The 4th annual Ma Ka Hana Ka ‘IKE Scholars Symposium was held on August 15, 2015. The event showcased the work of over 90 pre-engineering & engineering students from Honolulu CC, Kapi‘olani CC, Leeward CC, Windward CC, UH Maui College, and UH Mānoa.


Honolulu Community College’s ‘IKE group received first place honors in the Undergraduate Research Experience.



Their project, Solar Powered Aqua Modifier (SPAM), is a robotic solar powered desalinization unit. SPAM has the capability of filtering salt water and brackish water to provide drinkable water for those who live in drought stricken areas. SPAM features the following three components: robotic chassis, a solar panel with a single axis sun tracking using non-programmable components and a filtration using electro dialysis.



The concept of the project was given to the team as a challenge from their mentors Honolulu CC Assistant Professor Norman Takeya and McKinley High School teacher Milton Lau. “Our mentors asked us to make an easily portable machine that we could use to go to third world countries and make drinkable water for the locals after a natural disaster,” shares Jasmine Hoapili, Project Manager of SPAM.


The team’s concept proved successful due to the collaboration of the following individuals:

Jasmine Hoapili – Project Manager – HonCC – Mechanical Engineering

Danny Tubera – Chassis – HonCC – Mechanical Engineering

Justin Barrowcliff – Solar – KapCC – Mechanical Engineering

Ashley Magno – Solar – LeeCC – Mechanical Engineering

Blake Calderon – Solar – HonCC – Mechanical Engineering

Rochelle Pagaduan – UH Mānoa – Solar Tracker –  Electrical Engineering

Joseph Peralta – Filtration – UH Mānoa – Mechanical Engineering

Kay Hashimoto – Filtration – WinCC – Environmental Engineering

Kalawaia Kamai – Filtration – HonCC – Mechanical Engineering

Gerson Previl – Solar Tracker- HonCC – Mechanical Engineering

‘IKE is a six-campus University of Hawai‘i collaboration aimed to increase access to a quality pre-engineering education by focusing on a framework supportive of Native Hawaiian students in engineering fields.