Dennis Kamakana

I like the opportunities that Lewis & Clark has to offer during the four years I’m here, as well as after I graduate and need the support to find a job.

Dennis Kamakana '18



Degree and Class Year

BA ’18, MA ’20


Magna, Utah


Sociology and Anthropology


Football, Hawai‘i Club, Intern for Specialty Athletic Training

What three words would you use to describe L&C?

Opportunities, Family, Supportive

What has been your favorite class so far? How did it expand your knowledge?

Social Theory with Assistant Professor Sepideh Bajracharya. This class was my most challenging one so far here at L&C, but also the most rewarding. I learned more in this class than I have in any other I have taken in my three years here. It forced to me to develop some academic skills that weren’t particularly my strongest, and the professor pushed me harder than any other had.

What made you want to come to Lewis & Clark?

The biggest thing for me was that I wanted to try new things, and going out of state was the best way to do so. I also really liked the opportunities that Lewis & Clark has to offer during the four years I’m here, as well as after I graduate and need support to find a job.

Why did you choose to play football at a DIII school?

I chose to play football at a DIII school because I liked the fact that L&C is a small place that allows you to make connections with people and create opportunities. I also like the city of Portland and wanted to go to an out-of-state school.

What’s your favorite spot on campus?

The weight room.

What’s your favorite thing about living in Portland?

The opportunities that exist by having a bunch of companies’ headquarters here.

What’s your best Lewis & Clark memory so far?

Coming up early for football camp and bonding with the guys.

How do you manage stress?

Go workout or watch a movie.

Do you have a job on campus? If so, how do you fit work into your schedule?

Yes, I work in the weight room as well as in the Dean of Students Office. School and football already keep me pretty busy, but having two jobs on top of that keeps me on my toes.

What advice do you have for prospective students?

EXPLORE! Do things outside of your comfort zone, meet new people, and don’t be afraid to try new things. The four years while you’re here are an opportunity to figure out what you want to do and what you like.

How has Lewis & Clark changed you?

L&C has taught me to open up more and not be so concerned about asking for help, regardless of what it is. It has taught me to try new things and expand my horizons in many different ways.