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University of Hawai'i at Mānoa
College of Natural Sciences

STUDENT ACADEMIC SUCCESS CENTER

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University of Hawai'i at Mānoa - College of Natural Sciences

STUDENT ACADEMIC SUCCESS CENTER

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Information & Computer Sciences BA & Computer Sciences BS Advisors

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    Information & Computer Sciences BA & Computer Science BS

    Advisors

Current Computer Science and Information & Computer Science majors:

To schedule an appointment, please log in to your STAR Balance account.

Prospective Computer Science and Information & Computer Science majors:

Please email cnsadvis@hawaii.edu or call (808) 956-5911 to schedule an appointment.

Click here to visit the Department of Information and Computer Sciences website.

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Major Advisor

Kenny Quibilan

Kenny Ka'aiakamanu-Quibilan, M.Ed.

ICS Academic Advisor

Aloha mai kākou!

My name is Kenny Kaʻaiakamanu-Quibilan and I advise students within the Information & Computer Science program here at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa (UHM). People often describe me as a very down to earth and approachable individual. I enjoy the outdoors and being in the sun. My favorite hobbies are going to the beach and hiking with friends.

Currently, I am a graduate student in the Educational Administration program here at UHM. My bachelor’s degree, which I also earned at UHM, is in Economics. That being said, computer science plays a vital role in modern day economic research. Knowledge of computer science and software engineering allow researchers to generate models that are used in forecasting economic trends.

As your Major Advisor, I hope to help you map out your future endeavors and better your college experience. Feel free to contact me for advising. Hope to see you soon!

E mālama pono.

To schedule an appointment with Kenny, log in to your Star Balance account.

Address: 1680 E West Rd, Pacific Ocean Science & Technology 303A, Honolulu, HI 96822

Room: Pacific Ocean Science & Technology 303A

Phone: 808-956-5428

Email: kennydq@hawaii.edu

MAJOR ADVISOR

Major Advisor

Marilou Matsuura

Marilou Matsuura

ICS Academic Advisor

Aloha!

My name is Marilou Matsuura. I’ve been employed at Manoa since 2008, and excited to be working with students in the Information & Computer Science program. I am a proud UHM alumni with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. I enjoy supporting the Warrior’s volleyball and baseball programs. Go Bows! In my free time, I also enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, yoga, and exercising.

The field of computer science is an ever changing and challenging field, full of many diverse and varied opportunities. During this time with us, I hope to provide a positive experience and be a safe place for our students as they navigate college life, and ultimately help them reach the end goal of graduation :)

To schedule an appointment with Marilou, log in to your Star Balance account.

Address: 1680 E West Rd, Pacific Ocean Science & Technology 303B, Honolulu, HI 96822

Room: Pacific Ocean Science & Technology 303B

MAJOR ADVISOR

Major Advisor

Marilou Matsuura

Adrian-Glenn Abcede

Aloha mai kākou!

My name is Adrian Abcede and I function as a peer advisor for the Information & Computer Sciences program at UH Mānoa. I pride myself in being very respectful towards everyone and hope to be of service to any student that schedules an appointment with me. I also enjoy exercising, making new friends, and music.

Currently, I am a senior taking Marketing & Management at the Shidler School of Business at UH Mānoa . I am also looking to pursue a master's degree in Educational Administration.

Although I am not majoring in Computer Science, I will strive to help with your educational endeavors; so feel free to schedule an appointment or send an email for advice. Take care and I look forward to working with you in the future.

To schedule an appointment with Adrian, log in to your Star Balance account.

MĀNOA
PEER ADVISOR

Major Advisor

Marilou Matsuura

Kolby Odo

ICS Manoa Peer Advisor

Aloha!

My name is Kolby Odo. I am a Mānoa Peer Advisor for the Information & Computer Sciences program at UH Mānoa. I was born and raised in Pearl City, Hawai‘i. In my free time, I enjoy solving the Rubik’s cube, playing the saxophone, and gaming from time to time.

Currently, I am working towards a bachelors degree in business finance. I also assist Pearl City High School with their band program.

I just finished my first full year at UH Mānoa this past Spring 2023. I spent one year at University of Portland and another at UH West O‘ahu. Through each transfer, I had some good and not so good experiences with advising and staff. I hope that I can provide you with a positive experience and help you throughout your academic journey here at Mānoa.

To schedule an appointment with Kolby, log in to your Star Balance account.

MĀNOA
PEER ADVISOR

Major Advisor

Krysten Nakamura

Krysten Nakamura

ICS Peer Advisor

Aloha!

My name is Krysten Nakamura and I will be serving as a Peer Advisor for the UH Mānoa Information and Computer Sciences program. I enjoy hanging out with friends, playing video games, and taking photos of the moon.

I am currently a senior earning a degree in English from UH Mānoa, as well as a BAM student in the English Department, and will be beginning to pursue my Master's this Fall. I am also a member of the UH Marching Band, current President of the English Majors Association, and have been working an on-campus job at UH Mānoa in the ICS Department for three years.

While I am not an ICS major, I am well-versed in the many courses, extracurriculars, and opportunities UH Mānoa has to offer, and my goal is to assist you in pursuing any and all interests you discover at UH Mānoa. I am here to help you make the best of your time at UH Mānoa, so do not hesitate to schedule an appointment with me. I look forward to meeting with you!

To schedule an appointment with Krysten, log in to your Star Balance account.

PEER ADVISOR

Major Advisor

Mahie Crabbe

Mahie Crabbe

ICS Peer Advisor

Aloha,

My name is Mahie and I am the Graduate Assistant Advisor for the Information and Computer Sciences Department! I am studying to obtain my Master's degree in Computer Science, with a focus on Data Science. I was born and raised on Oʻahu. On my off time I enjoy going to hula, making lei, and going to the beach. My main goal is to apply Data Science and technology to natural world systems through the Hawaiian world view in order to combine my love for my Hawaiian culture and technology. I also hope to encourage more Native Hawaiian and Polynesian students to enter into the technology spaces.

I look forward to assisting you all in your academic journeys!

To schedule an appointment with Mahie, log in to your Star Balance account.

GRADUATE
ASSISTANT ADVISOR

College Advisor

Max Lee

Max Lee, M.A.

Undergraduate Academic Advisor
Study Abroad Advisor

Hello! I joined the College of Natural Sciences team in June 2018, but I’ve been an advisor at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Study Abroad Center since 1997. I received a double BA in Japanese and French, and an MA in French language and literature, both from UHM. While a student I studied in Germany, Argentina and France. Besides English, I speak Japanese, French, Spanish and German, at various levels. The skills I learned while navigating different languages and cultures still serve me professionally and personally.

I encourage all students to consider participating in a study abroad program while at UHM. It doesn’t have to delay graduation and can be a truly fulfilling experience.

To schedule an appointment, log in to your Star Balance account.

Address: 2550 McCarthy Mall, Honolulu, HI 96822

Room: Hamilton Library 002C

Phone: 808-956-3365

Email: maxl@hawaii.edu

UNDERGRADUATE ACADEMIC &
STUDY ABROAD ADVISOR

College Advisor

Last Names: A-C
Reynold Kajiwara

Reynold Kajiwara

Undergraduate Academic Advisor

My name is Reynold and I’m an Academic Advisor for the College of Natural Sciences! I was born and raised here on O’ahu and grew up in Waipahu.

I received my Bachelor’s of Arts in Japanese and Second Language Studies here at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. While in college, I participated in the UHM Study Abroad Center’s Year in Japan Program, was the President of the UHM Japanese Culture Club, and a Student Interchanger.

After graduating, I spent a year and a half working as an Academic Program Assistant and ESL instructor for a local English Language School which housed many students from across the world. Before joining the NatSci Advising team, I worked as an Express Academic Advisor for the UHM Advising Center for the Colleges of Arts & Humanities and Languages, Linguistics, and Literature.

I’m excited to work with you to make your experience at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa impactful, meaningful, and relevant to your academic/professional goals!

To schedule an appointment, log into your STAR Balance account.

Address: 2550 McCarthy Mall, Honolulu, HI 96822

Room: Hamilton Library 002L

Phone: 808-956-0824

Email: reynoldk@hawaii.edu

UNDERGRADUATE
ACADEMIC ADVISOR

College Advisor

Last Names: D-I

April Legaspi, M.S.

Undergraduate Academic Advisor

My name is April and I joined the College of Natural Sciences Student Academic Success Center in the beginning of Summer 2023.

I'm from Guam but grew up in Yokosuka, located in Kanagawa prefecture, Japan. I received my BS in Biology at University of Guam where I did fieldwork for endangered and endemic Guam flora. I had the opportunity to be selected for an internship for the Undergraduate Research and Mentoring in the Biological Sciences Program at University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in 2012 where I was matched with a mentor who later became my graduate advisor. I received my MS in Botany on the Phylogenetics and Molecular Systematics track with a specialization in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation in 2018 from University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

I have had experience as a student, teaching assistant, and a lab coordinator within College of Natural Sciences from 2015 to 2023. I was a teaching assistant for various lab courses: Introduction to Biology, Ecology and Evolution, Cell and Molecular Biology, and Genetics.

I look forward to working with you as you embark on your academic journey at University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa!

To schedule an appointment, log in to your Star Balance account.

Address: 2550 McCarthy Mall, Honolulu, HI 96822

Room: Hamilton Library 002M

Phone: 808-956-8109

Email: anjc@hawaii.edu

UNDERGRADUATE
ACADEMIC ADVISOR

College Advisor

Last Names: J-Me
Kamana Seymour

Kamana Seymour, M.P.A

Undergraduate Academic Advisor

Aloha mai kākou!

My name is Kamana Seymour and I joined the College of Natural Sciences Student Academic Services Center in late 2022.

My professional background includes over ten years of service at UH Manoa working primarily within the Office of Residential Life and Student Housing Services. There, I worked directly with residential students and student staff to support their educational experiences and provide direct supervision and paraprofessional training. I also had extensive experience with student resourcing as well as facilities management.

My personal background includes being born in Honolulu and being raised on both Oahu and Hawaii island. I attended public schools on Oahu and began my higher education journey at Kapi’olani Community College before transferring into UH Manoa. I am a proud two-time graduate of UH Manoa, with a BA in American Studies and a Master of Public Administration. In my spare time I enjoy community service, cultural advancement, martial arts, travel, and other hobbies. I strongly believe that our students thrive when supportively engaged by faculty, staff, peers, and educational and professional resources.

I am excited to work with you in your academic journey and am committed to helping you have the best overall experience at UH Manoa! Go Bows!!!

To schedule an appointment, log in to your Star Balance account.

Address: 2550 McCarthy Mall, Honolulu, HI 96822

Room: Hamilton Library 002M

Phone: 808-956-0788

Email: kamanaok@hawaii.edu

UNDERGRADUATE
ACADEMIC ADVISOR

College Advisor

Last Names: Mi-R
Jordan Abanto

Jordan E. Abanto

Undergraduate Academic Advisor

Hello everyone! My name is Jordan Abanto and I joined the team in late Spring 2023.

I earned my Master of Education in Educational Administration & Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resource Management and Accounting here at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. I previously worked as an Admin and Fiscal Support Specialist at the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources. In my free time, I enjoy trying out places to eat, gaming with friends, and catching up on books I planned on reading a while ago.

I look forward to advising you and helping you throughout your academic journey here at this University!

To schedule an appointment, log in to your Star Balance account.

Address: 2550 McCarthy Mall, Honolulu, HI 96822

Room: Hamilton Library 002H

Phone: 808-956-6174

Email: abanto@hawaii.edu

UNDERGRADUATE
ACADEMIC ADVISOR

College Advisor

Last Names: S-Wi

Amanda Ponce,

Undergraduate Academic Advisor

Amanda Ponce is a Chicana from Omaha, Nebraska, where she has made a deep-seeded commitment to working with communities in education, social work, as well as improving her community civically. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Nonprofit Management Graduate Certificate at University of Nebraska-Omaha. Post undergrad,she completed a Public Policy fellowship with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute in Washington D.C. Returning to Nebraska she served at the Department of Health and Human Services-Office of Juvenile Services as a Juvenile Service Officer and Caseworker.

Over the past decade, Amanda has supported and advocated for first generation, low-income and under-served students and families by providing college access, during her tenure at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Metropolitan Community College in Nebraska. In addition to breaking down systemic barriers in education; she has helped run political campaigns, created and supported organizations who are civically engaged. Amanda loves traveling, dancing, digging deeper into her cultural heritage and connecting with Mother Nature.

Scholars, I look forward to being a part of you becoming the best version of yourself and assisting you in reaching your goals here at UH Mānoa.

To schedule an appointment, log in to your Star Balance account.

Address: 2550 McCarthy Mall, Honolulu, HI 96822

Room: Hamilton Library 002H

Phone: 808-956-8996

Email: aponce42@hawaii.edu

UNDERGRADUATE
ACADEMIC ADVISOR

College Advisor

Last Names: Wo-Z
Stephanie Kraft-Terry

Stephanie Kraft-Terry, Ph.D.

Interim Director of Advising

I am currently serving as the Interim Director of Advising for the College of Natural Sciences. In addition, I advise undergraduate students in Zoology (no longer accepting new students).

I am originally from Hillsboro, Oregon. I completed my BS in Chemistry with a minor in Art at Pacific University in Forest Grove, OR. I then moved to Omaha, NE where I completed my PhD in Experimental Neuroscience in 2011. I studied the effects of HIV-1 on the brain using proteomic techniques. I moved to University of Hawaiʻi as a postdoctoral researcher in 2011, where I focused on HIV-1 clinical research before starting my current position in the Department of Biology in the summer of 2012.

I am eager to work with students to align their educational pathway with their personal and professional goals. Coming from a science background myself, I understand the unique needs of science majors and work to ensure that the College of Natural Sciences Advising Unit meets these.

Address: 2550 McCarthy Mall, Honolulu, HI 96822

Room: Hamilton Library 117

Phone: 808-956-0735

Email: kraft2@hawaii.edu

INTERIM
DIRECTOR OF ADVISING

ABOUT US

We provide academic advising services to all undergraduate students in the College of Natural Sciences at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

Hours of Operation
Hamilton Library 002K
Monday - Friday
8:00am - 4:00pm