Author: Katlin Cilliers

Loreto Mendoza Jr.

Loreto Mendoza Jr. was born and raised on Maui. He joined the Marine Corps right after finishing high school, in 2012. He was deployed to Afghanistan in 2014, for about seven months. When he was there, he did patrols and convoys.

He was also stationed in California for a few years after coming back from South Asia. Mendoza is currently using his GI Bill benefits to further his education as he decided to end his active service. He’s working towards the Radiologic Technology Program at KCC.

“[The military] gave me a lot of opportunities, education-wise. … I had to grow up fast. I was a 20-year old, 19 year-old in charge of guys who were 25-year old guys.”

In his free time, Mendoza enjoys spear fishing.

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Kenta Seo

Kenta Seo is originally from Tokyo, Japan. He has been in Hawaii for five months and is pursuing a degree in Hospitality. Seo would like to stay in Hawaii, but thinks his options are limited due to visa restrictions.
He is currently working on an ESOL class so that he can improve his English for upcoming pre-requirements.
Back in his home country, the 27-year-old used to be a swimming coach. He did that for nearly 10 years.

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  • Cara PairmoreCara Pairmore
    Cara Pairmore is a 22 year old student majoring in natural sciences. She was born in Georgia, but moved to O‘ahu several years ago from North Carolina because her father is stationed at Schofield. She plans to transfer to UH Hilo next semester. Cara likes painting, hiking, and reading. You can usually find her doodling in her notebooks, the artwork matching the subjects she is taking notes on. She’s currently working towards achieving a sustainability certificate because she also enjoys nature. “I feel very fortunate to be able to finish out my college career in such a culturally and biologically diverse place that has such a strong focus on conservation and sustainability,” she said.

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