Author: Nicole Fernandez

Kiki Heacook

About to graduate this semester, 29 year old Kiki Heacook is a Liberal Arts major from Kāneʻohe. After KCC, she plans to transfer over to UH Mānoa to study Chinese in order to become a cryptic linguist.

“They make a lot of money,” Heacook laughed, “Same pay as engineers, but a lot less stressful schooling.”

Heacook has an 11 year old child who is her main focus in life, aside from finishing school. She was forced to work during her kid’s early years, unable to concentrate fully on her own education because of an inconsistent schedule. Now, she’s able to continue full-time and is nearly done here at KCC.

In her free time, Heacook enjoys working out at 24 Hour Fitness, spending time with her kid, or, as a massage therapist, helping out people.

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Mike Rummler

Mike Rummler is a 32 year old first year EMT student from Hauʻula. After several EMTs assissted with the birth of his daughter 10 months ago, he decided to follow in their footsteps.

“After [they] helped … it was a really good experience, and it made me want to be an EMT,” he said.

Mike enjoys surfing and hiking, but he’s mostly focusing on school and his family. After graduating, he plans to stay in Hawaiʻi because it’s his home.

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  • Cara PairmoreCara Pairmore
    Cara Pairmore is a 22 year old student majoring in natural sciences. She was born in Georgia, but moved to O‘ahu several years ago from North Carolina because her father is stationed at Schofield. She plans to transfer to UH Hilo next semester. Cara likes painting, hiking, and reading. You can usually find her doodling in her notebooks, the artwork matching the subjects she is taking notes on. She’s currently working towards achieving a sustainability certificate because she also enjoys nature. “I feel very fortunate to be able to finish out my college career in such a culturally and biologically diverse place that has such a strong focus on conservation and sustainability,” she said.