(Here’s the full list of Roxy Kiesssling’s favorites. The short box was published along with a feature story on the Punahou water polo standout in Tuesday’s Star-Advertiser.)
BOX OF FAVORITES
Food: Mint chocolate chip ice cream
Home-cooked food: Fried rice and chicken curry by mom (Trudie). “I like Spam.”
Class: Biology (junior year). “The labs are really fun. One year, we bred rabbits. Learning genetics. It’s cool to see how random it is. We didn’t name our rabbits. We wait ’til people adopt them. We didn’t do any experiments on them. We just played with them. I’d like to take biology in college.”
Favorite teachers: “There’s too many.”
Elementary school: Ms. (Malia) Ane. “She’s my third-grade teacher. Our class was called Shaka City. I learned a lot.”
Middle school: Mr. (Mark) Eliashof.
College options: Claremont (Division III), University of Hawaii. “Wherever I go, it’ll be fun. Going away would be really fun. It would be a great experience, but I think I can also get that at UH.”
Movie: “Lord of the Rings”. “All of them. Together. Legolas, the elf guy with the bow and arrow, is really cool.”
TV show: “Friends”. “It’s super funny, always makes me laugh. Their relationships are so funny.”
Favorite hangout: Home.
Athletic genes: Her father, Robert, ran track in high school. Her older brothers, Rudy and Robby, played water polo, too. Younger brother Rainer, a freshman, is into swimming and water polo.
Did you know? Kiessling is not into ocean sports. “Those are really too intense. Waves are very strong and kind of scary.”
Did you know No. 2: She dances for Na Pualei O Likolehua. She danced at Merrie Monarch in eight grade and again last year. “I’ve been dancing since I was 5 years old. Every Sunday. It’s fun. I love to dance with the people in my halau,” she said. “You really have to focus in and concentrate. There’s a huge audience and shining bright lights. You’re just nervous, but once you start dancing, it’s like water polo. Once you get going, you start to feel better. You’re all together.”
Future of the dynasty: “With Coach Ken’s coaching, they all have tons of potential. It all depends on how much they put into the sport and how committed they are.”
Cross training: “We work out two or three times a week. Swim for half an hour, then get out some weight belts and do some legs, or light jugs over our heads. I try to push myself a little bit more every time. It’s about reps.”