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Welina mai!

This year, we the students of the Kekaulike Summer Transfer Bridge program will be documenting our experiences through four main blogs to be uploaded weekly every Wednesday! Join us virtually as we learn, mālama ʻāina, explore, experience, expand, create, grow and everything in between for the next six weeks!

Blog: Puʻuhonua o Waimānalo

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Blog: Huakaʻi

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Blog: Critical Consciousness

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Blog: Weekly Recap

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Participants

Rick Keola Asuncion

  • Transferred From: University of Hawaiʻi Maui College
  • Major: Hawaiian Studies and Hawaiian Language
  • About Me:

    Aloha no kākou. ʻO Rick Keola Asuncion kēia. No Nā Wai ʻEha, Maui mai au. ʻO Edwin Asuncion koʻu papa a ʻo Eileen Asuncion (Mailou) koʻu mama. Ua puka aku nei au ma ke kula nui o Maui i ke kau aku nei. Makamake au e hoʻoikaika i koʻu ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi a me koʻu manaʻo Hawaiʻi ma ke kula nui UH Mānoa. ʻElua mekia aʻu, ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi a ʻIke Hawaiʻi. I koʻu wā hoʻomaha au e heʻenalu ai i nā wahi a pau i Oahu. Mahalo nui. E ʻike paha iā ʻoukou i ke kai.

Aleigha Carlson

  • Major: Fine Arts

Makia deJesus

  • Transferred From: Kauaʻi Community College
  • Major: Hawaiian Studies and Hawaiian Language
  • About Me:

    I am a Hawaiian from Kaleponi looking to bring back the Hawaiian language to my family after it had been lost since my the generation of my kupuna wahine. I was raised in my family’s hālau of ori tahiti and hula, but have been primarily focused with the Tahitian side. My kupuna wahine is my kumu hula, and I want to give back to her by bringing the language and manaʻo back to her hālau.

Comet ʻAuʻa Enos-Nakanelua

  • Transferred From: University of Hawaiʻi Maui College
  • Major: Astrophysics
  • About Me:

    A student of life interested in everything it has to offer. Bringing the Heavens to Earth through 'ike (knowledge). Well versed in politics, I'm fully aware of the atrocities committed by the US empire, and the continued injustices carried out around the world. I also see in the world an immense capacity for love and unity, and the potential for a future we can all look forward to. Everything I learn about Hawaiian culture speaks volumes to the disconnected way of life so many of us live under the Western capitalistic system. I truly believe that revolutionary action must be taken to address the issues of our times. We need leaders who will stop the separation, exploitation, and corruption, and who will instead spread a message of peace, cooperation, and honesty. Many of the core ideas and principles of Hawaiian culture are deeply needed in our modern society, and I know it is my kuleana to spread aloha all over the world, and out to the furthest reaches of the universe.

Comet Enos

Pilialoha Kuahulu

  • Transferred From: Honolulu Community College
  • Major: Hawaiian Studies

Punahele Kutzen

Kaʻulaokealaula Lealaō

  • Major: Secondary Education and Hawaiian Language

Wailani Lenchanco

  • Transferred From: Windward Community College

Kalā Lindsey

  • Transferred From: Windward Community College
  • About Me:

    My experiences over the years as a graphic designer has afforded me a comfortable home life, but I've always wanted to somehow incorporate my Hawaiian culture in my daily life.  As the print industry changed into the digital world we see today, I was met with the opportunity to move into the direction of my heart.  Here I stand with Hawaiinuiakea.  I want to be mākaukau to move forward.

Jaden Liu

  • Transferred From: University of Hawaiʻi Maui College - Molokai Education Center
  • Major: Mechanical Engineering

Maluhia Low

  • Transferred From: University of Hawaiʻi Maui College
  • Major: Hawaiian Studies and Psychology

Kuʻuleilehua Mānoa

  • Transferred From: Windward Community College
  • Major: Hawaiian Studies; Hālau O Laka
  • About Me:

    I have a passion for my culture and insuring the survival of my Hawaiian Community. I have always been a performer and Hula has always been a positive outlet to express myself. As I got older, I found my other interest in finances by working in the   banking  industry for many years. Now I have made it my mission not only share my culture but to help people invest in their own “Wealth & Health”. I advocate for people to get financially educated and find financial security. I also try to implement the idea of being proactive in health and living healthier lifestyles.

Alexa Marrotte

Nohealani Ornellas

  • Transferred From: Windward Community College
  • Major: Hawaiian Studies
  • About Me:

    I am a part Hawaiian 19 year old who loves her culture. I played volleyball at UH Hilo my freshman year and am currently a coach at Ta'ahine Volleyball Club. I love to go to the beach and hangout with my family & friends.

Kāhealani Pekelo-Agpaoa

  • Transferred From: Leeward Community College
  • Major: Social Work
  • About Me:

    I am a part Hawaiian non-traditional student and a mother of 7 beautiful children. I struggled with addiction and alcoholism all my life until five years ago, and today I want to share my experience, strength, and hope with others, especially the youth. I believe that if we help our young people to break generational curses such as abuse, we as a community will thrive. I am currently working on my Substance Abuse Counseling Certificate in order to work with alcoholics and addicts that struggle with this disease. I have been so blessed in my academic journey so far and it is my kuleana to help our lāhui thrive.

Khari Watson

  • Transferred From: Honolulu Community College
  • Major: Biochemistry
  • About Me:

    Just a socially awkward human being trying to get a good education. I am a fan of Kpop, K-dramas, and anime. I hope to one day become a doctor and move to Korea.

Kekaulike Summer Transfer Bridge students posing for a picture at Lyon Arboretum

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