Chachra, whose parents
are from the Indian sub-continent, grew up in Appalachian Mountains
in the hills of Virginia and was occasionally mistaken for
a Native American. She got interested in journalism in her
early years by watching news anchor Dan Rather, who she describes
as being the ambassador of information.
Her passion for telling a story in a meaningful way has inspired
her to pursue a variety of careers; she worked as a freelance
journalist for USA Weekend Magazine, and as a reporter and host
for National Public Radio’s affiliate in West Virginia.
It also brought her to Hawai‘i where she currently is freelancing
and writing a column for the Honolulu Advertiser. She also volunteers
her time as a reporter for Hawai‘i Public Radio.
Chachra enjoys being able to share her knowledge and experience
through her teaching, which she describes as being a spiritual
experience. “If you can find a way in life to use life
to serve others, you are on your way to finding happiness,” she
said. Her advice for people who are thinking about a career in
journalism is to write, write, and write. “Good TV is good
radio, and good radio is good writing.” She also advises
doing an internship. It will not only enhance your experience
and knowledge about the career you might be interested in, but
also builds up your networking skills and contacts.
Cachra came to Hawai‘i in August 2004, fulfilling a dream
she has had for a long time of moving to paradise. She vacationed
in Hawai‘i with her family, and she always wanted to live
in the islands, be a part of the community, and part take of
the aloha spirit. She has spent her time on the island not only
writing and teaching but also learning about the Hawaiian culture.
She is currently taking classes in Hawaiian and loves to meet
new people. “Everyone has a story and a reason to come
here,” she said.