Category: Voices & Views

Laʻa Aliʻifua

Laʻa Aliʻifua is a second year student attending KCC majoring in Engineering. From Waimānalo, HI, the 19 year old entered KCC as a 2016 Lunalilo Scholar with the intention of studying in the hospitality industry to become a flight attendant. However, during the summer of this year, Aliʻifua was in the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) Summer Bridge Program, which lead him to change his major to engineering.

The summer bridge program taught him about water conservation through activities involving the ʻāina, which have brought him closer to his roots as a Hawaiian. With a new goal in mind, Aliʻifua hopes to become a mechanical engineer in either airplane design or building, and plans to transfer to a university possibly in Utah, University of Las Vegas (UNLV), or to UH Mānoa within two years.

Jatin Pandya

Jason Pandya is a first-year student at KCC who is planning to major in Information Technology (IT). His interest in this field stemmed from his experiences at Kaiser High School, having been in clubs like Maker Lab, where students would find spare computers and upgrade it to make them work. Pandya has always enjoyed computers and is excited for his Introduction to Computer Science (ICS) course this coming school year. For now, Pandya is working at the KCC bookstore for this summer as well as the following semester.

An interesting fact about Pandya is that he is the son of Professor Pandya, a chemistry teacher at KCC.

Kitty Hino

Kitty Hino is in her third year of working at UH Mānoa in the field of education. She also wears another, yet similar, hat by coordinating leadership programs for high school-aged youth from Japan through the Lokahi Foundation, where she also works.

Hino holds a certificate in legal studies from KCC and has even spent time as a program coordinator at the Honda International Center. When time permits, you’ll find Hino in the ocean. She’s passionate about night diving — her favorite spot is off the coast of Kāhala — and bodyboarding “Walls” in Waikiki.

Kapilialoha Kidder

Kapilialoha Kidder is a third-year student attending KCC majoring in Liberal Arts. From Waimānalo, the 19-year-old plans to transfer to the UH Mānoa Shidler College of Business for the Spring 2018 semester, however, is undecided in what she will major in then.

Kidder was formerly a Lunalilo Scholar for the 2015-2016 school year, which led her to become a Lunalilo Peer Mentor in Fall 2016. She also became a Hoʻokele Peer Mentor in Spring 2016 and can be found working in the First-Year Experience (FYE) office in ʻIliahi.

Being a part of the Lunalilo community has made Kidder realize that she enjoys making an impact in students’ lives, especially for those who are beginning their first year of college. Already aware of the fear and many questions that incoming freshmen have, Kidder said that having the ability to help others as a peer mentor is what makes her enjoy being at KCC, along with the student life and friends that she has made over the past three years.

Pi’ilani Enos

Pi’ilani Enos currently lives in Kāneʻohe, O’ahu, but makes the commute every morning to KCC because of the respiratory program that its campus offers. Beforehand, she attended Windward Community College (WCC) for her prerequisites in the Respiratory Care Practitioner Program. Enos knew that she was interested in the field of health care having taken care of her two grandmas while growing up. She is originally from Hawai’i island but has since stayed on O’ahu to enroll in school , which she will be in until around July 2019.

Cassidy Siegrist

Cassidy “Cass” Siegrist is approaching his second year at Windward Community College (WCC) student while taking classes at KCC to fulfill his pre-engineering credits. Siegrist hails from Philadelphia but has lived in a number of states and countries throughout his service in the military. After getting out of the air force Siegrist moved to Hawai’i, which is where he has been for the past six years and currently resides in Kalihi.

What inspired Siegrist to get back into school was his newfound hobby of creating lightsabers. Siegrist figured that besides teaching himself the basics behind micro-controller in order to program his realistic lightsabers, he might as well learn more about the field of electrical engineering through school. For the past six weeks Siegrist got involved in Pre-engineering Education Collaborative II (PEEC II) program which was hosted on KCC’s campus. This coming Fall semester, Siegrist will still be in circulation on campus as he attends a physics course taught by professor Aaron Hanai.

Julie McDonald

Julie has been an O’ahu resident for a little more than a year since her husband began working at Pearl Harbor. The pre-nursing major has been quick to pick up island-favorite activities such as hiking, and most recently, Julie has been teaching herself how to surf.

While Julie’s hometown is Cleveland, Ohio, she’s been happy with the transition to life in Hawaii because she’s able to “avoid the snow” and long winters of the Midwest.

Alisha Kahele-Manners

Alisha Kahele-Manners is a second-year student majoring in nursing attending the University of...

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    Hui Hui Guo spent her childhood in China but came to O'ahu by way of the Big Island. After high school graduation on Hawaii, Guo moved to Honolulu to attend KCC and plans to major in hospitality and tourism. This is her fourth semester at KCC. She is already gaining valuable experience in the tourism industry by working at a retail swimwear store in Waikiki. There, she is able to use her bilingual skills when conversing with travelers from China. After completion of her degree, either at KCC or through transferring to UH Manoa, Guo plans to stay in Honolulu and enter the workforce in the tourism industry. Though she seldom is found painting these days - school and work take up much time - Guo used to love painting and was involved in the art club at her high school.