The following people have contributed articles or other content to the Civic Engagement Hawaii blog:
Matt Dentone is a senior journalism student at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. For the past three years Matt has been a member of the UH swim team, where he and his Warrior teammates won a conference title in 2011. Matt currently interns in downtown Honolulu for ESPN, helping the production on events such as the Sheraton Hawaii and the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic. In his spare time Matt enjoys pretending to be a rock star, jamming with his buddies on his guitar and violin. Originally from the Bay Area of Northern California, Matt now resides up Saint Louis Heights in Honolulu, Hawai‘i.
Harley Diven is a journalism major and sociology minor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Her prior love for photography during high school developed into a passion for writing, another way of just documenting life. Last semester (Fall 2011), the 18-year-old student interned at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., an experience that reignited her passion for traveling. After graduating, she plans to move off the island and pursue a career in magazine writing for travel, fashion, or health. Diven hopes that one day her profession will allow her to achieve her lifelong dream to travel the world. When she isn’t studying, she likes to cook, read, go to the gym and sell on eBay.
Melanie Fleming is a senior at University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa majoring in journalism. She was born in Berlin, Germany, and grew up mostly in Hawai‘i. After interning with KHON, she worked part-time for the station during her winter break and her senior semester. She is involved with school through her membership on the Student Activity and Program Fee Board, which is a chartered student organization at UH at Mānoa. Her goal after graduation is to pursue a job in public relations or as an investigative reporter for a company in Washington.
Heather Gillette became a student at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2010, when she transferred as a nursing student from San Diego, California. Shorty after arriving in Hawaii, she realized her passion was no longer nursing and decided to pursue her interest in journalism. Gillette’s transition into journalism came with extraordinary benefits that included international recognition for her academic acceleration and an intern position in the KGMB-KHNL newsroom. Gillette will be graduating in May 2012, with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She plans to continue her education at UH Manoa and is currently awaiting the acceptance of her pending graduate school application. Working on various school projects and newsroom assignments, Gillette has acquired strong journalistic skills, familiarity with multimedia applications and a portfolio with a wide array of professional subject matter.
Dae Shik Kim is a Junior at University of Hawaii at Manoa. He enjoys watching sports, hiking, music and movies. He currently works as a Board Operator at ESPN Radio located at the Pioneer Plaza Building. Outside of the Sports Radio gig, he also works for a Church in Aiea as a Youth Director. His favorite teams include the San Francisco Giants and the Cincinnati Bengals. His ideal career would involve Ministry and Sports. He was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii but he loves to travel.
Damian Lyman is a senior in UH’s journalism program. He likes music. He consumes it, reads about it, writes about it and creates it with his magical hands and golden voice. “His honeyed falsetto freed my heart from a cage that it did not know it was trapped in,” one listener said. He also keeps up with politics so he can justify espousing half-formulated opinions like: “this countries campaign finance system is broken!” and “Ron Paul 2012!” The true nature and endgame of Mr. Lyman has been hotly debated and mulled over by scholars and laymen alike for millennia. One expert summed it up with these wise words: “What is the smell of a sunset? What, pray tell, is the song a star sings when it is in love? We will have an easier time answering these than The Lyman Question.”
Katrina Oh is a senior at the University of Hawaii at Manoa hoping to graduate in the coming Fall semester with Journalism and Political Science degrees. Having lived on Oahu her whole life, she hopes to move to either Los Angeles or New York City following graduation for a year or two in order to get some work experience. She has found her passion in fashion editorial and fashion blogging. She has a heart for the underdog and hopes to spread the word and involve herself with good works regarding those less fortunate than her. Her future isn’t set at this time in her life but she’s excited to see where God will take her.
Megan Oshiro has lived most of her life in Gardena, California (a Los Angeles suburb), but her desire to explore her parents’ homeland, love for warm weather and year-round demand for shave ice brought her to Hawaii. She often gets lost in the pages of novels (her favorite book is Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte) and lets her imagination run free. Megan has a passion for the written word and finds pleasure in copy editing. Her internship at Mānoa Journal allows her to exercise her knowledge of language mechanics and read outstanding literature (best internship ever). She will graduate in May 2012 with degrees in English and journalism and looks forward to finding new adventures as she moves on to her next city—Seattle, Washington.
Alvin Park. Born in sunny California and moving to even-sunnier Hawaii, Park has grown up with a natural affinity for quality journalism. Now a junior at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, he is majoring in journalism (surprise!) and communicology. This is his second semester serving in an editor position at Ka Leo O Hawai’i (the campus newspaper) and is currently interning for Starwood Hawaii, doing public relations work for multiple hotels across the state. Alvin is a self-proclaimed “voracious news-junkie,” has a unhealthy obsession with anything related to Harry Potter, and is blessed with the ability to make food disappear in 30 seconds or less. Follow his adventures at http://www.alvinjournal.wordpress.com.
Kristin Reichold is a senior at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. She will graduate in May 2012 with a Bachelors of Arts in journalism. Kristin wanted to go into journalism ever since she watched the movie, “Harriet the Spy” as a child. She is from the small town of Wautoma, Wisconsin and is a die- hard Green Bay Packers fan. In her free time she likes to escape by listening to music, being on the water and working as a preschool teacher. She has an open mind about the future and is excited to start pursuing her career wherever it may take her.
Lance Sabado is a student by day and a dancer by night—not that kind of dancer. He is a senior at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, majoring in journalism and minoring in dance. He is also a ballroom instructor at the Arthur Murray Dance Centre located in Waikiki and Kailua. It is his ultimate goal to combine his two passions—writing and dancing—and write, create and choreograph his own Broadway show.
Chelsea Yamase is a happy aquatic creature who can be found on top of, in or under the water. She hails from a small town on the south shore of Kauai. Last year she flexed her journalistic muscles as the Associate Design Editor at the campus newspaper and managed to publish a few articles along the way. This year she hopes to intern at the Star-Advertiser or Honolulu Weekly. Chelsea can speak English, Franglais and Russian accent. A combination of wanderlust and luck means she has visited 12 foreign countries in the past seven years. It also means she is in her fifth year of school, at her fourth college, about to finish three degrees (Journalism, International Studies of the Middle East, French). In her free time, Chelsea enjoys eating fruits, reading and surfing. Follow her adventures here at http://the72percent.wordpress.com.
Ashley Wood is a journalism major and American Studies minor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She grew up in Pearl City, Hawaii and enjoys the laid-back island lifestyle. In her free time she likes to listen to music, watch movies, and clown around with family and friends. She has written for Ka Leo, the University of Hawaii’s student newspaper. Once she graduates, she hopes to get into public relations and write for a magazine.
Denise Yuki was born in the Philippines and moved to Hawaii when 6 years old. She is a senior at the University of Hawaii-Manoa, double majoring in Political Science and Journalism. This spring she is interning at Hawaii News Now as a web reporter and behind the scenes script writer. With a passion for food and travel, she hopes to use her journalism skills to write about the flavors and sights around the world. During her free time she likes to exercise, try new bars and restaurants, scour the web for news and fashion, and dream of her next destination.