Student Spotlight Fall 2014: June Cadenhead and Nahee Kwak

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!

June and Nahee on the Ganga in Varanasi, India

June and Nahee on the Ganga in Varanasi, India

Where in the world would you like to get lost?

June: Somewhere with beaches and mountains

Nahee: Hawai‘i

 

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?

June: Beyoncé

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.

June, Nahee, and a friend hiking Maunawili Falls

June, Nahee, and a friend hiking Maunawili Falls

 

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?

Both: Frostcity!

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.

A treat from Frostcity

A treat from Frostcity

 

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?

June:

1) The Dalai Lama

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

Nahee:

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.

A sneak peak into the Smith College Convocation tradition

A sneak peak into the Smith College Convocation tradition

 

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!

Thinking of cockroaches?

Thinking of cockroaches?

 

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.

A fish bite. Nahee's temporary tattoo?

A fish bite. Nahee’s temporary tattoo?

 

The culprit

The culprit

 

What have been the highlights of your semester in Hawai‘i so far?

June: Hiking

Nahee: Meeting local people and frequenting local businesses. There are so many fantastic locally owned restaurants!

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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?

Nahee: Eating

June: I was going to say that!!

Eating in Honolulu!

Eating in Honolulu!

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Student Spotlight Fall 2014: Callie Buccini

Meet Callie Buccini, a Tourism Management major visiting UHM from Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. Callie blends her serious thoughts with a dose of self-deprecating humor to keep us all on our toes!

Callie!

Callie!

What superpower do you wish you had?

The power to fly — I could see things from a different perspective.

What are your personal superstitions?

I believe in karma, and I also believe in intuition and trusting vibes you get from people and situations.

Do you want to live to 100?

Yes, if I’m healthy. I know I won’t be lonely because I’ll be going to Senior Citizen dances!

What have been or will be the highlights of your semester in Hawai‘i?

Going to the beach and going on hikes.

On the trail

On the trail

Which pop music stars fascinate you?

Nick Jonas. I used to be obsessed with him. From 6th to 8th grade I went to 8 of his concerts and balled my eyes out. This was just a phase I went through, but I know one day I’ll meet him. My childhood dream will happen.

Where in the world would you like to get lost?

Maybe Bali. My cousin just went there on her honeymoon, and it looks amazing. Actually, I’d love to get lost anywhere near a beach.

If you were stranded on a lonely beach, what are the five things that you would want to have with you?

  1. My stack of spiritual of books
  2. My Red Hot Chili Peppers CDs
  3. My friends
  4. Food
  5. A comfy bed!

What did you enjoy doing at age 10?

Being outside, playing “man hunt”, foursquare and basketball, and hula hooping.

Tell us something you hate doing. 

Waking up early to go to class.

Tell us something you love doing and why.

I love going to the beach. I love the summers back home in New Hampshire where I live 5 minutes from the beach. Since I grew up near the ocean I have a real connection to it.

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What advice would you give to a new ASH student?

Take advantage of your time here. Be proactive; get out and do things. And don’t be afraid of taking the bus.

If you could eliminate one thing from your daily schedule, what would it be and why?

Being so dependent on technology. So much of it is unnecessary, and it fries your brain.

What’s special about the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa?

UHM is very diverse. A lot of people go here, but it doesn’t feel like it.

What’s special about your home school, Plymouth State University in New Hampshire?

I love my home school. It’s in the mountains, and the fall foliage is beautiful. In the winter there is snow, and in the spring you can float down the river and relax. There are so many seasonal things to do there.

With what technology would you write a love letter?

Pen and paper.

Tree pose

Tree pose

If you could have an unlimited storage of one thing, what would it be?

Honestly, the first thing that came to my mind is the taco kit you get at the grocery store, so I’m going with that. Unlimited taco kits.

If you were to get a permanent tattoo done, what would it be?

I already have two on my back, but if I were to get another it would be a sun and moon, one on the inside of each ankle, to represent a new day and to remind me when waking up to enjoy the present.

Share one truth and one lie about your personality and let others guess which is what.

I’m a vegetarian. I’m studious and try really hard to get good grades.

If you were to write a book about yourself, what would you name it?

A Series of Unfortunate Events. I have got some crazy stories to tell!!

What is that one thing that makes you different?

I’m extremely weird and can be very awkward, too.

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 and why?

  1. My best friend Courtney back home whom I miss a lot. I wish she were here with me to experience a semester in Hawai‘i.
  2. My aunt who recently passed away. She and I are a lot alike, and she would have been proud of me for going on my adventures.
  3. Christopher McCandless, the adventurer from Into the Wild. It would be interesting to talk to him.
Callie and Emi

Callie and Emi

What are you doing when you feel most alive?

I love to boogie. And I love being with all my friends. Here’s a shout out to all my friends back home!

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Student Spotlight Fall 2014: Olivia Gluck

Our next ASH student in the spotlight is Olivia Gluck, a communications major from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay. Olivia enjoys taking pictures, has had photos published by the UHM student newspaper, Ka Leo and works as a lifeguard in Wisconsin. Olivia is one of this semester’s more soft-spoken ASH students, but she definitely has her own voice! Check out how much water plays a role in her life and imagination.

Olivia at the top of Makapuʻu

Olivia at the top of Makapuʻu

 

What superpower do you wish you had?

 

I wish I could fly and breathe underwater. Kind of like a bird and fish combination.

 

 

What are you doing when you feel most alive?

 

Flying! My dad is a small aircraft pilot, and my brother and I have been flying with him since we were in car seats. My dad has also been teaching me how to fly a little.

 

 

Which pop music stars fascinate you?

 

Michael Jackson fascinates me. I know he was kind of crazy, and he died on my birthday. I like his music (and other 80s music). I even saw the place in Germany where he hung his baby out of the window!

 

 

Where in the world would you like to get lost?

 

I’d like to get lost in Europe or the ocean. Getting lost in and exploring the ocean sounds like a very science fiction-like thing. I love to travel, so getting lost in the world sounds good.

 

 

If you were stranded on a lonely beach, what are the five things that you would want to have with you?

 

  • A box full of books
  • Endless music
  • Scuba gear to go exploring around the island
  • A giant hammock
  • A way to talk to the animals

 

In the water!

In the water!

 

What are your personal superstitions?

 

I’m having a hard time coming up with something! When I was young I was afraid of walking in the same footsteps as someone else. Not sure why!

 

 

What did you enjoy doing at age 10?

 

Arts and crafts projects. I’m still into those things.

 

 

Do you want to live to 100?

 

Yeah, as long as I’m not lonely. I’d like to see where technology goes from here.

 

 

If you could have an unlimited storage of one thing, what would it be?

 

I’d say books and macaroni and cheese. And this sounds terrible, but it’s practical so I’ll go ahead and add money to the list.

 

 

Tell us something you hate doing.

 

Running.

 

 

Tell us something you love doing and why.

 

Playing with my dog and being with my family. I also love swimming, boating, kayaking, and anything to do with being in the water. My brother and I both began swim lessons when we were 6 months old, and my grandmother still swims regularly.

 

Stand up Paddleboarding

Stand up Paddleboarding

 

Are you a morning person or a night person?

 

I’m definitely a night owl.

 

 

If you were to get a permanent tattoo done, what would it be?

 

I don’t want a tattoo. They’re not for me.

 

 

If you could eliminate one thing from your daily schedule, what would it be and why?

 

Driving. I’ve never liked driving for some reason.

 

 

Share one truth and one lie about your personality and let others guess which is what.

 

I’m not an emotional person. I’m indecisive.

 

 

With what technology would you write a love letter?

 

Pen and paper, of course.

 

 

If you were to write a book about yourself, what would you name it?

 

A Series of Fortunate Events.

 

Editor’s note: Stay tuned for another interesting coincidence about autobiographical book titles in our next Student Spotlight with Callie Buccini. This semester’s ASH bunch has an uncanny sense to think alike.

 

 

What is that one thing which makes you different?

 

I don’t want to brag or anything, but my family and friends tell me I’m a thoughtful person, so I’ll go with that.

 

 

What’s special about the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa?

 

UHM offers a lot of traditional Hawaiian and out door classes and activities. It’s also very diverse.

Olivia at UHM

 

What’s special about your home school, the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay?

 

It’s a very green, gorgeous and secluded campus. It’s also quiet and has a small student body.

 

 

What advice would you give to a new ASH student?

 

Bring plenty of money so you can do all things you want to do. Take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way, and try something new each week.

On a hike

On a hike

 

 

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 and why?

 

I feel like I should name 3 really important people, but this is what I’ve come up with.

 

  • Jesus
  • Tina Fey. I read her book and really liked it.

I think having lunch with the two of them at the same time would be awfully interesting.

  • I would also add Amelia Earhart. I would want to know more about her and what happened to her.

 

 

What have been or will be the highlights of your semester in Hawai‘i?

 

All the outdoor activities, taking pictures, and going on trips to Maui and Kauai. I also am enjoying discovering all the cultural differences between Hawai‘i and the Midwest.

 

On the job

On the job

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Student Spotlight Fall 2014: Riley Amy and TJ Hensley

Two young men join forces in Hawai‘i and become fast friends for a semester at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa.  Riley Amy from Rochester, Minnesota and TJ Hensley from Dalton, Georgia share adventures around the island and add the comic element to the fall 2014 ASH ensemble. Sports, family, and even “Lord of the Rings” are common elements in their narratives!

 

Riley and TJ

Riley and TJ

 

What’s special about the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa?

 

Riley: It’s the most diverse campus in the country.

TJ: It has people here from all over the world. And it’s close to the beach.

 

 

If you were stranded on a lonely beach, what are the five things that you would want to have with you?

 

Riley:

  • A knife
  • A huge survival book
  • A genie with unlimited wishes. I wouldn’t need anything else after that.

 

Riley at the beach

Riley at the beach

TJ:

  • Water purification tablets
  • A rope
  • A machete, bigger than Riley’s knife
  • A survival book, bigger than Riley’s book
  • The Bible
TJ at the beach

TJ at the beach

 

 

Where in the world would you like to get lost?

 

Riley: In the woods of northern Minnesota.

TJ: In the Rain Forest. Lots to see there.

Riley: And lots of poisonous stuff to kill you.

 

 

What superpower do you wish you had?

 

Riley: I wish I could fly.

TJ: I would want to read people’s minds.

Riley: I think that would be a burden.

 

What did you enjoy doing at age 10?

 

Riley: Playing “survivor” in the woods.

TJ: I was obsessed with sports and played football, basketball, and football. I also made videos with my friends. Our pirate movie was great.

 

Which pop music stars fascinate you?

 

Both: One Direction! (Laughing)

TJ: Our goal is to be like them. I also like Michael Bublé, the new Sinatra.

 

Karaoke!

Karaoke!

 

Are you a morning person or a night person?

 

Riley: Night. We usually stay up until 2 am.

TJ: Definitely night. We had to make ourselves get up for this interview.

Editor’s note: The interview time was 9 am.

 

 

Do you want to live to 100?

 

Riley: Yes.

TJ: As long as I’m healthy and there are others around me.

 

 

What are your personal superstitions?

 

Riley: All the traditional ones, like “don’t walk under a ladder”, “don’t cross the path of a black cat”, etc.

TJ: I have a Virgin Mary charm that was blessed by John Paul II, and I wear it all the time. If I don’t wear it, something inevitably goes wrong!

 

Too much fun

Too much fun

 

Tell us something you hate doing.

 

Riley: I hate being in an awkward situation and hate seeing others in awkward situations. I feel awkward for them.

TJ: I hate paying a lot of money for food. I also hate disappointing others.

 

 

Tell us something you like doing and why.

 

Riley: I’m a big family person, so I enjoy being around my family and friends and sharing moments with them.

TJ: I like doing random acts of kindness. It makes me feel good. The other day a lady at the beach lost her earring on the coral reef. I swam out to the reef with some goggles and found the earring for her. It was a great feeling to help out.

 

 

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 and why?

 

Riley:

  • Michael Jordan. I’ve always looked up to him and not just because he’s the greatest basketball player of all time. TJ interjects, “We have long discussions about Michael Jordan versus LeBron James.”
  • Matthew McConaughey
  • Leonardo DiCaprio. They are my favorite actors.

 

TJ:

  • Nelson Mandela. When he was released from prison instead of seeking retribution he spent his time and energy bring people together.
  • Tom Brady, the quarterback of the Patriots and the greatest quarterback ever. He also has a lot of class.
  • Jesus

 

 

TJ at the top

TJ at the top

 

Share one truth and one lie about your personality and let others guess which is what.

 

Riley: I don’t hold grudges. I like poetry.

TJ: I’m good at picking up any instrument and learning to play. I’m actually kind of a nerd.

 

 

If you could eliminate one thing from your daily schedule, what would it be and why?

 

Riley: Sleeping in. I wish I could eliminate feeling tired in the morning when I wake up early.

TJ: Riding the bus. At first it was cool, but not now.

 

 

What is that one thing which makes you different?

 

Riley: I like to think that I can get along with everyone.

TJ: I like to do a lot of different things. I’m a “Jack of All Trades”.

 

Riley, lei and beach

Riley, lei and beach

 

What are you doing when you feel most alive?

 

Riley: Being surrounded by family and friends.

TJ: Playing with my niece and nephew. I miss them!

 

 

If you were to get a permanent tattoo done, what would it be?

 

Riley: Something to remind me of where I came from, Northern Minnesota, or something about my favorite place, my cabin. Maybe I’d get the coordinates of the cabin or a pine tree as a tattoo.

TJ: I have two tattoos already, but if I were to get another, maybe I’d get a world map on my back. I would shade in the places I’ve been, mainly then continents. I hope to visit all of them before I’m 40.

 

With what technology would you write a love letter?

 

Riley: Pen and paper. Gotta keep it classic.

TJ: I’d make a video.

 

If you could have an unlimited storage of one thing, what would it be?

 

Riley: I can’t think of anything. I don’t need anything that much.

TJ: I would want unlimited sour gummy worms and phone battery life. I could take all the video I wanted then.

 

 

What have been the highlights of your semester in Hawai‘i so far?

 

Riley: (Laughing) Our lemonade stand (Editor’s note: This is a story for another time.). Going to the beach has always been a good thing.

Both: The Makapuʻu hike was great. We call it the “Hike to Mordor”. We’re huge “Lord of the Rings” fans.

TJ: I’m also looking forward to our Thanksgiving weekend at the North Shore.

 

Riley at Mordor

Riley at Mordor

TJ summoning the waters

TJ summoning the waters

 

What Advice would you give to a new ASH student?

 

Riley: Experience as much as you can. It goes by fast.

TJ: If there is something you want to do, go do it!

On the Road

 

If you were to write a book about yourself, what would you name it?

 

A few minutes later:

Riley: There and Back Again

TJ: Hey! That’s what I was going to say!

Riley: What?

TJ: We didn’t even discuss this!

Adventure

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Student Spotlight – Fall 2014 – Emily (Emi) Donato

Dance and Anthropology major Emi Donato switches gears from the fast-paced lifestyle at the College of Wooster to the relaxed, easy-going world of island living. Have no fear; dancers perform at all speeds!

Emi and the Makapuʻu Sunset

Emi and the Makapuʻu Sunset

Where in the world would you like to get lost?

Italy – it’s a fixation of mine. I’m part Italian, but we don’t celebrate it. I definitely want to go there one day.

What did you enjoy doing at age 10?

I enjoyed taking dance classes and making friendship bracelets.

If you were stranded on a lonely beach, what are the five things that you would want to have with you?

  1. 1) My Kindle so I can read and listen to music; I guess I’d need WiFi, too
  2. 2) Pen and paper
  3. 3) Sunscreen
  4. 4) Something to make fire
  5. 5) Something to collect water

Which pop music stars fascinate you?

Mumford and Sons, Arcade Fire and the Beatles. My dad played Beatles music when my sister and I were growing up, so the 3 of us have a Beatles connection.

Are you a morning person or a night person?

Here in Hawai‘i I’ve adjusted to my roommate’s early morning schedule. But there are the occasional nights when you don’t want to go to sleep and you end up spending 4 hours on the Internet.

Do you want to live to 100?

That’s a difficult question! I have a lot of anxiety about the way the world is going right now. If I’m happy, yes, I’d want to live to be 100, but there are a lot of variables to consider.

What’s special about your home school, College of Wooster in Ohio?

It’s so homey with only 2,000 students! Without the individual attention I received there I might not have known I could pursue my passions. I also like that College of Wooster emphasizes research. Most of my classes require research papers or projects which I enjoy doing.

What superpower do you wish you had?

Teleporting! I try to enjoy the journey from one place to the next, but I’d rather just get there.

Tell us something you hate doing. 

I hate cutting my nails; it’s an annoyance. And I really hate listening to a voicemail that I don’t know who it’s from or what it’s about.

Tell us something you love doing and why.

I love meditating. It clears your mind, and I have a lot of thoughts! Meditating puts me in the moment.

What’s special about Hawaiʻi?

It’s so casual and much slower-placed than what I’m used to. For that reason it’s refreshing. Also, there are so many different communities coexisting in one place. Hawai‘i is a beautiful place, with warm weather, sunshine and occasional rain.

Dressed in a kimono for Japanese dance class

Dressed in a kimono for Japanese dance class

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 and why?

This is hard to decide on, so I’ve got four people!

  1. 1) Katherine Dunham, one of the 1st Dance Anthropologists with a dance background.
  2. 2) Alice from Alice in Wonderland; or maybe Lewis Carroll; I appreciate the themes from the book, like personal development and questions about curiosity and things that don’t make sense
  3. 3) John Lennon; his music is fun and has a message. I’m curious about how celebrities live such a public and extravagant life but create messages in their work.
  4. 4) Sylvia Plath; I read the Bell Jar in 11th grade, and the way we connect to the main character’s pressures and struggles is both scary and fascinating.

Share one truth and one lie about your personality and let others guess which is what.

I don’t think it’s okay to lie in any manner.

I am bothered by having too many “things”.

If you were to write a book about yourself, what would you name it?

(After several minutes) My autobiography would be named I Wish My Hair Were Red, since I’m often wondering if I’m okay with the way my life is now or if it would be better if I could change something.

With what technology would you write a love letter?

Well, pen and paper, but I also think works of art, like a sketch or a dance, can express just as much!

What are your personal superstitions?

I was raised Catholic, but even though I don’t practice it anymore, I do pray to St. Anthony, the Patron Saint of Lost Things, and he pulls through! I also believe in Karma and déjà vu.

If you could eliminate one thing from your daily schedule, what would it be and why?

Doing my hair! It gets tangled and frizzy, and I have to work on it to keep it under control!

If you were to get a permanent tattoo done, what would it be and where?

I’d get Animus, which means courage and soul in Latin, in grey or black ink on my left wrist – the ‘m’ would be a heart; something to do with dance near my foot; and a quote from a Mumford and Sons song somewhere on my body.

If you could have an unlimited storage of one thing, what would it be?

Books and tea.

What is that one thing which makes you different?

I think about things in depth. Sometimes I’m afraid to share with others all my thoughts because they might think I’m crazy! I also appreciate differences between people.

What are you looking forward to doing while in Hawai‘i?

Hiking, watching the sunrise on top of Haleakala this weekend when I go to Maui with my friends, and going to the North Shore over Thanksgiving and seeing the contrast between the beach towns there and Honolulu.

What are you doing when you feel most alive?

I feel most alive when performing in some way, like dancing or acting and when experiencing some incredible act or piece of nature.

Emi with friends at a dance performance

Emi with friends at a dance performance

What Advice would you give to a new ASH student?

Be ready to experience life in a different way here; be ready to come at life from a different angle and with different goals from your normal life. Save up your money before arriving so you don’t have to worry about that once you get here, and be sure to take some sort of Hawaiian culture class.

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Student Spotlight – Fall 2014 – Kendrick Kirk

Meet Kendrick Kirk, an economics major from Yale College whose hometown is Las Vegas, Nevada. This year Kendrick goes off-track and explores his artistic side. After a summer studying film making in Prague and back packing through Europe, he comes to the University of Hawai‘i to study acting, voice, and guitar. Next semester he’ll go to New York to take more acting classes at NYU. It’s never a dull moment with Kendrick!

 

Kendrick at Sherwoods

Kendrick at Sherwoods

 

What’s special about your home school, Yale College?

The residential college system is special. Freshmen are put into one of 12 residential units and stay there all four years. Each is a community within the larger college, and each has a master and dean who are faculty members. My master and dean are very cool. I’d say the Gothic architecture at Yale is pretty special, too.

 

What’s special about Hawaiʻi?

The waves, the beach, and the weather. It’s always t-shirt and shorts weather.

 

What are you looking forward to about being in Hawai‘i in the fall?

Taking a scuba diving class, improving my surfing skills, camping at the North Shore, and learning to play guitar and to sing.

 

Are you a morning person or a night person?

Hmm. Oh, who am I kidding? I’m a night owl. I’d like to be a morning person. I think it would be easier to be a morning person if technology wasn’t in your face so much.

 

Nightlife

Nightlife

 

If you were stranded on a lonely beach, what are the five things that you would want to have with you?

  • My guitar
  • Wi-Fi
  • Iodine drops to clean the water
  • Surf Board
  • Two cows to breed, so I’d have plenty of milk and meat. I think I’d get tired of fish.

 

If you could eliminate one thing from your daily schedule, what would it be and why?

Sleeping, then I could do anything. But maybe I would just waste more time.

 

Share one truth and one lie about your personality and let others guess which is what.

I’m the most patient person. I can sit and wait for anything to happen.

I love to do nothing, just be, and take up space.

 

If you were to write a book about yourself, what would you name it? 

(Laughing). My book would be called, The Seeker of Truth

 

If you were to get a permanent tattoo done, what would it be and where?

Laughing. I saw this once. I’d get “Mom” written down one arm and “Dad” down the other arm.

 

Tell us something you hate doing.

Pointless tasks, especially in school. For instance writing certain essays. The professors don’t want to read them, and I’m not adding anything to the field by writing them. I’d rather do something more efficient for an assignment to show I know the subject. I also hate cleaning and chores. I used to pay my sister to do my chores.

 

Tell us something you love doing and why.

I love having deep conversations, not just surface talk.

 

If you could have an unlimited storage of one thing, what would it be?

Sour Punch Straws.

 

What Advice would you give to a new ASH student?

I love living in Waikiki, off campus, and would advise students to consider the same. It’s only a 20-minute bus ride to campus, it’s close to the beach, my friends come over on the weekend and hang out, and the apartments where I live, Ohana Student Housing, have air conditioning! I also suggest getting to know other students with a car and becoming friends with locals.

 

What Are Your Personal Superstitions?

I don’t believe in superstitions. But maybe I do believe in karma. If you do good things, good things come back.

 

Where in the World Would You Like to Get Lost?

Anywhere that’s safe.

 

Which Pop Music Stars Fascinate You?

Ed Sheeran and Jack Johnson.

 

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 and why?

  • Matt Damon, one of my favorite actors. He went to Harvard but dropped out to write an academy award-winning screenplay. He’s super philanthropic, supports clean water projects, and drives a Prius. I would have a lot of questions to ask him
  • Jack Johnson. I like to hear his voice!
  • Jesus Christ/Buddha/Muhammad. I’d love to hear what they say about life.

 

Do You Want to Live to 100?

Yes, if my health is there.

 

With what technology would you write a love letter?

A text message.

 

What did you enjoy doing at age 10?

Making potty jokes and playing video games.

 

What are you doing when you feel most alive?

Not worrying about anything. Being carefree.

 

Kendrick on the way to work at his new job

Kendrick on the way to work at his new job

 

What Superpower Do You Wish You Had?

I would want all the knowledge of every person who ever existed and access to this knowledge whenever I needed it.

 

What is that one thing which makes you different?

I’m lucky. My life has been defined by luck. I catch a lot of breaks.

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Student Spotlight Fall 2014 – Ashley Hagerty

Meet Ashley Hagerty, a senior neuroscience major from Temple University who, with a take on Socrates’ words, lives the examined life. Find out how this young but wise 21 year-old thinks about the world around her.

 

Ashley under water

Ashley at Hanauma Bay

What Are Your Personal Superstitions?

I’m a science person, so I don’t really have superstitions. But I do believe thinking positively will lead to positive outcomes, as corny as that sounds. Living a positive life is a healthy life.

Where in the World Would You Like to Get Lost?

Maybe the Amazon. My sister and I have talked about travelling there for a long time. You would probably come upon things that have never been seen before or haven’t been discovered. You might see evolution at work.

Which Pop Music Stars Fascinate You?

I don’t really listen to mainstream music! I guess if I had to pick someone it would be Iggy Azalea. I like her energy.

Do You Want to Live to 100?

Yeah. And I have longevity on my side. My grandmother lived to be 104.

With what technology would you write a love letter?

Pen and paper, of course.

What Superpower Do You Wish You Had?

It used to be reading people’s minds, but now I don’t think I want to know what people are thinking. Between flying and invisibility I’d choose invisibility. Then you can really be alone.

What did you enjoy doing at age 10?

Reading and gymnastics. I wanted to be doing that all the time. I was also into the Spice Girls.

What are you doing when you feel most alive?

I feel most alive when I’m in a beautiful place with people I enjoy. The other day some friends and I were biking back from
Falls, and the setting was so spectacular! It was a wonderful feeling.

 

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?

  1. 1) Edgar Allan Poe, my favorite poet
  2. 2) Neil Degrasse Tyson, a famous scientist and host of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
  3. 3) Immanuel Kant, 18th century German philosopher

What’s special about your home school, Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania?

Being at a city school provides a ton of opportunities. Philly is always home to me, and I have a sense of pride being there. It’s diverse, and even though it’s a big school, it has a sense of community. The university does a lot of outreach, especially in the neighborhoods that surround it.

What’s special about UHM?

The life style is so laid back. I love how professors come to class in flip flops and Hawaiian t-shirts. People have different priorities, and they are patient and kind. There is not a pressure to keep performing.

What are you looking forward to about being in Hawai‘i in the fall?

Surfing, sky diving, and camping out at the North Shore over Thanksgiving.

Are you a morning person or a night person?

Definitely a morning person! My roommate and I joke about my “grandma schedule”. I like to be in bed by 10 because my internal clock wakes me up at 6 am.

If you were stranded on a lonely beach, what are the five things that you would want to have with you?

  1. 1) Books about survival, or any books in general
  2. 2) A surfboard. I just bought a board and a bike with a rack.
  3. 3) A source of water
  4. 4) My dog
  5. 5) My record player. I wanted one when I was in high school. I like to go out and look for albums, so that purchasing music is a mindful pursuit. It’s so easy to go online, click and automatically get music. My mom found me a record player that is also a CD and tape player and a radio.
Ashley coexisting with her new surf board

Ashley coexisting with her new surf board

What is that one thing which makes you different?

My interests are different. I enjoy philosophy, religion, and science, all of which attempt to explain the essence of being human. Also, I try really hard not to talk badly about people.

If you could eliminate one thing from your daily schedule, what would it be and why?

Hmm. I don’t necessarily dislike anything enough to eliminate it. I thought at first I would eliminate commuting, but that’s my thinking time. Homework can sometimes be a chore, but doing it brings a sense of accomplishment. Every part of the day is an integral part!

Share one truth and one lie about your personality and let others guess which is what.

I’m very sarcastic. I don’t like trying new things.

If you were to write a book about yourself, what would you name it?

Gosh! Lets come back to that one!

If you were to get a permanent tattoo done, what would it be and where?

I already have a tattoo on my ankle, but I’ve actually been thinking of getting UH’s motto in Hawaiian somewhere small and subtle, maybe on my finger in white ink. The motto is, “Maluna a‘e o na lahui a pau ke ola ke kanaka”, or “Above all nations is humanity”. Too often I think we are prone to see each other’s differences rather than our basic similarities as humans.

Tell us something you hate doing. 

I hate disappointing people, especially my family.

Tell us something you love doing and why.

I love making other people feel good or happy. That makes me happiest.

If you could have an unlimited storage of one thing, what would it be?

Frozen bananas! They taste like ice cream.

What Advice would you give to a new ASH student?

Make the very most of your experience. Go out and do stuff at least every other day. Try something new and find a community here based on your interests, outside of your normal core group.

Meditation

Meditation

Now back to: if you were to write a book about yourself, what would you name it?

Adventures Had and Adventures to Come

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Fall 2014 Diamond Head Hike

To the top

To the top

We had a small but enthusiastic group for our Fall Semester 2014 Diamond Head hike. The upside to hiking Saturday morning is that it’s not as hot, and the rest of the day can be spent studying, going to the beach, or enjoying the UH Warriors football game. The downside to hiking Saturday morning is that Saturday morning is prime sleep time!

Since it was a holiday weekend, the park and trail were super crowded, so we parked the car on a side street a quarter of a mile away from the State Park entrance. Before heading up the trail both TJ and Riley visited Magoo’s food truck. Riley fueled up with a 10:00 am hot dog and TJ got the famous Hawaii Shave Ice.

 

Emi and TJ

Emi and TJ

Riley and the hot dog

Riley and the hot dog

Okay, so it was very hot despite being morning, and the stairs to the tunnel were steep, but all that was forgotten once we emerged from the World War II era cement bunker to sunshine and lovely views of the ocean and coastline below. Ships and sailboats dotted the blue waters, and a lighthouse overlooked the south shore. Waikiki and its famous hotels lined the coast to the west while Kapiolani Park spread out directly below us.

Olivia on the edge

Olivia on the edge

 

We stayed a while at the top taking pictures and videos and then began our descent from the top of the volcano’s ridge back down to the center of the crater.

Ashley's new caption!

Ashley’s new caption!

Emmie emerging from the tunnel

Emmie emerging from the tunnel

At the finish another trip to Magoo’s food truck was in order, with a few more people getting shave ice. (TJ went for a second. Gotta like a good appetite!)

Finished!

Finished!

Be sure a visit the ASH Facebook page to view an album of pictures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Student Spotlight: Kristine Balslev

A Rock Lover Comes to America

Meet Danish ASH student Kristine Balslev, a geology major from the University of Copenhagen who also composes and performs rock music.

Kristine on a geological site in Spain

Kristine on a geological site in Spain

Home School: University of Copenhagen in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Home Town: Copenhagen, Denmark

Major: Geology

On a geological site in Southern Sweden

On a geological site in Southern Sweden

Favorite UHM Class: Indian Philosophy with Professor Dalmiya. This class is a dream. The teacher is incredible, and I get the impression that the entire philosophy department is outrageous! I learned so much. I’ve never had a professor who brought me so much knowledge and presented it in a way that I could remember it all. I was never bored in that class.

Favorite Form of Social Media: Face-to-face interaction is the best. There’s too much of the other kind, and that’s the problem with social media.

What’s on your iPod? Right now it’s on shuffle, and I’m currently listening to “The Band”. I listen to all sorts of music, as long as it’s good.

What one word would you use to describe yourself? Distracted.

What one word would your friends use to describe you? They would say the same thing.

Describe an important accomplishment: Deciding to come to Hawai‘i. It took some work to make this happen, I did all the work myself, and now I’m in Hawai‘i. It’s true that if you decide to do something, you can make it happen.

Fun Fact: I’m giving up geology to work on being a rock star. I play, sing and write music. My music can be found at https://soundcloud.com/roadkill-7. I’ve already broken the news to my parents; I’m ready to give it a real shot.

Ambition: To become a recording and performing music artist.

Favorite music artists: George Harrison, Dave Grohl, and Stevie Nicks

What’s next? I’ll return to Denmark, do a lot of music, and go to a music festival called the Roskilde Festival. This will be the 12th year in a row that I’ve gone to this festival.

Favorite Book: I’ve read Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas so many times! I also really enjoyed Shantaram, an autobiography written by the author while in prison in Australia, recounting his escape and exile in India and the friendships and craziness that went with it all. It’s funny, beautiful, and touching, and I can’t believe it’s real.

Favorite Movie: Any Quinten Tarantino or Coen Brothers film.

Favorite TV Show: While here in Hawai‘i I’ve been watching Arrested Development and 30 Rock. I don’t watch TV at home, but usually stream shows.

Greatest Vice: Eating doughnuts. They are so cheap and readily available here. But I think I’m now cured.

If Movie Were Made About Me, I’d Want This Actor to Play Me: James Franco. He’s kind of weird, and his vocabulary is very narrow, but he’s saying weird stuff, and it’s like where is he going?

Person I’d most like to meet: Dave Grohl. I wrote a song about him. He’s funny, talented, and been through it all. He’s like a bumper sticker!

If I’m cooking we’re having: Rattlesnake Chili, with coleslaw. I usually make it with chicken, since it’s hard to get rattlesnake. The recipe is from a cookbook by a guy who cooked for 80s rock bands.

Favorite Thing to Do in Hawai‘i: Snorkeling and surfing. I didn’t do either enough, but I really enjoyed it.

Kristine_Surfboard

Favorite Thing to Do in Copenhagen: Be with my friends and play music.

Favorite Local Food: I like the restaurant “Korean Hawaiian Barbecue”, which is near where I live.

Favorite Hawai‘i Tradition: Lei giving, and I like the ukulele.

Favorite Hawai‘i Place: Diamond Head. I live right next to it and enjoyed seeing it transform from green to brown. When I heard that it would turn brown after the rainy season I thought, “Oh no,” but I like it better now in the brown stage because you can see all the features and the lineation.

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Student Spotlight: Brooklynn Cookson and Emily Ishihara: Southern Connection

Emily and Brooklynn

Emily and Brooklynn

Hometown and Home School
Brooklynn: I’m from Tahlequah, Oklahoma and attend the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.
Emily: I’m from Andover, Massachusetts but I attend Mercer University in Macon, Georgia.

Favorite UH Class
Brooklynn: “Drugs and Society”; I like everything about this class!
Emily: “Hawaiian Language”; growing up I heard about many of the things we talk about in class from my grandfather, who is from Hawai‘i, but in class we go much more in depth.

Favorite Form of Social Media
Brooklynn: Writing letters. I like the old-school stuff because it’s calming and eases my mind.
Emily: I like letter writing, too, but I’m also into Instagram because I see what other people are doing, not just hear about it.

What’s on your iPod?
Brooklynn: Everything! The 1975, Zedd, Beyonce, Mylie Cyrus, Eric Church, Josh Abott, and more.
Emily: I like country, rock, and basically everything except rap.

One Word That Your Friends Use to Describe You
Brooklynn: Compassionate. I care about others.
Emily: Loud!

One Word That You Use To Describe Yourself
Brooklynn: Peaceful. I always make peace with others. I don’t like that feeling of being angry.
Emily: Loud!

Greatest Adventure
Brooklynn: Coming to Hawai‘i and not knowing a single soul! At first my family was not really happy about my plan to spend a semester in Hawai‘i, but since I’m paying for college myself, I’m able to make my own decisions.
Emily: I guess my greatest adventure was going to college far away from home. I didn’t apply to one school in the North East. I wanted to go away and see something new.

Brooklynn above Rabbit Island

Brooklynn above Rabbit Island

Emily at Kilauea Caldera

Emily at Kilauea Caldera

Something Few People Know about Me
Brooklynn: I have a freckle on the inside of my lip, and my dad has the exact same thing.
Emily: Laughing. I’m related to The Brothers Cazimero, a famous singing duo here in Hawai‘i.
Brooklynn: You’re related to the entire world, Emily!!

Favorite Thing to Do at Home
Brooklynn: Float on the river, go to the lake, and be outdoors with friends.
Emily: Taking the train into Boston and exploring without a set plan.

Greatest Vice
Brooklynn: Spending too much time on social media. I deleted Facebook for a while because it can be so negative and I needed to be more productive.
Emily: I have really bad sweet tooth!

Best Talent
Brooklynn: I’m a good listener.
Emily: I’m a good singer.

Dream Job
Brooklynn: Being a mom.
Emily: Photographer, travelling the world and taking pictures of everything.

Person You’d Most Like to Meet
Brooklynn: Bob Marley
Emily: Ellen DeGeneres

Favorite TV Show
Brooklynn: Grey’s Anatomy, hands down. I feel like I can perform surgery after watching that show!
Emily: Laughing. That’s my favorite show, too.

Favorite Movie
Brooklynn: Pocahontas
Emily: Mulan

Reality Show I’d Go On
Brooklynn: Grey’s Anatomy. But that’s not a reality show.
Emily: You be good on The Real World.
Brooklynn: Yeah, The Real World.
Emily: I’d go on The Amazing Race or The Voice.

If A Movie Were Made About Me, I’d Want this Actor to Play Me
Brooklynn: Pocahontas
Emily: Jennifer Lawrence

If I’m cooking we’re having:
Brooklynn: Anything you can get a recipe for.
Emily: Burgers on the grill.

Favorite Thing to Do in Hawai‘i
Brooklynn: Exploring, not knowing where I’m going, just going.
Emily: I love to take pictures of everything.

Emily with her camera at Kalae on the Big Island, the southern most tip in the United States

Emily with her camera at Kalae on the Big Island, the southern most tip in the United States

Favorite Spot on Campus
Brooklynn: The Japanese Gardens and Jamba Juice.
Emily: Campus Center area. I like to study there with the background noise.

Favorite Place in Hawai‘i
Brooklynn: The beaches at Bellows or Waimanalo. The water looks like blue Kool-aid!
Emily: Makapuʻu Lookout. We saw whales when we were there. It’s a very peaceful place.

Brooklynn at her favorite beach

Brooklynn at her favorite beach

Emily, Brooklynn and Sam at Makapuʻu Lookout

Emily, Brooklynn and Sam at Makapuʻu Lookout

 

Favorite Local Food
Brooklynn: Malasadas! I could eat them at every meal and never get tired of them!
Emily: Shoyu chicken (my grandfather makes it at home in Maine) and manapua.

Favorite Hawai‘i Tradition
Emily: Taking your shoes off before going into someone’s house, which is a sign of respect.
Brooklynn: I like that too. I also like the shaka, which means, “no worries, all is good”. And everybody is so relaxed here.

What’s next?
Emily: I’m going back to Mercer next semester, and in two more years I will figure out what I want to do with my life.
Brooklynn: More adventure is next for me, I hope. I’m going wherever the wind takes me.
Emily: That sounds like Pocahontas!

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