Saturday, September 12, 1998Name: Kalani Oshiro
School: Iolani School
Favorite subjects: Math, Science
Pastimes: Biking, computers
Iolani senior Kalani Oshiro has "a thing" for taking apart objects and giving them a good cleaning before putting them back together again. A mechanical knack, he calls it.
Good grades come naturally
Electronics and "anything that's not easily defined" don't get the treatment, but in-line skates and Oshiro's bicycle are fair game. "It's a skill that didn't show up on any personality test," he said.
Oshiro also dabbles in computer programming, writing "simple programs that do simple things that's easy to do by hand but faster if I program it." The school's computer club is a big part of his life, too. His computer, math and science skills landed him a coveted spot at the prestigious Center For Excellence in Education's 15th Annual Research Science Institute this past summer, where he helped design software for an Internet chat program.
Math teacher Michael Park said he was not surprised by Oshiro's acceptance into the institute. "In the past 10 years, less than a handful of our students got in to the institute," Park said. "He's one step above his classmates ... He's always been an excellent student."
Oshiro said good grades come naturally to him, and he barely studies for his six advanced placement courses but does well anyway. "He learns extremely quickly," Park said. "He's one of those students who ... just absorbs. He just enjoys learning for the sake of learning."
Kimberly K. Fu, Star-Bulletin