By Kaithlyn Villanueva | Staff Writer 

Ashton Nanea Kalei is a 19-year-old from Honolulu and is in her first year here at Kapiʻolani Community College. She is currently taking Culinary Arts and plans to move up to UH Mānoa to achieve her bachelor’s degree. 

“I choose to major in Culinary because I love to work in the kitchen and experiment with food,” said Kalei. “Culinary is art. You can get creative with the ingredients you choose to work with.” 

During her free time, she likes to hang out with her family and try new recipes.