ORIENTATION LEADERS

Meet your 2022-2023 New Student Orientation Leaders!

Alex_Kahaleua
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Alex Kahaleua

Major: Biology and Japanese | Minor: Korean | Hometown: Waipio, HI

Favorite place on campus?
My favorite place on campus without a doubt is Paradise Palms. Paradise Palms is an all-in-one perfect place where you can study, grab breakfast or lunch, and hang-out with friends! Whether I go by myself or with friends, Making it one of my favorite spots to come to during my down-time.

One thing you wish you knew before starting at UHM?
One thing that I wish I knew before starting my journey at UH Manoa is how accessible a lot of the resources are. I went into UH not using any of the sources available, for instance Hamilton Library's study rooms, the Warrior Rec Center, Manoa One Search, and many more. It wasn't until the end of my Sophmore year that I began using these resoucres and honestly it was a game changer that made both my academic and personal journey much, much easier!

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Allyson Pooler

Major: Bachelor of Social Work and B.S. of Psychology | Minor: Medical Anthropology | Hometown: Portland, OR

Favorite place on campus?
My favorite place on campus is the Sakamaki Courtyard. It's a really great place to just pop in my headphones and crank out some homework. The tables there are really great to work at while getting some fresh air.

Favorite class and professor?
My favorite class so far has been POLS 140: Intro to Indigenous Politics with Professor Ha'ani San Nicholas. She's wonderful and she introduces some incredible materials throughout the class.

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Ashley Terrell

Major: Marketing and International Business | Hometown: Pleasanton, CA

Favorite place to eat on campus?
Campus Center Food Court, especially on Taco Tuesday!

Favorite class or professor?
MKT 321 with Professor Kelly Holden!

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Cece Abella

Major: Mechanical Engineering | Hometown: Menifee, CA

Favorite place to eat on campus?
My favorite place to eat on campus is Dunkin Donuts. I don't know if this really counts as a place to eat, but it is my most frequented place on campus.

Favorite memory as a UHM student?
My favorite memory as a UHM student was joining Phi Mu and meeting all my super close friends!

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Cheyial Esau

Major: Marketing and Management | Minor: Fashion Merchandising | Hometown: Honolulu, HI

Favorite place on campus?
My favorite place on Campus is Japanese gardens!

What has been your greatest accomplishment at UHM thus far?
Serving as the Director of Marketing for the Business Executive Society of Tomorrow (BEST)

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Christine Nguyen

Major: Public Health | Hometown: Honolulu and Anaheim

Favorite place to eat on campus?
I really love how there is a Jamba Juice right on campus! My go-to order is a Belgian waffle or the Mango-a-go-go smoothie!

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Coralyn Nabarro

Major: Sociology, Pre-Psych | Minor: Dance | Hometown: Pearl City, HI

Favorite place to eat on campus?
L&L in Paradise Palms

Favorite class or professor?
DNCE 370: Movement Improvisation with Peiling Kao

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Haley Taylor

Major: Communications | Minor: Business | Hometown: Las Vegas, NV

Favorite place on campus?
My favorite place on campus is the study rooms in Hamilton!

Favorite place to eat on campus?
My favorite place to eat on campus is campus center on Wednesdays !

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Hayley Haas

Major: Psychology | Minor: San Mateo, CA

Favorite place on campus?
My favorite place is the zen garden koi pond.

What is one thing you wish you knew before starting at UHM?
I wish I knew more about how to use the bus schedule.

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Jenna Lidua

Major: Physics | Minor: Certificate of Sustainability | Hometown: Honolulu, HI

What has been your greatest accomplishment at UHM thus far?
Being on a published paper in the Astrophysical Journal

What is one thing you wish you knew before starting at UHM?
The importance/process of scholarships, especially the common scholarship offered yearly at UHM

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Kaiya Laguardia-Yonamine

Major: Journalism | Minor: Sociology | Hometown: Portland, Oregon (and Henza, Okinawa)

One piece advice your parents gave to you before you left for college?
Try to make a balance ASAP (with school, work, social life, etc.) before starting. When I was a freshman, I wanted to do everything at once because I was excited to leave and come to a new place - and that kinda messed up my schedule until I got the hang of it. Make some kind of "normal" plan that you can fall back on, and then you have more freedom to do stuff in your free time without stressing too much.
Also, stay in contact with professors you like, even after the class is done. An island is a pretty small world and you never know what connections you can make in the long run.

Favorite class?
One of my favorite classes I’ve taken so far is video production. The Digital Studios on campus is really cool, and having class in there is like being in an actual newsroom. If you like cameras, editing, or want to learn how to make graphics and have some creative freedom, I recommend checking it out!

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Kendra Hein

Major: Marine Biology | Hometown: Honolulu, HI

Favorite place on campus?
My favorite place on campus is the Japanese Garden at the East-West Center.

Favorite memory as a UHM student?
My favorite memory as a UHM student is getting to interact with a baby octopus in my bio of inverts class.

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Khaylanee De Los Reyes

Major: Psychology | Hometown: Vallejo, CA

One Piece of Advice You'd Give to Students?
One piece of advice I would give students is to find your community! As everyone is new at some point, do not be afarid to attend clubs, meetings, and events solo because it may be an opportunity to create new friendships! As thrilling as starting at a new university is, it is essential to find those to share the memories with, good and bad.

Favorite place on campus?
Other than Hale Aloha Cafe for a wide variety of selections, I love eating at Ba-Le! They have pho for colder days and yummy pad thai cups, which are also my favories, but my favorite thing to get is a pick-me-up Vietnamese coffee and a banh mi sandwich in between classes.

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Madi Bodkins

Major: Kinesiology | Hometown: Honolulu, HI

Favorite place on campus?
My favorite place on campus is Campus Center. You will always be able to find something going on. It is great area to grab some food, do homework, and chat with friends. There are so many food options around there including starbucks, jamba, and stir fresh. I also love it because of the big giant tree in the middle. During Christmas time UH will string lights around the tree and its super pretty. The Rec center is also at campus center. It's a great place to get a good workout in and also take super fun fitness classes.

Favorite class and professor?
My favorite class I took was Human Anatomy & Physiology with Dr. Higa. He is a great professor and truly knows how to make sure all of his students understand the material. Along with him being a good professor, the class is very interesting as well. For being a Kinesiology major, this class was super important for me and I was eager to learn. For any incoming health science majors, look forward to taking his class!

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Madison LaFleur

Major: Human Development and Family Studies | Hometown: Arlee, Montana

One piece advice your parents gave to you before you left for college?
My mom told me to put myself out there and always be myself!

Favorite place to eat on campus?
My favorite place to eat on campus is at the Campus Center Food Court, they have delicious food! It will always be the best place to go for lunch for me!

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Nico Canaria

Major: Undeclared | Hometown: Aliso Viejo, California

Favorite class?
Spanish

One thing you wish you knew before starting at UHM?
I wish I knew about the clubs and job opportunities

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Ren Bin Lin

Major: Exploratory Business | Hometown: Honolulu, HI

Favorite place on campus?
The Campus Center.

What is one thing you wish you knew before starting at UHM?
That the Zone 22 Parking Structure is 10 minutes away from campus.

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Reuben Sablad

Major: Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Sciences | Hometown: San Francisco, California

Greatest accomplishment at UHM?
I found what I really loved and wanted to pursue as a career here at UH. I want to be involved in personal training/athletic training.

One thing you wish you knew before starting at UHM?
I wish I was told that it’s okay to take your time and to not force yourself to get involved in everything. It is easy to get overworked in college.

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Ruby Aliason

Major: Finance and Marketing | Hometown: Fresno, CA

Favorite place on campus?
The Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Complex

One thing you wish you knew before starting at UHM?
It rains a lot in Mānoa!

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Sena Yang

Major: Psychology | Hometown: San Diego, CA

One thing you wish you knew before starting at UHM?
I wish I had known more about Hawaiian culture & history

Favorite memory as a UHM student?
Dancing for the football team in Aloha Stadium

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Wenting He

Major: Finance | Hometown: Shanghai, China

Favorite place to eat on campus?
My favorite place to eat is the UH Paradise Palms, because they have various selection of food such as Pandas and L&L.

One piece advice your parents gave to you before you left for college?
Grades are important as a college student, but the actual knowledge we obtain and the connections we build through our college journey is much more important. These life changing experiences are unique to each individual and nobody can steal it from us.