Esther Kim, Editor in Chief

Esther Kim is the Editor in Chief of Ka Leo o Hawai‘i for the 2020-2021 school year. While she is a Bachelor's of Social Work student, she has a passion for writing and wants to use journalism in conjunction with social work to progress conversations surrounding social justice and equity. When she is not studying or working, she enjoys surfing, swimming, and playing with her dog, Ali Baba.

Gabrielle Parmelee, Interim Managing Editor

Jolie Ching, Web Editor

Jolie Ching is the Web Editor at Ka Leo. She is a sophomore currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. She also works for the Native Hawaiian Science and Engineering Mentorship Program as a web developer. Her hobbies include programming and gacha games.

Gradon Wong, Chief Copy Editor

Gradon Wong is a sophomore currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in English. He is considering putting this degree towards law school or a career as a scholar or educator. This is his second semester with Ka Leo. His interests include literature, philosophy, politics and poetry. His favorite poem is "Nothing Gold Can Stay" by Robert Frost, though his favorite poet is Edgar Allan Poe.

Amy Lowe, Design Director

Amy Lowe is the Design Director at Ka Leo and is currently a 4th year at UH Mānoa, working towards a Bacelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Graphic Design and a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Mechanical Engineering. She has been with Ka Leo since 2015, when she started as a design intern. She graduated from Kealakehe High School on the Big Island.

News Editor

Features Editor

Meldrick Ravida, Associate Features Editor

Meldrick Ravida is a 2017 graduate of Farrington High School. He has been with Ka Leo since Summer 2017, beginning as an intern and later becoming a staff writer. By Spring 2018, he attained his place on the Features desk as the Associate Features Editor. Currently in his second year, he is pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in Public Health and Filipino Language and Philippine Literature with plans to enter graduate school for his MPH and Ph.D. in Public Health. He has an eclectic range of interests such as reading various sorts of literature and hiking. Additionally, Meldrick is able to speak in English, Ilocano, and Tagalog, with experience in Japanese.

Johanna Leo, Opinions Editor

My name is Johanna Leo and I was born and raised in Mexico City. I just moved to Hawai'i a year ago for college, so I’m currently a sophomore at UH Manoa. I am an English and Political Science major, minoring in Psychology.

Tanner Haworth, Sports Editor

Shafkat Anowar, Photo Editor

Shafkat Anowar is currently a junior concurrently majoring in Communications and Business (Management Information Systems). He started his journey with Ka Leo from Summer 2016 as a Video Coordinator and a Photo Intern. He has also served a year long photo internship program with Honolulu Civil Beat. Shafkat is passionate about photojournalism covering mostly news and features. Also, he is into covering different political figures, occasions and presidential events. One day he dreams to join the White House Presidential Press Pool. Apart from that, he has deep interest in road trips across the U.S, playing guitar and watching movies.