Meet the Summer 2015 Senior and Summer Leaders

Senior Leaders

Roanne Deabler
Hometown Honolulu, HI
Undergraduate Degrees English (Pathway: Pre-pharmacy)
Year in School Senior
Favorite college moment so far: When the audience at Manoa's Got Talent, a crowd of about 300 people, sang happy birthday to me. It was totally unexpected and it was all thanks to the sneaky planning of some very special people on my Activities Council 'ohana. It was the greatest present and one of the best nights of my life :)
Favorite place to go have fun: Kamakana Playground, Higashihara Park. There's stone carvings of Hawaiian art and figures scattered around the park, and also a place to skateboard or play baseball, volleyball, basketball and tennis. My favorite aspect of the park, however, is the huge castle about three stories high that you can get lost and play in. It's definitely a park for big kids aka children at heart!
Words of wisdom for incoming freshmen: Never give in, never give out, never give up. Work hard in school, but don't forget to have some fun -- sleep, eat, relax, go beach! Wake up feeling energized because today is an awesome day and you are very awesome! :)

Kristine Jan Espinoza
Hometown Carson, CA
Graduate Program Educational Administration, emphasis in Higher Education, M.Ed. candidate
Undergraduate Degrees Biology and Anthropology, B.A.
Year in School First-year Graduate Student
Favorite college moment so far: Looking out at a sea of green (gowns and caps) and relishing every moment at the UHM Spring 2013 Commencement while sitting next to my closest friends.
Favorite place to go have fun: I'm far from being a softball player but hitting at the Batters Box Hawai'i batting cages in Kapolei is a fun and relatively inexpensive activity! In general, I enjoy activities that get me out of 'town' and explore other niches of the island of O'ahu.
Words of wisdom for the parents of incoming students: Higher education is a space not only for your student's academic/career exploration but soul searching. Don't be surprised if they come out a lot different than you remember - that just means they started to author their own life path.

Lavender Oyadomari
Hometown Mililani, HI
Major Dietetics (Nutrition)
Year in School Sophomore
What is the best class you have ever taken at UHM and why? The best class would definitely be my Honors Communicology 151 class. I've realized that public speaking is something that I enjoy, so the class gave me a chance to practice that. It's also extremely interesting learning about everything going on within my daily conversations that I never noticed or understood before. It definitely has a lot of real life application!
Any secrets about UH Manoa you'd like to share? If you're looking for a good water fountain, the ones in Bilger Addition and the dance building are the best!
If money was no object, what would you do all day? Eat at all the best restaurants!

Dylan Wade
Hometown Pismo Beach, CA
Major Political Science
Minor Economics
Year in School Junior
Favorite college moment so far: My favorite college moment so far had to be move-in day of freshman year due to the fact people were running around everywhere and everyone was meeting everyone else and it truly was the moment I registered, "Wow, I'm really in college."
Theme song: "Island in the Sun" by Shwayze
Anything you want people to know about you? I love meeting new people and being introduced to new people so if you see me around come say Hi!
Do you have any unusual fears or phobias? I am abnormally fearful of clowns as well as anything involving teeth and eyes, e.g., loost teeth and contacts freak me out.

Ryan Yamada
Hometown Honolulu, HI
Major Communications
Year in School Senior
Best class you have ever taken at UHM and why: IP 364. It's an amazing class. The professor isn't afraid to step out of the boundaries of "traditional" teaching and teach from the soul. For me, a great class is a class that emphasizes building yourself to become better, over striving for just a grade.
Words of wisdom for incoming students: Realize that you're on an island. You also happened to be in the most isolated body land in the world... take advantage of that! There is a lot to see and do, including flying to another island (of course, when you're able to). Just think that if you're stressing over studying, and you can't get out of the area to hike or something, just take a walk around campus, or just look into the valley and see the beauty that surrounds you.
Any unusual fears or phobias? Even though I jumped out of a perfectly functioning aircraft multiple times, I'm afraid of heights.

Summer Leaders

Eric Baxa
Jannah Lyn Dela Cruz
Ruth Enriquez
Nigel Guillermo
Bryson Higa
Nam Ngo
Sonny Ornellas
Charles Pham
Mia Porter
Tiffany Shigeoka
Warren Stevens
Stacy Suda
Trisha Toguchi
Andrew Wang
Jenna Yanos
Kelly Zakimi