Residential Life Unit

The mission of Residential Life is to support the academic and personal success of our students through leadership development, residential learning programs, partnerships with parents and families, and connections with campus and community resources.

The Residential Life Unit consists of the following programs:
Residence Life, Apartment Life, Parent & Family Relations, Off Campus Housing

Residential Life Management Team:

David Akana
Associate Director of Student Housing Services

Aloha and welcome to the University of Hawai’i- Mānoa and Student Housing Services.  My name is David Akana and I am the Associate Director of Student Housing Services for Residential Life.  I was born and raised in Washington, where I attended Western Washington University, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Education in 1999.   In 2002, I earned a Master’s degree in College Student Services Administration from Oregon State University.  Since then, I have spent the last 12 years working professionally in higher education and residential life at a number of colleges and universities.  Living on campus at UH-Mānoa presents a lot of opportunities.  The Student Housing Services staff is here to facilitate a compelling living and learning environment for you to achieve your goals while at UH- Mānoa, and connect you to the greater campus and island community.  I encourage you take advantage of all the opportunities this campus has to offer.  

Ku`ulei Pau, Assistant Director for Residence Life

Ku`ulei is responsible for the comprehensive management of our residence hall facilities (Hale Aloha, Hale Laulima, Hale Kahawai, Hale Anuenue, Johnson Hall, and International Gateway House).


Wil Chen, Assistant Director for Apartment Life

Wil is responsible for the comprehensive management of our apartment and suite-style facilities (Hale Noelani, Hale Wainani, and Frear Hall). Wil received his Bachelor's degree in Psychology from University at Albany and his Master's degree in Education from Ohio State University. Previously, he worked in the student housing programs at San Diego State University and University of Massachusetts at Amherst.


Karen Blakeley, Assistant Director for Conduct and Community Standards

Bachelor’s and Master’s (Counseling) degrees from UH-Manoa


Audette Valdez, Coordinator for Behavior Management

Audette graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with her Bachelor of Science degree in Family Resources.

Aspen Krajewski
Leadership and Programming Coordinator
Aspen is responsible for residential programming, including Late Night events, as well as advising residential leadership opportunities like Residence Hall Association and the Resident Assistant Council.  Aspen graduated from the University of South Florida with her M.Ed. in College Student Affairs.


Beverly Boone, Area Secretary


Josie Cristobol,Area Secretary