Ruth O. Bingham, PhDDepartment Chair & Faculty Specialist
Raised in Kailua, Ruth lived in South America, Europe and the mainland before returning to Hawai’i to raise a family. She has five degrees (2 BAs, 2 MAs, and a PhD) in musicology and German, from UH-Manoa and Cornell University in New York.
She loves working in higher ed and helping students!
Kay HamadaFaculty Specialist
Kay grew up on the island of Hawaiʻi. She earned her BA in Journalism and Mass Communication from Drake University in Iowa. After teaching English in China for a year, Kay returned to the Midwest to earn her MA in English from Western Illinois University. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Communication and Information Sciences with a focus in Social Informatics at UH Manoa.
In her spare time Kay likes to go on walks (#Fitbit) and swim at Magic Island. She is also a SuperWhoLock fan.
Nanette MilesJunior Specialist
Nanette was born and raised in Hawai’i, with the exception of attending Kindergarten in Maryland. She has completed her AA in Liberal Arts from Kapi’olani Community College and transferred to UH Manoa to complete her BA in Psychology with a Certificate in Ethnic Studies and then to Chaminade University to earn a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology degree.
Nanette likes to travel and has been on a road trip from West Virginia to California; San Francisco; Holland and Germany.
Tracy ChagamiAcademic Advisor
Tracy was born and raised in Hawaii and grew up in MIlilani. Right after graduating from high school, she went on to complete her AA in Liberal Arts from Kap’iolani Community College and then transferred to UH West Oahu to earn her BA in Social Sciences (with a Concentration in Psychology). Soon after that, she completed a Master of Education in Educational Technology degree at UH Manoa.
She loves doing outdoorsy things. In the past she has gone hiking at midnight in Alaska, played with a Beluga whale, walked on a glacier, and petted/fed deer at Nara Park (Japan). In her spare time, she likes to spend time with her nieces and nephews and go on adventures with her dog.
Allison YapAcademic Advisor
Allison is the designated Study Abroad Advisor for students in AH/LLL. She was born and raised in Hawaii and earned a B.A. in Women’s Studies and a M.A. in Political Science from UH Manoa. In her final semester as an undergraduate, she received a UHM Presidential Scholarship, which she used to study abroad in London, England.
Allison loves to travel and to encourage UHM students to Study Abroad!
Reynold was born and raised on the island of Oahu. He has earned his BA in Second Language Studies and Japanese from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. His intends to come back to Manoa to pursue a Masters Degree and live in Japan. His hobbies include hanging out with his friends, playing video games, and travelling.
Amanda is from Ewa Beach, Hawaii and a graduate from McKinley High School. She transferred from Leeward Community College and is now pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Family Resources with a minor in Japanese at UH Manoa. She plans on working on a master’s degree in Educational Administration after graduation. In the future she hopes to return to Leeward as a counselor or International Coordinator. Her hobbies include doing manicures, shopping, playing with makeup, and going on food adventures.
She loves anything and everything Kate!
Bryce is from Roosevelt High School and was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is pursuing a degree in Creative Media, in the animation track. His future plans are to eventually move to L.A. and join a production company like Pixar or ILM (Lucasfilms) and become an editor, but eventually come back home to open a production company. His hobbies include filming, photography, browsing reddit, hiking, adventuring, and cruising the island. In his free time he watches The Flash and edits videos for either classes or fun.
Mara is originally from Fiji. She moved to Hawaii in 2014 and is currently attending UH Manoa pursuing B.A.s in Pacific Island Studies and Journalism. Mara plans to get her Masters in Pacific Island Studies and hopes to return home to teach at the University of the South Pacific. In her free time, she likes to go on adventures, read fantasy novels, binge watch TV shows, and discover new places to eat.
Mika was born and raised in San Francisco, CA. She is pursuing a B.A. in English in Creative Writing. Her hobbies include reading books, manga, reddit nosleep, watching anime, drawing, playing video games on the PS4 and PC, and eating sweets. She would one day like to publish novels and short stories.
Sam CPeer Advisor
Sam is from Waipahu, Hawaii and a graduate from Maryknoll High School. She is currently attending UH Manoa, pursuing a BBA degree in Accounting. Sam plans to get a master’s degree at Shidler College of Business, as well as become a Certified Public Accountant. One day, she would like to have her own Taxing Service company, while traveling the world! Her hobbies include collecting nail polishes, calligraphy, drawing, and playing the guitar. Fun fact: Sam went from binge reading books at Borders to binge watching TV shows on Netflix.
Samm BPeer Advisor
Sammantha was born in Florida, but moved to Maui her freshman year of high school. She graduated from Lahainaluna High School and completed her A.A. in Liberal Arts at the University of Hawaii Maui College. She now attends UH Manoa and is pursuing her B.A. in English. She hopes to one day publish a best-selling novel. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring different creative outlets, her favorite being ceramics.
Advising Center Support Staff
Carolina was born, raised and educated on the Island of O’ahu. She is an alumnus of both Hawai’i Loa College and Hawai’i Pacific University and earned her BA in Liberal Arts. Her past careers have been in customer service in the hotel and travel tourism industry; private corporate administration; and military service in the US Navy and US Coast Guard.
Carolina loves traveling and hopes to visit those places still on her dream list-to-see.
Heather was born and raised on Oahu. She received her AA in Liberal Arts from Kapiolani Community College and her BA in American Studies from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Growing up on the Windward side of Oahu, Heather developed an admiration for country living which includes a love of animals and being surrounded by lots of greenery. Her future aspirations are to go back to school to pursue her Masters Degree and to do more traveling.
Her quote of inspiration: Cat ladies are not crazy, they are ingenious fanatics.
Welcome Desk Student Assistants
Abigail was born and raised in San Diego, CA and graduated from Eastlake High School. She is attending UH Manoa in order to receive her BA in Second Language Studies. Her future goal is to teach English in Japan, South Korea, and Thailand. She would like to be able to visit every country in East Asia at least once. Her hobbies include hanging out with friends, bowling, and listening to music.
Abigail loves Mexican food and knows how to make her own Carne Asada burritos.
Megan is from Los Angeles, California. She is majoring in Entrepreneurship and has plans to one day own her own health food business.
Megan’s hobbies include going to the beach, surfing, photography, visiting museums, and being a dog mom.
No’eau was born and raised on Oahu and has lived in beautiful Kaneohe his entire life. He graduated from Kamehameha Schools Kapalama, and is currently an undergraduate student at UH Manoa pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Global Environmental Science. After graduating, he plans to pursue a career in the field of environmental conversation in Hawaii.
No’eau’s hobbies include surfing, skating, and long naps.
Ryan is from the Big Island and was raised in Hilo for most of his life. He graduated from Hilo High School before attending the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He is currently seeking an undergraduate bachelor’s degree in finance. In the near future, Ryan plans on going to law school as well as getting his master’s in business administration.
Ryan’s hobbies include lifting weights, spearfishing, swimming and really any activity around the water.
Born and raised on Oahu, Ross went to Kahuku High and Intermediate School. He lived in Japan for the past 5 years and came back to pursue a 2nd bachelor’s degree in Japanese. He wants to continue on to the graduate program in Japanese and eventually teach Japaneses at the university level. His hobbies are reading, watching movies, playing games, and spending time with his family.
Alex was born and raised on the island of Maui. She graduated from Maui High School. She is currently majoring in Business at Shidler College of Business. Her plans for the future is to earn an undergraduate degree.
On her free time, she likes to read, go to the beach, binge watch Netflix shows, and go hiking. An interesting facts about her is that she can sing the ABC’s backwards.
An Advisor Wears Many Hats, Fall 2010 Ke Kumu Ike article – see page 2 (pdf)