Meet our CoBE Student-Athletes: Luca Checchia Adell

Wednesday, May 19, 2021, 12:42am by

Since arriving in Hilo from his hometown of Valencia, Spain, Luca Checchia Adell has excelled in academics and athletics. In 2020 he was named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District Team with a 4.0 GPA in his major of Business.

Luca, how did you select UH Hilo?

I chose to attend UH Hilo because the coach reached out to me when I was in Spain and said that she would be interested in me playing in the UH Hilo Men’s Tennis program. I talked with the coach and I felt like people in athletics would be nice. After that I did some research about Hawaii and I thought it could be a great opportunity for me to live in such a nice place.

Why did you choose to study business?

I have wanted to study business since I was 15, so I knew the best decision for me would be to enter CoBE.

Was anything about UH Hilo different from what you expected? 

What really surprised me about UH Hilo is how nice and understandable the professors are. The majority are always willing to help and understand personal situations very well. That, especially for a guy that lives so far away like me, and that came to Hawaii with a very poor English level, means a lot. I’d say that’s the best thing about UH Hilo.

What advice would you give to someone who is balancing schoolwork with other obligations?

I would say to not stress out, to relativize things, know your priorities, and organize your day in concordance to them.
Luca is studying finance and marketing in the College of Business and Economics.  His coach, Kallen Mizuguchi, is also a CoBE alum. Luca’s favorite TV show is The Big Bang Theory.

Meet our CoBE Student-Athletes: Steven Hubbell

Wednesday, May 12, 2021, 8:19pm by

Steven Hubbell is a senior studying business management major and a second-generation Vulcan basketball player, with roots in Southern California and Hawaii. He came to UH Hilo from Glendale Community College.

Steven, you had a lot of options when  you were choosing a four-year university. Why did you select UH Hilo?

My mom is from Hilo and my Dad was also a Vulcan basketball player. I come to Hilo almost every summer to see family so I was already familiar with the Big Island.
I went to watch Hilo play a couple times when they were in the mainland and the idea of playing in Hawaii but also being able to travel to California for games seemed perfect to me. Also my dad played for the Vulcans back in the day so the idea of getting to play where he did seemed like a great opportunity. I was recruited here, so once the coach said there was a spot on the team for me I accepted right away. Also the idea of living in Hawaii is something that people dream about.

Why did you choose to study business?

I chose to be a business major because it was something I was most interested in. I was first a marketing major but switched to Management when I came to Hilo. I really want to get into coaching after I leave Hilo so I thought learning about management in business would be similar to a coach and their team. If coaching somehow does not fall through then I feel confident that I will find something I like in the world of business.

What is your favorite thing about UH Hilo? 

My favorite thing about UH Hilo is the sense of community. When I first came to the UH I became comfortable because my professors were welcoming and my fellow students were friendly. I remember my first day this guy helped me find my class and insisted on taking me all the way there.

Anything about CoBE in particular?

The high quality of professors we have in CoBE. We have professors from all backgrounds and professions. I really enjoyed having professors like Todd Inouye, Ben Zenk, and Terrance Jalbert. You can tell they really love to teach and care about their students.

What advice would you give to someone who is balancing schoolwork with other obligations?

My advice would be that there is a lot of time in the day to do schoolwork, workout, rest, etc. I think my organization helped me timeblock all my obligations and I did not allow myself to be crammed with homework before deadlines. I think most students deal with procrastination and I fall for this as well, so a way to complete your tasks I would plan out your week on Monday/Sunday Night. If you stay on track with your schedule and tasks then there will be a lot of time to do other stuff.

Anything else people should know about your experience at UH Hilo?

Hilo became a second home and I will be forever grateful for the people that got me here and the people that made the experience great.
In his free time Steven Hubbell enjoys rooting for the LA Lakers, LA Dodgers, LA Rams and USC football, and watching The Office.
Photo credit: Samantha DeVivo.