Richard Balancio moved to Hawai’i from Los Angeles, California when he was a teenager. Shortly after, he started paddling and that has been his passion ever since. He is currently a member of the Lōkahi Canoe club.

Balancio plans to transfer to UH Mānoa soon, and intends to pursue a bachelor’s degree in either Art History or Fine Art. With regards to future plans such as a master’s degree, he says it’s too soon to know.

“Let’s see. I’m still not sure. I’m still going to school,“ said Balancio.