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 2014-2015 Peer Academic Coaches
  • Stay tuned to hear from your Peer Academic Coach beginning August 2014!

Meet the 2014-2015 Peer Academic Coaches

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Alec Fourie

Major: Hospitality and Tourism Management
Hometown: Tigard, OR
Interests: Hiking, Surfing, Running and Reading on the Beach
Favorite quote: "Never give up! Failure and rejection are only the first step to succeeding." - Jim Valvano
Favorite thing to do on Oahu: Snorkeling
Fun fact about you: Have five different animals back home
Alisha Manongdo

Major: Accounting and Finance
Hometown: Waipahu, HI
Interests: Reading, writing, photography, and appreciating the beauty of nature
Favorite quote: "Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always try just one more time." Thomas Edison
Favorite thing to do on Oahu: Going to the beach and sightseeing just to appreciate the beauty of Hawai'i.
Fun fact about you: My two sisters and I are ten months apart and we all look like triplets.
Allison Santamaria

Major: Hospitality and Tourism Management
Hometown: Vallejo, CA (Bay Area)
Interests: I enjoy doodling on scraps of paper, and singing for a pick me up.
Favorite quote: "Strength and dignity are her clothing and she smiles at the time to come." Proverbs 31:24
Favorite thing to do on Oahu: When I get the change I like to go to Kailua or Lanikai beach to swim and just relax.
Fun fact about you: I like to eat, discover new foods, and cook new recipes.
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Alvin Thao

Major: Pre-Nursing
Hometown: Fresno, CA
Interests: Music, hiking, traveling, sports, and dancing.
Favorite quote: "It does not matter where a train is going, what matters is deciding whether or not to get on." - Polar Express
Favorite thing to do on Oahu: Hiking and exploring.
Fun fact about you: Named after a chipmunk.

Ashley Massa

Major: Marine Biology
Hometown: Auburn, CA
Interests: Going to the beach, reading, movies, and marine life, mainly sharks.
Favorite quote: "You were given this life because you are strong enough to live it."
Favorite thing to do on Oahu: Climbing to the top of Chinaman's hat.
Fun fact about you: I love sharks.

Avery Fukeda

Major: Management
Hometown: Honolulu, HI
Interests: Sleeping, photography, traveling
Favorite quote: "Make smart choices."
Favorite thing to do on Oahu: Hanging out with friends at the beach.
Fun fact about you: I have traveled to Japan and the west coast states.
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Brandon Agpaoa-Thompson

Major: Psychology
Hometown: Kahului, Maui, HI
Interests: Dancing hula & Tahitian, Zumba, fishing, going to the beach, and talking.
Favorite quote: "I know God has a sense of humor...He made me didn't he?" Madea
Favorite thing to do on Oahu: Going to Hanauma Bay and the North Shore.
Fun fact about you: I am a motor mouth that loves to make people laugh. Oh, and I am addicted to deodorant.
Cammie McQuade

Major: Pure Mathematics
Hometown: Honolulu, HI
Interests: Church, art, sports...and eating!
Favorite quote: "Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art...it has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival." C.S. Lewis
Favorite thing to do on Oahu: Discover new restaurants with my husband.
Fun fact about you: My goal in life is to do missionary work in third world countries and inner-city communities.

Candace Farris

Major: Computer Science
Hometown: Kapolei, HI
Interests: Reading, drawing, computers, video games, anime, and traveling.
Favorite quote: "You want to know the difference between a master and a beginner? The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried." Stephen McCranie
Favorite thing to do on Oahu: Going to the beach and driving around the island.
Fun fact about you: I have a scar on my forehead from a flying surfboard.
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Carolyn Pascua

Major: Nursing
Hometown: Kapolei, HI
Interests: Reading (for fun!), shopping, and hanging out with friends.
Favorite quote: "It is when we are pushed beyond our limits to realize we had none to begin with."
Favorite thing to do on Oahu: Going to the beach and around the island to get Giovanni's shrimp!
Fun fact about you: I danced hula for 13 years.
Corina Kent

Major: Integrated Multimedia
Hometown: Sandvika, Norway
Interests: All art, design, crossfit, traveling, thrifting, and upcycling.
Favorite quote: "I like nonsense; it wakes up the brain cells." Dr. Seuss
Favorite thing to do on Oahu: Camping, festivals, beach days, hiking, and exploring - all with good people.
Fun fact about you: I find lifting weights therapeutic.
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!!
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Dylon Goodson

Major: Biology - Human and Health Sciences
Hometown: Ewa Beach, Oahu
Interests: Hanging out with family and friends, going to the beach, and hiking.
Favorite quote: “Your present circumstances don't determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start." Nide Qubein
Favorite thing to do on Oahu: Driving around the island and acting like a tourist.
Fun fact about you: I can play the ukulele.
Fevelyn Buccat

Major: Nursing
Hometown: Philippines
Interests: Art (drawing)
Favorite quote: “Sometimes the best thing you can do is not think, not wonder, not imagine, not obsess, just breathe and have faith."
Favorite thing to do on Oahu: Going around the island.
Fun fact about you: I speak Ilocano at home.
Gabby Andrade

Major: Hospitality & Tourism Mgmt.
Hometown: Mililani, HI
Interests: Traveling, tennis and art.
Favorite quote: “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiousity keeps leading us down new paths." Walt Disney
Favorite thing to do on Oahu: I love going to the beach, meeting new people, and visiting local attractions with friends.
Fun fact about you: The first concert I went to was Peter Frampton. It was amazing!
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Haley Fillman

Major: TESOL
Hometown: Murphy, TX
Interests: Languages, giraffes, sloths, naps, Teddy's Bigger Burgers, hiking, and Jesus.
Favorite quote: “If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all." Isaiah 7:9
Favorite thing to do on Oahu: Exploring the island and finding new places unknown by many.
Fun fact about you: I enjoy thrill seeking. I've gone skydiving and will be going bungee jumping soon.
Heather Stephenson

Major: Biology - Human Health Sciences
Hometown: Schaumburg, IL and Kailua, HI
Interests: Volleyball, basketball, band, musicals, piano, hiking, surging, and horseback riding.
Favorite quote: “The only true wisdom is knowing you know nothing." Socrates
Favorite thing to do on Oahu: Surf, tan, and spending time with my marine and my two dogs.
Fun fact about you: I've lived in 6 states: Hawai'i, Washington, Virginia, Illinois, Maine, and South Carolina.
Hunter Haas

Major: International Business
Hometown: Lindstrom, Minnesota
Interests: Anything outdoors, running, reading, guitar, traveling and people!
Favorite quote: “I can do all things through him who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13
Favorite thing to do on Oahu: Hiking, North Shore and meeting people from all arond the world.
Fun fact about you: I love life!
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Jasmine Andres

Major: Psychology
Hometown: Ewa Beach, HI
Interests: Video games, anime, art, Japanese language.
Favorite quote: "There's always a rainbow after the storm."
Favorite thing to do on Oahu: Hiking to see the views.
Fun fact about you: I went to the mall of America and Mall of Asia in one summer.
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.
Jessica Sonson

Major: Nursing
Hometown: Ewa Beach, HI
Interests: God. Basketball, beach, hiking, going to the gym, and shoes!
Favorite quote: “Greater love has no one than this, that one lays down his life for his friends." John 15:13
Favorite thing to do on Oahu: Basketball, beach, hiking, going to Bookends in Kailua.
Fun fact about you: I'm only 5ft. tall!
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Kaitlyn Taketa

Major: Entrepreneurial Studies
Hometown: Wailuku, Maui, HI
Interests: Working out, hiking, going to the beach, and reading.
Favorite quote: “Dream without fear, love without limits."
Favorite thing to do on Oahu: Hiking.
Fun fact about you: My dream job is to start a wedding planning company, which is well on its way!
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 was 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

Major: Journalism
Hometown: Aiea, HI
Interests: Watching movies, going out with friends, reading, shopping and singing.
Favorite quote: "A day without laughter is a day wasted." Charlie Chaplin
Fun fact about you: I'm a travel junkie, a wannabe baker and a huge fan of musicals.
Kelly Wapenski

Major: Psychology
Hometown: Morgan Hill, CA
Interests: Lacrosse, reading, beach, musing, and anything outdoors.
Favorite quote: “We're shining lighters in the dark in the middle of a rock show."
Favorite thing to do on Oahu: Beach, eating, watching fireworks, wondering around Honolulu.
Fun fact about you: I enjoy playing lacrosse and many other sports.
Kristel Joyce Ramones

Major: Nursing
Hometown: Kalihi, HI
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.
Lindsey Ostrowski

Major: Social Work
Hometown: Kailua, HI
Interests: Enjoying nature
Favorite quote: “The unexamined life is not worth living." Socrates
Favorite thing to do on Oahu: Hiking, going to the beach, and enjoying the beauty of Oahu.
Fun fact about you: I changed my major 5 times, but I am finally satisfied!
Macie Shimonishi

Major: Undeclared
Hometown: Kapa'a, HI
Interests: Running, reading, longboarding, watching movies, observing nature, drawing, and watching sunsets.
Favorite quote: “Be gentle. Fill yourself up with love instead instead of hate. Fill yourself with art, books, knowledge, experiences. Surround yourself with people who have nothing but love to give. These things are important. They will help you learn how to love."
Favorite thing to do on Oahu: Going for long drives, going to the North Shore, finding new coffee shops/cafes.
Fun fact about you: I like to pick wild flowers, specifically daisies.
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Meghan Vincent

Major: Marine Biology
Hometown: Green Bay, WI
Interests: Snorkeling, hiking, biking, watching movies.
Favorite quote: “Forget que sera sera; what will be will be whatever you make it."
Favorite thing to do on Oahu: Scuba diving and sightseeing.
Fun fact about you: I can quote "The Lord of the Rings."
Melanie Hew

Major: Biology-Human Health Sciences
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, HI
Interests: God, music, worship, and everything that may interest me.
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: Chilling with friends, eating good food and having fun! Cliff jumping Waimea's cruising at Lanikai Beach, and karaoke are just a few.
Fun fact about you: I studied abroad in Japan.
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Monique Ardans

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

Major: Marine Biology
Hometown: Morgan Hill, CA
Interests: Beaches, marine life, Biology, music.
Favorite quote: “Am I the only one left in Neverland?" Jillett Johnson
Favorite thing to do on Oahu: Snorkel and shark cage dive.
Fun fact about you: I have a twin brother that goes to Chico.
Norma Joy Agbisit

Major: Pre-Nursing
Hometown: Waimanalo, HI
Interests: Hanging out at the beach, watching movies, working out, playing golf, hiking, and being involved with school activities.
Favorite quote: “Be the reason someone smiles today."
Favorite thing to do on Oahu: Going to the beach (specifically Lanikai Beach)
Fun fact about you: I had the chance to meet the Dalai Lama.
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Roy Agmata

Major: Marketing
Hometown: Waipahu, HI
Interests: Poetry, music, sports, making friends.
Favorite quote: “Oh captain, my captain. That did not go well." "Whatever happened, happened the way it was supposed to happen." "How do you know?" "Because we're still alive." Neo and Morpheus
Favorite thing to do on Oahu: Going to new places, the beach, hiking, and relaxing.
Fun fact about you: I play football. I write poetry and novels.
Sofia Tavitian

Major: Elementary Education
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Interests: Sports, traveling, foreign languages.
Favorite quote: "Take risks. If you win you will be happy, if you lost you will be wise." Unknown
Favorite thing to do on Oahu: Skydiving.
Fun fact about you: I love eating ethnic food.
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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Tiffany Lee

Major: Elementary Education
Hometown: International Business
Interests: Blackberry lavender Lemonade, slam poetry, fresh tuberose, and surrealist art.
Favorite quote: "Everything has the potential to be beautiful, radient, and shine like a thousand splendid suns."
Favorite thing to do on Oahu: Watching seafoam, cotton-candy colored skies, and swimming.
Fun fact about you: I am a fruit enthusiast.
Tyler Harris

Major: Business
Hometown: Elizabethtown, KY
Interests: Sports, music, video games.
Favorite quote: "When was the last time you did something for the first time."
Favorite thing to do on Oahu: Kyaking.
Fun fact about you: Student manager for the HPU Men's Basketball team.