The students left their messages inside a time capsule during the Honolulu Festival a decade ago. They were invited to the “Time Capsule Ceremony” to reveal each one. It was held as a celebration for the 20th anniversary of the Honolulu Festival on Saturday, March 8, 2014.

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[ Interview ]

The 1st Time Capsule Project Participating Student 
Reece Matsumoto

Reece is one of the students participated in the 1st Time Capsule Project a decade ago. Currently, he studies Accounting at The University of Southern California which he is out-of-state. Hence, he couldn’t attend the ceremony. With his family’s permission, we were able to conduct a phone interview.

Honolulu Festival (HF): You wrote about your family’s Christmas tradition along with your drawings. What do you want to be doing 10 years from now?

Reece Matsumoto (RM): In 10 years, I want to be a business consultant.

HF: So you are planning to obtain a degree in Accounting and become a CPA (Certified Public Accountant), then work as a business consultant?

RM: Yes.

HF: That’s great! By the way, there will be over 11,000 students participating in the 2nd Time Capsule Project this year. Do you have any message for them?

RM: Of course! Pursue your dreams and be proud of yourself, your culture and your heritage.

HF: Thank you for your kind words! How is your campus life in California?

RM: I like the climate in California very much. It doesn’t get too cold or snowy. I have classmates from China, Singapore, India and all over the world. At the same time, I’ve seen various foreigners in Hawaii so I didn’t feel strange or special about them.

HF: That sounds interesting! Thank you very much for your time!

RM: Thank you for choosing me for your interview!


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