LIHU‘E — Audrey Yukimura said Sunday she is grateful to her grandmother Jennie Yukimura for bringing her to church where she learned about God.
Audrey, the daughter of David Yukimura and Emily Thomas and granddaughter of Jennie and the late Jiro Yukimura, was one of six high-school graduates honored during the “Happy Graduation” service. She, along with Jaden Domingsel, received the first-ever, $1,000 LCC Scholarship, presented by Harold Tavares, church moderator and the lead on establishing the scholarship program.
Following her graduation from Kaua‘i High, Audrey plans to complete her associate degree at Kaua‘i Community College before transferring to a college on the East Coast to pursue a business degree with a focus on psychology.
Domingsel, the son of Ryan and Annabel Domingsel and grandson of Alfred and Gale Domingsel, plans to pursue a degree in radiologic technology, and hopefully play baseball, eventually returning home to work.
Audrey and Jaden were two of the six graduates — four from Kaua‘i High and two from Kapa‘a High — who were honored and congratulated by the church.
“Today we present you with a key chain that will hold the keys to your life, and a camera to direct your steps,” said Joni Fujimura. “Like a camera, focus on what is important, capture the good times, develop from the negatives, and if things don’t work out, take another shot.”
Other graduates celebrated were Lilli Morita from Kaua‘i High and Mason Martinez, a member of Scouts of America Troop 148 sponsored by LCC.
Michael Perry and Kamalei Berg of Troop 148 are graduating from Kapa‘a High.
Also receiving accolades are two college graduates — Ryan Valenciano, who earned his doctorate in physical therapy from Regis University in Denver, and Dr. Taryn Miyake, earning her doctorate in internal medicine from the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa.
“The Class of 2021 is indeed a special group of graduates, as they have had to endure the challenges of a pandemic for more than a year,” Fujimura said. “They have proven to be resilient, flexible, resourceful and focused — traits that will serve them well as they step out into the world.”
Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or
Source: The Garden Island