Category: Voices & Views

Alan Tupou

Alan Tupou is a third-year student at KCC who will soon graduate next semester with a degree in pre-engineering. Tupou grew up in Pālolo, Oʻahu but has recently moved with his family to Kaimukī. Before attending college, Tupou was homeschooled and said that in the meantime, he would also work a lot and make money through the his family’s concrete business and would specialize in masonry.

He made his way to KCC with the help of Aunty Keolani, the head coordinator for the Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program at KCC, and had met her through his friend who was married to her daughter. Before he transfers to the college of engineering at UH Mānoa, Tupou hopes to narrow down a field in engineering, either civil or mechanical, that he will pursue for his four-year degree. 

Augustine Luc

Augustine Luc is in her third year at KCC in the Respiratory Therapy program with plans to finish next summer. Luc has been with Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society at KCC for two years. She originally got involved with PTK Honor Society because her best friend was President of the society and she really liked the other members who were involved. She was out on RIO Day at KCC representing PTK Honor Society building a giant Jenga game they had made for students to play. During that time members were fundraising for the victims of recent hurricanes and wildfires.

“Right now we’re fundraising for the natural disasters that happened like the fires in California and the hurricane. Every semester we have projects, we have an Honors in Action project and a college project. So we do projects that help our college and then we do another one that helps the community.”

Luc says she enjoys being a part of PTK Honor Society because she believes that it is a great representation of not only KCC but also the University of Hawaiʻi as a whole.

Beau Fujii

Beau Fujii is a third-year student attending KCC majoring in Liberal Arts. Striving to transfer into the EMT program on campus, the 21-year-old is working toward his intended career of becoming a fireman. Being that firemen are typically the first responders for any type of emergency, Fujii is hoping to get into the EMT program to gain knowledge in the medical field so that he can use valuable information learned in his future career.

Fujii said that getting accepted into the EMT program is quite competitive, but he is confident that he will be able to get in and complete this one semester course to earn a certificate of completion.

In the meantime, Fujii is looking for volunteer work in hospitals and is looking to take medical classes as preparation. As a worker for the Office of Student Activities (OSA), Fujii wants to remind students that registration begins on Monday, Nov. 6. Fujii can provide help to students as a Hoʻokele Peer Mentor in ʻIliahi 231.

Li-Anne DelaVega

Li-Anne DeLevega has worked at the KCC Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) center as a PEEC II Recruitment & Retention Specialist since March 20 of this year. Her work under the PEEC II grant includes handling purchases, managing the budget, as well as recruiting students. DelaVega helps to make engineering majors aware of projects that coincide with their interests and engage in community outreach. One of the things that  DelaVega finds exciting about her job is seeing students’ passion for technology, which is something that she shares a love for as well.

Bianca Quibuyen

Bianca Quibuyen is a second-year student majoring in Accounting. Originally from Manila, Philippines she chose to go into accounting because of the stability and job security that a career in that field could offer.

“Accounting is a really good major, especially here in the U.S. since everybody needs accountants, like all the companies that you go to need accountants,” Quibuyen said. “So I think it’s job security.”

Her plan once she finishes her second year at KCC is to transfer to UH West Oʻahu to complete her Bachelor’s in Accounting. When Quibuyen is not at school studying she also works at First Hawaiian Bank. In her leisure time she enjoys reading books and takes up swimming as a hobby. She has experience swimming competitively but since she quit training competitively it has become an activity she enjoys doing in her spare time.

Kristina Chow

Kristina Chow is a first-year student majoring in Liberal Arts. Having recently graduated from Kalani High School, the 18-year-old decided that attending KCC would be an easier transition from high school into college rather than starting at a university. In the future, Chow said that she does plan on attending UH Mānoa to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Language Studies. Upon completing her degree, Chow is hoping that she will get accepted into the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) program, an opportunity that would allow her to teach in Japan.

Outside of school, Chow works a construction job that involves having to check fire pumps and high rises, which she expressed is a job that not many people her age or gender will typically do.

“I get to … track all of the different data that comes out of the fire pump that goes up into the sprinklers so that it can control the fire,” Chow said. “It’s a really good experience though.”

Leinad Arakaki

Leinad Arakaki received her Associate of Science in Nursing from Kauaʻi Community College back in 2002. She was born and raised in Kauaʻi and moved to Oʻahu in 2006. Originally, her plan in coming to KCC was to finish her degree and get her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Since coming back to school Arakaki has rediscovered the passion she has always had for social sciences.

“While nursing is a great profession, I always, always was interested in humanities, social sciences,” she said. “And when I took my geography course last semester, which would have been part of my bachelor’s in Nursing, I realized how much I really love it and still love it and decided to head into a social science field.”

Arakaki is considering getting her Bachelor of Arts in Geography or even Sociology when she transfers to UH-Mānoa next semester. When she’s not busy studying or working, she loves to hike trails like Moanalua trail over on the windward side.

Emma Eckfeldt

Emma Eckfeldt is a first-year student at KCC as a liberal arts major with a concentration in education. Eckfeldt is of Japanese descent and has many family members who are fluent in Japanese, which has inspired her to go into the JET program or Japanese English Teaching program when she transfers to UH-Mānoa. She is currently taking four classes and is in an elementary Japanese class. Her goal after graduation is to move to Japan as an English teacher to teach young elementary-age students. Eckfeldt chose KCC because she wanted a chance to explore options without the pressure of a university. At KCC, she also has more time to think about future classes and get her toe in the water when it comes to learning Japanese.

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  • (Noah) Gi Don Kang(Noah) Gi Don Kang
    (Noah) Gi Don Kang is a first year student attending KCC majoring in Korean. He is full Korean, and after living in Korea for 11 years, he moved to Hawaiʻi nine years ago and graduated from Kalani High School. Kang said that he originally planned to attend UH, however, since he didn't have his green card at the time, he said it was much easier for him to start off at KCC. Now that he has his green card, he plans on transferring to UH Mānoa for the Fall 2017 semester to get into the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM). "I think that KCC is just a very family oriented [place]," Kang said. "Everyone kind of knows each other and ... the environment is really nice because everyone's just so nice to each other and so helpful."