Hawaii’s Super Students

Saturday, January 18, 1997

Jennifer Kajiyama, Nicole Kajiyama

Names: Jennifer Kajiyama
Ages: 16
School: Kahuku High School
Planning activities, being with friends
Future: Political science teacher
Names: Nicole Kajiyama
Ages: 16
School: Kahuku High School
Hiking, swimming, reading, writing poetry
Future: Pediatrician

So busy you’d think
there were 2 of ’em

Jennifer and Nicole Kajiyama are identical twins.

The resemblance goes far beyond appearance. They share many of the same likes, dislikes, vocal inflections and friends. And both are virtual dynamos, Eveready Energizer Bunnies in the guise of 16-year-old Kahuku High School juniors.

"You name it and they both do it better than well," said Kahuku High School Principal Lea Albert. "They are distinct as individuals, but they are twin dynamos."

Indeed. Their list of accomplishments is as exhaustive as it is exhausting. Golf team, mock trial team, Science Club, Environmental Club, student leadership at school district and state student conferences, History Day, Science Fair, Jazz Band, tutoring at elementary schools.

They're the founders of the school's very own "Dead Poets Society," stay very active in church activities and are the driving forces behind the Kahuku High student newspaper.

All that and identical 4.2 grade-point averages as well.

What's their secret?

"We get a lot of support from our family," Nicole and Jennifer agreed.

"My parents have helped me so much in my life," Jennifer noted. "We could have never done anything without them.

"They never discouraged us. They always encouraged us."

Despite the obvious similarities, Nicole and Jennifer are far from carbon copies.

"I'm more of a right-brain person," said Nicole. "Writing and reading. She's better at math. And we have some different tastes. There are differences."

Nicole wants to go to medical school and become a pediatrician. Jennifer wants to be a political science teacher.

But first they want to knock down a scholarship or two.

And make the most of their high school experience.

"One factor in all this for me is the Mormon Church," said Jennifer. "We're taught that we should achieve as much as we can for the short time we're on Earth."

By Jim Witty, Star-Bulletin

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