Aloha, I’m Leighton Ha’o. I graduated from Kamehameha Schools Maui in 2007. After high school I attended Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon for a year where I was involved in inter-collegiate swimming that gave me the opportunity to see different places in and out of the country. After that year, I transferred to Maui Community College with intentions on transferring to UH Mānoa. When I got to UH Mānoa, I was involved in Native Hawaiian Science & Engineering Mentorship Program (NHSEMP) where I participated in an internship, conferences in Hilo and Alaska, and also teaching elementary students how to build an underwater video robot, ROV. After this, I did a reverse transfer and got my AA in Liberal Arts here at UH Maui College. Currently, I am pursuing my Bachelor’s degree in Public Health Administration through UH West Oʻahu. After I get my Bachelors, I plan to get my Master’s in Public Health.
Along with being in NHSEMP, I worked at the YMCA and was a Resident Adviser. As a resident adviser, I got to meet many different students from around the world and help them get situated in the lifestyle of UH Mānoa. Currently, I am now a swim coach for Island Aquatics and Head Coach for Baldwin High School Varsity boys and girls swim team and a lifeguard for the County of Maui. On my free time I enjoy playing water polo, hiking, going to the beach, swimming, watching TV shows, and hanging out with friends and family.
“Every day, a new opportunity to decide where your next step will go is given to you. Your future will be determined by the accumulation of these daily decisions. You control your steps and therefore your destiny, so choose wisely.” Kevin Ngo