We’re pleased to introduce you to Keoni James, a new Austin Corps intern in our office who attends Akins High School. We asked Keoni a few get-to-know-you questions so you can learn more about him and his background.
Q: Where are you from and what do you like best about your hometown?
A: I was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, which is known for its beautiful beaches. I moved around a lot because I was in a military family, but what I loved best about Hawaii is being able to hike. When I was younger, I absolutely loved the tropical region and rainy weather. I also loved the people since it just felt like a big family to me.
Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself and what interested you in joining the Office of Sustainability.
A: I am currently a senior at Akins High School. I am a part of the LGBTQ community and I have a dog and a guinea pig. What interested me in joining the Office of Sustainability was that they acknowledge climate change and equity. I feel like those are the two most important issues that'll help our future as a city.
Q: What are you most excited to accomplish during your time with the Office of Sustainability?
A: I am very excited to accomplish better public speaking skills. I tend to be a shy person at first, so speaking in front of people usually makes me feel hesitant. I'm excited to hopefully speak to other students and learn to have fun with it.
Q: What are some of your favorite things to do or places to go in Austin?
A: My favorite place in Austin is honestly just my neighborhood. It is very green and spacious; I also love how you can sometimes see deer in certain areas. I usually walk with my siblings to the park to just get some fresh air and stay active.
Q: What is your favorite sustainability-related thing you do in your personal life?
A: I think my favorite sustainable thing to do is cook. I like to look up vegetarian or vegan recipes and go shopping at the farmer's market for fresh food. I also know that I want to get into having plants to take care of.
Q: What is your favorite food and why?
A: My favorite food is a Hawaiian dish called Loco Moco, which is white rice topped with a hamburger, a fried egg, and brown gravy. When I was in California I went to a Hawaiian restaurant and the taste was just phenomenal, it just brought back memories of the food from my home.