Month: October 2017

Bianca Quibuyen

Bianca Quibuyen is a second-year student majoring in Accounting. Originally from Manila, Philippines she chose to go into accounting because of the stability and job security that a career in that field could offer.

“Accounting is a really good major, especially here in the U.S. since everybody needs accountants, like all the companies that you go to need accountants,” Quibuyen said. “So I think it’s job security.”

Her plan once she finishes her second year at KCC is to transfer to UH West Oʻahu to complete her Bachelor’s in Accounting. When Quibuyen is not at school studying she also works at First Hawaiian Bank. In her leisure time she enjoys reading books and takes up swimming as a hobby. She has experience swimming competitively but since she quit training competitively it has become an activity she enjoys doing in her spare time.

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Kristina Chow

Kristina Chow is a first-year student majoring in Liberal Arts. Having recently graduated from Kalani High School, the 18-year-old decided that attending KCC would be an easier transition from high school into college rather than starting at a university. In the future, Chow said that she does plan on attending UH Mānoa to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Language Studies. Upon completing her degree, Chow is hoping that she will get accepted into the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) program, an opportunity that would allow her to teach in Japan.

Outside of school, Chow works a construction job that involves having to check fire pumps and high rises, which she expressed is a job that not many people her age or gender will typically do.

“I get to … track all of the different data that comes out of the fire pump that goes up into the sprinklers so that it can control the fire,” Chow said. “It’s a really good experience though.”

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  • Lisa KobukeLisa Kobuke
    Professor Lisa Kobuke has been teaching Japanese for 16 years at KCC, although she began teaching at UH Mānoa. Professor Kobuke first got into teaching back when she attended UH Mānoa and was required to teach Japanese in order to earn a scholarship. Her mother, who came from Japan, taught Japanese as well, so that interested Professor Kobuke as well. She loved getting her first class, but she also remembers scripting her entire lectures the night before during her early semesters of teaching. "I just love Japanese literature and I see so much that I want to share about Japanese culture. Language is just one avenue in which I can share that," said Professor Kobuke. "It's more of a package. You cannot separate language, culture, and history. Everything is together. It's my mission to share that." Some of her favorite Japanese literature includes "The Tale of Heike" and "Hōjōki." Professor Kobuke loves the KCC community. "I feel a deeper connection with the students here," said Professor Kobuke. "I love getting to know the students, getting to joke around in class, or finding out how you're going to use the language you're learning." Professor Kobuke currently resides in Kāneʻohe because she "has to see the Koʻolaus." In her free time she likes to read or appreciate art in museums.

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