Nov 202015

The Department of Health has not confirmed any cases that would directly impact the campus, but in the meantime there are things you can do to protect yourself.

Nov. 20, 2015


Hilo sealThe out break of dengue fever continues on Hawai‘i Island. The Hawai‘i Department of Health reports that the number of cases is still increasing and they occur throughout the island, including the Hilo area. The mosquitoes that carry the dengue virus occur in Hilo and on the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo campus. The virus is only transmitted to humans by mosquito bites.

Mosquitoes breed in standing water. UH Hilo staff continue to monitor campus to eliminate situations on campus that accumulate standing water, such as open containers, clogged gutters and persistent puddles. They are also checking window screens to locate holes to repair. Open doors are a way mosquitoes can enter buildings and we ask you to help by always keeping building doors closed.

The Department of Health has not confirmed any cases that would directly impact the campus, but in the meantime there are things you can do to protect yourself:

  • Wear pants and long-sleeved shirts, light colors are best.
  • Use insect repellent.
  • Avoid areas were mosquitoes are present.

If you see situations on campus with standing water, we encourage you to help by informing UH Hilo Auxiliary Services by email uhhauxsv[at], call (808) 932-7009, or via a work order request.

See the Hawai‘i Department of Health website on Dengue Fever for more information. Posted there are more detailed instructions on preventative measures and updates on reported cases.

As the outbreak continues, we will issue additional campus updates.

Be safe.

Don Straney

This post was updated to correct proper contact for Auxiliary Services.

Previous messages on dengue at UH Hilo Stories website.

Nov 052015

The annual UH Foundation Fall Calling Campaign began this month.


Chancellor Straney visits with students at the UH Foundation call center on O‘ahu.

Chancellor Don Straney recently visited the UH Foundation call center on O‘ahu to visit with student fundraisers and share information about the various programs and activities at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. The annual UH Foundation Fall Calling Campaign began this month.

Chancellor Straney encourages the UH community to donate and support UH Hilo.

For more information, contact Dale Hagadone at the UH Foundation.

Oct 262015

Hawai‘i CC plays a pivotal role in providing access to higher education for the people of our island and state.

By Chancellor Don Straney.

HawCCDuring this academic year, Hawai‘i Community College is celebrating its 75th Anniversary. The college’s long history is intertwined with the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, and as we celebrate this milestone, I consider the community college one of UH Hilo’s greatest partners.

Hawai‘i CC plays a pivotal role in providing access to higher education for the people of our island and state. The community college has some of the most innovative programs in the UH System, in tune with the dreams of its students and the needs of the community.

The culinary program is one of the most interesting and challenging programs at Hawai‘i CC. The use of locally produced food is the norm, and culinary students work closely with local farmers, ranchers, fruit growers and fishermen to develop recipes and menus that are homemade in every sense.

The Model Home project, established in 1965, is the only college program in the state where students build a real home for a real family as part of their coursework. Students from diverse programs—future architects, diesel mechanics, carpenters, electricians, and agriculturalists—have built over 45 houses in the community through this program.

Up until this fall semester, West Hawaiʻi had been the only major population center in the state without a permanent facility for higher education. With the launch of the Palamanui campus in August, Hawai‘i CC has answered the community’s call for a permanent home for higher education in West Hawaiʻi.

Hawai‘i CC also is an important partner of UH Hilo. Each of our campuses has a unique role to play within the UH System, but by working together, we are increasing educational opportunities for the residents of our island and state.

Hawai‘i CC facilitates seamless community college transfers to UH Hilo—for example, by giving students “road maps” to use when they begin their college education at Hawai‘i CC so they will have a plan on how to transfer and achieve baccalaureate degrees at UH Hilo.

Programs are in place for students who wish to study indigenous Hawaiian culture and language at the community college, earn an associate of arts degree, then transfer to UH Hilo. Hawai‘i CC and UH Hilo’s Ka Haka ‘Ula O Ke‘elikōlani College of Hawaiian Language are working together closely to support students taking classes on both campuses to earn their degrees.

And in times of community crisis, such as Topical Storm Iselle and the Puna lava flow last year, our campuses work together to give assistance as best we can to our students, faculty and staff who are affected. No other campuses in the country have to deal with the range of natural challenges that we have here on our island, and I’m proud of our collaborative work in supporting the UH community.

Simply put, UH Hilo is a more effective four-year campus because of Hawai‘i CC. We are proud to call Hawai‘i Community College our partner in serving the people of Hawai‘i.


Don Straney

Oct 232015

About 100 alumni and friends welcomed new AD Pat Guillen to UH Hilo alumni ‘ohana.

Don Straney, Pat Guillen and Ramon Goya.

(l-r) Don Straney, Pat Guillen and Ramon Goya.

Chancellor Don Straney hosted a Vulcans Pre-Game Alumni Mixer last month to welcome new athletic director Pat Guillen to the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo alumni ‘ohana. About 100 alumni and friends attended.

Master of ceremony honors were shared by former AD Joey Estrella and Chancellor Straney. Also attending was former AD Ramon Goya. Game night message was delivered by head women’s volleyball coach Tino Reyes.

Guests were treated to live entertainment by Lito Arkangel and a tailgate dinner of chili/rice, hot dogs, and hamburgers hosted by Jim DeMello’s concession team and golf team volunteers. A Vulcan fruit punch station was manned by UH Hilo Sociology Club volunteers, and cookies were donated by Big Island Candies.

The revelers then headed out to attend a women’s volleyball game, UH Hilo vs Brigham Young University–Hawai‘i.

More photos:

Pat Guillen (standing) and Ramon Goya (right) with guests.

Pat Guillen (standing) and Ramon Goya (right) with guests.

John Flatley and Jeanne Beers stand together at mixer.

John Flatley and Jeanne Beers (’91) are season ticket holders and donors to Vulcan athletics.

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Alumni and friends gather at mixer.

AlumniMixer (1)

Carolina Lam (’98) and her daughter, a future Vulcan alumna in training, give the shaka.

Lito Arkangel sitting with guitar.

Lito Arkangel provided live music.

-Photos courtesy of the UH Foundation.

Oct 192015

The UH Hilo Chancellor’s Professional Development Fund is offering tuition waivers for workshop on Google Apps.

Apps Workshop

TITLE: Google Apps for Collaboration.
DATE: Friday, Oct. 23, 2015.
TIME: 1:00-4:00 p.m.
PLACE: Ululani St, 2nd Floor (SeniorNet Lab).

FEE: $55.
WAIVERS: Fee waivers are available through the UH Hilo Chancellor’s Development Fund. UH Hilo and Research Corporation of UH (RCUH) employees may apply for a fee waiver—fill out and submit online application form.


Google Apps is beginning to revolutionize the education and business industries. Google has a range of free tools for teaching, business collaboration, and training. Learn about Google tools and how to use them to increase productivity and efficiency through collaboration. Students will learn how to effectively utilize free Google applications such as: Classroom, Drive (cloud storage), Gmail, Docs (word processor), Slides (presentations), Forms (surveys and tests), Sheets (spreadsheets), Hangout (real time communication), Calendar, Maps, Contacts, and more.

For inquiries, contact Mark Kimura.