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Nekino Capelle

Occupation: Student

Country of Birth: Tonga

Current: O’ahu, Hawai’i

Nekino was born and raised in the Marshall Islands, where his childhood was filled with outdoor play, church gatherings, and hanging out with friends. Life on the island was great.

At the age of 16, Nekino’s life took a significant turn when he moved to Hawai‘i with his father and younger sister. This transition was prompted by her mother’s earlier move to Hawai‘i to care for his grandfather, who was dealing with kidney problems. The family’s separation began during the COVID-19 pandemic, which led to her mother’s relocation.

The move to Hawai‘i was a cultural shock for Nekino. The bustling cityscape of tall buildings, numerous cars, and lights were not what he grew up on the island. The first days and weeks were challenging as he navigated a new school, Pearl City High School, while not speaking much English and is a shy person. Making new friends was hard, but over time, Nekino adapted and made new friends.

Nekino’s favorite subject in school is English, a class he enjoys and they recently published a book in class together. He spends his free time playing basketball with his cousins, gaming, and socializing with friends.

Looking ahead, Nekino aspires to join the Army after high school or college. He is driven by a desire to serve and support his community, both in Hawai‘i and back in the Marshall Islands. Nekino hopes to be a reliable figure for his community, offering help and guidance to those in need. His journey reflects his strength and adaptability, and he remains committed to contributing positively to the lives of those around him.