Month: March 2018

Aaron Pila

Aaron Pila is a third-year student attending KCC majoring in Natural Resources. The 22-year-old already graduated from KCC with an Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts in Fall 2017 but is continuing to further his education in preparation for his transfer to UH Mānoa in Fall 2018.

Pila’s decision to attend KCC was influenced by the encouraging comments he heard about KCC’s biology program, specifically giving credit to professors Mackenzie Manning and Brian Deis. Since his time spent on campus, Pila has found the support system and academics to be helpful and motivating.

In the future, Pila yearns to work in a national park after earning his degree.

“I haven’t really decided which one yet, but … I just like the idea of walking around showing people really why they exist and how great just being outside is,” Pila said.

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  • Janelle YouJanelle You
    Janelle You, a KCC student majoring in teaching English as a second language, takes part in a jam session with her friends. “I was a professional Taiko drummer in L.A. for the past two and a half years. I started when I was seven, so almost all my life. I’m originally from Maui, I had to finish up school before traveling around, and have a back up plan. So this is my first time living in Oahu. Just this past semester is my first semester (at KCC). I went to the University of Pittsburg in Pennsylvania first before I transferred here, and when I moved to California I pursued a Taiko drum major. I took classes in Santa Monica college. Right now I’m taking a break but I hope to get back into it. I’m just singing with friends now." When asked about the name of her music group, she and her friends jokingly suggest the "Shin-anigans" due to the guitarist's surname being Shin.