Nani Welch Keliihoomalu

My decision to go abroad to Japan really changed my entire college experience. It was by far the best part of my four years here.

Nani Welch Keliihoomalu ?18

Pronouns

she/her

Degree and Class Year

BA ’18

Hometown

Waimea, Hawai‘i

Major

Rhetoric and Media Studies

Extracurriculars

Hawai‘i Club

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

Unique, Serene, Intellectual

What’s your favorite class? How has it expanded your knowledge?

Campaign Rhetoric with Joe Gantt. It was offered in Fall 2016, and I think that although it was a tough time for everyone, it was an extremely valuable experience and Joe is so passionate about the subject and has such great insight!

What made you want to come to Lewis & Clark?

I had never been to the Pacific Northwest before coming to Lewis & Clark, but I had seen that Portland was such an up and coming city with a lot of things for young people to do. I also love the outdoors and hiking and the Pacific Northwest has some of the most beautiful sights I’ve ever seen!

Why did you choose to study overseas in Japan? What did your overseas study add to your L&C experience?

I had taken Japanese in middle school and high school and coming from Hawaii, I grew up around a lot of Japanese influence and culture which really sparked my interest. My decision to go abroad to Japan really changed my entire college experience. It was by far the best part of my four years here. The Japanese overseas programs that LC offers are so great and immersive. I hope to go back to Japan as soon as possible!

You’re about to graduate. Congratulations! What’s your best Lewis & Clark memory?

I think some of the best memories I have from Lewis & Clark have been walking to and from class with my friends. This campus is so gorgeous and it’s something I really took for granted during my time here.

What advice do you have for prospective students?

Make sure to get off the hill as much as you can and explore Portland and the Pacific Northwest!

What’s your favorite thing about living in Portland?

The restaurants! I love trying all of the new food spots all around Portland. My favorite go-to is Grassa!

Where do you find community on campus?

I’ve been a resident advisor for two years now and I’ve found such a wonderful community in campus living. Everyone is so warm and welcoming.