so for me. Watching Art and Lauren Lum smack each other with pool noodles was just a cherry on top to this day as well.

Outside of the clinic, sky diving for my birthday was a highlight of my time spent in Hawaii! Seeing the North shore land and ocean while falling from 12,000 feet in the air was such a stunning and thrilling experience. Words and pictures can only capture how beautiful and meaningful the entire experience was. Easily one most exciting things I've done in life, and I highly recommend!

Who had the most impact on you during your time here?

My roommates actually had the most impact on me during my time here. We went from not really knowing each other as classmates to moving to an island together and becoming really well acquainted roommates, coworkers, and friends. Going home each day and being able to share what we learned from our respective clinics was such a unique experience that you don't really get from any other coop site. I can only speak for myself, but you absolutely learn so much from spending 6 months together especially when we came from different backgrounds, parts of the country, and with different personalities too. Yes, it was chaotic at times , but for me, I began PT school and my coop being closed off to forming relationships, and I left this experience with some of the most sincere relationships I've ever had. We will always have this shared experience of living in Hawaii for 6 months together.

What was the most surprising thing that you did not expect to learn?

The most surprising thing I did not expect to learn was that I really enjoy aquatic therapy. Before coming to Fukuji and Lum for coop, I knew they offered aquatic therapy, but because I had no water sports or swimming background I did not expect myself to be working at the pool. But I was scheduled at the pool on one of my first days and I soon learned that the aquatic therapy staff are all amazing people, the patients are one of a kind, and the entire setting was a lot different than I had expected it to be and in all the right ways. I'm proud to say I even learned how to swim on one of my first days!  The aquatic therapy portion of my coop experience was absolutely something I did not know I needed in my life!


By Mark Yanai

Saying Goodbye

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On Friday, March 20th, F&L said goodbye to two team members, Jenni and Jeralyn. These gals made a big impact on our staff, patients and community and truly embraced the F&L culture during their time with us. We are grateful to have had them as part of our ohana.


Jeralyn was Kaneohe’s medical receptionist for the past year and a half and always greeted everyone with her big smile and warm personality.  But I discovered that beyond that grin, Strength was what carried her day to day and it reflected in her attitude when helping others. Her ability to be strong for herself and her co-workers during all the changes that Kaneohe went through the past year, especially the clinic move to Kokokahi, was tremendous.


A new opportunity and challenge came about in Jeralyn’s career. She decided to join the Navy. The decision to serve her country is typical of what I’ve become to expect out of her.  I know that her strength will serve her well in this new venture.


This past weekend we gathered at the Kaneohe clinic to have a going away party for Jeralyn. Her wish before leaving the F&L ohana was to do one last activity as a family, and she chose painting. An art teacher from Moanalua instructed all of us on how to paint a “whimsical tree” portrait. For most of us, it was our first painting experience since grade school. We had a great time painting together and enjoyed each other’s company.





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Jenni has been one of our main physical therapist assistants at our Kailua clinic since 2012. She came to us as a graduate of Kapiolani Community College’s PTA program. Jenni is a fun-loving, carefree spirit and was the queen of F&L dress-up days. She always got the most compliments during our Halloween and Spring Break activities.

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As a physical therapist, I enjoyed working with Jenni because she was always willing to learn and was able to adapt to others well. Like her many crazy and amusing characters she portrayed, we will miss her funny faces and infectious laugh.

Earlier this month, we gathered together for a wild and exciting night with Jenni to celebrate the joy she has brought to our company. She will soon be heading to the mainland to explore the Great Northwest and I’m sure she will share her happiness with others wherever she settles.



Jeralyn and Jenni are perfect examples of the type of employees who sincerely exudes all of our organization’s core values, but especially, the value of  “Embracing Change and Encourage Growth”. I hope they will continue to succeed in their future endeavors with this value as their guide. We thank them for their years of service, helping us to deliver happiness and compassion daily. Our F&L family will miss them dearly and wish them well.