Malia was raised in Kailua on O‘ahu. She earned her BFA in Communication Design from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. After three years working as a designer in Washington, D.C., she moved back home to Hawai‘i and has spent the last 13 years designing in her much more comfortable home climate. She is currently a Senior Designer at Wall-to-Wall Studios. Having worked as a freelance, in-house and studio designer, Malia brings a variety of perspectives to the local AIGA chapter.
Malia’s focus as president is to raise awareness for, and appreciation of, the design industry in our local community. Her goal is to educate potential partners and clients about the design process as well as the value of design thinking.
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
Angelica was born and raised on O‘ahu and is a graduate of the BFA Graphic Design program at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She is a past art director at HONOLULU Magazine and is currently pursuing new opportunities in San Francisco. She has served on the AIGA Honolulu Chapter Board of Directors for six years in several positions, and most recently as president for 4 years. Angelica looks forward to the future of design in Hawaii, and will continue to support the chapter by serving as advisor to the Board of Directors and contributing to the Design Week and Design HNL committees.
Miha was born and raised in Romania, where she was studying foreign languages and literature. Everything changed when she boarded a plane to California, where she was supposed to just spend the summer. A few years/jobs/addresses later, Miha realized she should pursue her interest in the graphic arts, so she enrolled at Kapiolani Community College and obtained her degree in New Media Arts, Interface Design.
By day Miha is a graphic designer at Clarence Lee Design; by night she’s probably eating pizza and browsing Pinterest.
She is excited to join the AIGA Honolulu board, where she hopes to promote the importance of design, both as a professional career, and as a valuable tool for businesses in any industry.
Leslie Tamonte Cariaga
Leslie was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai‘i. After a couple years of soul searching, her passion for pretty things is what led her to study design at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Leslie eventually came back to Hawai‘i to receive her Communication Arts degree from Honolulu Community College. After several years as an art director with Design Asylum, she has ventured out on her own as a freelance designer. She looks forward to broadening her horizons, meeting new people and contributing to the AIGA Honolulu board and design community.
Since earning his degree with a focus in graphic design, Matt has honed his skills in the field of design and project management. In January 2011, Matt decided to follow his dream and co-founded INTERVAL, a creative and branding studio located in downtown Honolulu. Currently, Matt is the Creative and Innovations director at Nella Media Group, and hopes to help AIGA evolve as an increasingly valuable resource for current and aspiring designers.
In life Stevie has found that even the most winding roads lead to just the right destination. From a degree in Asian Studies to stints in property management, urban planning, and blogging, she has gained enrichment through a variety of experiences that have led to her work today in the world of design. Stevie currently works as a Project Manager at Joyce Timpson & Associates, where she oversees the branding and marketing for some of Honolulu’s most exciting condominium developments. She supplements her full-time work with her passion as a life coach, helping career-minded individuals discover, design, and live more purposeful lives. With AIGA Honolulu, Stevie looks forward to helping strengthen our local design community, as well as raising design awareness among the community at large.
Emmanuel is a full stack web developer & designer. He earned his degree from the New Media Arts program at Kapiolani Community College where he studied interface design. Currently, Emmanuel is a problem solver at Sudokrew Solutions and he is always looking forward to help & give back to the community.
Spencer Toyama finds it difficult to write bios, especially since they’re in the third person, and hones a career path that most resembles a bumble bee’s flight pattern. He originally thought he was going to be a musician; attending the Conservatory of Music at the University of the Pacific, earning a double major in finance and music. Upon graduation from University in 2003, Spencer had no idea what he was going to do, so he meandered; being a teacher, starting a record label, building a photovoltaic installation company, and finally settling into co-founding Sudokrew Solutions, an award-winning web applications consultancy based in Honolulu, HI. This is where Spencer feels most at home; at the crossroads of art, mentorship, business building, technology, design, and problem solving.
Ryan is an artist, designer, illustrator, photographer, and hobby crafter. Creating is his passion and he always feels the next big idea is right around the corner. Ryan was raised in Kailua, Hawaii, earned his BFA in Design from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and now resides in beautiful Makiki. He is excited to be a part of the AIGA board and continue to build relationships throughout the design community.
Born in China and raised in Hilo, Jen received her BBA in Finance from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2010. After experiencing a quarter-life crisis, she promptly hung up her spreadsheets and traded in her PC for a Mac. In 2015 she graduated from Kapiolani Community College with a degree in New Media Arts and is currently indulging in a life of creative problem solving as an interface designer at Ikayzo. She is humbled to be working along side the other board members, and excited to be involved more in the Honolulu design community.