UH Hilo Advising Center Staff
- Kainoa Ariola, Director
- Kurt dela Cruz. Senior Advisor
- Jodilyn Kunimoto, Senior Advisor
- Comfort Sumida, Senior Advisor
- Holly Garriques, Academic Advisor
- Lyssa Sakamoto, Student Success Advisor
Peer Advisors: Sherise and Kaylie
The Mission of the Advising Center
The mission of the University of Hawai`i at Hilo Advising Center is to promote student learning by assisting undergraduate students in the development of educational plans and that are compatible with their career/life goals. Students are empowered to take responsibility for their own decisions. The Advising Center delivers high quality advising in a caring, personalized atmosphere and also provides timely and accurate academic resources, materials and information to the campus community.
Activities of the Advising Center
The primary focus of the Advising Center is to assist exploratory or "General" or "Undelcared" students in the development of educational plans that are compatible with their life/career goals and the advisors are assigned to General students. The staff can help match General students' personal interests with offerings in the university curriculum, talk about the implications of their college education, and help clarify academic and personal goals. The Center also provides information to Undeclared students on General Education requirements, course selection, registration, graduation requirements, and academic policies and procedures.
All students may receive support and guidance from the Center through instructional materials about General Education and graduation requirements, although students with declared majors are advised by faculty members in the appropriate disciplines, who provide continued guidance throughout the student's college career. Some of these materials include the Bachelor's Degree Planbook, Campus Resources handout, and various self-guided web tutorials.
The Center also acts as a resource for faculty advisors by offering advisor development and supplemental support. This support may involve information and instructional material on academic policies, general education requirements, graduation requirements, and other specific needs of the faculty in the area of advising.
The Center coordinates programs and events scheduled throughout the semester that meet the advising needs of new, continuing, transfer, and returning students.