Meet the MAAP/PALS Staff
Ginger Hamilton - Program Director
Gayleen Roldan - Office Assistant
Chrystal Tuigamala - Communication Specialist
- Talofa! I'm Chrystal and, I am an Accounting major at UH Hilo. My goal is to obtain my degree in Accounting, and hope to become a Certidied Public Accountant. I have a passion for helping others in reaching their potential, and find it rewarding to watch as they succeed.
- Claire-Ann Niibu-Akau - Business Administration/Accounting
My name is Claire Niibu-Akau and I am a senior majoring in Accounting. I have owned my own consulting business for over a decade. I enjoy helping fellow students to be successful and love to host fun parties and events.
Dillon Tacdol - Pre-pharmacy/Chemistry
Aloha! My name is Dillon Kapena Tacdol and I am a senior biology major at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. I was born in Wailuku, Maui to my two wonderful parents Valerie and Roger Tacdol. I am the eldest child along with my brother Dustin who also attends school at UH Hilo. My ethnicities are Hawaiian, Japanese, Filipino, Caucasian and Chinese. I went to Kamehameha Schools Maui for high school where I gained an interest for medicine. My goal as an undergraduate student is to graduate with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and to be accepted to the John A. Burns School of Medicine. It is at this medical school that I will train to become a great doctor. After medical school, I hope to open my own practice as a family practitioner. My hobbies are fishing, camping, diving, swimming, paddling, cooking, gardening, reading and spending time with my family. I have two sayings or “advice” that I would like to share with my PALS mentees and other freshmen student. My first advice is, “Sometimes it’s not what you know, but who you know. “ My second advice is, “It doesn’t matter what you are given. What matters is what you do with what you are given.” I wish all the freshmen a great and fun year.
Theresa K. Aten - Environmental Studies
Hello, my name is Theresa and I am majoring in Environmental Studies. I enjoy meeting and working with other students and helping them the best I can for them to reach their goals.
Michael A. Sado
Aloha, my name is Michael Sado. I am a graduate intern currently enrolled in the MSW distance education program with the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work out of UH Manoa. I was born on the mainland, raised on Maui and now live in Hilo. I received my AA degree from Hawaii Community College and my BA in Sociology from UH Hilo. I love helping others, especially students pursuing their educational dreams, and strive to do my small part to better my community by giving back. For fun, I am an avid comic and coin collector!John Alokoa - Kinesiology & Exercise Sciences
My name is John Alokoa. I'm from Kosrae. I was born in Oahu but was raised here on the Big Island. Some things I like to do on my free time are play baseball, basketball, play the ukulele or guitar, go to the beach and hang out with friends and family. My educational goal is to graduate from UH-Hilo with a Bachelor's in Kinesiology and Exercise Sciences. I haven't settled yet on what career path I'll be choosing but some things I have in mind are physical therapy or athletic training. As a peer mentor I can help new students become more familiar with the campus, give them the aloha they'll need and be there when they're in need of any assistance. My advice to the new students: hard work don't guarantee you a thing, but without it you don't stand a chance so work hard! Thank you.
Jamison Domingsil - Environment Science
Aloha! My name is Jamison Domingsil, and I'm pursuing an Environmental Science major, including a Glodal Engagement Certificate. As a peer assistant, I am humbled to help students who would like to make positive environmental changes for their community, and grateful to guide these students on achieveing success.
Get out of your comfort zone! College is a time to grow and realize what you're capable of. I heavily emphasize these words of advice because you won't get the most out of your college experience by limiting yourself to solely academics, and by completely shutting yourself off from social activities. Your GPA alone won't stand a change of landing that career you dreamed of in today's world; you must learn to establish networks with your colleagues, professors, and academic advisers as these people will help you develop your future. Even if you don't have the skills or are not comfortable in doing such actions, you have to start somewhere! Be it small or large, it's the first step that matters the most.
Keanu Arke - Kinesiology & Exercise Sciences
My name is Keanu Arke and I am from Aiea, Oahu. I'm a fourth year student-athlete studying Kinesiology and Exercise Science while being a member of the baseball team. I lam a patient person who loves helping people, so I look forward to helping students successfully adapt to their new environment.
- Amerfil Grace Acob -
Aloha everyone! My name is Amerful Grace Acob. I was born and raised in the Philipines and moved to Kaua'i. I am a junior and double majoring in accounting and management. I enjoy going to the beach, and doing outdoor activities. I am a person who likes to help others, and I will do my best to help students reach their goals. My advice to new students is to always use the availble recourses on campus.
- Tema'u Teikitekahioho Wolff - Pre-engineering and Hawaiian Studies
Aloha! My name is Tema'i Teikitekahioho-Wolff. I am of Hawaiian, Dutch, Marquesan and French descent. I am a Pre-engineering major with a minor in Hawaiian studies. I am aspring to be an Environmental Engineer who brings on the influence of Hawaiian culture and perspective within this work. I hope someday to help the communitities of the Pacific with the affects of climate change in their island homes. As a peer mentor, I can give perspectives for students on certain useful stufy habits, and to help prioritze their time while in college.
Jodie Aiona -
Joseph Anastacio - Computer Science