Jake Rodrique once thought college wasn’t the place for him. But that all changed through the guidance of a few extraordinary people.
Christine Park says UH Hilo provided her with a solid foundation, helping her gain the essential knowledge and experience to be a mental health counselor. She now runs an adult education program that helps students improve their lives by finding career pathways.
Once a Hawaiian language student at UH Hilo, Kainani Kahaunaele is now a lecturer at the university’s Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language. She’s also a highly successful musician and four-time Na Hoku Hanohano award winner.
Tracey Niimi put aside his student services specialist hat to direct and film the stunning Hula Bowl Halftime Show starring fashion designer Manaola Yap with the award winning Hula Halau Manaola under the direction of Kumu Hula Nani Lim Yap.
Thomas Fezza, who earned his master’s degree at UH Hilo, is now pursuing a doctoral degree in entomology at UH Mānoa. Based in Hilo to do his research, he is a recipient of the D. Elmo Hardy Student Assistance Endowment.
Now teaching at Pāhoa High and Intermediate School, UH Hilo alumnus Jay Bumanglag teaches his students to do everything with good intentions and spread aloha. “We need more love, we need more care in the world. We need more humility.”
Now working as an associate producer for an entertainment company with 7.47 million YouTube subscribers, Alexandria Herring advises grads: Create a LinkedIn account, be concise on resume, start with an internship, meet people, network your way up the ladder, be persistent.
Listeners will join a huaka‘i or journey clockwise around the island, starting in Hilo and moving to Puna, Ka‘ū, Kona, Kohala, and Hāmākua for a total of 24 episodes.