* Personal: Age 18; daughter of Paul and Naomi Tanigawa of Makawao; enjoys dancing hula, being with friends and family, learning the Hawaiian culture.
* At School: Senior Class of 2010 president, Principal's List, Na Kamahele O 'A'apueo officer, National Honor Society.
* Off Campus: Humbol Riding Co. beach cleanup volunteer, internship in dentistry office, Halau Na Lei Kaumaka O Uka with na kumu hula Napua Grieg-Makua and Kahulu Maluo-Huber.
Anela U‘ilani Ruth Fusano Tanigawa
* Beyond High School: Go to college in Oregon or stay in Hawaii to major in political science and Hawaiian studies.
* Who is your personal hero and why?
"My personal heroes are my kumu, Napua Greig-Makua and Kahulu Maluo-Huber. Growing up, these women have proved to be great models of who I want to be and where I need to be. I have been able to observe who they are as strong Hawaiian women and aim toward the same. As kumu hula of Halau Na Lei Kaumaka O Uka, these women perpetuate our culture and instill a love for culture in girls throughout the islands. I have observed their personal and professional growth and accomplishments which inspire me to do the same. My kumu have served as strong Hawaiian role models that I will continue to strive to be."
The students in this weekly feature are selected by officials at their respective high schools. "Student Spotlight" recognizes students of good character who are involved in school or community activities such as athletics, clubs, student government and volunteer work.