Month: March 2017

Hiromi Kijo

Hiromi Kijo is a first-year student attending KCC, majoring in hospitality. Originally from Okinawa, Kijo said that she sees Hawaiʻi as a place similar to her hometown.

“Tourism industry is so big in Hawaiʻi, so that’s what I choose to come here, Hawaiʻi, to study hospitality,” Kijo said.

Kijo said that it was her high school teacher in Haebaru, Japan, who influenced her to attend KCC for hospitality. She has known how to speak English for two years now, and is still trying to learn and understand English everyday. Kijo said she plans to go back to Okinawa to get a job after she finishes at KCC. Her dream is to be able to reach out to other countries from Okinawa through the tourism industry.

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  • Grace TangGrace Tang
    Grace Tang, 18, is in her second semester as an Art History major and hopes to be a part of the art world in the future, whether as an artist or a curator at a museum. Grace lived in Hawaiʻi until she was about 10 years old, when she moved to California. She moved back to Hawaiʻi with her family about a year ago to start a church. Grace's father, a pastor, and mother had lived in Hawaiʻi two times prior for the same reason. He gives sermons for small groups on Saturday nights at Kalani High School. Grace has a close relationship with her family and said that they do everything together. She prefers to draw or make collages when creating.