Feb 012016

Key collaborative programs are incredibly important to the integration of Hawaiian knowledge into the academic and cultural foundations of UH and Hawai‘i CC campuses.

By Chancellor Don Straney

A key mission shared by the 10 campuses of the University of Hawai‘i System is to embrace our responsibilities to the Native Hawaiian people and to Hawai‘i’s indigenous language and culture. At UH Hilo, we have long been cultivating a diverse, multicultural university that is rooted in the indigenous history of Hawai‘i.

A UH systemwide initiative called “Hawai‘i Papa O Ke Ao,” which translates to “Hawai‘i Foundations of Enlightenment/Knowledge,” has the goal of making UH the model for using Native Hawaiian knowledge and viewpoints as the foundation for educational programs. In 2012, each UH campus was tasked with developing its own individual campus plan to help fulfill the initiative—but UH Hilo and Hawaiʻi Community College are working collaboratively to jointly integrate Hawaiian knowledge into our programs and curricula.

Joni Oshiro

Joni Oshiro

To help us achieve our goals, Hawaiʻi CC Interim Chancellor Joni Onishi and I recently announced Taupōuri Tangarō, PhD, has been named director of Hawaiian culture and protocols engagement for our two campuses. The appointment of Dr. Tangarō to this important collaborative position shows the joint commitment of UH Hilo and Hawai‘i CC to Hawaiʻi Papa O Ke Ao. Taupōuri served on the UH System taskforce that developed the plan in 2012 and currently serves as a member of the systemwide Hawaiʻi Papa O Ke Ao Committee.

Taupōuri Tangarō in lei

Taupōuri Tangarō

Taupōuri, a cultural practitioner and a professor of Hawaiian studies at Hawaiʻi CC, has been at the helm of several collaborative initiatives between UH Hilo and Hawai‘i CC.

He is founder and director of several highly effective programs for Native Hawaiian academic success, cultural leadership through hula, protocols, increasing transfer students, and introducing K-12 grades to Hawai‘i CC and UH Hilo. He also has co-founded indigenous exchange programs— for example, last year a delegation of faculty and staff from UH Hilo and Hawaiʻi CC traveled to Yap and Palau to meet with educators, community leaders, cultural practitioners, and UH Hilo alumni to strengthen connections between UH and the Asia-Pacific region.

Collectively, these programs are incredibly important to the integration of Hawaiian knowledge into the academic and cultural foundations of our campuses and in meeting the needs of our Native Hawaiian students.

A related development is the integration of the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage into our curriculum. Sailing from Hawaiʻi to South Africa and multiple ports and countries in between, UH students, faculty, and staff have been an integral part of the voyaging canoe Hōkūleʻaʻs worldwide voyage, also known as Mālama Honua, or “to care for our earth.” UH is the higher education partner in the voyage, with over 50 people from all 10 campuses directly involved.

Some of these participants are gathering at UH Hilo on Feb. 12 to work together moving forward.

Meeting participants include Chad Kālepa Baybayan, a master navigator on the voyage, navigator-in-residence at UH Hilo’s ʻImiloa Astronomy Center, and a member of the faculty at Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language. He says that although UH is probably the lead institution of the voyage, most heavily engaged in providing active participation, actually providing the manpower and resources to execute the voyage, a lot of people don’t know the extent of UH’s involvement in Mālama Honua.

Our hope through the upcoming meeting is to acknowledge the importance of the UH System’s understanding and respect for ʻike Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian knowledge) in teaching, research, and service, and to make the connection between the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage and UH initiatives to strengthen our work in STEM, sustainability, and Native Hawaiian language and culture.

It is through this type of collaborative work, learning from each other, that we can fulfill our responsibilities to the people of Hawai‘i.

Don Straney

Jan 222016

Applications are being accepted for funding of professional development events.

This message is posted on behalf of the Chancellor’s Professional Development Committee:


Farrah-Marie Gomes serves as chair of the Chancellor's Professional Development Committee.

Farrah-Marie Gomes serves as chair of the Chancellor’s Professional Development Committee.

Funding approvals for the second round of applications to the 2015-16 Chancellor’s Professional Development fund were announced in Fall 2015.

Applications are once again being accepted for funding of professional development events by the 2015-16 Chancellor’s Professional Development fund. Activities and projects being proposed must take place before June 30, 2016.

The application form, rubric and guidelines are available online.

The purpose of the Professional Development Fund is to provide opportunities for continued professional growth and development for faculty and staff, with a special emphasis on development that will have far-reaching impacts on our campus.

The deadline for submission of applications is Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016 at 4:00 pm. Applications may be emailed to uhhilopd[at]hawaii.edu or dropped off attention to Shana Kaneshiro at the Financial Aid Office, Student Services Building, E-119.

Questions regarding the Professional Development fund and its events can be directed to uhhilopd[at]hawaii.edu.

Jan 122016

The Chancellor’s Professional Development Fund is offering fee waivers for Spring 2016 workshops.

Professional Development Workshops are offered through the College of Continuing Education & Community Service.

Professional Development Workshops are offered through the College of Continuing Education & Community Service.

Schedule and links to more info below.

Chancellors Professional Development Program

Technology and Skills Programs

2016 Spring Schedule

Workshop Reg


Details Date Time
Introduction to DSLR Photography $85 Info February 15th  & 21st


15th 6:00pm – 9:00pm,

21st 8:00am – 11:00am

Apple Mac Intermediate $65 Info February 24th -25th


10:00am – 12:00pm
WIX.com – Creating Websites without Code $125 Info February 24th – 26th



4:30pm -6:30pm
Foundations of GIS (ESRI ArcGIS) $600 Info March 3rd  , 8th  , 10th, 15th  , 17th


5:00pm – 8:00pm
iPhone Intermediate $65 Info March 9th  – 10th


4:30pm– 6:30pm
Spatial Analyst GIS (ESRI ArcGIS) $290 Info March 23rd  & 25th

 W F

9:00am – 1:30pm
Microsoft Office – Introduction Certificate $275 Info April 4th  -8th


5:00pm -8:00pm
Adobe InDesign – Introduction $75 Info April 12th -14th


6:30pm – 8:30pm
Microsoft Office -Intermediate Certificate $275 Info May 2nd  -6th


5:00pm -8:00pm


Basic Grant Writing $75 Info Feb 6th


9:00am – 4:00pm
Motivating Others $75 Info April 16th


9:00am – 4:00pm
Leading High Performance Teams $150 Info April 23rd


9:00am – 4:00pm
Exceptional Customer Service – The New Strategy to Boosting Sales $150 Info May 6th


9:00am – 4:00pm


Online application.

For more information about workshops and fee waivers, contact Chris Nishioka.

Jan 062016

Ms. Bailey will be responsible for overseeing UH Hilo’s response to Title IX issues, including sexual assault, gender discrimination, domestic and dating violence, and stalking.

Announcement from Chancellor Straney:

Libby Bailey

Libby Bailey

I am pleased to announce that Elizabeth “Libby” Bailey has been hired as the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo’s Title IX coordinator.

Libby comes to UH Hilo from the University of Phoenix, where she served for eight years as a student conduct administrator and deputy Title IX coordinator. In her role as deputy coordinator, she helped develop the university’s Title IX program, policies, and procedures, and ensured compliance with the federal civil rights law.

Libby earned a master’s degree in legal studies from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, a master’s degree in education with a focus on adult education and training from University of Phoenix, and a bachelor’s degree in human relations from Doane College in Crete, Nebraska.

In the role of Title IX coordinator, Libby will be responsible for overseeing UH Hilo’s response to Title IX issues, including sexual assault, gender discrimination, domestic and dating violence, and stalking.

Libby will work with UH Hilo students, faculty and staff to ensure compliance with Title IX and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

If you have questions or concerns about Title IX and VAWA, your rights under these laws and UH Hilo policy, would like to report a violation or discuss your options, please contact Libby or stop by the Office of Equal Opportunity located in the Auxiliary Services Trailer, room E-3.

Don Straney

Jan 042016

A new Maunakea education exhibit will be a hub of information about the mountain.

By Chancellor Don Straney

ImiloaAs we start 2016, I would like to share an exciting new exhibit planned to open this year at ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo.

ʻImiloa will be celebrating its 10th anniversary in February 2016. Since opening its doors, the center has impacted hundreds of thousands of kamaʻāina and visitors alike. It is the state’s only bi-lingual informal science center showcasing the connections between cultural traditions and state-of-the-art exploration being conducted atop Maunakea.

As we move into the astronomy center’s second decade, we are making a concerted effort to build on the work to date, and expand the reach and impact on our local communities and the state. Most importantly, we will build on the work of honoring Maunakea by inspiring keiki to continue the Hawaiian tradition of exploration and discovery through modern science and technology.

Central to this effort will be a new Maunakea education exhibit that will be a hub of information about the mountain.

In addition to the cultural significance and the science of astronomy of Maunakea, the exhibit will cover the natural resources (recordation, conservation, preservation), the legal and political history about the science reserve and its growth and management, and the role Maunakea plays in ongoing and evolving social movements in the Hawaiian community.

Despite there being a wealth of publically-available information on these and other aspects of the mountain, the sheer amount of information and the fact that it is spread over myriad archives and sources has paradoxically created a vacuum of public awareness. The hope is that this new exhibit at ‘Imiloa—the physical space along with virtual and web-based components—will be a means to disseminate research and documented insight to all stakeholders and the general public about the resources and complexities of Maunakea.

We see the exhibit as a growing and evolving timeline of information that includes source data and portals to documents, media, and key agencies that offer further insight and information. The timeline exhibit also will include new educational media pieces—oral histories, for example—but also information on current events and new issues, discoveries and activity.

The exhibit will be phased in over time with the end goal being a totally digital interactive exhibit, including a strong web presence for learners to continue engagement beyond their experience in the physical space at the astronomy center.

ʻImiloa will be launching the initial, two-dimensional display as part of its 10th anniversary celebration this year.

In addition to the physical exhibit and the digital information portal, ‘Imiloa also will be starting the ‘Imiākea Event Series, a monthly program focused on highlighting a particular aspect of Maunakea each month. These events will range from weeknight evening performances and intimate settings with guest speakers and presenters, to demonstrations and hands-on workshops with artists and kumu, to weekend all-day events with activities for keiki and the entire family.

In the spirit of ʻImiloa—the continual pursuit of knowledge—we embark on 2016 with a sense of excitement for what the future will reveal.

Happy New Year,

Don Straney