BOSTON - "Just keep your happy asses here, Boston is gooooood" says Nicole Byer, one of the Hello Sunshine x Together Live's 2018 tour headliners. The Netflix star is one of just many empowering women who took the Boch Center stage Saturday, November 3 for an evening of discussion on topics ranging from politics to the lessons they've learned.
Joining her are Yara Shahidi, Cherly Strayed, MILCK, and Cleo Wade. New Heights was lucky enough to have been brought to the event hosted by Hello Sunshine, a media company founded by Reese Witherspoon that works on empowering females. It was a night that made me laugh, cry, and think about my own impact in everything that I do.
Yara Shahidi, star of ABC's Black-ish and Freeform's Grown-ish, and now Harvard freshman, took the stage early on to discuss her role in leading the young generation. I was fortunate enough to greet her afterwards and express my gratitude for her wise words and graceful representation of our current generation. She was every ounce of humble she appears to be, thanking us for our own work and emphasizing unity is key.
The night concluded with closing remarks from all speakers, admitting their own faults but preaching how we learn from those mistakes. Their overall message: Together is where we're most empowered. This was displayed the whole evening, too. All the women were on stage the entire two-hour show. MILCK concluded the evening with her 2017 anthem, "Quiet," with echoes from the crowd.
It was an evening I hope everyone can eventually experience. Hearing a similar message among many speakers of different ages, backgrounds, and histories was hopeful. It showed unity in a time of diversity. It showed grace and power in words, actions, and encouragement to harness the untapped potential that we all possess.
The Hello Sunshine x Together Live tour continues through November 19 across the U.S. and Canada. For dates, visit TogetherLive.com.
By Geneve Lau
How this Hawai'i Pacific University student found a way to share his Hawaiian experience through his own app.
“Not many people get to visit or live in Hawai’i, so when I [decided] to build an app I wanted it to have a significance that people would remember it by,” Zachary Kline, a rising junior at Hawai’i Pacific University majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Business Management, stated as he described his incentive for creating his app, “Aloha Surfer”.
Kline wanted to create an app about Hawai’i that would be different than others on the market. He didn’t want to create a utility app about “where to find the best beaches and other tourist assisting apps.” He wanted to “immerse [people] into the Hawaiian experience.”
From a young age, Kline has always carried an entrepreneurial mindset and sought to create his own, thus explaining his choice to minor in Business Management. Garnering inspiration from his generations in his family, first his grandfather—creator of an electrical company, Paul McConnell Inc.— and then his father, Kline learned “that with hard work and persistence you can achieve anything.”
Kline describes his process of creating the app as one of learning. Some mistakes took him a full week to figure out and solve. The persistence he learned from his father kept him “laser-focused on [his] task”.
After the release of “Surf Rider,” Kline hopes to continue promoting his app in the future and familiarize himself with promotional websites. He also wants to learn more about the tools in Xcode, the software used to create Aloha Surfer, and writing more complex codes, on top of marketing strategies. “I plan to continue to read, study, and simply learn more about it to the fullest extent,” he expressed.
Many would expect that in order to create an app from scratch, years of experience should be a factor. However, Kline contradicts this stereotype, being fairly new to the world of coding. He hopes that he can encourage others to actually follow through with their gut feeling if they have the entrepreneurial spirit, and most importantly, follow their dreams.
For more on Zachary and the app, visit https://www.alohasurferapp.com/
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