Month: January 2017

Yonik Gomez

Yonik Gomez is in his first semester at KCC for his general education classes and he intends on graduating with a degree in radiology technology.

“I always wanted to get into the medical field,” says Yonik, but since his wife already lives the stressful life of a nurse, he’d rather “get a job that’ll be relaxing.”

Yonik is from New York but was stationed in Kaneohe in 2012 during his time in the military. He’s glad that he finished his five-year contract in the military and is now hoping to get his degree. In his spare time he likes to cook, work, and draw “anything that’s in front of [him].”

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Aster Sarte

Aster Sarte will be a KCC student in the Fall 2017 semester, returning to school after a nearly 10-year hiatus. Aster was born in the Philippines but moved to Madrid, Spain before he was a teenager. Though he spent much of his youth in Madrid, Aster is a die-hard Barcelona futbol fan, all despite having grown up next to Real Madrid’s stadium and hearing the roar of those fans during home games. At age 19, Aster moved again – this time west to California where he studied filmmaking in college.

After spending time working in film, Aster surprised his friends (and maybe himself) when he decided to join the armed forces. He saw combat overseas, returning to California and filmmaking after his tour of duty. Now, living on O’ahu, Aster will be taking a variety of classes in the realm of sustainability. He has taken a permaculture and design course outside of KCC and wants to increase his knowledge base in that field. On switching from his former role in the armed forces to working with plants and harvesting crops, Aster laughed candidly, “part of it is healing, too. In a way, because of course, all the damage that I’ve done in the military. [War] is the total opposite.”

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  • Kapilialoha KidderKapilialoha Kidder
    Kapilialoha Kidder is a third-year student attending KCC majoring in Liberal Arts. From Waimānalo, the 19-year-old plans to transfer to the UH Mānoa Shidler College of Business for the Spring 2018 semester, however, is undecided in what she will major in then. Kidder was formerly a Lunalilo Scholar for the 2015-2016 school year, which led her to become a Lunalilo Peer Mentor in Fall 2016. She also became a Hoʻokele Peer Mentor in Spring 2016 and can be found working in the First-Year Experience (FYE) office in ʻIliahi. Being a part of the Lunalilo community has made Kidder realize that she enjoys making an impact in students' lives, especially for those who are beginning their first year of college. Already aware of the fear and many questions that incoming freshmen have, Kidder said that having the ability to help others as a peer mentor is what makes her enjoy being at KCC, along with the student life and friends that she has made over the past three years.