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First Year Student Success Team

Derek Uchima, Program Coordinator for First Year Student Initiatives

Aloha! My name is Derek Uchima and am born and raised from Los Angeles, California. Despite being raised in California, my entire family is from Hawaii making the islands a very common vacation stay during my childhood. I grew up playing and watching sports making it a big part of my life; even coaching soccer here in Hilo for a few seasons. One of my favorite things to do here in the Big Island is to show my friends from the Mainland the beauties that our island has to offer!

Email
nsp@hawaii.edu
Phone
(808) 932-7384
Major
Aquaculture
Campus Involvement
Pre-vet/Feral Cat Rescue Program
Hobbies
Golf, Football, Soccer, Tennis, Badminton, Cartoons and Video Games!
Food
Steak and Crab
Color
Red
Movie
Star Wars
Thing to do in Hilo
Play badminton, snorkel, and go whale watching!

Alex Huizar, Program Coordinator: Marketing Specialist for First Year Student Success

I am a born and raised California girl from both Los Angeles and San Diego. I moved to Hilo to attend UH Hilo in the Fall of 2013, and I am studying Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. I have done Tahitian and Hula dancing for 6 years now and that is what inspired me to move to the Big Island. I love to explore new places and am a big adventurer at heart. In my free time I either dance, paint, hike, or play video games, and when I am back home most of my time is spent at Disneyland. I love living on the Big Island and experiencing all its beauty and diversity. It's truly a place where I am happy.

Email
nsp@hawaii.edu
Phone
(808) 932-7384
Major
B.S. Business Administration & Marketing
Campus Involvement
Marketing/PR Chair of Colleges Against Cancer (Relay for Life Committee)
Layout Designer of Ke Kalahea Student Publication
Secretary of Rotaract Club of East Hawai╩╗i
Social Media Chair of Residence Hall Association
Member/Dancer of INT Dance Squad
Hobbies:
Dancing, Painting/Drawing, Hiking, Video Games, anything Disney related, watching Anime & Cartoons, Adventuring, Sleeping
Food
Any Mexican Food, Chicken Loco Moco, Italian Chicken Cannelloni & Chicken Parmesan, Pad Thai, Ramen, Haagen-Dasz Dulce de Leche Ice Cream
Color
Gold
Movie
White Chicks
Thing to do in Hilo
Going to the beach and then eating at Verna's after. And going to Rainbow Falls and swimming.

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