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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