Author: Lexus Yamashiro

Mikayla Shankles

Mikayla Shankles is a first-year student attending KCC with the intention of either majoring in computer or software engineering. Mikayla initially wanted to major in civil engineer, but after her uncle – who is a civil engineer himself – said that it wouldn’t suit her, she chose between computer and software due to her passion for building her own computers and creating applications. During her free time, Mikayla enjoys taking long walks on the beach to relieve stress. Mikayla is also a Lunalilo Scholar from the Lunalilo Scholarship Program. Mikayla stated that she had never been a scholar before, and finds it awesome to be one knowing that she has people supporting her.

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U’ilani Sanada

Uʻilani Sanada is an 18 year old first-year student attending KCC. Sanada graduated from Kaiser High School this year and has been living in Hawaiʻi all her life. She plans to study Occupational Therapy next year so that she can become an Occupational Therapy Assistant and work in a hospital. Sanada mentioned that this particular field of study will take her six years to complete. She likes that KCC is affordable, and that because she is working at the same time she is able to work and go to school at her own schedule. Sanada believes that education is important, which is her reason for what influenced her to attend college.

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  • Dani AwangDani Awang
    Dani Awang, a 30-year old aspiring private chef, is currently enrolled in the Culinary Arts program at KCC. "I actually don't have a drivers license," Dani said. "My favorite thing about Hawai’i has been the public transportation. Back in New York, it's very chaotic but here it's more my speed. Dani is from is Queens, New York and has lived in Hawai‘i for nine months; she has wanted to move to Hawai’i since 2008. When she isn't busy with school and studying, she likes to binge watch shows. "I just finished watching Trublood," Dani said. "Now I've started watching Living Single; it's such a classic." Dani, a former military member, hopes to graduate from the culinary program and include nutritional training in her career. She wants to show people that they can eat healthily and have delicious meals.

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