Author: Katlin Cilliers

Mikey Simmons

Mikey Simmons moved to Hawai‘i from Osaka, Japan, six months ago. He plans on staying for another two years to get his associate’s degree in Liberal Arts. He is currently struggling with his ESL 100 class, which he considers really hard.

“I’m not good at writing. I’m asking to native speakers to help with grammar and suggestions.”

When asked about what makes him tick, Mikey immediately says “music”. He shares that back in Japan, he was in two different bands. He enjoyed playing the guitar in a rock band and the saxophone in a jazz one.

“I’d love to have a band here, too.”

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Wayne Glene

Wayne Glene, 54, has been living in Hawai‘i since 2009, after serving as a medical technician in the Air Force. In Hawai‘i, he worked as a home care worker. He then noticed that the field lacked people who were qualified in social work. That helped the Cleveland, Ohio, native decide on his academic path, which he was able to pursue after being granted the GI Bill, the military assistance that provides education to service members.

Glene describes himself as a simple person, who enjoys the wind blowing, sunshine and nice conversations. He lives in Hawai‘i by himself but declares that his special one is in Japan at the moment. He deals with the distance by staying positive.

“Don’t look at the borders, don’t look at the distance, just let the love flow,” he said.

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  • Daniel DriskillDaniel Driskill
    Daniel Driskill is a 24-year-old from ʻĀina Haina in his first semester at KCC, pursuing a career as a local reggae star. Growing up, he loved playing the ‘ukulele and never stopped. The professional career for Daniel started off as a movement of appreciation but quickly grew to be a dream come true, much like the title of his newest single "Dream Come True" which can be found on YouTube under the name Haole Boi. While Daniel does shows in places like Sheraton in Waikīkī and Down Beat Lounge in Chinatown, he stays busy by writing, mixing, and promoting his own music and music videos. Daniel also stays busy with contract work fixing houses and training in taekwondo. While these may all be mentally and physically straining for some, Daniel is passionate about sports and finds taekwondo to be relaxing, using it as his relaxation time.

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