Author Archives: Keomailani Eaton

Fall 2017 Student Undergraduate Research Fair

“Kapiʻolani Community College STEM Program invites you to S.U.R.F with us at the Student Undergraduate Research Fair (S.U.R.F) on Wednesday, December 6th & Thursday, December 7th, at `Ōhi`a Cafeteria from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

This two-day event is a showcase of the undergraduate research projects of our very own Kapiʻolani Community College students. Join us for a diverse display of research, presented by KapCC students from the following disciplines and programs: STEM, Communications, English, Health Sciences, Economics and Project ʻOlonā.

For more information please contact, Keo Eaton at (808)-734-9262 or Li-Anne Delavega at (808)-734-9440. See you there!”


STEM Expo – Tuesday, November 7th 9:30a-12:30p


Prep your resumes for the 8th Annual STEM Expo Opportunity Event on Tuesday, November 7th, 2017. The Expo aims to connect KapCC students with employment, transfer, internship and scholarship opportunities in the STEM disciplines.

This years vendor list include:

  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • R.M. Towill
  • Clinical Labs of Hawaii
  • Department of Land and Natural Resources
  • Purple Mai’a Foundation
  • Hawaii Air National Guard
  • Kupu
  • State of Hawaii Department of Agriculture
  • Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii
  • SOEST Maile Mentoring Program
  • Pacific Internship Programs for Exploring Science (PIPES)
  • and much more!

For more information about the 8th Annual STEM Expo, visit our event site at: or contact Keōmai Eaton at (808) 734-9262 or Li-Anne Delavega at (808) 734-9440.


Study with A Buddy – Monday 10/30/17

Stay just a little bit longer…

The STEM Center is hosting the third opportunity for students to “Study with A Buddy”, a collaborative event offering extended peer mentoring, food, coffee and other study services.

This event, sponsored by Kapi’olani Community College Student Government, is a collaborative event offering the services of peer mentors from the StudyHub and the STEM Program. Come study with us at the STEM Center on Monday, Oct. 30th from 6:30p-9:00p!

Hunting for Dark Matter Lecture

By: Dr Jelena Maricic, Professor of Physics at UH
The more we learn about our Universe, the more we realize how much more there is to find out. A number of various indirect measurement show that in addition to the visible matter in the universe, there is 5 times more of the invisible matter called dark matter. But besides its general features inferred from astronomical observation, almost nothing is know about its nature. What we are missing is a direct detection of dark matter particles to better understand properties of these mysterious particles such as their mass and interaction probability. One of the leading experiments designed to directly detect dark matter by measuring recoils of atomic nuclei is DarkSide experiment. In my talk, I will tell you more about motivation for dark matter search, current status and prospects.

SOEST Pāʻina :  Tomorrow at 3pm in the STEM Center

The STEM Program is delighted to host our first pā’ina of the Fall 2017 semester with special guest speakers from University of Hawaii Mānoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST). Learn about educational and career pathways available to you through SOEST and how the Associate in Science Natural Science (ASNS) degree offered at KCC aligns with B.A. and B.S Degrees at University of Hawaii Mānoa!

KapCC STEM: A Family Affair

Former KapCC STEM Students Carin Jaber and Josh Tamayo and their two children at the UH Mānoa Commencement.

In Fall 2012, three months after giving birth to her second child, Carin Jaber started as a student at Kapiʻolani Community College. Her induction into the KAPCC STEM Program was a no-brainer. At the time, the father of her children, Josh Tamayo was starting his sophomore year at KAPCC following the Pre-Engineering STEM pathway. Josh was a peer mentor for the program and Carin would often bring her two children to the STEM Center to visit their father. After “a year or so” Carin decided to enroll as a STEM student at KAPCC.

Cairns educational path was no easy feat. As the first in her family to enter college, Carin was surprised at the lack of support she received while pursuing her education. And with both Carin and Josh in school full-time their two young children, were at the mercy of the college campus. “Our kids were practically raised in the STEM Center. Our daughter was a baby when we were in school. So Josh and I would schedule our classes so that we could literally hand-off the kids,” Carin says.

Josh is a KAPCC STEM Program success story all his own. Entering the Program via KAPCC STEM Summer Bridge program straight out of Kailua High School and excelling in his Pre-Engineering courses so much so that he became a peer mentor and secured an internship with Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO). Josh was a NASA rock star too. Josh and fellow KAPCC students: McClyde Gaborno, Kelsey Kawaguchi, Taylor Vit, Logan Tamayo, Rae-Zan Belen and Diamond Tachera, brought home the 1st place award in the 2013 NASA CanSat Competition. After graduating with his ASNS Degree from KAPCC, Josh transferred to UH Mānoa and continued juggling his internship, rigorous school schedule and family life.

Carin Jaber, Josh Tamayo and family.

Carin had aspirations too. “I wasn’t nurtured to value education, a lot of kids aren’t. I wanted my children to know a different truth.” Carin too became a peer mentor for the STEM Program, jumping at every opportunity to further her education and career goals. One of the most valuable experiences Carin jumped at during her time at KAPCC was the Native Hawaiian Student Pathway to Medicine Program (NHSPM) offered by the Native Hawaiian Center of Excellence (NHCOE). The program guides Native Hawaiian students on their path to becoming health professionals. With workshops and individualized advising sessions, NHSPM scholars gain the skills and experience to showcase their best self.

“The program is bigger than Med School” Carin says, “(NHSPM) teaches you about yourself, how to reshape yourself so that you put your best foot forward no matter what venture you take on. It strengthens you as a person, it’s a launching point.”

The Native Hawaiian Student Pathway to Medicine Program (NHSPM) is currently accepting applications for the upcoming Fall 2017-2018 year. Students interested in applying should visit the NHSPM page on the NHCOE website. For the NHSPM information sheet, click here. Deadline to apply is August 20th, 2017.

Take it from Carin, “Native Hawaiians aren’t raised to believe they can do anything” Carin states, “(The Native Hawaiian Student Pathway to Medicine Program) did for me what KAPCC STEM did for me: they introduced and reinforced the idea that I can do anything.”

Carin Jaber recently graduated from the University of Hawaii Mānoa with a Bachelors of Science in Biology. She is set to begin work at Diagnostic Laboratory of Hawaii this August. Josh works full-time an Engineer at Hawaiian Electric Company. Carin and Josh are engaged to-be-married in 2018.