If I could leave one mark on the world it would be to help people through outreach to become more educated on global issues. I have been lucky enough to have had many opportunities to make that change happen, like working with the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, the Smithsonian Institute, and volunteering with and participating in Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots program, the Ocean Conservancy, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.’s Riverkeeper, the 2041 Antarctica Foundation, and Surfrider.
I have also directed my own projects like creating the RPI EcoPrincess Festival (with a helpful sponsorship from Ben and Jerry’s), starting my own anti-shark fin soup campaign in Singapore, and designing eco-education festival exhibitions for organizations like the Syracuse Zoo and the U.S. Navy. Since 2012 I have also presented in front of tens of thousands of people at schools and business conferences worldwide with my call-to-action, SEA of Change: Students for Environmental Action. I have also had the great honor to be International Year of the Reef’s Young Marine Biologist of the Year (2008).
I am currently in the process of writing an educational videogame and am always open to help, advice, and sponsors. 🙂
I have always been drawn to creative projects whether it is drawing, painting, design, storytelling, or just straight up inventing. My work has been featured in exhibitions stateside and internationally, in documentaries, and has even won a few competitions. Recently, I have expanded my artistic side into acting and TV/movie production, and it’s been super fun!
Due to the nature of my childhood, I have spent much of my life traveling extensively and living overseas often – I have spent a significant amount of time on all 7 continents. Because of this I like to think that I have a global mindset. But my adventures don’t just stop with global exploration. I am always coming up with and working on all sorts of different projects.
I’ve mentioned the campaign to boycott shark fin soup in Singapore and I’ve also worked with Jane Goodall on the first ever Wildlife Stampede – a parade that brought public awareness to globally endangered animals. I also created the RPI EcoPrincess Festival, an event that used princess characters (a friend and I made the costumes) to teach children about STEM and important environmental issues (who wouldn’t want to listen to The Little Mermaid teach about ocean pollution?!).
I was on my college’s competitive equestrian team and was the president of a Juggling & Unicycling Club (I do not know how to juggle). I also worked as an industrial engineer for the world’s second-largest pharmaceutical company and have also been a journalist for my state’s top distributed newspaper. I am a former Miss Syracuse (NY) and Miss Nuuanu (HI) for Miss America and I have also served my community as Miss Waikiki, Miss North Shore, Miss Central Oahu and Miss Excelsior (NY) for Miss USA, as well as Miss Hawaii for Miss Earth, and Miss Hawaii and Miss USA for Miss Mermaid International. I used my reign(s) to collect scholarship money, fundraise for local and national charities like the Children’s Miracle Network, and championed SEA of Change.
In addition, I also masquerade as a real-life professional mermaid! Meet: Enakai Fairyfish. I am an avid freediver with a 3:30 breath hold and an 82ft dive record. I love exploring wrecks underwater and am studying underwater photography! I truly believe that you can make an adventure out of anything – as long as you are learning – and that’s definitely what I want to spend the rest of my life doing.
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