Author: Daniel Peterson

Cyrus Neville

Cyrus Neville is an 18-year-old student in his second semester here in Kapiʻolani Community College. Currently majoring in Liberal Arts, Neville intends to transfer to UH Mānoa, where he plans on getting his bachelor’s degree in Botany.

Originally from Columbus, Ohio, he felt drawn to come to Hawai‘i by his faith.

“I just felt like God wanted me to come out here so I came,” he said.

Neville also came to Hawai‘i with his interest in marine biology, which changed to a newfound love for botany upon arriving in Oʻahu. 

“Because we are surrounded by them,” he said about his new interest in botany and plants. “It is the source of life, and I’m just really interested about learning about that.”

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    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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