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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  • Keahi WilliamsKeahi Williams
    Keahi Williams is a first-year student at KCC and a single mother as well. After facing many obstacles in life and battling through homelessness since that age of 14, Keahi found the willpower to take herself out of that situation and do what was best for her and her son. “I had a backup plan…” Keahi said. “My life choices led me to fall back on my plan.” Keahi’s struggles led her to leave Hawai‘i and move to California twice, and she’s also stayed in countless shelters throughout her life. She even went through job programs, like the Job Corps. After settling down and enrolling her son in school, Keahi made a plan to enroll at KCC.

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