Student Support Spotlight: Noʻeau Center

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Welcome to an E Kamakani Hou series that highlights the services the University of Hawaiʻi–West Oʻahu offers to help our students succeed. Student Support Spotlight will profile the wide-ranging services that are important for our students and campus.

The series has so far featured profiles on AdvisingAdmissions, the Behavior Intervention Team, the BookstoreCampus SecurityCareer ServicesMental Health ServicesDisability ServicesDistance Learning, Financial Aid, the IT Help Desk, the James & Abigail Campbell Library, and Nāulu Center.

Name of service: Noʻeau Center for Writing, Math, and Academic Success

Where we are: B-203 (second floor of the James & Abigail Campbell Library). You can also find us online at our virtual front desk.

Who we are:

  • Kaiulani Akamine, Testing Coordinator
  • Robyn Tasaka, Tutoring Coordinator
  • Frankie Pasion, Student Engagement and Compliance Officer
  • Nicholas Mitchell, Tutor Consultant
  • Dylan Keaweehu, Tutor Consultant 
  • A team of student tutors 

What services we provide: The Noʻeau Center offers tutoring, testing, and workshops.

  • Tutoring: Tutoring is offered in all subjects. Our most popular are writing, math, statistics, and accounting. We always emphasize that all students can benefit from tutoring to make the most out of their classes and make sure they have a strong foundation before moving on to the next class or going out into the workforce. Especially with writing, we can all benefit from having another set of eyes on our writing — to make sure it makes sense to other people and not just to ourselves! Tutoring sessions generally begin with the tutor asking the student what they’d like to focus on, so we can practice the types of problems or focus on the part of your draft that you have questions about.
  • Testing: Test Services continues to strive towards an optimal test environment for all testers. Services have temporarily migrated to a virtual platform offering remote proctoring for course placement and subject exams. 
  • Workshops: Streaming Workshops are available on our website on topics including Getting the Most out of G Suite, Avoiding Plagiarism, Successful Presentations, APA Style. These workshops can be used to brush up on your skills. 

What we’re excited about: We’re excited to continue offering services through our virtual front desk to serve students online in the ways that we have traditionally done face-to-face. Just as students could always just pop into the center to ask a question, you can always pop in to our virtual front desk. In our virtual space, we have unlimited breakout rooms, so students can also use these spaces to “meet” for group projects, study groups, or club meetings. We’re also excited to bring back our Zoom parties, where students can get used to using Zoom and practice using different tools.

What’s special about us: All of our tutors are student employees, so you can feel comfortable asking them questions you may be nervous about asking a professor.

What’s special about you: Many of our students are balancing a lot of responsibilities such as school, work, and family. We love seeing students’ commitment to getting things done and supporting the people around them.

Contact: 689-2750,, (virtual front desk). Hours of operation (online): 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Friday.

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