Everette Ganir

Student: Everette Ganir High School: Pahoa UH Hilo Major: Computer Science, Dorrance Scholar I attended Pahoa schools from kindergarten until the beginning of my senior year of high school and graduated from Keaau High. This was due to the lava Read This Story »

Nikka Takane

Student: Nikka Takane UH Hilo Major: B.A. in Communications, M.A. in Teaching After I had graduated from Waiakea high school I received my B.A. in Communications from the University of Hawaii at Hilo in 2012. I returned to UH Hilo Read This Story »

Jay Bumanglag

Student: Jay Bumanglag UH Hilo Major: B.A. in Mathematics, M.A. in Teaching I received my high school diploma from Pahoa High School, earned a B.A. in Mathematics from UH Hilo in 2013, and am currently in UH Hilo’s two-year Master Read This Story »

Michael Severino

Student: Michael Severino UH Hilo Major: Business Administration – Finance Concentration Attending UH Hilo has been an unparalleled experience. Having graduated from Hawaii Preparatory Academy in Waimea, most students wanted to move off the island and experience what the mainland Read This Story »

Gregory Peters

Student: Gregory Peters High School – Connections public charter high school UH Hilo Major: Philosophy I spent a year at a community college in Arizona before enrolling into the University of Hawaii at Hilo. In my first semester, I was Read This Story »

Chris Koscik

Student: Chris Koscik High School – St Joseph School UH Hilo Major: Political Science What I appreciate most about the University of Hawaii at Hilo is its environment; it’s filled with intelligent people with whom you have the opportunity to Read This Story »

Helaman Tafua

Student: Helaman Tafua High School – Pahoa UH Hilo Major: Computer science Class Standing – Senior I am grateful to UH Hilo for it has definitely helped to shape who I am today. When I was in high school, I Read This Story »

Anthony Daub

Student: Anthony Daub High School – Waiakea UH Hilo Major: Nursing Class Standing – Senior My name is Anthony Daub, a senior nursing student here at The University of Hawaii at Hilo. I decided to pursue the career of nursing Read This Story »

Anthony Eton

Student: Anthony Eton High School – West Hawaii Expiration Academy UH Hilo Major: Environmental Studies, Class Standing – Senior I graduated from the West Hawaii Expiration Academy in 2010 and began my college education at the Hawaii community college in Read This Story »

Theodore (Teddy) Derego

Student: Theodore (Teddy) Derego High School – Kamehameha Keaau Campus UH Hilo Major: Computer Science Class Standing – Junior I graduated from Kamehameha School’s Keaau campus in 2012. UH Manoa and UH Hilo accepted and offered me full scholarships. I Read This Story »

Elijah Livingston

Student: Elijah Livingston UH Hilo Major: Performing Arts Class Standing – Senior Elijah Livingston began attending the University of Hawaii at Hilo in the spring of 2012. He was originally disinterested in getting a college education since he used to Read This Story »

Sierra Mitchell

Student: Sierra Mitchell High School – Keaau UH Hilo Major: Environmental Studies Class Standing – Junior Sierra Mitchell graduated from Kea’au High School in 2010 and by the fall of the same year she was enrolled at the Hawai’i Community Read This Story »

Kala’i Blakemore

Kala’i Blakemore High School – Kamehameha High School UH Hilo Major: Art Kala’i Blakemore graduated from Kamehameha High School in 2013. Shortly after, she enrolled into the University of Hawaii at Hilo and declared herself as an Art major.  At Read This Story »

Alexander Guerrero

Student: Alexander Guerrero High School – Kamehameha Schools Maui UH Hilo Major: Hawaiian Studies, History, Anthropology Class standing –Senior As a student of Ka Haka ‘Ula O Ke’elikōlani the College of Hawaiian Language at UH Hilo, I have had the Read This Story »

Ashli Hirai

Ashli Hirai Waiakea High School UH Hilo, Fall 2014-Bachelors of Science in Animal Science (Pre-Veterinary Medicine Specialization) with a Minor in Biology UH Hilo provided me with the knowledge and experience that I needed to gain acceptance to veterinary school. Read This Story »

James Akau

Student: James Akau High School – Kamehameha Kapalama Campus UH Hilo, TCBES Master’s program I graduated from Kamehameha high school’s Kapalama campus in 2005 and earned my Bachelors of Science in Biology and minor in Chemistry from Chapman University in Read This Story »

Gayle Bovee

As a non-traditional student, I knew I would need all the help I could get. My family is very supportive, but I needed an academic guide once in a while, especially when it came to math. When I arrived at Read This Story »

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Elijah Livingston

Student: Elijah Livingston
UH Hilo Major: Performing Arts
Class Standing – Senior

Elijah Livingston began attending the University of Hawaii at Hilo in the spring of 2012. He was originally disinterested in getting a college education since he used to believe that he would be paying for an education that would give him no freedom in his interests. With lots of encouragement from his sister and learning more about the grants that were available to him, he decided to enroll into UH Hilo and hasn’t regretted it. Elijah is now a senior in the Performing Arts Drama program and is very pleased with his educational choices; he enjoys the freedom of his studies since it applies to a wide range of future opportunities that are of interest to him, most notably his degree is accepted by many masters programs if he so chooses to continue his educational experience beyond his undergraduate degree. But for right now he is gaining hands-on experience through the work study program offered at UH Hilo that has allowed him to work at the campus theatre. He is also currently working on a directed studies project where he will be doing the sound design for Hilo da Musical; he will be designing sound effects, giving some artistic direction, and work the sound board for the play. Since a directed study is not a class, he creates his own hours and must rely of self-motivation which he finds to be challenging, but fun. In addition, he is guided by his mentor, Roy Abe, who helps him formulate how to present his work and ideas into a portfolio for future work. Elijah values the skills he has learned from his education at UH Hilo such as professional writing abilities and being able to conduct himself with a respectable demeanor. Eliijah says that his experience at UH Hilo has given him more inspiration to go out into the world and pursue his passions more seriously.

Sierra Mitchell

Student: Sierra Mitchell
High School – Keaau
UH Hilo Major: Environmental Studies
Class Standing – Junior

Sierra Mitchell graduated from Kea’au High School in 2010 and by the fall of the same year she was enrolled at the Hawai’i Community College. After she obtained her Associates of Art (AA) in Liberal Arts she transferred to the University of Hawai’i at Hilo in the spring of 2012. Although she was able to take the credits she earned from her AA and apply them to her prerequisites for UH Hilo and focus on her major, she entered UH Hilo unaware of all that the University had to offer; she did not know any of the faculty or programs available to her and therefore spent a semester studying a subject that was not suited for her. Once she discovered all the programs available at UH Hilo she chose to plunge into the world of environmental sciences and is now a junior in the Environmental Studies program with minors in Agriculture and English. She knew from her first semester in the environmental studies program that she had found her calling; it allowed her to gain knowledge in subjects of her interest without straining her passion. The professors she had inspired her and made her look at the world from a new and intriguing perspective. Apart from the program’s materials and admirable instructors she was able to participate in the prestigious PIPES (Pacific Internship Program for Exploring Science) program. This gave her reputable hands-on work experience in scientific research and the unique opportunity to create lasting relationships with mentors and co-workers. The skills and knowledge Sierra gained from the PIPES program made her feel more confident about her choices and, more importantly, about her future. Sierra Mitchell estimates that she will graduate by the end of spring 2016, but she contemplates possibly staying a bit longer so she can add a planning certificate to her degree since she is most interested in sustainable agriculture, energy resources, and community planning.

Kala’i Blakemore

Kala’i Blakemore
High School – Kamehameha High School
UH Hilo Major: Art

Kala’i Blakemore graduated from Kamehameha High School in 2013. Shortly after, she enrolled into the University of Hawaii at Hilo and declared herself as an Art major.  At first she wondered if attending college for art was truly a good use of her time, but she quickly came to realize that learning art in a college setting would only be to her benefit. The University provided a creative environment with likeminded becoming artists by working within an art studio with fellow classmates. It also inspired her artistic growth and gave her new perspectives on her passion.  In fact, during the summer of 2014, she was part of the Summer Art Institute program offered by UH Hilo, where she was able to gain experience with acclaimed artists, Crystal Wagner and Jon Hitchcock. Kala’i helped set up art exhibits and saw the artists in action. The UH Hilo art program has enabled Kala’i’s creativity to expand, and it has also taught her how to prepare her work for exhibitions and build an impressive portfolio, which only serves to strengthen her resume.

Since starting her college journey at UH Hilo, Kala’i has been able to discover more about the world of art and found a deep passion for print making.  Although Kala’i is only a sophomore she has her eye on the prize and is grateful to her professors for introducing her to print making and giving her helpful guidance through her experiences at UH Hilo, for it has opened a world of opportunities for her.

As for her future, Kala’i has considered becoming a print laboratory technician for Cannonball Press, and is also thinking of adding an education certificate to her degree or getting a MFA(Masters in Fine Arts) so she could be qualified to teach art.

Alexander Guerrero

Student: Alexander Guerrero
High School – Kamehameha Schools Maui
UH Hilo Major: Hawaiian Studies, History, Anthropology
Class standing –Senior

As a student of Ka Haka ‘Ula O Ke’elikōlani the College of Hawaiian Language at UH Hilo, I have had the opportunity to learn Hawaiian language and cultural practices, as well as participate in conferences dedicated to the revitalization and survival of indigenous languages around the world. The skills and knowledge I have gained at the university have given me volunteer opportunities teaching Hawaiian language and culture in the community at Hawaiian Immersion schools.

Ashli Hirai

Ashli Hirai
Waiakea High School
UH Hilo, Fall 2014-Bachelors of Science in Animal Science (Pre-Veterinary Medicine Specialization) with a Minor in Biology

UH Hilo provided me with the knowledge and experience that I needed to gain acceptance to veterinary school. My animal science courses were exceptionally helpful courses as it gave me on hands-on experience in working with many types of farm animals such as cattle, swine, sheep, goats, and horses. The incorporation of classroom and hands-on experience has helped me in becoming the prospective veterinary student that I am today.

James Akau

Student: James Akau
High School – Kamehameha Kapalama Campus
UH Hilo, TCBES Master’s program

I graduated from Kamehameha high school’s Kapalama campus in 2005 and earned my Bachelors of Science in Biology and minor in Chemistry from Chapman University in Orange County, California. I am currently enrolled in UH Hilo’s Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science Master’s program and am planning to graduate this following semester. I have met a lot of great people while attending UH Hilo, both students and faculty alike. They have inspired me and have helped shaped me into the person that I am today.

Gayle Bovee

As a non-traditional student, I knew I would need all the help I could get. My family is very supportive, but I needed an academic guide once in a while, especially when it came to math. When I arrived at UH Hilo three years ago, I signed up to be an SSSP participant, and the ladies in the office are extremely helpful. When I scheduled tutoring, they always made sure everything was going OK.

Yoshimura Oliver

I would like to say that attending University of Hawaii at Hilo is the best thing that ever happened to me. I was born and raised on the small island of Pohnpei, one of the four island states that made up the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). The island of Pohnpei is a small developing island where modernization still conflicts with culture and life is hard.

RJ Kaleohano Mendoza

When I arrived at UH Hilo, I had previously attended a few colleges beforehand. I was somewhere between the “traditional student” and the “returning/nontraditional student”. Attending larger colleges and universities was a challenge, and it wasn’t appropriate for me. UH Hilo offered me the feel of a large college, but with a level of academic intimacy that one would find in much smaller universities.

Megan Medeiros

“You’ll always miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” ~Wayne Gretzky.
Attending the University of Hawaii at Hilo to me, means taking a risk. A risk to follow my dreams, and potentially lose everything I’ve worked towards. Aloha, my name is Megan Medeiros, I am from Hana Maui and this is my story.