Why am I running for congress?
Hawai'i is comprised of over a million unique, extraordinary individuals. I've always been impressed by the paddling teams, churches, schools, businesses, farmers, civic clubs, and community organizations comprised of individuals who diligently work to make Hawai'i become Hawai'i. Growing up, I've always wanted to do what I could to serve my community, and I believe that the best way to do this is as a servant leader. Thus, during the COVID-19 pandemic, I created Honua Scholars (HONUA = Helping Others Navigate, Understand, and Achieve), an education-mentorship organization that helps students and the broader community to integrate STEM, Hawaiian values, and critical systems thinking to pursue their career and personal aspirations.
Two years later, I long to do more to serve the community, which is why I want to represent you in the US House of Representatives. As your congressional representative, I plan to do everything I can to help you achieve your goals for our community. I want to meet and work with each of you to transform Hawaii into what you want it to be.
Kyle Yoshida is a PhD candidate in the CHARM lab at Stanford University. He was born and raised in Pearl City, Hawaii, and he is a proud graduate of Kamehameha Schools Kapalama. He received his BS degree in Bioengineering with a minor in African Studies at Harvard University, and a MS degree from Stanford University. He has received the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, Stanford Graduate Research Fellowship, and the Stanford Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education Fellowship. He is also part of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society's Lighting the Pathways Program and the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Mind, Brain, Computation, and Technology Graduate Training Program. His research interests span soft robotics and wearable/mobile haptics. His work has been recognized through multiple awards at the IEEE International Conference on Soft Robotics, the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, and the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology National Conference. In his free time, he serves as a community associate with the Stanford Graduate Life Office and manages Honua Scholars, an education mentorship program that was recognized as one of the 2021 Top 10 Native STEM Enterprises to Watch by the American Indian Science and Engineering Society.