Category: Voices & Views

Alisha Kahele-Manners

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

Yuree Ku

Yuree Ku has been at KCC since 2011 and currently works at the Office of Student Affairs (OSA). Originally, Ku had obtained an associate’s degree in Liberal Arts at KCC before enrolling into the Nurse Aide program. Since then Ku has decided that she no longer wants to be a nurse and instead wants to learn more about engineering–mechanical engineering in particular is what interests her the most. In the meantime, Ku is a part of ‘Ike, the Hawai’i Calculus Academy’s six-week math concentrated summer program. The program takes place at KCC and Ku is a part of it to cultivate her interest in the pre-engineering field.

Caroline Danforth

Caroline Danforth is a third-year student attending UH Mānoa majoring in Natural Resources and Environmental Management (NREM), specializing in Wildlife Management and Ecology. Originally from San Francisco, CA., Danforth is taking a physics course for summer school at KCC. She moved to Oʻahu in 2015 to attend college, sharing that she enjoys being a part of the NREM program in Hawaiʻi because of how it allows her to focus on management of species on a smaller scale. Compared to the mainland, Danforth said that Hawaiʻi has interesting native species that cannot be found anywhere else.

In contrast to her educational reasons, Danforth shared that she chose to move to Hawaiʻi to attend college because of its close proximity to places such as the beach, and because of the opportunities that the campuses provide for students.

“I like how the culture here really plays a huge influence on pretty much how everyone lives, because where I’m from there isn’t … one culture that stands out more than any of the other ones,” Danforth said. “So, I like being able to learn about the Hawaiian culture and things like that, the lifestyle, and just how people interact with other people who are here, [and] the nature.”

Thao Huynh

Thao Huynh is a second-year college student at KCC majoring in hospitality. At the age of 24, Huynh has already received a B.A. in hospitality in her home country, Vietnam, but has decided to go back to school in Hawai’i since her foreign degree wouldn’t qualify in the U.S., which is where she eventually wants to live as a resident. Huynh currently resides in Waikīkī with her uncle and cousins. Over the summer she plans on relaxing after the long school year and working part time at a Vietnamese restaurant in Chinatown.

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.

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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.