Come join us this semester!


Our Chapter

The American Marketing Association at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (AMA-UHM) is a collegiate chapter of the internationally affiliated AMA organization. AMA-UHM was established in 1971 and continues to be one of the largest and most active organizations in the Shidler College of Business.

Our Mission

We strive to lift our members to newer heights by providing them with opportunities to better understand the field of marketing and to prepare them for a smooth transition into a professional setting.

The American Marketing Association welcomes students of all majors who have an interest in marketing. Our programs are designed to promote networking opportunities, professional development, and social responsibility for students.


Executive Board

Our executive board is made up of a group of elected individuals who have proven themselves to be dedicated to AMA and its members. The executive board's mission is to ensure that every member benefits from their time at AMA-UHM. 



Executive President

Dakota Rei Chun

Dakota is a junior studying Marketing and Entrepreneurship in the Shidler College of Business. She loves eating good food and spending time on the North Shore. This is her fifth semester in AMA and fourth on board. Her goals for the year include strengthening bonds and creating professional opportunities for all members. #AMAGrowth

As the Executive President, Dakota oversees all the duties of the other executive board members. She is also in charge of establishing the chapter's goals and strategies for the year. With these intentions in mind, it is Dakota's duty to communicate with the faculty advisor, the Inter-Business Council, and the AMA Hawaii chapter to provide the best member experience possible.



Executive Vice President

Sara Allysia Samiano

Sara is a junior majoring in Marketing and Management with a minor in Art.  She loves painting and adventuring with friends.  This is her fifth semester being in AMA.  Her goal this year is to help create opportunities and build strong bonds between member to member and members to professionals.

As the Executive Vice President, Sara is in charge of overseeing the other Vice Presidents.  She is also in charge of recruitment, elections, applications and also recording Active Status of each member throughout the semesters.   As Executive Vice President, Sara is there to preside in the absence of the President and to be of service to her Executive Board and the general membership of the club.  




Vice President of finance

Christine Quach

Christine is currently a junior pursuing a double major in Management and Human Resource Management with a minor in Communicology. She is excited to see what the future holds for AMA this year. Her goal this year is to begin building friendships with both new and returning members that will last a lifetime.

As the Vice President of Finance, Christine is responsible for maintaining the chapter’s financial information. This includes creating and enforcing semester budgets, filing taxes, and keeping record of all revenues and expenses.


vice president of professional development

Taylor Takahashi

Taylor is a Junior pursuing a double major in Marketing and Human Resource Management at the Shidler College of Business. On her free time, she enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends on outdoor adventures. Within her three semesters of being in AMA, she has received two job opportunities. AMA has taught her what her career path entails and how to succeed in the future.

As the Vice President of Professional Development, Taylor organizes company tours, guest speakers events, professional interaction night, and collaborates with colleagues and professionals for networking opportunities. Taylor wants to give the members of AMA a chance to evaluate and improve their professional skills in order to better prepare for their career path after college.




vice president of philanthropy

Kristen Kunimura

Kristen is currently a senior and is on track to graduate this spring with a Bachelors in Business Marketing from the Shidler College of Business. As a member of AMA, Kristen has learned to step out of her comfort-zone and has gained new skills professionally. This is her fourth semester in AMA and first semester on board. Her goal for this year is to support all members as they continue to grow and provide the resources that will inspire them do the same for others.

As the Vice President of Philanthropy, Kristen is responsible for coordinating programs and events that enhance the goodwill of AMA-UHM and encourage members to make a positive impact in the community.  In addition to this, she is also responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with event coordinators so that AMA-UHM may continue to provide their assistance as needed.



vice president of advertising

Moana Kimura

Moana is a sophomore at the Shidler College of Business. She intends on obtaining concurrent majors in Finance and Communications. Moana enjoys going to the beach, hiking, and having fun in the sun! This is her third semester in AMA, and first semester on board. The impact that AMA has had on Moana has pushed her to take part in inspiring new members to grow with AMA just like she did.

As the Vice President of Advertising, Moana shares the goals, purpose and lasting impact of AMA with other organizations and businesses in the community. She is also  responsible for maintaining relationships with current sponsors and inviting other potential sponsors to be involved in supporting the legacy of AMA.




vice president of Student Relations

Joshua Sakatani

Joshua is currently a senior and is on track to graduate this spring with a bachelors in Business Marketing from the Shidler College of Business. Outside of school he owns and operates his his business JS Tactical LLC and works for his father’s brokerage firm as a Real Estate Associate. Outside of school and work, he likes to hangout with friends, tryout new restaurants, and slap the bass as a musician. This is his second semester with AMA and his first semester on board as Vice President of Student Relations.

 As the Vice President of Student Relations, he is responsible for the planning and execution of activities and events to create a fun and memorable experience for our members. Along with this, he is also in charge of being there for its members.


vice president of fundraising

Brandon Hirokawa

Brandon is currently a sophomore at the Shidler College of Business.  He intends on majoring in Finance and Accounting.  Brandon enjoys playing sports, hanging out with friends, hiking trails on the island, and bodysurfing at the beach on his free time.  This is his 4th semester in AMA, and first semester on board.  AMA has opened up many connections for Brandon within the business field while also meeting a lot of new great college students.  Brandon is motivated to help give new members the great connections that comes with being a part of AMA.

As the Vice President of Fundraising, Brandon organizes and executes AMA’s fundraisers, therefore, Brandon plays a key role in making sure our club raises enough money to fund AMA’s social and business professional events.  Brandon plans and executes two car washes, Krispy Kreme, Poi Mochi, Zippy’s Chili, and many more fundraiser.  Brandon is pumped to help AMA reach the goal of $6000 fundraised, but he will need the help and cooperation from all AMA members.




vice president of promotions

Lauren Masden

Lauren is currently a senior and is on track to graduate this spring with a Bachelors in Business Marketing from the Shidler College of Business. She is a freelance photographer and in her free time she likes to hike and explore the island. This is her second semester in AMA and her first semester on board. AMA has really helped Lauren grow professionally and create lifelong bonds with other members.

As Vice President of Promotions Lauren is responsible for promoting AMA-UHM and affairs involving AMA-UHM to students, professionals, and the community. She helps brand AMA-UHM while also thinking of ways to further their presence both in and beyond the UH Manoa community. Some duties of the Vice President of Promotions include: designing and ordering chapter shirts, producing promotional materials including flyers, posters, and other media for recruitment or promotion of events, assisting in maintaining the AMA-UHM bulletin board, and maintaining the AMA-UHM Website, Online Calendar, and social media accounts.


vice president of digital media

Nicole Takamine

Nicole is a sophomore intending to pursue a major in Entrepreneurship. She loves to do freelance photography and videography whenever she can possibly get her hands on a camera. She loves to go on adventures and explore what the world has to offer. This is her third semester in AMA and her first semester on executive board. AMA has helped and continues to help Nicole grow professionally as well as socially, as she loves to interact with all members of the club. Nicole is prepared to capture all of AMA’s moments throughout the semester, and is ready to share and create memories.

As the Vice President of Digital Media, Nicole has the responsibility for documenting all AMA-UHM activities and events throughout the semester.  Other duties of the Vice President of Digital Media are producing a recruitment PSA, a video for the seniors who are graduating, and capturing all of the AMAzing moments in the club.




vice president of communications

Isaiah Sabey

Isaiah is currently a freshman majoring in Finance and Economics.  When he’s not occupied with work or attending school, he enjoys producing music and appreciating nature through hikes and bodysurfing.  Although this will only be his 2nd semester in AMA, he feels that AMA is his home in Shidler and seeks to provide the same experience for others.

As the Vice President of Communications, Isaiah is responsible for the distribution of the club newsletter in which all information regarding all AMA UHM events and announcements is compiled.  Also serving as AMA’s Inter-Business Council (IBC) Senator, he will be present in meetings and discussions held between all the other representatives of the other Shidler Business Clubs, and responsible for creating summaries of IBC meetings.  He looks forward to helping members remain updated and excited about future opportunities for growth and development.


vice president of alumni relations

Tyler Hazama

Tyler is currently a senior majoring in Travel Industry Management. He joined AMA in Spring 2017 and has loved every memory he’s made so far. AMA has provided him with friendships and connections that will last a lifetime. He enjoys watching and playing sports, going to the gym, eating, and spending time with family and friends.

As the Vice President of Alumni Relations, Tyler is the liaison between the AMA alumni and current members.He is in charge of organizing various events in order to bring in alumni to share their experiences and knowledge. With the goal of being able to create connections and relationships between AMA’s past and present members.