University Astrophysics Club, Ke Kalahea Science and Travel Writer, Yoga Instructor at the Student Life Center, Physics Lab Assistant
As of 2021, I work full time in the Communications, Education and Engagement Department at the international Gemini Observatory, a Program of NSFʻs NOIRLab in Hilo, Hawaiʻi. My main projects include Journey Through the Universe and managing NOIRLab social media channels. I am also a student again, working on an ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian Language) certificate at Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani.
I grew up in Waimānalo and Kāneʻohe on Oʻahu. When I graduated from Castle High School, I wanted to be a big shot editor on the mainland. In my first year at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, I fell in love with Astronomy and Maunakea. I moved to Hilo in 2013 to study Astronomy and learn more about my heritage of Polynesian Navigators and Astronomers. In 2015, I started interning at the outreach department of Gemini Observatory and Iʻve been there ever since. Working with students and the staff at the Maunakea Observatories, I learned that I can make a difference in the future of Hawaiʻi. Everyday I am grateful to be living in and contributing to the community that helped shape me.
Never stop learning! Donʻt be afraid to ask for help. Astronomy is hardly ever done alone. Teamwork is essential.
(Updated: March 16, 2021)
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