Angela Leonardo raised her hand from the back of ʻIliahi 103 on Friday, Jan. 25, as she proceeded to pitch ideas to the president of the new Health and Medical Association (HĀMA) Club, Maya Mendez, of what activities and events members could participate in. Suggesting ideas such as having discussions about public health to prenatal care, the 33-year-old’s excitement for what she could possibly experience grew during the club’s first meeting.
“I liked how the club officers were really interested in input from all the pre-health students to know what … we would like to see, so I’m kind of excited that it’s so broad and there’s so many students from pre-med and RT [Respiratory Therapy] and RadTech [Radiologic Technology] … ,” said Leonardo, who is taking pre-requisites at KCC in order to get into the graduate nursing program at UH Mānoa in Fall 2019.
HĀMA Club, a name that the club developed and said means “breath of KCC” to showcase the role it wants to have on campus, became an official Registered Independent Organization (RIO) in Spring 2019. Open to everyone on campus, club president Mendez, a 19-year-old Waipahu native who is double majoring in international relations and English with a minor in theater, said creating this club would provide students the experience of learning about healthy living and the pathways that are available that can lead to professions in the medical field.
(author & img: Kapi‘o News Writer Lexus Yamashiro)