From the Middle of the
Pacific to the Ocean State
He lawai'a no ke kai papa'u, he pokole ke aho; he
lawai'a no ke kai hohonu he loa ke aho.
A fisherman of shallow seas uses only a short line; a
fisherman of the deep sea uses a long line.
You will reach only as far as you aim and prepare
yourself to reach.
Dreams for Moku o Keawe
To see Hawai'i produce its own food and energy and
reduce its dependence on domestic and foreign
To see Hawai'i's status as a military outpost reduced
To have Hawai'i's residents realize its cosmopolitan
nature and embrace its multicultural identity fully.
What differentiates you from others? How have your past
experiences influenced your present goals?
First generation college student
Attended an alternative charter school
Connection to Hawaiian culture/value system
I am inspired by a commitment to community well-being
as exemplified by the organizations with which I’ve had
the privilege of working.
My Hawaiian island community has given me:
Desire to venture outside of Hawai’i
Interest in grassroots efforts to better meet social needs
Concepts like kaona – layers of understanding, and
makawalu – multiple perspectives, mixed identities
Interest in studying “culture”, giving voice to the
voiceless, challenging dominant societal tropes
Positive relationship with College Counselor
$20,000 Scholarships from both the Gromet and Dell
Where I am now
Rising Junior at Brown University
Anthropology concentrator (in Engaged
Intern in University Human Resources
Volunteer at the Samaritans of Rhode
Outdoor Leadership Environmental
Education Program Mentor
Incoming Co-President of the Social
What I’ve learned getting here
Don’t sell yourself short/underestimate your abilities
Seek help – there are so many resources out there;
take the initiative to find them!
Worries/insecurities I’ve had:
Supporting myself financially
Inability to keep pace with Ivy-League academics
Doubts about my academic choices
Where I want to be
I’m not entirely sure… Nothing is concrete
Abroad in the Spring – doing fieldwork to enrich my
Interning at a non-profit, continuing work with The
Graduating in 2017 and either pursuing further
work in the non-profit sector or an advanced
The Samaritans of Rhode Island
More non-profit work: grant-
finding/writing and non-profit
management to create
Successes and Failures
Adjusting to New England (weather, culture, etc.)
Balancing academics, extracurriculars, and jobs
Maintaining high standards for myself
Finding a healthy community
Learning to be uncomfortable!
Having a good sense of humor
What I’ve learned about leading
Leadership is multifaceted
There are different leadership styles, all of which can
be equally effective depending on the situation
Collaboration and communication are absolutely key!