Two best friends come to Hawai‘i to explore the sights and multi-cultural life that make this place special. June Cadenhead is a geology major visiting the University of Hawai‘i from Smith College in Massachusetts. June has already seen the world; for starters she was born in Thailand, lived in Nigeria for six years, and attended high school in France. For this most recent adventure she brought along her friend Nahee Kwak, a recent Smith College graduate. They share a love of eating and a fear of insects nicknamed “B-52s”, but that’s just a start. Read on!
Where in the world would you like to get lost?
June: Somewhere with beaches and mountains
What superpower do you wish you had?
June: I wish I had the power to be in multiple places at the same time or the power to stop time.
Nahee: I wish I could teleport.
If you were stranded on a lonely beach, what are the five things that you would want to have with you?
Editor’s note: June and Nahee decided on a joint list, so 6 items were allowed. Never be afraid to ask for more!
1) A puppy
2) Each other
3) A magic meal ball that we could ask to produce anything we wanted to eat at anytime
4) Rohan, our guy friend who would do all the scary things we don’t want to do
5) A boombox
6) A cabin with a comfy bed and pillows
Which pop music stars fascinate you?
Nahee: Rihanna or Niki Minaj
What did you enjoy doing at age 10?
June: I was convinced I was an artist and spent time drawing and painting
Nahee: I was running through forests with my friends, hitting each other with sticks, and pretending to be Sailor Moon.
Do you want to live to 100?
June: I’m not sure.
Nahee: Sure, just like a turtle.
With what technology would you write a love letter?
June: The last time I wrote a love letter I was on an airplane and used the back of a barf bag.
Nahee: I’d probably use a postcard.
Are you a morning person or a night person?
June: I’m a night person. I do my best writing at 2 am.
Nahee: Neither! I like to sleep. I don’t understand how people can pull all-nighters. I can’t function without sleep!
What are your personal superstitions?
June: I don’t think I have any. Oh, sometimes I hold my breath when going through a tunnel.
Nahee: I never write my name in red. My parents would always stop me from doing that when I was young. I also believe in karma. For instance I don’t like killing ants because it might come back to me.
If you could eliminate one thing from your daily schedule, what would it be?
Nahee: Nothing. Everything needs to be done.
June: Deleting spam and unwanted emails.
If you could have an unlimited storage of one thing, what would it be?
Editor’s note: June works at Frostcity, a mom-and-pop store that makes “snowflake ice”, a combination of ice cream and shave ice. Each treat comes with whimsical sides to dress the plate. Go to the Frostcity Facebook page for more pictures.
If you could have lunch with any three people (real or fictitious/from any time period/dead or alive), which three people would you choose?
2) Ang San Suu Kyi, the Burmese opposition politician and democracy advocate who was under house arrest from 1989 until 2010.
3) Aang from Avatar the Last Airbender
1) Bruno, a friend who travels a lot
2) Kendrick Kirk. Let’s see if he notices this.
Editor’s note: Kendrick is another 2014 Fall Semester ASH student. See his Student Spotlight interview here.
3) No third person necessary!
What’s special about your home school, Smith College?
Both: There are so many special things!
June: I’d say the intensity. Everything and everybody.
Nahee: We have a very special convocation tradition. Usually these events are formal, but at the Smith convocation, faculty and students gather at an old auditorium, and the students dress in as little as possible. They used to come naked, but the male faculty stopped attending, so the school made the rule that private parts have to be covered. The president gives a short address, we sing the school song, but then it turns into a riot! Lots of crazy parties happen afterwards, too.
What’s special about the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa?
June: There is a change of pace here. It’s nice to take a break from the intensity of Smith. Also it’s nice not to be a minority. I don’t feel like I have to represent a minority to the community.
Nahee: I agree. The best part of Hawai‘i is that there are no minorities. I had culture shock when I got here!
Tell us something you hate doing.
June: Taking out the trash. You have to go through a dark alley, and there might be cockroaches there!
Nahee: I hate killing cockroaches, especially because of that crunching sound!
Tell us something you like doing and why.
June: I like going to new places and travelling. I feel weird if I’m in one place for too long. I get antsy.
Nahee: I like going to the North Shore. It’s so different from Honolulu. It’s beautiful and what you would imagine Hawaii to be. It’s a nice place to go to get away.
If you were to get a permanent tattoo done, what would it be?
Nahee: I’m not allowed to get any more tattoos.
June: I’m terrified of needles. I won’t be getting any.
What have been the highlights of your semester in Hawai‘i so far?
Nahee: Meeting local people and frequenting local businesses. There are so many fantastic locally owned restaurants!
If you were to write a book about yourself, what would you name it?
Nahee: Life and Learning with Nahee Kwak. I have to give thanks to Bruno for that title.
June: I would write a travel memoir including everything I’ve eaten. Maybe I’d call it June’s Stomach or (laughing) Hangry.
Editor’s Note: “Hangry” is a made-up term by June and Nahee, combining the words hungry and angry.
What is that one thing that makes you different?
Nahee: June is transcontinental; she has lived in so many different places, including Thailand, Nigeria, France, and the US.
June: Nahee is a robot; she can multitask, and she gets everything done perfectly. Last year at Smith she was Senior class president, worked full-time, and got great grades.
What are you doing when you feel most alive?
June: I was going to say that!!