Alexis Cariaga’s Research with Brine Shrimp Connects with Monitoring Ocean’s Health


Alexis Cariaga

In 2014, Alexis Cariaga enrolled in the PaCES-HIMB program through Windward Community College. This six-week course was a pivotal experience for the Pearl City High senior. She said, “I developed a passion for biological life and an appreciation for Hawaii’s Ahupua‘a system, coral reefs, and native plants.” The following year, she became a student mentor in the program and found that it strengthened her communication and leadership skills. Continue reading

Kirio Selected As One of Nation’s Great Educators

Carolyn Kirio

Carolyn Kirio

Carolyn Kirio, LIS alumna and Kapolei Middle School librarian was selected by The White House for their Great Educators Award. She was recognized at a White House ceremony honoring the National Teacher of the Year, State Teachers of the Year, and Great Educators from across the United States on May 3, 2016.

Kirio said: “It is rare to be invited to a party that celebrates education. It is even more amazing to see school librarianship being honored equally as educators of other core disciplines. I am humbled and grateful to have had this experience to represent all school librarians at this monumental celebration.” Continue reading

Amber Kim Studies Graphene

AmberWhen Amber Kim, a senior at McKinley High School, attended a physics workshop at UH Manoa, she heard about a substance called graphene that sparked her curiosity and inspired her to undertake a senior project. She conducted extensive research on the substance and learned that graphene is a thin layer of pure carbon, which is a single, tightly packed layer of carbon atoms that is bonded together in a hexagonal honeycomb lattice. She was drawn to its amazing properties: graphene is the thinnest compound known to man at one atom thick, the lightest material, the best conductor of heat at room temperature, and also the best conductor of electricity known. As the lightest and strongest material and with its ability to conduct heat and electricity, this substance has the potential of being integrated into an amazing number of applications. Such applications include wireless standards, sensory and biological applications, military equipment, and energy storage. Continue reading

Kalani Girls Win Aspiration in Computing Awards

Kalani High School’s Robotics Team, “Team Magma,” walked away with 8 of 16 awards recognizing high school girls for their expertise and aspirations in computing and technology at a special awards luncheon on March 14, 2016. The ceremony was jointly sponsored by the National Center for Women in Information Technology (NCWIT) and the UH Department of Information and Computer Sciences (ICS) on the Manoa campus.


First row, l to r: Lee Danielle Young, Sara Nakagaki, Liana Michelle Young, Shirley Li, Alexandria Lim. Second row, l to r: Rosetta Pendleton, Yongqi Lin, Camelia Lai

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Soleil de Zwart Self Publishes Her Novel

SoleilWriting has been a consuming passion for Soleil de Zwart, a senior at King Kekaulike High School. It was only natural that she decided to author a novel for her senior project. The book entitled Aletheia is a fantasy based on magical realism. Soleil has been writing since the age of 9 and has already written three other novels–two fantasy and one historical fiction fantasy. Given the crunch of time to meet the deadlines for senior projects, she chose to self publish the work on the Web. She provided the following blurb about the book: Continue reading