Category: Voices & Views

Dalton Smith

Dalton Smith was born in New Orleans and moved to O’ahu before starting high school. The first-year KCC student (undeclared Liberal Arts) was encouraged to pursue a college degree by his family and work colleagues. Though he has not declared a specialization just yet, he particularly enjoyed the world history class he took this past fall semester. Dalton has been taking a wide breadth of courses—ranging from math to english—that will help him channel his interests to a specific major at KCC and beyond. He’d like to eventually transfer to UH Manoa after receiving his associate’s degree from KCC.

After school-related responsibilities are met, you’ll likely find Dalton in the ocean surfing, hanging out with friends, or hiking many of the trails that O’ahu has to offer.

Geneva Costales

Geneva Costales is a fourth-year student majoring in Family Resources. The 24-year-old recalled...

Lisa Kobuke

Professor Lisa Kobuke has been teaching Japanese for 16 years at KCC, although she began teaching at UH Mānoa. Professor Kobuke first got into teaching back when she attended UH Mānoa and was required to teach Japanese in order to earn a scholarship. Her mother, who came from Japan, taught Japanese as well, so that interested Professor Kobuke as well. She loved getting her first class, but she also remembers scripting her entire lectures the night before during her early semesters of teaching.

“I just love Japanese literature and I see so much that I want to share about Japanese culture. Language is just one avenue in which I can share that,” said Professor Kobuke. “It’s more of a package. You cannot separate language, culture, and history. Everything is together. It’s my mission to share that.”

Some of her favorite Japanese literature includes “The Tale of Heike” and “Hōjōki.”

Professor Kobuke loves the KCC community. “I feel a deeper connection with the students here,” said Professor Kobuke. “I love getting to know the students, getting to joke around in class, or finding out how you’re going to use the language you’re learning.”

Professor Kobuke currently resides in Kāneʻohe because she “has to see the Koʻolaus.” In her free time she likes to read or appreciate art in museums.

Corie Kuia

Corie Kuia graduated from Kalani High School where she played both basketball and volleyball. Now taking classes at KCC, she hopes to continue her studies in the field of kinesiology at UH Manoa and eventually work in athletic training. Corie decided she wanted to pursue this career track because it combines her passion for sports and helping those with sporting-related injuries. This upcoming summer, Corie will be working at the Summer Fun camp that is being held at Paki park. In her free time, you’ll find her playing pickup basketball or hanging with friends.

Brennan Duan

Brennan Duan is a first-year student at KCC who is striving towards a degree in Liberal Arts. At...

James Spray

James Spray is a second-year student ready to graduate from KCC this May. Majoring in Liberal Arts, Spray is looking to attend Arizona State University (ASU) to major in Technical Theatre. He said that going into the theater tech field while at ASU would be like having a job as a carpenter, where he would learn set design and drafting, which connects to his interest of building and creating products. Spray hopes to also play volleyball while at ASU.

Spray shared that his major originally was Kinesiology, however, after taking a theater class at KCC, he was convinced to get back into his passion for theater, recalling memories of fun times he had while taking theater classes for three years in high school. He has been working at the Kennedy Theatre and Chaminade University’s theater departments as a project assistant.

Being that Spray will be graduating this semester, he said that he will miss the professors and counselors the most because of how supportive and helpful they have been. Spray said that his teacher for an Introduction to Health and Wellness class that he took during his first semester at KCC was the most influential teacher that he has had.

“The way he ran the classroom was so different. We were going outside to learn stuff, we were exercising,” Spray said. “He was very knowledgeable, of course, and he shared a lot of his stories which really kind of connects the teacher to the student which is really nice.”

Spray said that the biggest obstacle that he’s faced while in school was finding that drive to stay focused, especially when there are only a few weeks of the semester left.

“I’m slowly going down in classes, and [I’m thinking] ‘I just want this to be over’, but in the back of my head I’m like ‘I need to pass these classes’,” Spray said. “So I would say finding drive in your lazy moments and finding motivation.”

Manny Batinga

Manny Batinga is in his second semester of college. At the age of 19, Manny is taking classes at two UH community colleges. While he is majoring in Fire at HCC, he is taking his Japanese language requirement at KCC with Kobuke sensei.

Manny wants to major in Fire because he “wants to become a firefighter and help other people.”

Manny graduated from President William McKinley High School in 2016 where he earned a scholarship from the McKinley Foundation that aided him in attending college. In his free time, Manny enjoys weightlifting and working on his car, a 1986 Toyota Corolla.

Desiree Manayan

Desiree Manayan is a second-year student at KCC whose major is in nursing. She commutes to campus...

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