About Kayla Kioko Reger
Kayla was born in Whittier, California and grew up mostly in Southern California. She is of mixed descent, half Japanese and half German. Her father grew up in Buffalo, New York, and her mother grew up in Los Angeles, California. Her maternal grandparents played a large role in her upbringing. They both were born and raised on the big island of Hawai’i to immigrant Japanese parents. Her paternal grandparents were born and raised in small towns in upstate New York, in close proximity to dairy farms and amish communities. This mix of vastly different worlds is what shaped her upbringing and her identity today. She spent much of her childhood obsessed with books, geeking out over animals, playing with her cousins in their grandparents’ garden, and dancing Hula and Tahitian with her fellow hapa friends (hapa referring to a mixed ethnic identity). Memory Quilt is a reflection of this identity, relating memory to heritage, geography, time, and cultural community.