Senior Capstone Showcase Spring 2020


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!



Scott Alquisa – Project  (Find out more)

Topic: Gen Z’s Reliance on Smartphones

Question: Do college students rely too much on smartphones?



Joe Baldueza – Project (Find out more)

Topic: Mental Health and Art

Question: How Art Therapy is being utilized by people in Hawaii with anxiety issues to heal?



Armando Dinong – Project (Find out more)

Topic: Social Media Effects on Character Development

Question: Does social media promote an environment of fakes?



Terrence Freeney – Project  (Find out more)

Topic: 30 Day Sustainability Challenge

Question: Has the media made an impact on the choices people make when it comes to sustainability?



Lani Hurlock- Project (Find out more)

Topic: Effects on Consuming Fiction

Question: What are the impacts of fiction on individuals? How does fictional work increase people’s sense of empathy?



Michael Karagiozis – Project (Find out more)

Topic: Utilizing Addiction

Question: Can the mechanism of addiction, be used to encourage a skill to be learned?



Robert Locquiao – Project  (Find out more)

Topic: Normalizing A Subculture

Question: How does Social Media reinforce or negate views of the queer community?



Anela Mattson – Project (Find out more)

Topic: Culture and Art

Question: How has colonization affected the arts in Native Hawaiian culture?



Andrew McCarthy – Project (Find out more)

Topic: Power and Influencers

Question: How does a generation exposed to news with social connection, problem solving, social action and entertainment, view and consume information?



Devan Meinhart – Project  (Find out more)

Topic: The Semantics of a Warming Planet and the Words We Use to Describe it

Question: Was the semantic change from “Global Warming” to “Climate Change” deliberate?



Mark Moran – Project (Find out more)

Topic: Communication for Creative Media Projects

Question: What are the elements of an effective framework for the management of creative media client projects to ensure a successful and on-time delivery?



Melody Oki – Project (Find out more)

Topic: Crowdfunding

Question: Can crowdfunding be the solution to the term “starving artist”?



Kady Pascual – Practicum (Find out more)

Internship site: Local surf company

Question: What can be considered a successful social media account when it’s connected to a small business?



Cassidy Patmont – Project  (Find out more)

Topic: Adaptation of Cultural Artforms

Question: How do traditional artforms shift when removed from their native cultures? Do they shift in similar ways?



Courtney Quiamzon- Practicum (Find out more)

Internship site: Mana Maoli

Question: How have indigenous cultures utilized social media to spread awareness about their heritage?



Jaleel Shavers – Project (Find out more)

Topic: The YouTube Algorithm

Question: Does the change in the YouTube algorithm affect potential popularity for new content creators?



Cory Tom – Project  (Find out more)

Topic: Character Development in Screenwriting

Question: How does research affect character development when writing a screenplay?



Skye Tuinei – Project (Find out more)

Topic: Graphology

Question: Can artistic ability be identified through a person’s unique handwriting?



Chase Yamauchi – Practicum (Find out more)

Internship site: Hawai‘i Theatre

Question: Can a brick and mortar entity adapt itself to an evolving digital age?



Makayla Yanos – Practicum  (Find out more)

Internship site: Hawai‘i News Now

Question: How does an industry that had no real competition except for automation adjust to the way society consumes their news?