Aloha! My name is Kalani Cuaresma! I grew up in Kaneohe, Hawaii. I went to Shidler Business School at The University of Hawaii at Manoa to get my Finance degree then worked at Bank of Hawaii for three years before Gravity Payments. I was doing Sales on Oahu and Kauai for 3 years before moving to Seattle.
I played the trumpet throughout high school and was a brass section leader. I also played in the marching band my freshman year at the University of Hawaii. In college, I found my passion for dancing and asked the director of the UH dance team if he would be willing to add men to the team. I danced for the UH dance team for three years and met my wife on the dance team!
I lived on a small island, so I’ve always had the desire to explore the rest of the world. I’ve had the privilege to travel to Japan, Paris, and England while in high school. I’ve have been to the Philippines to help a non-profit, The Aria Children’s Fund. We installed water filtration systems for various communities and provided hygiene education. I think that this made me realize how blessed I am to have just the basic necessities. Last year I did a Euro trip and went to Scotland, Denmark, the Faroe Islands, and Italy. I think that those trips really opened my eyes to how big the world really is and helped my wife and I to decide to move to Seattle.
Growing up in Hawaii, I was lucky enough to live in a very diverse culture. Gravity also has a very diverse group of people. When I went up for training my first week working with Gravity, I knew it would be a great fit. Though sometimes we have our differences, we all come together and work for a common goal to serve our clients.
- Favorite Food: Pizza
- Favorite Movie: Kill Bill
- Favorite Book: Harry Potter series
- Hobbies: Surfing. You can find me at Diamond Head at the break of dawn before work!
- Favorite Quote: “Never, never, never give up!” – Winston Churchill