Creating, making, thinking, designing – art has become a physical expression of my thoughts, experiences, and beliefs. It is the outward working of who I am. My work is grounded in exploring how I personally interact with the world around me, and seeks to prompt others to examine themselves in a similar way. How has the culture of my hometown in Hawaii shaped who I am – what is the “aloha spirit”? How does a place morph into a part of your identity, when is it no longer just a location on a map? During my time at Stanford, I’ve realized that so many people place their identity and self-worth in their academics, athletic performance, achievements, and the like. This greatly saddens me as there is so much more to a person and life than what can be documented on a resume. Throughout high school, I placed a lot of my identity in gymnastics and my academic achievements. However, through the past four years at Stanford I have come to realize that my identity is in my faith in Jesus Christ. And that is something that can never be taken away. Since then life has become so much more joyful and fruitful. My work consists of a variety of mediums including painting, drawing, photography, digital art, sculpture, and mixed media, as I strive to express these ideas in whichever mediums apply best to the project at hand. Themes of Hawaiian culture, Christian faith, and relationships with others emerge in much of my work, as a reflection of the things that are most important in shaping how I live my life. I hope my work causes you to examine who you are and how you relate to the world.