Senior Capstone Fall 2021 Showcase


Capstone projects are generally designed to encourage students to think critically, solve challenging problems, and develop skills such as oral communication, public speaking, research skills, media literacy, teamwork, planning, self-sufficiency, or goal setting—i.e., skills that will help prepare them for modern careers and adult life.

The goal of the capstone is to provide an intense experiential learning opportunity where the students are required to guide themselves through inquiry and research.

For example, students are asked to select a topic, profession, or social problem that interests them, conduct research on the subject, maintain a report of findings or results, create a final product demonstrating their learning acquisition or conclusions (a paper, short film, website, app, or multimedia presentation, for example), and give an oral presentation on the project to a panel of teachers, experts, and community members who collectively evaluate its quality.

The capstone experience culminates into a formal presentation at the end of the semester, however, this semester, the oral presentation portion proved a bit challenging and we found a new and better venue for their work to be presented.

Welcome to our online Senior Capstone Showcase. Please go ahead, click around and enjoy!




Kori-Ann Kamealoha – Project (Find out more)

Topic: Small Business Communities

Question: How has social media built consumer loyalty for Hawaii’s small businesses?





Rachelle Kozuma – Project (Find out more)

Topic: Graphic Design in Higher Education

Question: Should neurodivergent design be the base standard for creating online resources? Can it be beneficial for a greater general audience?





Misha Lawrence – Project (Find out more)

Topic: Exploring Brand Diversity and Inclusivity in Mass Produced Design

Question: How has the retail industry— specifically the greeting card industry— adapted to social or cultural changes over time to be more inclusive in a society that’s been built on systemic inequality?





Sarah Letarte – Project (Find out more)

Topic: Design Trends

Question: How does a design become a trend?





Joshua Pena – Project (Find out more)

Topic: The Relationship of Sound to Our Experiences

Question: Does sound enhance daily experiences?





Ashley Powell – Project (Find out more)

Topic: People of Color in Horror Films

Question: How are P.O.C are affected by the horror film industry?





Jazlynn Puaoi – Project (Find out more)

Topic: Virtual Meetings

Question: Is hosting creative meetings more effective face to face or online?





Bethany Buckner – Project (Find out more)

Topic: Media’s Influence

Question: Do movies change who we are?





Isaac Cruz – Project (Find out more)

Topic: Media’s Effect on Resocialization

Question: How does media affect a person’s reintegration into society (specifically looking at the pandemic)?





Katherine (Katie) Jones – Project (Find out more)

Topic: Affiliate Marketing

Question: How have trends in content consumption affected an individual entrepreneur’s ability to excel as an affiliate partner?





Tyler Kanemoto-Propios – Project (Find out more)

Topic: Photographic Memories

Question: Can photography influence memories for the better?





Emma Lake – Project (Find out more)

Topic: Participatory Art

Question: How has online participation impacted participatory art ?





Filifaatali Mauai – Project (Find out more)

Topic: Cultural Design

Question: Can animated film/video games embed a sense of culture into their visuals?





Brandon Ray Santos – Project (Find out more)

Topic: Video Games and Health

Question: Can video games provide authentic health benefits?





Ashley Thomas – Project (Find out more)

Topic: Social Media and Mental Health

Question: Does Social Media Affect One’s Mental Health?





Matthew Tijerina – Project (Find out more)

Topic: Jobs of the Future

Question: What is a degree (education) worth?





Geraldine Tolentino – Project (Find out more)

Topic: Photojournalism

Question: Does the style of photography dictate the narrative?





Jeno Tolentino – Project (Find out more)

Topic: Cinematography’s role in Filmmaking

Question: What is Cinematography, and how it gives a deeper meaning to a film’s narrative in story, mood, or emotion?





Yung Hsuan Yu – Project (Find out more)

Topic: Characteristics of Fonts

Question: Does typeface convey its attitudes or spirit to the reader? Does typeface affect readability and a reader’s mood or emotion?