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alumnas from Chaminade science programs with Maizie Hirono

Above: U.S. Congresswoman Mazie Hirono, (Hawaii), Ashley Johnson and Charissa Kahue pose in Washington, D.C. at the 2009 "Posters on the Hill" undergraduate research event. About 60 students from across the nation are honored each year. Ashley received this national recognition for her research in 2009, and Charissa received the honor in 2007. Both are of Native Hawaiian descent.


How has a Chaminade education affected the lives of Native Hawaiian students? Chaminade’s climate of small class sizes and personal attention from faculty is cited by many students of Native Hawaiian descent as key to their academic success.

Ashley Kanani Johnson

Ashley JohnsonSacred Heart grad and Chaminade Alumna Ashley Johnson graduated in May 2009 with a B.S. in Biology. Ashley was one of 60 students chosen nationwide to present undergraduate research posters at the “Posters on the Hill” event in Washington D.C. in the spring of 2009, and has won many honors for her academic work. She intends to become a pediatrician. Ashley is enthusiastic about the opportunities she found in the sciences at Chaminade. » To Full Profile

Charissa Kahue

Charissa KahueAlumna Charissa Kahue became interested in a career in cancer research in high school when her grandfather struggled with the disease. While attending Chaminade, in the summer of 2006, Charissa participated in a Pediatric Oncology Education Program internship at St. Jude's Children's Research hospital department of biochemistry in Memphis, Tennessee. At St. Jude's she collaborated with a postdoctoral fellow on a research project involving novel drug therapy for imatinib-resistant chronic myelogenous leukemia. She collaboratively published with fellow researchers in the Journal of the American Society of Hematology in 2007 on the results from their hematological anti-cancer research. Charissa is now a researcher at the National Institutes of Health. » To Profile