Matthew Sylva

Student Journalist | Hawaii Independent, Ka Leo

I am a senior at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.  A candidate for a BS in Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences with Honors.  I am also a concurrent candidate for a BA in Journalism.  I am a pre-law student.

I have volunteered and worked for the Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethno-Botanical Garden in Kealakekua for over seven years.  I have also been a member of the Kona Orchid Society, intern for Congresswoman Mazie K. Hirono, Resident Adviser for UHM, Cashier, Courtesy Clerk, tour guide and Vice-president of Biology Club at UHM.

Born on O‘ahu and raised in Kailua-Kona on the Big Island by my parents with my younger brother.  I graduated from West Hawaii Explorations Academy Public Charter School.  (A science intensive school.)

In my free time I kayak, do some landscape architecture/design, grow plants, hike, snorkel, dabble in photography, golf and cook.

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