Kawika Kane is BHMT’s Hawaii Career Counselor. A Native Hawaiian, born-and-raised on the Leeward Coast of O’ahu, he comes from a family of farmers, fishermen, and religious leaders. Going on 15-years, he has worked in the higher education industry as an advisor in various capacities: admissions, academics, and financial aid. Most of his work experience has been helping individuals and families develop their skill sets in: goal setting, increasing self-confidence, higher education opportunities, college financial aid, and career success development.
After graduating from Waianae High School, Kawika attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa. His interests in Communications and Native Hawaiian Cultural Studies eventually gave way to his passion for serving others. He completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and attended graduate school at the Hawaii School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, earning a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Vocational Psychology and Career Adaptation.
Kawika has been married for 24-years and is a father of 5 children—4 daughters (23, 20, 15, and 7) and a son (18). His passion projects are coaching College and Career Readiness Programs for Kamehameha Schools and Education 1st Hawaii. Outside of work, he loves spending time with family, watching TED talks, swimming in the ocean, and sailing. He is also a member and volunteer of the Polynesian Voyaging Society, Boys and Girls Club, Malu’ohai Hawaiian Homestead Association, Oahu League Youth Soccer, and Hawaii Slammers FC, youth soccer club.