Author: Lexus Yamashiro

Emily Whitfield

Emily Whitfield is a second-year student attending KCC. The 22-year old came to Oʻahu from Castries, St. Lucia (an island nation located in the Caribbean Sea), when her father landed a job that caused her and her family to move. Moving from the Caribbean to California, then eventually to the Big Island, Whitfield chose to attend college at KCC to major in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Peace and Conflict Resolution.

Whitfield’s decision to pursue this particular field of study was because of her interest towards it, believing that it’s a subject seldom discussed.

“I wasn’t too sure what I wanted to go into … [but Peace and Conflict Resolution] just sounded interesting,” Whitfield said. “It opens so many doors for you, so I thought it was just kind of interesting and I wanted to see what it was about.”

Although solving people’s problems is what she said she has difficulty with, Whitfield hopes to go into a career that will be related to her major.

Whitfield enjoys taking classes at KCC, expressing that she finds the campus to be laid back and “chill.” Whitfield said that if KCC were a four-year university, she would choose to stay to complete her Bachelor of Arts because of the comfortable feeling that the campus already gives her.

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Elliot Dixon

Elliot Dixon is a first-year student attending KCC. Having already received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, the 27-year-old is now back in school taking pre-requisites for medical school.

In Fall 2017, Dixon was attending LCC taking pre-requisites for pre-medical courses but chose to transfer to KCC after moving into Waikīkī. Dixon has found KCC’s campus to be nicer and that it carries a stress-relieving environment for him to step into.

Looking to attend KCC for the next school year, Dixon interests for biology and chemistry is helping him in determining which classes he wants to enroll in. In the future, Dixon hopes to become a practicing physician such as a psychiatrist or neurologist.

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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.