By Juri Dagio | Staff Writer

Joana Kim is a 20-year-old Natural Science major who was born and raised on O’ahu in neighborhood of Kaimukī in Honolulu. Kim grew up in Hawai‘i and has always been fascinated with the environment, which is why she is enthusiastic about possibly being able to contribute to agriculture, ecology, and conservation.

Kim will transfer to the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa to study botany in Spring 2024. “I want to become a plant breeder,” she said.

Kim currently works as a botany peer mentor and a tutor at Kapi’olani Community College.

“The campus is a hidden gem, it’s a beautiful campus,” she said. “The professors and faculty are friendly and supportive.”

Apart from her love of plants, Kim also enjoys going to art exhibits and cooking new recipes that she finds online. It’s no surprise that Kim loves Hawai‘i.

“I love Hawai’i’s diverse culture and beautiful landscapes,” she said. “The rich history and unique blend of traditions make Hawai’i a special place for me.”