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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Satya Sokei-Bhanot

20 year old Satya Sokei-Bhanot is a first year Liberal Arts major from Kaimuki. He currently works at the testing facility at Llama Library, but he hopes to achieve a law degree. Since both of his parents and his uncles are all lawyers, he wants to understand how law works.

“It seems pretty interesting … and it’s mostly common sense when it comes to figuring out if someone’s guilty or not,” Sokei-Bhanot stated, “There’s a lot [of different types of lawyers], but I’ll probably be a prosecutor.”

After he graduated high school, he is mostly staying home at home and relaxing when not working or studying. Once he finishes his two years at KCC, he is willing to move from Hawaiʻi for a better education, though he’d prefer to stay here.

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  • Lara Domogma and Rhea AninagLara Domogma and Rhea Aninag
    Lara Domogma (right) is the president of the Bayanihan Club at KCC, and Rhea Aninag (left) is the secretary of the Bayanihan Club. Together with the rest of the club, Lara and Rhea strive to share Filipino culture and values with the rest of the school. “Filipino culture has been a big part of me since I was growing up,” Lara said. “For every decision I make, Filipino culture has been part of it. For example, my parents treat me differently because they’re from the Philippines.” “You know how there’s a lot of Filipino-Americans living in Hawai‘i and America? Well, a lot of them do not know their Filipino heritage,” Rhea said. “I want to bring that up to these students who may or may not know their heritage. With this club, we hope to help them gain more knowledge about Philippines’ history, values, and culture.” Lara and Rhea have brought the Filipino community at KCC together by organizing events such as giving away free halo-halo, a Filipino dessert similar to shave ice, and a karaoke party.