Tagnawa 

Early College Learning Center

Open: Monday - Friday 3:00 - 6:00 PM   

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Tagnawa Meaning 

An Ilocano word that expresses the concept of a community coming together to accomplish a goal.  The meaning embodies the idea of family, community, strength through unity and hard work is all embedded in Tagnawa. 

Vision and Mission 

To increase college and career readiness by providing lower-income youth, first-generation college goers, English language learners, student of color, and other underserved populations in higher education with accelerated learning opportunities and Early College classes - at no cost to the student. 

Summer 2022 AmeriCorps Summer Associate VISTA Tagnawa Tutors

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Brient Kealoha Hutchinson (He/Him)

Contact:

vistabhutchinson@gmail.com

 

College Attending:

University of Hawaii - West Oahu

Major:

BA Creative Media (Concentration in General Creative Media) FA22

Quote:

"“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”

Lao Tzu

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Kody Kawasaki (He/Him)

Contact: vistakkawasaki@gmail.com

 

College Attending:

Colorado School of Mines

Major:

B.S. Mechanical Engineering 

Quote:

“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” 
- Ernest Hemingway

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Diana Castañeda (she/her)

Contact: vistadcastaneda@gmail.com

 

Earned: 

B.A. Astronomy (UH Manoa)

College Attending:

The University of Hawaii at Manoa

Major:

MEd Curriculum Studies

Quote:

"It's a sad song/We keep singing even so" - Hadestown

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Emily Maluyo

Contact: 

vistaemmaluyo@gmail.com

 

College Attending:

University of Hawai‘i at West O'ahu

Major:

BAS in Health Information Management 

BA Public Administration -Healthcare

Quote: 

"You only fail when you stop trying"

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Elizabeth Jane Maluyo (She/Her)

Contact: vistaelmaluyo@gmail.com

 

College Attended:

University of Hawaii at West O'ahu

Major:

BAS in Health Professions

Pre-Medical Track

Quote:

"Dreams don't work unless you do"

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Grace Chinen

Contact: 

vistagchinen@gmail.com

 

College Attending:

University of Hawaii at Manoa

Major:

B.S. in Biology

Quote: 

“Nothing that makes you happy is a waste of time”

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Alden-Dominic Paroni (he/him)

Contact: vistaaparoni@gmail.com

 

College Attending:

University of Hawaii at Manoa

Major:

BA - Information & Computer Science

Quote: 

“Please, be kind. Especially when we don’t know what’s going on.” - Waymond Wang, Everything Everywhere All At Once

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Alyssa Anela Buccat (She/her/hers)

Contact: 

vistaabuccat@gmail.com

 

College Attending:

Oregon Institute of Technology

Degree Completed:

AA - Liberal Arts - Exploratory Health Science

Major:

Pre-Medical Imaging Technology

Quote: 

“Kindness is gift everyone can afford to give.”

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Andrei Marcos (He/Him)

Contact: 

vistaamarcos@gmail.com

College Attending:

University of Hawaii at Manoa​

Major:

Civil Engineering

Quote:

“I see now that one’s birth is irrelevant. It’s what you do that determines who you are.” - Mewtwo

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Lynette Gaoiran (She/Her)

Contact: 

Vistalgaoiran@gmail.com

 

College Attended:

University of Hawaii - West Oahu

 

Major:

BAS in Health Profession - Pre-Med

Quote: 

"Every accomplishment started with the decision to try."

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Jalen-Rose Condes (He/Him)

Contact:

vistajcondes@gmail.com

College Attending:

University of Hawaii at Manoa

Major:

BA in Creative Media

Quote: 

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Sagan Kurose (She/Her)

Email Contact: 
vistaskurose@gmail.com

 

College Attending: 
University of Hawai’i at Manoa

 

Current Major/Minor Program:  
Biochemistry

 

Degree Completed: 
AA in Liberal Arts

 

Favorite Quote: 
“It doe
s not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop”

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Arianne Castillo (she/her)

Contact: 

vistaacastillo@gmail.com

 

College Attended:

Whitworth University, WA

Degree Completed

B.A. Psychology ℅ 2022

Quote:

“Gave me cookie, got you cookie.” - Nick Miller, New Girl

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Zyrill Dayne Dela Cruz (she/her)

Contact: vistazdelacruz@gmail.com
 

College Attending:

University of Washington


Current Major/Minor Program: Doctor of Pharmacy
 

Degree Completed:

BS in Chemistry (UH Hilo - 2022)
 

Favorite Quote:

“Good, better, best. Never let it rest. ‘Til your good is better and your better is best.” - St. Jerome

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Aleksei Zuniga (she/her)

Contact: 
vistaaZuniga@gmail.com

 

College Attending: 
University of Portland

 

Current Major/Minor Program: 
Bachelors of Science in Nursing 

 

Degree Completed: 
AA Liberal Arts (Leeward CC, 2022)

 

Favorite Quote: 
“They say that the best blaze burns brightest, when circumstances are at their worst.” - Sophie Hatter

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Leanne Aira Villanueva (She/Her/Hers)

Contact: 
vistalvillanueva@gmail.com

 

College Attending: 
Teachers College, Columbia University - NY

 

Current Major/Minor Program: 
Master of Arts in Higher and Postsecondary Education 

 

Degree Completed: 
Bachelors of Arts in Business Administration - Management 
& Associate in Arts - Liberal Arts

 

Favorite Quote: 
“You only fail if you stop trying”

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Kristine Orpilla (She/Her)

Email Contact: 
vistakorpilla@gmail.com

 

College Attending: 
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

 

Current Major/Minor Program: 
B.S. Computer Science ℅ 2025

 

Favorite Quote: 
“Smile, it's free therapy.” - Douglas Horton

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Bernadette Castillo (she/her)

Contact: 
vistabcastillo@gmail.com

 

College Attending: 
Menlo College

 

Current Major/Minor Program: 
BS in Marketing, BS in Business Analytics

 

Favorite Quote: 
“Don’t be embarrassed from your failures, learn from them and start again.”

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Ashley Valois (She/Her/Hers)

Email Contact: 
vistaavalois@gmail.com

 

College Attending: 
Clark University

 

Current Major/Minor Program:
B.A. Political Science / Philosophy

 

Degree Completed: 
AA in Liberal Arts (2021)

 

Favorite Quote: 
“We are only as great as the doors we open.” - Barack Obama

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Chelsea Nartatez (She/Her)

Contact: 
vistachenartatez@gmail.com

 

College Attending: 
University of Hawai’i at Mānoa

 

Current Major/Minor Program: 
BS in Biochemistry

 

Degree Completed: 
AS in Natural Science (Biological Science)

 

Favorite Quote: 
“When your life is against you, always have grit and keep moving forward”

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Leila Fernandez

Email Contact: 
vistalfernandez@gmail.com

 

College Attending: 
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

 

Current Major/Minor Program: 
Bachelors of Science in Nursing

 

Degree Completed: 
AA Liberal Arts (Leeward CC, 2020) 

 

Favorite Quote: 
“If you look for the light, you can often find it. But if you look for the dark that is all you will ever see.” ― Iroh

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Marissa Nakamura
(she/her)

Contact: 
vistamnakamura@gmail.com

 

College Attending: 
Maryville University

 

Current Major/Minor Program: 
Nursing

 

Favorite Quote: 
“Trust the Process”

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Jeyan Francis Cornelio
(he/him)

Contact:
vistajCornelio@gmail.com

 

College Attending: 
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

 

Current Major/Minor Program: 
Materials Science & Engineering

 

Favorite Quote: 
“Be the change you want to see”

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Remelyn Fagela (she/her)

Contact: 
vistarfagela@gmail.com

 

College Attending
UH West Oahu

 

Current Major/Minor Program: 
Bachelor of Education - Secondary Education (English)

 

Degree Completed: 
Associate In Science In Teaching - Secondary Education

 

Favorite Quote: 
“Even all the scars from your mistakes make up your constellation.” 

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Yazmyne Jaide Duldulao (she/her) 

Contact: 
vistayDuldulao@gmail.com

 

College Attending/Attended, State
University of Hawaii, West Oahu 

 

Current Major/Minor Program: 
Secondary Education - Mathematics

 

Degree Completed: 
Associates Degree in Liberal Arts (LCC 2022) 

 

Favorite Quote: 
“Sometimes we need a few bad days in order to appreciate the good days” 
 

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Joebe Sagabaen

Contact: 
vistajsagabaen@gmail.com

 

College Attending: 

 

Current Major/Minor Program: 

 

Favorite Quote: 
 

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Raychel Bernardo

Email Contact: 
vistarbernardo
@gmail.com
 

College Attending: 
 

Current Major/Minor Program:

 

Degree Completed: 

 

Favorite Quote: 
 

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Chantelle Nartatez (she/her)

Email Contact: 
vistachnatartez
@gmail.com
 

College Attending: 
University of Hawai’i at Mānoa

 

Current Major/Minor Program: 
BS in Biochemistry

 

Degree Completed: 
AS in Natural Science at LCC

 

Favorite Quote:
“Once you know what failure feels like, determination chases success”