Hi I’m Courtney Quimanzon. I was born and raised in the city of Waipahu on the island of Oʻahu. Being apart of the 2016 graduating class of Kamehameha Schools Kapālama, a lot of my creative inspiration comes from the values I learned there such as the importance of perpetuating the Hawaiian culture and assuring its preservation. As a student of the Academy of Creative Media, my educational journey at UHWO led to gaining skills in video production and editing, animation design, audio recording and editing, and graphic design. Throughout my college career, I have had the opportunity to apply what I’ve learned from my creative coursework to different jobs and internships. I have been fortunate to work with companies like PBS Hawaiʻi and intern with media groups such as Summit Media Hawaiʻi and Mana Maoli. After earning my degree I hope to pursue a career in broadcasting so I can continue to help share authentic stories about Hawai‘i and contribute to the perpetuation of my home’s native culture.
Practicum Site: Mana Maoli
Question: How have indigenous cultures utilized social media to spread awareness about their heritage?
Background: In order to answer my research question and gain a better understanding of how social media is being utilized by indigenous groups, I will be creating a podcast. With my podcast, I will be recording conversations with individuals who are of indigenous descent and have had experience with using social media and sharing content involving cultural context. Through hearing personal experiences, they will provide evidence of change that has been brought about through the advantages that social media can bring as a means of communication. Along with speaking with my podcasts and recording their perspectives I have also interned with an organization where I had the chance to help manage their social media accounts as well as produce content for those various accounts.
To listen to my podcasts: https://courtneyqcapstone.weebly.com/