Coffee with Brenda Asuncion

The conservation of the environment and Hawaiʻi’s loko iʻa . . . Change-maker: Brenda Asuncion Coffee of Choice: Home-made french press.  For an extra kick: a soy latte.  For an even greater kick: a dirty chai. Hometown: Waipiʻo, Hawaiʻi Education: ‘Iolani High School; B.A. in Biology with a focus in Marine Biology from Occidental College in Eagle Rock, California; M.S. in Marine Science from Hawaiʻi Pacific College. Career: Brenda started her career with volunteer work of loko iʻa restoration with the non-profit Paepae o Heʻeia, a caretaker organization of the fishponds in Heʻeia owned by Kamehameha Schools.  Since, she has…

Coffee with Nicole Ng

Change-Maker: Nicole Ng Age: 25 Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaiʻi Education: Sacred Hearts Academy in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi; B.S. in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Math from Seattle University in Seattle, Washington Profession: Electrical Engineer Coffee of Choice: Green Tea Latte Where do you work? I am currently working at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. I am a Non-Nuclear Engineer. At my job, there’s nuclear engineers and non-nuclear engineers. The nuclear engineers work with the reactor of the ship and the non-nuclear engineers work with everything else beside the reactor. So, I basically repair, maintain, and upkeep all the naval ships, all the…

Coffee Break: Social Surfing

Time for a coffee break. Social media has become immersed in our culture – it can’t be avoided.  How do I stay up to date with what’s happening and the newest trends?  A social surf of course.  At least, that’s what I call it.  Social surfing: surfing social media and/or the internet for any relevant information to the topic at hand.  There’s always something new you can learn.  Many of the industry websites now have dedicated social media news pages or resource blogs with tips, tricks, and the latest updates.  Here is a list of the top sources I use…

Coffee with Preston Haʻo

Change-maker: Preston Haʻo Instagram/Twitter Handle: @thatshao Age: 26 Hometown: ʻAiea, Hawaiʻi Education: Kamehameha High School – Kapālama; B.S. in Sociology with Minor in Business from University of Oregon Current Position: Designer + Production Coordinator for Fitted Hawaii Coffee of Choice: Cold Brew, Extra Shot of Aloha. Hold the straw. What does a day in your life look like?  It depends.  I have quite a few random days where it’s definitely not the usual.  Average day I guess…  Wake up before 5, make a cup of coffee, hele (“go”) to the gym if I’m up for it, see what’s current in the news, pop culture, music, which by…

Coffee with Randi Fernandez

Change-maker: Randi Fernandez Hometown: ʻĀina Haina, Hawaiʻi.  However, she’s grown up around the world. Five years in Springfield, Virginia; one year in Oakland, California; two years in Okinawa, Japan; three years in Misawa, Japan; and back to Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi to finish high school at Kamehameha Schools. Education: Travel Industry Management, B.S. from University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa; Human Resources Management, M.S. from University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Coffee of Choice: Hot Skinny Caramel Macchiato Career:  Randi has almost 20 years of management experience working in hotels around Hawaiʻi and California.  She has worked in Food and Beverage Management, Sales Management, and most recently as…

Coffee With Julyen Kaluna

Change-maker: Julyen Kaluna Age: 23 Hometown: Honolulu, HI Instagram: @juju.julyen / @honestly.juju Education: Hawaiian Studies, A.A. & Liberal Arts, A.A. from Kapiʻolani Community College; currently studying Hawaiian Studies and Creative Writing at University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Coffee of Choice: Caramel frappe with no whip from Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf What is do you specialize in? I am a freelance creative director and stylist. What collaborations have you done? Manaola; Floatsam & Co.; Soprano Clothing; Matthew Saffery, MUA; Rianon Stephens, Photographer; Tea Chest Hawaii How did you learn to be a stylist and creative director? Mr. Brian Kaluna (her father).  He’s…

Coffee With Me

Change-maker: Shaylen Chang Age: 25 Hometown: Honolulu, HI Instagram: @shayyylen / @shaylenchang Education: Digital Arts, B.S. with minors in Western Art History and Business from University of Oregon; Communication, M.A. from University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Coffee of Choice: Soy vanilla latte – hot or iced.  For a treat, iced soy caramel macchiato with extra caramel drizzle.  During the holidays, hot soy peppermint mocha. Who am I? Creative type.  Artist, designer, and spontaneous adventurer. What do I specialize in? Photography, social media marketing, influencer marketing.  I currently do online marketing for a hotel – arranging collaborations with influencers, promoting room and restaurant specials…