Month: November 2017

Ana White

Ana White is a third-year student majoring in Pastry Arts. White’s decision in making Pastry Arts her major resulted from an experience that she had while on a trip to Chicago three years ago. While spending the Thanksgiving weekend with a few friends in Chicago, she decided to go Black Friday shopping with them primarily to buy desserts for her family. White impulsively bought chocolate covered almonds during her shopping spree but was unsure who she would give it to later on.

Eventually, White and her friends stumbled upon a homeless man after they left the dessert shop. Feeling terrible for not having any money to give, White then remembered the chocolate covered almonds that she had bought, handing it to the homeless man as a gift. While her friends gave him money, he asked them to pass on his gratitude to White and that chocolate covered almonds were her favorite.

“That just made me, like, want to work with pastries because I was actually considering either going into culinary or something as I saw as more practical, so I almost didn’t come here for pastry arts,” White said. “After that [experience], that solidified my decision and I’m going to graduate [in Fall 2018].”

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Octavia Boozier

Octavia Boozier is a first-year student looking to get into the Physical Therapy Assistance (PTA) program at KCC. In 2008, she received a bachelor’s degree at Baldwin Wallace College in Berea, OH. Following this, Boozier enlisted in the Army and was stationed at Fort Stewart in Hinesville, GA for three years. It was through the Army that she met her husband, who is currently stationed on Oʻahu as Boozier attends school.

Boozier’s decision of her major was influenced by her time spent in the military. As a former Army medic, Boozier was constantly surrounded by doctors and enjoyed living a healthy lifestyle. Boozier is hopeful that she will be able to get into the PTA program to become a physical therapy assistant in the near future.

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Alan Tupou

Alan Tupou is a third-year student at KCC who will soon graduate next semester with a degree in pre-engineering. Tupou grew up in Pālolo, Oʻahu but has recently moved with his family to Kaimukī. Before attending college, Tupou was homeschooled and said that in the meantime, he would also work a lot and make money through the his family’s concrete business and would specialize in masonry.

He made his way to KCC with the help of Aunty Keolani, the head coordinator for the Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program at KCC, and had met her through his friend who was married to her daughter. Before he transfers to the college of engineering at UH Mānoa, Tupou hopes to narrow down a field in engineering, either civil or mechanical, that he will pursue for his four-year degree. 

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  • Alisha Kahele-MannersAlisha Kahele-Manners
    Alisha Kahele-Manners is a second-year student majoring in nursing attending the University of Rhode Island and taking summer school courses at KCC. Kahele-Manners drew inspiration to take up this field of study from visits to her pediatrician, who she shared is a loving and caring doctor in which she was able to build a connection with. Although she is only attending KCC for summer courses, she said that she enjoys the environment of the campus and how small the classes are. "You can see the professors ... they make it easy to go and see them," Kahele-Manners said. "They provide a lot of resources to help you learn here." Kahele-Manners plays soccer during her free time, which is a sport that she developed a passion for during her time at Kamehameha Schools. She made the varsity team during her freshman year, and now, after being recruited to play for college, enjoys it even more, especially since it helps her to pay for tuition.