Small city to a small island – KHS grad living it up in Hawaii

HANNAH HEMPHILL, Staff writer

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Dylan Evans, KHS graduate in the class of 2015, ran cross country all four years of high school. He loved running but he never knew his running would get him so far in life including a college scholarship and the chance to run in Hawaii. 

After getting the news that he was going to be able to go to school in Hawaii he was excited from the start. He now attends Hawaii Pacific University.

Evans "toughing it out" in Hawaii.

Evans “toughing it out” in Hawaii.

Evans now lives in the city of Waikiki, which is right outside of Honolulu.

“I have a brand new house there with two other roommates and we’re less that half a mile from the beach,” Evans says.

In Waikiki, the temperature usually is 75-85 degrees and it’s also pretty humid. It’s summer now, but when the fall, winter, and spring comes it will be around 70-75 degrees.

“Even though it’s a small island, I grew up on many acres to myself and now I’m in a huge city with buildings all around,” he says. “Even though it’s a big change it’s something that is fun and exciting to me,” he says.

The team’s training mainly takes place on a road that goes along the Diamond Head Coast and lies along the side of Diamond Head Volcano. But they also run around the city of Honolulu in the streets and parks. For better cross country training, they also run on a traditional dirt track.

“I’m in the water everyday, surfing, snorkeling, cliff diving, or free diving,” Evans says. “And if I’m not in the water I’m up the mountains hiking.”

A scene that has become the norm for KHS graduate Dylan Evans.

A scene that has become the norm for KHS graduate Dylan Evans.

Evans goes to waterfalls, volcanoes, and says there is amazing food so the food trucks are stunning there.

“Mostly different kinds of shrimp and seafood and also the best snow cones ever,” Evans says “So eating is definitely a great pasttime here.”

Although it is Hawaii, he still misses his hometown.

“I miss Texas and what is back home – friends, family, home, memories. But I’m in love with the water and that was something I couldn’t have back in Texas.”

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7 Responses to “Small city to a small island – KHS grad living it up in Hawaii”

  1. Karla Chandler on September 21st, 2015 5:29 pm

    This is a well-written, very interesting article. What a fun college experience!

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  2. Mrs. Valerie Lambert on September 22nd, 2015 7:43 am

    Great article, Hannah!
    So proud of and for Dylan!
    Thanks!
    Mrs. Lambert

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  3. Elanna Hylander on September 22nd, 2015 7:59 am

    What a well-written article Hannah!! I loved the pictures as well! I think we should try to convince Dr. Crawford to let us take a field trip to Hawaii to make sure Dylan is giving us the full scoop… 🙂
    Keep up the great work!

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  4. Mrs. Carter on September 22nd, 2015 8:44 am

    So proud of Dylan on his accomplishments!
    Great job Hannah on writing a great article for our school!

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  5. Brenda Paine on September 22nd, 2015 10:05 am

    Very good article and so proud for him and Coach Stone. What a great life and experience for him. Coach B Paine

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  6. Kimberly Evans-Baker on September 23rd, 2015 3:34 pm

    Great job Hannah…it’s nice to see how my son is doing. Thanks for the update…

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  7. Kathie Carver on October 21st, 2015 8:49 pm

    So very proud of you You will make a great writer one day

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Small city to a small island – KHS grad living it up in Hawaii