APAL Program 2016-17 Cohort

The Hawaii Asia-Pacific Affairs Leadership Program 2016-2017 Cohort:

Dana L. Almodova is pursuing a Master of Arts in Diplomacy and Military Studies at Hawaii Pacific University. He is finishing his thesis on Realism and Strategic Culture through a case study of the South China Sea dispute. He is a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, National Political Science Honor Society. Dana holds a BA in Political Science with a specialization in international relations and public policy from the University of Hawaii. He is currently in the Regional Security Studies Intern Program at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, where he works with faculty to administer course curriculum and co-lead seminars comprised of security practitioners from throughout the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. Dana has interned at the City and County of Honolulu, Office of the City Auditor, specializing in public transportation.

Dana is interested in continuing research in international affairs, facilitating international dialogue and education, and utilizing his experience to address present and future issues throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Dana was born and raised in Kailua, Hawaii and attended Punahou School.


Andrew Channell works as an all-source intelligence analyst for the United States Army Pacific’s Analysis Control Element, where he is a member of the Southeast Asia regional team. As a member of the this team, Andrew covers a variety of issues such as counterterrorism efforts in the region and the political, military, economic, social, infrastructure, and information changes that occur daily. He has become specifically knowledgeable in the affairs of Indonesia and Malaysia.

Andrew is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Duquesne University with a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Security Studies. He has exemplified his interest in foreign affairs by participating in multiple events that deal in foreign policy discussion. These events include participation in a model European Union sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh’s European Union Center of Excellence in the year 2013, and being a board member for Duquesne University’s International Relations Club from 2012-2014. Andrew seeks to become a commissioned officer in the United States Army and continue to work within the intelligence community.


Maureen Ditol, a senior consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, has been supporting Department of Defense clients since 2012. She currently supports the US Pacific Fleet (PACFLT) Strategic Initiatives Group/Commander's Action Group and the PACFLT Outreach and Government Affairs Office. She has previously supported Headquarters US Pacific Command (USPACOM) clients for three years as an operational training specialist, a strategic communication planner, and an information operations planner. She also participates in the Booz Allen Workforce Leadership Council.

Prior to joining Booz Allen, Maureen participated in the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program. She lived in Fukuoka for two years, teaching English in public junior high schools. Upon returning home, she served on the local Hawaii JET Alumni Association executive board as its secretary.

She graduated from Moanalua High School and from Occidental College in Los Angeles with a BA in Diplomacy and World Affairs. Maureen aims to continue combining her undergraduate academic interest in globalization with her career interests in management consulting, particularly in organizational development and change management. She plans to do this by her support to clients who are actively engaged in promoting US interests in the Indo-Asia Pacific region.


Elliot Joseph Fox is a second-year student in the Masters of Arts in Diplomacy and Military Studies program at Hawaii Pacific University. He predominantly focuses on military strategy and emerging military technologies, while also focusing on space studies. He has presented two papers as part of the program, one on the future direction of military strategy, with the goal of assessing current gaps, and another on a Boeing design from 1979 for a flying aircraft carrier.

Elliot graduated from Orion Academy in California and received a Bachelor of Arts in History from San Francisco State University, where he studied diplomatic history and international relations theory. He hopes to pursue a career in national security while working in policy, research, and development.


James Hamada is a graduate of Pepperdine University in Los Angeles, receiving a BA in International Studies with a political specialization. Born and raised in Hawaii, he has previous experience at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Pacific Forum, Strategic Actions for a Just Economy in downtown Los Angeles, and the Hawaii State Chapter of the American Red Cross. His policy interests include multilateral cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region, human rights actors, and community and international development.


Landess Kearns is a senior editor at HuffPost Hawaii, a partnership between The Huffington Post and Honolulu Civil Beat. At HuffPost, she writes and edits articles on everything from dolphins to defense operations, as well as handling all of HuffPost Hawaii’s social media platforms. Previously, Landess interned at Pacific Business News and the US Pacific Fleet.

Landess holds a Bachelor's degree in English Writing from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana. She also minored in American History, Computer Science and Film Studies. Landess grew up in Honolulu and graduated from Punahou School.


Molly Noelaniokekai Mamaril is an assistant project manager for Pono Pacific and a program coordinator for Hawaiʻi Investment Ready. At Pono Pacific, she coordinates habitat restoration efforts and assists with writing projects. With Hawaiʻi Investment Ready, she works with social impact leaders to coordinate peer-to-peer learning workshops for local enterprises to enhance their social, cultural and environmental impact on the local economy. Molly also has previous marine resource management experience at the State Department of Land and Natural Resources and ʻāina-based education at the Waipā Foundation. In her free time, she enjoys freelance writing, covering regional and international sustainability efforts and gathering stories of how traditional ecological knowledge can improve our response to environmental challenges. Most recently she has written for the Diplomatic Courier, Kupu and Green magazine.

In 2014, Molly earned her MS from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa through the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management. Her BA is from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota in Journalism. Her dream is to become an environmental journalist to encourage collective action, globally and locally, to ensure the longevity of ʻāina momona (abundant lands) around the world.


Andrea “Andi” McIntosh is an analyst at Trinity Investments, LLC, a commercial real estate investment firm headquartered in Honolulu, with offices in New York City and Tokyo. She assists in asset management activities related to the firm’s existing portfolio, as well as investment due diligence and acquisitions execution. Prior to joining the Trinity team, she worked as the Senior Sales & Program Design Coordinator with Island Partners Hawai’i, a leading local destination management company that operates corporate meetings and incentive programs throughout the Islands. She is also involved with Ho’ola Na Pua and Women’s Fund of Hawai’i in various capacities.

Andi holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Psychology and in French, with a minor in Business from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. While at Cornell, she was a four-year member of the Women’s Varsity Soccer team, an active brother of Pi Sigma Epsilon professional business fraternity, and served as the assistant treasurer for and a Standards Council Member of her social sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma.

Originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan, Andi plans to continue establishing roots in her newfound home of Hawai’i, both professionally and personally, as she delves further in to the institutional real estate sector. She aspires to earn her MBA.


Adam Morrow is in his second year teaching 7th & 8th grade science at Holy Family Catholic Academy. He delivers instruction on biology, human anatomy and physiology, planetary science, volcanology, and Hawaiian ecology. During the summer, Adam also teaches a 9th grade religion course at ‘Iolani School. Prior to teaching on O‘ahu he completed an internship with the interpretation division of Haleakalā National Park on the island of Maui.

Adam graduated from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa with Bachelors’ degrees in Japanese language and Asian Studies as well as a minor in economics. Throughout his undergraduate study he also served as a paddling coach at ‘Iolani School. Adam was born and raised on the island of O‘ahu and is a graduate of ‘Iolani High School.

He intends to pursue a graduate degree in international affairs with a focus on the Asia-Pacific region. In particular, he is interested in energy and environmental policy as well as the security implications of global climate change.


Kenton Nakamura is a recent graduate of the University of Washington and a front office receptionist with Fukuji & Lum Physical Therapy Associates.
Kenton has a strong background in Asian and Pacific Islander advocacy, having served as the Asian Student Commission (ASC) Director for the Associated Students of the University of Washington (ASUW) during the 2015-2016 academic year. During this time, he represented over 30 Asian-affiliated registered student organizations and 8,000+ students on the Seattle campus and in the greater Seattle community. In addition, he organized many different events to promote Asian awareness and culture, including the inaugural API Mental Health Summit, which was designed to inform students about mental health issues that disproportionately affect Asians and Pacific Islanders.

Kenton graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Biology and a minor in ethics and attended ʻIolani High School. He intends to pursue further education in international studies or public policy and is also studying for the Foreign Service Officer Test. His career interests include science policy and foreign affairs, with an emphasis on promoting cultural awareness between countries in the Pacific Rim.