NeoJourno is created by journalism students at the University of Hawai‘i as an alternative voice in the community. We write stories about current issues and events from our perspective. Our professors are Dr. Ann Auman and Dr. Deidre Pike.

Meet our 2011 Student Staff

Matt Dentone is a journalism student at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.  For the past three years Matt has been a member of the Rainbow Warrior swim team.  In his spare time Matt enjoys pretending to be a rock star, jamming with his buddies on his guitar and violin.  Originally from the Bay Area of Northern California, Matt now resides up Saint Louis Heights in Honolulu, Hawai‘i.


Melanie Fleming is a junior at University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa majoring in journalism. She was born in Berlin, Germany, and grew up mostly in Hawai‘i. Her goal after graduation is to pursue a job in public relations or as an investigative reporter for a local newspaper in Washington.




Dae Shik Kim Jr. is a second-generation Korean student at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. He often times goes by the name of Dae.  His passions consist of sports, movies, music and church. He is a journalism major who interns part time for ESPN Radio Hawaii. Though seeming very mature on the outside, Dae still enjoys the innocence of purity of things like Pokemon, Harry Potter and Super Heroes. He balances out this joy with many sophisticated activities like drinking tea with his pinky up, reading John Grisham and wearing tuxedos. If you see a 6-foot, 2-inch Korean man in a tuxedo, playing Pokemon and sipping tea, it is probably Dae Shik Kim.


Damian Lyman is both alpha and omega. “Every word he prints is like a little celestial gift, every sentence like a barrage of tiny little mind-kisses,” said one esteemed critic. His self-proclaimed forte is music; his sensibilities were forged in the flame of irony and disinterest that was the ’90s. He writes for Ka Leo and drinks bald-eagle blood. “I don’t like to, but it sustains my life-force,” said Mr. Lyman.



Katrina Oh is a senior at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.  She is majoring in journalism and political science with the hopes of getting into law school. Katrina is interested in journalism because of her goals to establish her own women’s fashion magazine.  She is in the slow process of establishing her magazine called La Belle Femme. On her free time she blogs, reads, relaxes at the beach, takes photos of almost all her meals, hikes and styles.


Megan Oshiro is a senior at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa working on two undergraduate degrees in English and journalism.  She grew up in the South Bay area of Los Angeles, California.  She enjoys her part-time fellowship serving as a peer mentor at the Counseling and Student Development Center at UH.  She hopes to pursue a career in publishing or museum curating.



Alvin Park is a journalism and communicology major at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. When he’s not drowning in his college studies, he likes to write, blog, edit and engage in a variety of other activities related to a typical journalism student. He also classifies himself as a voracious news-junkie, social media enthusiast, denim-specialist and a part-time pessimist.


Lance Sabado is a student by day and a dancer by night—not that kind of dancer.   He is studying journalism at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and is a ballroom instructor at the Arthur Murray Dance Centre in Waikiki.  It is his ultimate goal to combine his two passions—writing and dancing—and create and choreograph his own Broadway show.



Ashley Wood is a senior majoring in journalism and minoring in American Studies at University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.  She was born and raised in Pearl City, Oahu, and enjoys living the HI life.  She graduates in Spring 2012 and hopes to write for a magazine and get into public relations.



Chelsea Yamase is a happy aquatic creature who can be found on top of, in or under the water. She hails from a small town on the south shore of Kauai. As the Associate Design Editor at the campus newspaper, she tells pages what to do and doesn’t take any sass from the snarky printer living in the corner of the office. Chelsea can speak English, Franglais and Russian accent. A combination of wanderlust and luck means she has visited 12 foreign countries in the past seven years. It also means she is in her fifth year of school, at her fourth college, about to finish three degrees (Journalism, International Studies of the Middle East, French). In her free time, Chelsea enjoys eating fruits, reading and surfing.


Denise Yuki is a student at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.