10,000 people showed up to protest June 5, 2020
When I was two years old, my mom took me into the voting booth with her when she cast her ballot in the 2004 election. Since then, I have accompanied my mom to every election to cast her ballot with her, and in November, 2020, I finally got to send in my own vote.
After we organized March for Our Lives, we wanted to affect change in Hawaii in ways besides rallies. We decided to start a movement advocating for the voting age to be lowered to 16 in the State of Hawaii.
In March, 2020, our Vote16 bill passed the state legislature's Senate, but was unable to make it to the House for a vote before COVID-19 forced the legislature to halt its session.
I was seven years old when I first visited Maunakea with my Kumu Hula, Kimo Awai. Since then, I have been advocating for the protection of this sacred place.
In 2019, I joined the occupation of the Maunakea access road to block construction vehicles from ascending the mountain. I participated in the hula ceremonies that took place on the road and attended classes at the free Pu'uhonua O Pu'uhuluhulu Universi
The local news media in Hawai'i was incredibly biased in their reporting of what was happening with the Kū Kia'i Mauna movement. I helped write press statements for Pono News that explained how the Thirty Meter Telescope was obsolete technology, the mismanagement of Maunakea by the University of Hawai'i, and the important work the kia'i (protectors) were doing for Maunakea.
In 2019, I was selected to be a Youth of Color Coordinator for the Unitarian Universalist Association's annual General Assembly Youth Staff. As the Youth of Color Coordinator, I organized programming for youth of color at the General Assembly in Spokane, Washington, while also making sure their needs were met.
Ceeds of Peace organized workshops for students with projects that will make a difference in their community. I volunteered to be an assistant during the 2018-2019 school year and enjoyed working with students from Kauai and Molokai. I designed the "Youth Talk Back" logo.
Students who met at Ceeds of Peace in fall 2017 got together in February 2018 to plan Honolulu's "March for Our Lives." High school students in Hawaii joined in solidarity with their peers across the country to support student survivors in Parkland, Florida.
Committee Planning. High school students from all across Hawaii planned a 17 minute walk out to remember the 17 teenagers massacred on their campus in Florida. The 17 minute walk out occurred nationwide and we made sure Hawaii was included.
Imiloa Borland and Gabe Fernandez picking up the banner they designed.
Students islandwide held memorial ceremonies for the 17 students killed at Parkland.
Students from 12 different 'Oahu high schools came together to advocate for gun control and to stand in solidarity with the survivors of the Parkland shooting.
Philadelphia 2016. I attended the DNC as part of the Hawaii delegation, as an observer at age 14.
I was a delegate to the Hawaii State Democratic Party Convention
in 2020 at age 18.