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Student Recognition

Congratulations to HonSEF Winners

This past weekend the Honolulu District Science and Engineering Fair (HonSEF) was held. Kaiser continues its tradition of doing well and giving the judges much to consider. 

An extra Congratulations goes to Natalie Kuo, who placed third overall and gets an automatic qualifying bid for the Regional International Science and Engineering Fair which will be held virtually in May.  

Natalie Kuo -3rd Place Overall, Best in Category, USAF Award, Qualifies for HSSEF & ISEF

Kylie Howe -NOAA Ocean Stewardship Award

Kaylee Yanity -ASM Materials Education Foundation Award

Noah Han -Best in Category
Ciara Kang -Best in Category

Joni Zamora -Best in Category


Hoʻomaikaʻi Cougar student scientists! 

2020 National Merit Scholar Finalists: Carlyn Kagamida and Ingus Stegis!
Congratulations to both Carlyn Kagamida '21 and Ingus Stegis '21 for being great scholars, advancing to the National Merit Finalist standings. They are eligible to win the Merit Scholarship awards. We wish you great success! 
Congratulations to AFJROTC Cadet Nickolas Windisch
On March 8th, Cadet Windisch was surprised by his unit
 and Principal Mew, when he was awarded the AFJROTC “J-1” Scholarship and a full-ride to University of Hawaiʻi @ Mānoa! Only 100 cadets nationwide are chosen for this scholarship which is based on leadership, citizenship, academic and athletic excellence. According to Col. Martinez, “This is the inaugural year for this scholarship and our SMSGT Paquin did an outstanding job ensuring that Cadet Windisch completed the application and prepared for the interview.”
Congratulations to Kai Nishibun and Sebastian Horn!
On February 2nd, Kai Nishibun and Sebastian Horn, two of our amazing soccer stars, signed their National Letter of Intent! Kai signed with the Lake Forest College Foresters and Sebastian signed with Whitmore University. Best of luck to them!
Congrats to 2020 Voice of Democracy Winner, Kayla Lum!
On February 26th, Kayla Lum, regional winner of the 2020 Voice of Democracy, was awarded with a medal, certificate, money, and a perpetual plaque from the Veteran's of Foreign Wars organization. The competition, Voice of Democracy required an oral essay based on the prompt "Is this the Country the Founders Envisioned?" In addition to winning in the region, Kayla also placed 2nd in the state. Congratulations Kayla!

Congratulations to Mr Garrett Hatakenaka, 2021 NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Hawai'i Affiliate Educator of the Year!

“Mr. Hatakenaka is being recognized for his demonstrated passion for computing and technology, for leadership, and his dedicated mentorship to youth in Hawaiʻi as they pursue technology to solve problems and positively impact humanity.” – National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT)  

Principal Mew adds, “May I also extend my congratulations to Mr. Hatakenaka, for his exemplary work in developing pathways for the computer sciences at Kaiser. His students have garnered awards at the Honolulu District and State Science Fairs. We also await anxiously to see his first cohort of IB Computer Sciences students take their exams. Garrett has taken leadership at the district and state levels in the development of curricular pathways.” 


Hoʻomaikaʻi Mr. Hatakenaka! Well deserved. 


Congratulations to Natalie Kuo, Honorable Mention for Hawaii NCWIT for Aspirations in Computing!

Congratulations to Sophomore Natalie Kuo, who has received Honorable Mention for the Hawaiʻi NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing. The award, powered by the NCWIT, recognizes 9th-12th grade students who self-identify as women, genderqueer, or non-binary for their computing-related achievements and interests, as part of an effort to encourage a diverse range of students to choose careers in technology.


Award recipients were selected from more than 4,200 applicants from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, U.S. overseas military bases, and Canada for their outstanding aptitude and aspirations in technology and computing as demonstrated by their computing experience, computing-related activities, leadership experience, tenacity in the face of barriers to access, and plans for post-secondary education.

Great job, Natalie! Very proud. 

Congratulations to our 1st Cohort of Pharmacy Technician Graduates!

On March 2nd, our very first group of Pharmacy Technicians met the requirements to meet the Certificate of Competence from Kapiʻolani Community College. They now need to complete a 120 hour externship at a CVS location then they may graduate with KCC. Now they will be eligible to sit for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam and become a Certified Pharmacy Tech. From there, the options are endless. 

Congratulations to the following Technicians: 

Class of 2021

Class of 2022

Rylee Char

Emma Chung

Sean Field-Torres

Janise Dixon

Jacie Kaneshiro

Jasmine Stark

Kevin Kobuke

Lienne Tung

Garrick Shull 

Nanami Yokoyama

Elle Taniguchi

Andrew Yu

Congrats 2020 Reflections Contest State Awardees!
Dance Composition: 
Samantha Wacker (1st Place) 
Keala Strauss (2nd Place) 
Macie Lum (3rd Place) 
Film Production: 
Sam Tiwanak (1st Place) 
Natalie Kuo (2nd Place)
Tania Luhia (3rd Place) 
Music Composition: 
Tyler Kam (1st Place) 
Hopoate Aholelei (2nd Place) 
Trevor Hyun (3rd Place) 
Special Artists 
Makani Antolin (1st Place) 
Didi Correa Kidani (2nd Place) 
Hailey Parker (3rd Place)  
Visual Arts: 
Natalie Kuo (1st Place)
Takemi Kobayashi (3rd Place)
First Place winners will move on to the National Level to represent Hawaii. Go Cougars!
Please visit Reflections Award Ceremony to view all our winners!