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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  • Ken ImamuraKen Imamura
    Ken Imamura, a 43-year-old veteran currently living in Kapahulu, is currently in KCC for his core requirement classes. After finishing his core classes he would like to apply to Hawaiʻi Pacific University, the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, or KCC's nursing school in order to pursue his dream of becoming a nurse and hopefully move onto becoming a nurse anesthetist. "I love it here, you can't beat the weather. You can't beat the temperature of the water," Imamura said. "You try go back to California and the water is cold." Imamura strives to be the cool uncle by taking his niece to the beach and local activities.