Author: Nakoa Nunies

Robert Young

Robert Young is a first-year professor at KCC. He teaches Math 75x to students. To most of his students, he is known as “Kumu”. When he is not teaching, he is studying neuroscience at the center of disabilities for the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

Prior to teaching at KCC, Kumu Robert worked at Ānuenue and helped develop the math program there. He also currently works to develop 8th-grade mathematics curriculum for Native Hawaiians.

Young likes to spend his time working at the Institute For Human Services (IHS), a homeless shelter for families and children in Kalihi. There he runs an after-school science and math program.

“I think I like learning about the world more, math is just a means to do it,” said Kumu Robert.

He explains that math is a universal concept that can apply to anything. Kumu Robert prefers to not focus on one thing but instead likes to study many things including neuroscience and physics. Math gives him the tools to understand the world.

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Deevon Donre

Deevon Donre is a first-year part-time student attending Kapi‘olani Community College focused on liberal arts with the intention of switching to natural sciences later. She’s most commonly known for her long brown hair, which extends all the way down to her ankles.

“It’s a family thing,” Deevon said. “The trick is coconut oil.”

Since she was a child she used coconut oil in her hair to keep it healthy.

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  • Ron FaisonRon Faison
    Ron Faison is originally from Daytona Beach, Fla. and his declared major is Liberal Arts. Faison was came out to Honolulu eight years ago because he was stationed with the navy at Pearl Harbor. He recalls the amount of time he was in the navy and was excited to finish his commitment and start college. "How long was I in the navy?" Faison laughs. "7 years, 5 months and 22 days." He is currently in his second semester at KCC and plans to move back to Florida when he finishes his classes this spring. Faison hopes to transfer to a 4-year college somewhere around Tampa or Orlando. While living out in Hawaiʻi he has enjoyed the beaches, hiking and the beautiful weather. In his free time he enjoys watching TV shows like Family Matters, The Office and Living Single.

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