Meet the Ke Kalahea Team

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Pualani OvonoPualani Ovono

Pualani Ovono (she/her) is currently a sophomore majoring in Environmental Science & Hawaiian Studies, along with being the Editor in Chief for Ke Kalahea. She was raised on Kauaʻi and enjoys traveling to different places to learn about different cultures and foods. In her spare time, she likes learning new languages, hiking to see pretty views, and taking way too many pictures of flowers and animals.

Associate Editor

Alesi Meyers-TuimavaveAlesi Meyers-Tuimavave

Alesi Meyers-Tuimavave (she/her) is currently in her junior year and is a transfer student from Oceanside, CA. Alesi is also the associate editor of Ke Kalahea. She has her Associate’s Degree in English from MCC, and is currently working on her Bachelor’s in English as well as certificates in TESOL and Pacific Islands Studies. Alesi enjoys reading, listening to music, and drawing in her free time.

Copy Editor

Lichen ForsterLichen Forster

Lichen started a school newspaper at their high school after their climate anxiety became so constricting something had to be done. Right now, they’re pursuing a B.S. in geology, with plans to become a science journalist. They hope Ke Kalahea makes you cry, laugh, and most of all: think.

Staff Writer

Kealiʻi RapozoKealiʻi Rapozo

Keali’i Rapozo (he/him) is currently in his sophomore year at UH Hilo and is majoring in communications. He is the Staff Writer for Ke Kalahea. Keali’i was born and raised on Kaua’i island, before coming to UH Hilo. He enjoys going on runs, adventuring, watching sunsets, and exploring new cinema.

Photo Editor

Alexi JimenoAlexi Jimeno

Alexi Jimeno (she/her) is currently in her senior year and the photo editor of Ke Kalahea. She is majoring in English and earning the certificates in Creative Writing and Filipino Studies. She enjoys cinematography, listening to music, reading and spending time with her pup, Marvel!


Isabella ThoulouisIsabella Thoulouis

Isabella Thoulouis (she/her) is an anthropology major from Minnesota, and is currently in her freshman year of college. Isabella is a photographer for Ke Kalahea. Isabella enjoys the outdoors and spending time with her family, friends, and dog. Isabella also enjoys taking photos, writing, reading, listening to music, and playing sports.

Graphic Designer

Lucky LemieuxLucky Lemieux

Lucky Lemieux (they/them/theirs) is a graduating senior from Hilo, Hawaiʻi, with a major in Art and a minor in Performing Arts. Their focuses are in animation and costume design, respectively. They procrastinate by reading the Discworld novels and the webcomic Paranatural, as well as sculpting and writing. They hope you like Birb's latest antics!

Graphic Designer

Stacy WatkinsStacy Watkins

Stacy Watkins (she/her) is in her last year of UH Hilo as a biology major with a focus in cell and molecular biology and a minor in chemistry. She was born and raised in Hilo and spends most of her time drawing, reading, and studying when she isn’t working at the hospital as a scribe. She also lives with 20 cats!


Jaden KapaliJaden Kapali

Jaden Kapali (he/him) is a super senior at UH Hilo. He is a Computer Science major with a minor in Art, pursuing certificates in Creative Writing and Digital Visualization & Communication. He was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaiʻi but now resides in Kapaʻa, Kauaʻi. When he is not working, he likes to catch up on his Netflix shows, go to the gym, or play video games.

Social Media Manager

Shaydee JacobeShaydee Jacobe

Shaydee Jacobe (she/her), a current-standing Sophomore at UH Hilo, is working on achieving her B.A. in Agribusiness, with a minor in Planning. Born and raised on the island of O‘ahu, she enjoys her time listening to music, writing poetry, spending time with family and soaking in the sun, beachside!

Editorial Advisor

Nancy Cook LauerNancy Cook Lauer

Nancy Cook Lauer (she/her) is the Ke Kalahea editorial adviser. A retired award-winning newspaper journalist with more than 30 years experience, she's a blogger and an avid reader who's working on her first novel. She has a B.S. in Psychology, summa cum laude, from Old Dominion University and a Master of Library and Information Science from Florida State University. She enjoys snorkeling and photographing nature, including the fascinating creatures in the ocean. She's lived in Hawaii; first in Waikiki, later in Hilo, since 2005.