Born and raised in Hilo on Hawaii Island, Zayden graduated from Kamehameha Schools Hawaii in 2020 and is currently studying Mechanical Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines. During his time in high school, he dedicated much of his time as a steersman in both summer and fall outrigger canoe paddling seasons. He was also a member of the Kamehameha Schools Bowling team, Math League team, National Honor Society, and Japanese Club. Zayden enjoys anything pertaining to the ocean as well as tinkering with Lego and Transformers toys. He aspires to one day become an engineer and apply his skills to solve problems affecting the ocean and his community.
Home Island: O’ahu
High School: Pearl City High School
Institution when accepted: University of Hawaii at Manoa
Akamai Project: Enhancing the Ginga Toolkit for Astronomical Image Viewers to Operate on the Web
Project Site: Subaru Telescope – Hilo, Hawai‘i Island HI
Mentors: Russell Kackley, Eric Jeschke