Outstanding students honored with PUEO Awards

Photo of a large group of students, some wearing kukui nut leis, standing and kneeling for a group photo

The Pueo Awards honored outstanding students during an April 26 ceremony

The Spring 2019 Pueo Awards spotlighted and celebrated exceptional UH West Oʻahu students for their contributions and achievements in the classroom, as a leader, or performing notable work as a student employee.

Sharmaine Kahele-Madali and George Stowe III were the co-winners of the Student Service & Leadership Distinction awards, while Sydney Millerd was the winner of the Emerging Leadership Award. Ernie Salas won the Student Employee of the Semester award. Lizchel Ugalde and Elijah Maluo served as student co-emcees for the event. 

The Pueo Awards ceremony is an end-of-semester event recognizing student excellence in academic programs, efforts they made as student employees, and their involvement and leadership. In addition to honoring students, the April 26 ceremony featured medals given to faculty and staff as well as an overview of the semester’s highlights and accomplishments by Chartered Student Organizations – including the Associated Students of the University of Hawaiʻi-West Oʻahu, the Student Activity Fee Board, the Student Media Board, and Campus Center Board.

Incoming ASUHWO Senate members were also sworn for the 2019-2020 academic year. The event was coordinated and sponsored by the Campus Center Board, which provided funding for the certificates, lei, pins, and dinner catered by Aunty Pasto’s, assorted macaroons and cheesecake. Members of the Campus Center Board include Whitney Murphy, A.J. Molina, and Michelle Zheng.

Event organizers wish to thank the following for their support of the Pueo Awards event: Chancellor Dr. Maenette Benham, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Dr. Jeffrey Moniz, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Dr. Judy Oliveira, and Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Dr. Alan Rosenfeld.

Also, Dr. Jan Javinar, Loʻea Akiona, Lawrence Andres, Dr. William Belcher, Malia Cook, Lori Foo, Kelly Fujino, Dr. Holly Itoga, Katie Landgraf, Dr. Kristina Lu, Dr. Christy Mello, Leslie Opulauoho, Terri Ota, Ryan Perreira, Lynn Reyes, Melissa Tupa, and the Student Activity Fee Board. A special acknowledgement goes to a donor, the Hawaii Association of Public Accountants, for recognizing outstanding accounting students.

Awards and recipients:


Appreciation Medal (given to professional staff/faculty)
Kaʻiulani Akamine Sharla Hanaoka
Rebecca Carino
Volunteerism Medal
Sharmaine Kahele-Madali
Distinguished Service Medal
Taimane Revolorio Paige Pagaduan
Sabrina Magdato Jaicelynn Aleka
Alyssa Cabingas Caitlin Tachibana
Incoming Senate – Sworn into Office
Sydney Millerd, President Torie Guadiz, Public Administration Senator
Taimane Revolorio, Vice President Cody Rex, Social Sciences Senator
Alyssa Cabingas, Business Administration Senator Derek Saffery, Senior Class Senator


Hawaii Association of Public Accountant  Outstanding Accounting Student Award
Sabrina Magdato
Outstanding Student in Hospitality & Tourism Award
Karla Higa


Outstanding Student, General PUBA
William Ball
Outstanding Student, Justice Administration
Monte Keawe-Costa
Outstanding Student, Health Care Administration
Michelle Adrian
Outstanding Student, Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management
John Hansen


Outstanding Student – Psychology/Sociology
Danielle Sterbinsky
Outstanding Student – Political Science
Stephanie Haro Sevilla


Recognition of Graduating Student Leaders
Shannon Fermahin Sabrina Magdato
Kanani Hosaka Khriscel Mina
Sharmaine Kahele-Madali Anna Nguyen
Monte Keawe-Costa Gabriel Peters
Rachel Lugo Ariana Savea


Recognition of Service for PUEO Leadership
Symantha Arcalas Shayna Olarti
Kapuamaeole Bingo Pearlena Stone
Oriana Danby Ardena Thompson
Christielove Espinosa Lizchel Ugalde
Loverra Di Giustino Jessica Watarai
Darryl Johnson Jacob Wright
Whitney Murphy


Recognition of  Graduating NASPA Undergraduate Fellows
Dani de Rego


Helping Hands – Volunteer Awards
Kainoa Leong Ceyber Silva
Jaren Pinera Aloha Pula
Judah Liana Ardena Thompson
Naaxam Basir
Tyto Award – MVP Individual (All Around) Award
Crumel Mooring
Asio Award – Sportsmanship Award
Alana Nuuanu Cameron Magpoc
Hootie Hoo Award – Most Inspirational Award
Ian Bleakley Errin Lyton
Fitness Fanatic – Fitness Challenge Champion
Naazam Basir


Student Employee of the Semester Award Finalists
Ernie Salas* (winner) Oriana Danby
Treson Reis


Emerging Leadership Award
Sydney Millerd


Student Service & Leadership Distinction Finalists
Sharmaine Kahele-Madali (co-winner) George Stowe III (co-winner)


Image courtesy of Hadji Corpuz