Pueo Awards, held virtually for the first time, honors students this semester

Darryl Johnson and Rouel Velasco standing next to each other and welcoming viewers to the Virtual Pueo Awards.

A screenshot of the first-ever Virtual Pueo Awards with Campus Center Board member Darryl Johnson and advisor Rouel Velasco welcoming viewers to the online event.

University of Hawaiʻi–West Oʻahu students and their accomplishments were celebrated at the first-ever Virtual Pueo Awards, which went live on Instagram and Facebook on May 8.

“Thank you for tuning in to our virtual rendition of Pueo Awards,” Campus Center Board member and host Darryl Johnson said at the beginning of the online event. “Pueo Awards is a ceremony that we, the Campus Center Board, hold every semester to show students that we appreciate what they do and just recognize the hard work that they put in not only in class, but outside of class as well.”

Among the honorees was Brianne Frias, winner of the Student Service and Leadership Distinction Award, which recognizes exceptional students who dedicated time throughout their college careers to serve the needs of their fellow students.  

Frias served as the Director of Operations for the HOST Club, which exposes students and club members to the different opportunities the hospitality and tourism industry has to offer.

Frias’ evaluator wrote, “I have seen Brianne grow and develop throughout her years at UH West Oʻahu, first seeing her as a student as well as an active member and leader in the HOST Club. I am impressed with her ability to balance, school, work, more work, internships, and everything else she does. She is committed to working well and getting along with others as well as leading through example of just doing things.”

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The following is a list of the awards and recipients:

ASUHWO Senate Awards

Appreciation Medal
Sabiniana Baliba
Mark Hopper
Rian Barreras
Indrajit Gunasekara
Sarah Glancy
Jesse Mikasobe-Kealiinohomoku
Manulani Meyer

Volunteerism Medal
Boedy Noa

Distinguished Service Medal
Gerald Mance
Caton Liang
Brient Hutchinson
Cassandra Hardin
Aleena Mabuti

Academic Division Awards

Outstanding Humanities Math Student Award
Christa Gogue

Outstanding Humanities Math Student Honorable Mention
Justin Delos Reyes

Outstanding Humanities in Hawaiian Pacific Studies Student Award
LeianaMarie Alejado

HAPA Accounting Scholarship
Revelyn Taylan

Outstanding Humanities/English Student Award
Caitlin Atkins

Intramurals Awards

Most Valuable Participant
Naazam Basir (Hootie Hoo)
Caleb Martin (Stryx)
Blayze Simon (Tyto)

Stryx – Coach RP Award
Aloha Pula

Hootie Hoo Journeyman Award
Terrence Freeney

Buzzer Beater Best Basketball Moment
Ian Bleakley, who hit a three pointer with three seconds left to tie the game

Raptor Most Outstanding Team
Team Tyto:
Jamison Renfroe
Cody Smith
Blayze Simon
John Ramos
Boedy Noa
Gabriel Fikani
Justin Labador
Ricky Alimbuyao
Michael Pascual

Power Core Award Best Yoga Participant
Chas Hinneman

Rock’s Room Award Fitness Award
Logan Hansen

Helping Hands Award Best Volunteer
Boedy Noa

Owlet Newcomer Award
Gabriel Fikani

Graduating Staff Award
Jacob Wright
Terrence Freeney

Student Leadership Awards

Student Service and Leadership Distinction
Brianne Frias 

PUEO Leadership Service
Nicole Williams
Terrence Freeney
Darryl Johnson
Brynn Matsuoka
Ceyber Silva
LeianaMarie Alejado
Ano’i Lokia
Jacob Wright
Jalen Choy 

Program Team Members:
Whitney Murphy
Christielove Espinosa

Graduating Student Leaders
LeianaMarie Alejado
Christielove Espinosa
Terrence Freeney
Brianne Frias
Gerald Mance
Anela-Pomaikai Mattson
Alyssa Neri
Leiʻala Okuda
Skye Tuinei
Jacob Wright

Graduating NUFP Fellows
LeianaMarie Alejado
Christielove Espinosa
Leiʻala Okuda
Nachelle Seguin

The Campus Center Board coordinated and hosted the Virtual Pueo Awards, as well as provided the certificates for all awardees. Campus Center Board members are Darryl Johnson, Whitney Murphy, and Gabriel Fikani, with advisor Rouel Velasco.

Image courtesy of UHWO Staff