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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.


2017 ʻAʻohe Pau Ka ʻIke I Ka Hālau Hoʻokahi Symposium

ʻAʻohe pau ka ʻike i ka hālau hoʻokahi. All knowledge is not learned in just one school. 

The 2017 ʻAʻohe Pau Ka ʻIke I Ka Hālau Hoʻokahi Symposium celebrates the work of the Pre-Engineering Education Collaborative II (PEEC II) Summer Bridge students from Kapiʻolani CC, Windward CC, Leeward CC, UH Maui and UH Mānoa. This symposium is an opportunity for the participating colleges to come together, each sharing the ʻike (knowledge) attained through the varying 2017 Summer Bridge Programs.

Including: guest speakers, student presentations, undergraduate research poster sessions, Hawaiian food and awards; the symposium aims to showcase the inspiring work of Hawaiʻis future engineers.

Check out KapCC students: Chris Blake, David Chuang, Jusden Keliikuli, Mahealani Kini, Matt Kohatsu, Yuree Ku,  Leah McCabe, Cassidy Siegrist, Kayla Valera, Drew Watanabe alongside other future engineers from HonCC, LCC, WinCC, UH Maui, and UH Mānoa.

2017 ʻAʻohe Pau Ka ʻIke I Ka Hālau Hoʻokahi Symposium

Friday, August 11th, 5:00 p.m — 8:00p.m

Kapiʻolani CC, ʻŌhiʻa Cafeteria

More details and RSVP:

Admission is free and open to the public. Dinner will be provided. RSVP today!

PEEC II a six-campus University of Hawaiʻi system effort to create culturally-supportive engineering pathways for Native Hawaiians and other underrepresented minorities in STEM. 

Pūʻeo ʻo Kū STEM Journal accepting submissions for the Spring 2018 publication

About Pūʻeo ʻo Kū STEM Journal

Pūʻeo ʻo Kū STEM journal is a biannual publication featuring the undergraduate research poster projects of Kapiʻolani Community Collegeʻs Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) and Health Sciences programs. Pūʻeo ʻo Kū is published by the Board of Student Publication at Kapiʻolani Community College University of Hawaiʻi and highlights the noteworthy student research pioneered on the Kapiʻolani Community College campus.

Submit your work

Students interested in submitting their work to Pūʻeo ʻo Kū STEM journal, may do so online by visiting the Board of Student Publications website and filling out the online submission form.

Submission Criteria:

Work must be:

  • Produced at KapCC during the following semesters: Spring 2016, Summer 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Summer 2017, Fall 2017
  • Featuring coursework in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) and Health Science fields
  • Submitted by the respective student author
  • Submitted digitally as a project poster formatted in .ppt or .pptx ONLY!  (File size should not exceed 8 MB)

Students may submit more than one work as it applies to the submission criteria. All submitted work will undergo a peer reviewing and rating process. Top rated research projects will be selected for publication in the Pūʻeo ʻo Kū STEM journal.

The deadline for Pūʻeo ʻo Kū STEM Journal 2018 submissions is Friday, December 1st, 2017. Submissions received after that date will be applied to the following Pūʻeo ʻo Kū STEM Journal set to publish in Spring 2020.

For more information about Pūʻeo ʻo Kū STEM Journal visit the Pūʻeo ʻo Kū Journal tab on the KapCC STEM website and/or contact: Keo Eaton, STEM Outreach Coordinator at or (808) 734-9262.

©Kapiʻolani Community College, The University of Hawaiʻi is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution and is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, sex, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, arrest and court record, sexual orientation, or status as a covered veteran. 

S.U.R.F Spring 2017


Kapiʻolani Community College STEM Program invites you to come and S.U.R.F with us at the Student Undergraduate Research Fair on Tuesday, May 2nd and Wednesday, May 3rd, at Ohiʻa Cafeteria from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Join us for a wide range of insightful research presentations set forth by the students of Kapiʻolani Community College.

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