Peer Academic Coaches

Peer Academic Coaches

Peer Academic Coaches (PAC) are diverse upper-class student leaders that provide academic support, motivation, and mentorship throughout a new students' first year at Hawai'i Pacific University. PACs aid new students in transitioning to college life, living on Oahu, learning about student leadership and academic opportunities, and much more! In addition, PACs connect with new students weekly to provide peer advisement, resources, and referrals to impact a new student's academic, cultural, social and personal needs.

Why do I need a Peer Academic Coach?

  • A Peer Academic Coach can help answer your questions as a peer
  • Peer Academic Coaches are familiar with Oahu and Hawaii Pacific University, making them an excellent resource when seeking advice on where to go for your various needs
  • Creating a connection with a PAC helps you to establish a network with other students before you arrive to Oahu

Peer Academic Coach Assignments

  • Scroll down to read the various profiles of our 2013-2014 Peer Academic Coaches
  • Click on the "Peer Academic Coach Form" link
  • Complete the brief online form to assist us in intentionally assigning you a Peer Academic Coach 
  • Pau! (Done!) Please wait to hear back from us beginning August 2013!

Meet the 2013-2014 Peer Academic Coaches

Angela Jimenez
Avery Fukeda
Brandon Agcaoil

Angela Jimenez

Major: International Business;
Minor: Marketing
Hometown: Peoria, AZ
Interests: Fashion & Design, traveling, outdoor activities
Favorite quote: “What’s meant to be will always find a way.”
Favorite thing to do on Oahu: Lying out at the beach
Fun fact about you: I’ve hiked the tallest mountain in Arizona.

Avery Fukeda

Major: Business ManagementHometown: Oahu
Interests: I am the current President for Circle K International and a member of the Travel Industry Management Student Organization (TIMSO).
Favorite quote: “Shoot for the moon, if you miss you will land among the stars” – Les Brown.
Favorite thing to do on Oahu: I love to travel around Hawai'i, the West Coast, Asia and I have a passion for photography.
Fun fact about you: I am Japanese, 6’-4” and wear size 17 shoes.

Brandon Agcaoili

Major: Anthropology
Hometown: Richmond, CA
Interests: Sports, Exercise
Favorite Quote: “Whatever you habitually see yourself to be that is what you are, see it as it will be.” –Coach George Everly (Saint Mary’s Baseball)
Favorite thing to do on Oahu: Body Surfing
Fun fact about you: I am an exercise junk

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Calyssa Baig

Major: International Business
Hometown: Woodbridge, ONT
Interests: Sleeping, art, Japan Sports, Books
Favorite Quote:  “Enjoy the simple things in life, like a lemon wedge on your glass of water.”
Favorite thing to do on Oahu: Sleep/Read on the beach
Fun fact about you: I lost Nemo…

Casey Suyeyoshi

Major: Psychology
Hometown: Waianae, HI
Interests: Korean Pop Music, musicals, video games, drama series
Favorite Quote: “I’m Ready!!”
Favorite thing to do on Oahu: Hanging out with family and friends
Fun fact about you: I love to sing and dance in the shower. I’ve been to Taiwan, Japan and California.

Chassidy Sakamoto

Major: Waihe’e, Maui
Hometown: TIM/Business
Interests: Beach, eating, sleeping
Favorite thing to do on Oahu:  going to the beach
Fun fact about you: My middle name is spelled Mayo on my birth certificate.

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Crystal Sonson

Major: Nursing
Hometown: Ewa Beach, Oahu
Interests: Basketball, going to the gym, beach, snorkeling, playing video games
Favorite quote: “The very things that hold you down are the ones that lift you up.”
Favorite thing to do on Oahu: Snorkeling & going to the beach!
Fun fact about you: I love Disney!!

Diamond Long-Moses

Major: Gen. Business
Hometown: Augusta, GA; Kansas
Interests: hiking, watching TV, sleeping, hanging with friends, going out shopping
Favorite quote: “Just Do It”
Favorite thing to do on Oahu: Hiking
Fun fact about you: Laughing is contagious.

Dominique Bushong

Major: International Business
Hometown: Toms River, New Jersey
Interests: Tennis, Golf & figure skating (sports)
Favorite quote: “Pressure is a privilege.” –Billy Jean King
Favorite thing to do on Oahu: Sky Diving
Fun fact about you: I love to travel

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Geoffrey Webb

Major: Integrated Media
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Interests: Art, Pinterest
Favorite quote: “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re get.”
Favorite thing to do on Oahu: Walking around Waikiki and people watching
Fun fact about you: I Found Nemo!

Grant Bearden

Major: Communications
Hometown: Crossville, AL
Interests: College Football, Hiking
Favorite quote: “Stupid is as stupid does.”
Favorite thing to do on Oahu: Take trips to North Shore and go to the beach
Fun fact about you: I once snuck into six flags over Georgia for the 4 square points.

Haley Doefer

Major: English Literature
Hometown: Battle Ground, WA
Interests: Volleyball, hiking, outdoors, books, writing, cooking
Favorite quote: “We accept the love we think we deserve.”
Favorite thing to do on Oahu: hike, beach (volleyball + pleasure)
Fun fact about you: I love the writer, Vonnegut, Fitzgerald and Stienback.

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Ian Boat

Major: Advertising
Hometown: Kansas City
Interests: Golf, sports, music, friends
Favorite quote: “Live life as if you have already lived once before and you acted as wrongly the first time as you are about to now”
Favorite thing to do on Oahu: Go to the beach
Fun fact about you: Love HipHop

Jasmine Willis

Major: Elementary Education
Hometown: Kapolei, HI
Interests: I love playing the guitar, watching movies and laughing
Favorite quote: “Faith is taking the first step before you can see the whole staircase” –MLK Jr.
Fun fact about you: I am allergic to pineapples.

Juliet Tan

Major: Elementary Education
Hometown: Singapore
Interests: running, swimming, hiking, reading, singing, movies, music, drawing, sleeping, poetry.
Favorite quote: “you are who you chose to be”
Favorite thing to do on Oahu: Day dream at the beach
Fun fact about you: I love to day dream

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Justin Brown

Major: Social Science
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Interests: Video games
Favorite quote: “Tis but a scratch.” –The Black Knight (Monty Python & Holy Grail)
Favorite thing to do on Oahu: Go beach and swimming in the ocean.
Fun fact about you: I love long walks and exploring new areas. I also enjoy chillin’ at home playing video games and taking naps.

Karisa Taketa

Major: Nursing
Hometown: Waiehu, Maui, HI
Interests: Reading, shopping, dancing, and listening to music, going to the beach
Favorite quote: “You gotta keep your head up.” –Amy Grammer
Favorite thing to do on Oahu: Shopping… better than Maui
Fun fact about you: I’m born on a holiday….Prince Kuhio day during Spring Break

Kathleen Labuguen

Major: Nursing
Hometown: Honolulu, HI
Interests: I like shopping, exercising, hiking, and going to the beach
Favorite quote: “It’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring” –Marilyn Monroe
Favorite thing to do on Oahu: I love seeking new places to hike, take pictures at, finding adventurous places in Oahu.
Fun fact about you: I love animals! I have a dog, a cat and pet fish.

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Keisha Camille Lewis

Hometown: Aiea, HI
Interests: Watching movies, going out with friends, reading, shopping and singing.
Favorite Quote: "A day without laughter is a day wasted." %7e Charlie Chaplin Fun Fact: I'm a travel junkie, a wannabe baker and a huge fan of musicals.

Keita Ueno

Major: Multimedia
Hometown: Kochi, Japan
Interests: Tennis, soccer, football, food, video games, partying, movies, shopping, reading, cooking
Favorite quote: “One for all.”
Favorite thing to do on Oahu: Tennis party, shop, beach
Fun fact about you: Graduated from high school in Alabama. I  lived there for 10 years.

Kristel Joyce Ramones

Major: Nursing
Hometown: Kalihi
Interests: I enjoy baking and cooking.
Favorite quote: “Never give up/ good things happen to people who wait.”
Favorite thing to do on Oahu: Eating and hang out with friends, BF, and family
Fun fact about you: I enjoy watching marathons of TV shows.

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Lena Davidson

Major: Biology-Human Health
Hometown: Sweden, Skane, Malmo
Interests: music, photography, philosophy
Favorite quote: “When life gives you a lemon, make lemonade.”
Favorite thing to do on Oahu: Hiking
Fun fact about you: I've played in a family band since 4.

Melanie Hew

Major: Biology-Human Health Science
Hometown: Toronto, Canada
Interests: cheer, gymnastics, beaching, hikes, eating
Favorite quote: “When you run too fast to get somewhere, you’ll miss half the fun getting there.” 
Favorite thing to do on Oahu: beach, trying new hikes
Fun fact about you: I can look like a spider

Michael Colon-Yoshimoto

Major: Communications
Hometown: Honolulu
Interests: League of Legends, Parkour, music, GOD
Favorite quote:  “Live each day like it’s your last, but treat others like it’s their last too.”
Favorite thing to do on Oahu: EAT!
Fun fact about you: I studied abroad in Japan.

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Miina Huotari

Major: International Studies
Hometown: Oulu, Finland
Interests: Theatre, politics, human rights, traveling, running/workout, chocolate
Favorite quote: “Nothing is impossible.” “Strong will continue.”
Favorite thing to do on Oahu: Running, hiking, going to the beach (when I have time)
Fun fact about you: I’m afraid of spiders...eek! I don’t go to their home; they shouldn’t come to my home…

Monique Ardans

Major: Marine Biology
Hometown: Hanford, CA
Interests: Eating, singing, using the computer
Favorite quote: “Don’t worry, be happy.”
Favorite thing to do on Oahu: Go to the beach
Fun fact about you: I can say the alphabet backwards.

Tariq Abou-Bakr

Major: International Business
Hometown: Pocatello, ID
Interests: Sports, (basketball, football, baseball), Guitar, Seattle Seahawks
Favorite quote: “If you’re not first, you’re last.”
Favorite thing to do on Oahu: Jumping off cliffs/ hiking/ beach
Fun fact about you: I’m half Egyptian.

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Tyler Harris

Major: 3-2 Engineering
Hometown: Kissimmee, FL
Interests: Basketball, coaching, cooking
Favorite quote: “It is what it is.”
Favorite thing to do on Oahu: Go to the beach/hiking
Fun fact about you: Manager for HPU Men’s Basketball