Author: Kayla Valera

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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Li-Anne DelaVega

Li-Anne DeLevega has worked at the KCC Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) center as a PEEC II Recruitment & Retention Specialist since March 20 of this year. Her work under the PEEC II grant includes handling purchases, managing the budget, as well as recruiting students. DelaVega helps to make engineering majors aware of projects that coincide with their interests and engage in community outreach. One of the things that  DelaVega finds exciting about her job is seeing students’ passion for technology, which is something that she shares a love for as well.

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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.