Meet the MAAP/PALS Staff
Ginger Hamilton - Program Director
Gayleen Roldan - Office Assistant
Seupepe Sinclair - Communication Specialist
Joseph Anastacio - Database Specialist
Name: Dillon Tacdol
Aloha! My name is Dillon Kapena Tacdol and I am a senior biology major at the University of Hawaiʻi 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.
Name: John Alokoa
Major: 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.
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 Mānoa. I was born on the mainland, raised on Maui and now live in Hilo. I received my AA degree from Hawaiʻi 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!
Name: Tema'u Teikitekahioho Wolff
Major: Pre-engineering and Hawaiian Studies
Aloha! My name is Temaʻi 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 aspiring to be an Environmental Engineer who brings on the influence of Hawaiian culture and perspective within this work. I hope someday to help the communities 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 study habits, and to help prioritize their time while in college.