My name is Martha Kanemitsu-Parks. I’ve always felt that the name Martha was so old-fashioned. Remember George Washington, our first president? His wife was named Martha! Growing up in Hawaii, I did not know one other person named Martha in the 30 years that I lived there. I was the only Martha in every school that I attended. I was always a little embarrassed when introducing myself as Martha. Sometimes after I introduced myself to someone, they would look at me and say “Martha? Who named you Martha? I am a tall, Asian woman from Hawaii who certainly does not look like a Martha. I guess having that name would make me unique in a sense. But I would have preferred having another name. If I could choose another name, I think I would choose Malia. Malia is a name with Hawaiian origins and it means “calm and peaceful”. I feel that the name Malia would represent me better than Martha because I am calm and peaceful. I'll have to live vicariously through my daughter because her middle name is Malia.