Career Fair returns after three-year hiatus


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This Friday’s Career Fair will allow students to learn about possible careers firsthand from industry professionals. Students will select their schedule in Homeroom this week.

Ben Carlos and Hatasha Horiuchi, staff writers

After a three-year break due in part of Covid, Moanalua is finally bringing back Career Day this Friday, Feb.10. Career Day is available so that students can explore their career options and have an opportunity to be more informed about what they could potentially expect in their futures.

On Wednesday during homeroom, students will be given a list of the occupations and speakers that will be present on the event of Friday, February 10. The sessions are walk-ins, so no sign ups will be required. Students will have three career speakers to choose from. 

“Our hope is that students that already know what they want to do as their vocation, and will be able to talk to someone already in the field, and get questions answered,” counelor and fair co-chair Andrea Rhodes said.

Students can take advantage of the opportunity to get first-hand information about specific jobs and what classes a student should take in high school or college.

“We’re hoping that [the students] learn more about the profession [they] might be interested in, to help guide [them in their] choices both now and after highschool,” Rhodes said. 

On the morning of Career Day, students will be going to their homeroom and then attend an assembly organzied by the Peer Education Program. Afterwards, students will be going to their three sessions, and then return to homeroom to assess what they learned from their sessions. 

Popular categorized occupations will have more than one speaker, so that students will be accommodated if they are interested in a specific occupation. In the event of there being no room in the classroom, students will be placed in a backup speaker or session. Popular categories will be along the trade or medical field. 

“Most of our speakers are from previous years, but because of Covid, we lost touch with some of them. So the teachers were really helpful in getting some people in to fill out the occupations, so there are a lot of new people,” Rhodes said. 

Students should prepare by making sure they know what and/or whose session they want to attend, and preparing some questions in advance. In the situation of when the room is full, students should prepare alternative categories to go to. Students would get a list of all the categories of speakers who are professionals in their fields. 

The counseling department secured speakers from all of the different career pathways, from an event planner to a pediatric neonatologist, a nuclear engineer to a pilot, an FBI intelligence analyst to an arborist. Some of the speakers are Moanalua graduates. After three years without a fair–they are normally held every two years, and 2021 was the year it was supposed to happen–the counselors are looking forward to providing students with real-time, authentic career information.

Each branch of the United States military will also be represented.

Here is the day’s special schedule:

8:25-8:30 Teachers’ Opening

8:30-8:35 HOMEROOM 1/Bulletin

8:35-8:50 Pass to Gym

8:50-9:50 ASSEMBLY (Sit with HR)

 9:50-10:05 Recess

10:05-10:10 Pass

10:10-10:40 HOMEROOM 2

10:40-10:47 Pass

10:47-11:17 SESSION I

11:17-11:24 Pass

11:24-11:54 SESSION II

11:54-12:01 Pass

12:01-12:31 SESSION III

12:31-12:36  Pass

12:36-12:46 HOMEROOM 3

12:46-1:16 Lunch

1:16-1:21 Pass

1:21-1:50 HOMEROOM 4

Arts & Communications
Topic Speaker
Filmmaking – Kamaaina Creations Kamakanioka’aina Paikai
Photographer – Scoring Live Greg Yamamoto
Radio Disc Jockey – KSSK Radio (Sessions 2 & 3 Only) Jimmy Bender
Artist – Patrick Ching Hawaiian Fine Art Patrick Ching
Modeling/Talent Agency – Kapa Magazine Ali Huxel
Audio Engineering & Production – MELE Program / HCC Eric Lagrimas
Musician – HotPink Ink Kapono Na’ili’ili
Chef – Kapiolani Community College Chad Nakamura
Entrepreneur/Social Media Influence – Cocokealohi Teal Salvador
Filmmaker/Producer- Thoughtful Robot Productions Marty Syjuco
Cosmetologist – Hair Stylist – Paul Mitchell School Erik Taitano-Ortiz
Baker – Sweet Revenge Honolulu Kathy Masunaga
Event Planner – Make-A-Wish Hawaii Michelle Tamayoshi
Topic Speaker
Fixed Operations Director – Tony Honda Terry Abregana
Marketing/Advertising – ESPN Honolulu Matt Apana
Banking – Territorial Savings Bank Geoffrey Baricaua
Director of Warehouse Operations – Encore Jacques Belet
Tax Preparer – Jackson Hewitt Tax Services Glenda Lelafu
Assist. VP Branch Manager/Loan Officer – Territorial Savings Richard Manungas
Natural Resources
Topic Speaker
Arborist -City & County of Honolulu Brandon Au
NOAA Special Agent – NOAA Fisheries Grant Demesillo
Agriculture Inspector/Canine Handler & Detector – U.S. Department of Agriculture, PHIS, PPQ Erin Foley & Alex Ching
Veterinarian – Manoa Valley Veterinary Clinic Dr. John Kaya
Careers in National Ocean Field – NOAA Fisheries Celeste Hanley
Topic Speaker
Optometrist – Central O’ahu Eye Care Rebecca L. Cabatbat
Athletic Trainer – Moanalua High School Cynthia Shimoda
Physician – Pediatric Infectious Diseases & Rheumatology – HI Pacific Health Medical Group, Kapiolani Medical Center Dr. Natascha Ching & Dr. Kara Yamamoto
Pharmacist  Christopher Chiu
Esthetician – Beauty Mark Jenn Kim
Nurse – Queen’s Medical Center Julius DelaPena
Pharmacy Technician – Genesis College Hilary Fraser
Pediatric Neonatology – Kapiolani Medical Center Dr. Kandie George
Family Nurse Practitioner – Adventist Health Urgent Care Meagan Nolin
Mental Health Counselor Jason Kuttner
Emergency Nurse Medicine – Hawaii Pacific Health Annie Paiva
Physician – Kapolei Pediatrics Dr. Jason Ninomiya
General Pediatrician – UH John A. Burns School of Medicine Matthew Allen Lim
Topic Speaker
Engineer Manager – Hawaiian Electric Industries ( Retired) Rodney Chong
Electrician – Hawaii Electricians Training Fund/IBEW Local 1186 Terry Uyehara
Engineer – Business Consulting Resources Hawaii Stacey Wong
Architect/Landscape Architect – AGY LLC and YH Architects Maurice Yamasato & Aolani Yamasato-Gragas
Industrial Engineer – ELPC Services, Inc. See Ming Yim
Apprenticeship Program – Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard Colette Gibo
Information Technology (IT) – Microsoft Vincent Greenlee
Nuclear Engineer – Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard Jeff Guzman
Civil Engineer – City & County of Honolulu – ENV-CSM Reid Ikemori
Computer Sciences – University of Hawaii at Manoa Kenny Ka’aiakamanu-Quibilan
Plumbing, Air Conditioning, Welding – Plumbers & Fitters Training Fund Dean Kobashigawa
Carpentry – HI Carpenters Apprenticeship & Training Darrell Seto
Auto Mechanic – Honolulu Community College Robert Silva Jr.
Structural Engineer – Iwamoto Engineering Consultants, Inc. Eric Tomishima
Automotive Industry Careers – Universal Technical Institute Jason Tagal
Public Human Service
Topic Speaker
Flight Attendant – Hawaiian Airlines James Aina
Legislature/Government Worker – State of Hawaii DOH/DDD Briana Bernardino-Mun
U.S. Probation Officer/Parole Officer – U.S. Probation & Pretrial Services Office Grace Canella
Moving, Transportation, Freight Careers – Royal Hawaiian Movers Kyra Fong
State House of Representative – Hawaii (Session 1 only) Rep. Linda Ichiyama
Attorney – Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert Casey Miyashiro
Policeman – Honolulu Police Department Officer Jonathan Ng
Firefighter – Honolulu Fire Department Carl Otsuka & Capt. Cris Bartolome
Social Worker – UH MBT School of Social Work Lauren Saito
Bus Driver – Roberts Hawaii Shontel Silva
Pilot – Hawaiian Airlines Rodale Tumbaga
Intelligence Analyst – FBI Joy Van Der Voort
Family Court Judge – State of HI Iwalani White
Topic Speaker
United States Coast Guard Chief Alvan Welch
United States Navy PO Brian Miller
United States Air Force MSGT Tenzin Choegoyab
United States Marine Corps SGT Izek Daud
United States Army SFC Angela Mariani
Hawaii Air National Guard SSGT Eric Oshiro
Hawaii Army National Guard SFC Kahale Kidder