By Juri Dagio | Staff Writer

Noah Tialigo is a 24-year-old Liberal Arts major from Nu’uanu in Honolulu. A former Culinary Arts major, due to the Covid-19 pandemic that severely affected him, Tialigo realized that he wanted to pursue a degree in Creative Media.

After college, it is Tialigo’s dream to work for an animation studio.

“It would be better to have studios since there’s not a lot of job market over here [in Hawai’i],” he said. “I would love Hawai’i to have some.”

Due to financial hardships, Tialigo enrolled in KCC to apply for the Lunalilo Scholars Program. The Lunalilo Scholars Program was launched in May 2012. It is the program’s purpose to provide financial support to struggling students who demonstrate academic potential.

Along with Tialigo’s attendance at KCC to complete his education, he also works for a Native Hawaiian program. On Saturdays, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., members tend the campus gardens and prepare for events. They are inviting people to learn about Native Hawaiian plants and have an opportunity to do community service.