Hawaii's Super Students
Saturday, October 19, 1996

Name: Steven Sawada
Age: 17
School: Mililani High
Pastimes: Going to concerts, reading, writing poetry
Future: Magazine editor or science professor

Anyone for mango butter?

The diet-conscious looking for a less fatty oil could consult Mililani senior Steven Sawada.

His research found that kernels in mango seeds contained high unsaturated fat, making them a possible healthier alternative to cocoa butter found in foods. If synthesized, a mango butter or oil could be a replacement used in cooking, in chocolate or in other food substances that use high amounts of fat.

The project earned Sawada the chance to compete in the International Science and Engineering Fair in Arizona. C.S. Tang, University of Hawaii biochemistry professor, advised Sawada on his project during the summer and Christmas breaks.

"Steven's very independent xxx he has a very good potential as a future scientist," Tang said. "I encourage him to go into this direction."

If not science, Sawada wants to get into journalism because both subjects involve exploration and explanation. "I've always had a desire and inner craving to always know what's going on, know the truth. I always have to be on top of things and what's going around me."

Sawada maintains a 3.7 grade-point average, while taking advanced placement English, honors history and honors psychics.

He credits parents Edward and Sara Sawada, both teachers, for his accomplishments.

"They push me - sometimes too far - but they mean well."

Jenny Tom, Star-Bulletin

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