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Interim Chancellor’s Message on changes to Nā Pua Noʻeau program

No longer a statewide organization based at UH Hilo, the mission and vision of Nā Pua Noʻeau will now be integrated into campus programs at UH Hilo, UH Mānoa, UH Maui College, Kaua‘i Community College and UH West O‘ahu.

Aloha UH Hilo ‘Ohana,

Green leaf logo with the words UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII Nā Pua Noʻeau Center for Gifted and Talent Native Hawaiian ChildrenI would like to acknowledge and thank all Nā Pua Noʻeau employees for their years of service to the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. Last week, the University of Hawai‘i System announced the integration of the Nā Pua Noʻeau Center for Gifted and Talent Native Hawaiian Children mission and vision into campus programs at UH Hilo, UH Mānoa, UH Maui College, Kaua‘i Community College and UH West O‘ahu:

Employees of will now report directly to the campuses where they are located.

We are pleased to have Nina Segawa, Administrative/Fiscal Officer transitioning to Kīpuka Native Hawaiian Student Center , and Raymond Busniewski, Information Technology Specialist, transitioning to Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language after closeout activities are completed.

Please direct any questions regarding Na Pua Noeau to Farrah-Marie Gomes, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.

Mahalo,

Marcia Sakai
Interim Chancellor

UH asking for public input on Maunakea rules for public and commercial activities; hearings scheduled

The public is strongly encouraged to participate in the process as the testimony will be taken into consideration as the rules are finalized.

The University of Hawaiʻi invites the public to provide input on the proposed draft of the administrative rules that will govern public and commercial activities on UH-managed lands on Maunakea—Chapter 20–26, Hawaiʻi Administrative Rules. Testimony may be submitted in four ways up until the end of the last noticed hearing:

  1.  Online at the UH Government Relations website;
  2. Via email at uhhar@hawaii.edu;
  3. In writing to UH Government Relations Office, 2442 Campus Road, Administrative Services Building 1-101, Honolulu, HI, 96822; and/or
  4. In person at one of four public hearings:
  • September 24, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Sullivan Conference Center, UH Cancer Center, 701 Ilalo Street, Honolulu
  • September 25, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., ʻImiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaiʻi, 600 ʻImiloa Place, Hilo
  • September 26, 6:15 to 8:15 p.m., Waikoloa Elementary and Middle School, 68-1730 Hoʻoko Street, Waikoloa
  • September 28, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., ʻIke Leʻa—Room 144, UH Maui College, 310 West Kaʻahumanu Avenue, Kahului

The public is strongly encouraged to participate in the process as the testimony will be taken into consideration as the rules are finalized. The rules will then go to the UH Board of Regents for a publicly noticed decision making meeting that will also accept public testimony. If approved at that point, the rules will proceed thru the Administrative Rules process to the governor for final review and approval.

“The administrative rules provide the university with an important stewardship tool to more effectively protect the cultural, natural and scientific resources on Maunakea and provide measures to better ensure public health and safety,“ says UH Hilo Interim Chancellor Marcia Sakai.

The draft rules were developed after extensive community outreach that included several publicly noticed meetings, open houses and consultation with the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), Office of Hawaiian Affairs and the Small Business Regulatory Review Board. The draft rules as required by statute are consistent with rules currently in place for similar lands managed by DLNR, including forest and natural area reserves.

The UH Board of Regents approved the draft rules for public hearings on June 7, and Governor David Ige gave his approval to move ahead with public hearings in July 2018.

See UH System News release for more information and FAQs.

Interim Chancellor’s Welcome to Students, Fall 2018

We have an exciting semester ahead with many opportunities for you to engage with each other and the entire university community.

Aloha,

UH Hilo seal, red lettering University of Hawaii and the state motto.I send a special welcome to new students joining our University of Hawai‘i at Hilo ‘ohana (family) and to our returning students.

We have an exciting semester ahead with many opportunities for you to engage with each other and the entire university community. In addition to your classroom studies, there are internships, collaborative research with professors, community service, and extracurricular participation. I encourage you to investigate and pursue as much as you can to expand your knowledge of our campus community, our island, and the world.

In response to student requests for more recreational areas and covered outdoor gathering places on campus, several new projects were completed over the summer.

  • There is now a refurbished outdoor basketball court called Pu‘u Li‘i located behind the auxiliary building with a gazebo, grill, and picnic tables with solar powered recharging stations, USB ports, and Wi-Fi access. A great place to hang out with friends!
  • Several other covered recharging stations were also built around campus near the main hubs of the Student Services building, the College of Business and Economics, and at the bus shelters near the bookstore and the main entrance to campus (see Campus Maps).

While the new semester holds much excitement, we are aware of the stress many have felt from the volcanic eruption event that began in early May. Please reach out for support if you have been directly affected. Visit our informational website Puna Lava Flow for FAQs, information on housing, safety, wellness resources, contact information, and more.

If you have general questions, here is contact information for the following topics:

Study hard, do good work, and take good care of each other. I know you will achieve every success in your educational endeavors.

Have a great semester!

Marcia Sakai
Interim Chancellor, UH Hilo

Interim Chancellor’s Message to Faculty & Staff: Welcome to Fall 2018 Semester

UH Hilo ‘Ohana,

UH Hilo seal, red lettering University of Hawaii and the state motto.Aloha and welcome back to returning faculty and staff. On behalf of the university, I send a special welcome to new faculty and staff joining our UH Hilo ‘ohana.

We have an exciting semester ahead with many opportunities for you to engage with the university community. We are planning an invited speaker series, fairs, exhibits, performances, and presentations on the extraordinary work of UH Hilo faculty and staff. Professional development events will challenge you to expand your knowledge and skills.

The volcanic eruption event that began in early May has touched all our lives. Please reach out for support if you have been directly affected. Visit our informational website for FAQs, information on housing, safety, wellness resources, contact information, and more.

I also encourage you to be especially sensitive to the needs of our students whose lives have been disrupted from the flow. The spirit of aloha will go a long way to help keep us all on track and moving forward with our work, our studies, and our lives.

Please welcome our new students and their families who are here to engage in the many Fall Orientation activities planned for them this week. I hope you’ll join us for Convocation on August 15 at 12:30 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center. Let’s also be ready to welcome back our returning students and the new academic year.

Have a great semester!

Marcia Sakai

UH Hilo staff plan kīpaepae welina and convocation for new incoming students and their ‘ohana

University community pulls together to assist in this cultural way of welcoming incoming students to be a part of the UH Hilo ʻohana.

Chancellor twists ti into lei.
Interim Chancellor Marcia Sakai and staff member Kalei Baricuatro make ti leaf lei last week on the lanai of the Kīpuka Native Hawaiian Student Center. The leis will be given to new students during welcoming ceremonies on Aug. 15.

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University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Interim Chancellor Marcia Sakai joined university staff on the lanai of the Kīpuka Native Hawaiian Student Center last Wednesday to help make 200+ lei la‘i (ti leaf lei) for the newest Vulcans and their ‘ohana.

“For the past two fall orientations, our (university) ‘ohana has come together to make over 400 lei la‘i (ti lef lei) for our new students and their families,” says Shara Mahoe, director of First Year Experience Programs at UH Hilo.

Mahoe says this year, organizers will be incorporating a kīpaepae welina, a welcoming ceremony, prior to the New Student Convocation formal program scheduled for Wednesday, August 15, 2018, at 12:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Administrators, faculty and staff will assist in this cultural way of welcoming incoming students to be a part of the UH Hilo ʻohana.

There also will be orientation events and workshops before convocation week for people who wish to participate but are unfamiliar or have not attended a kīpaepae. No prior experience is necessary to be a part of the kīpaepae, explains Mahoe.

A Google sign up page has been created so organizers can communicate with admin, faculty and staff that would like to participate.

“Let us gather together as the UH Hilo ʻohana and welcome our new students on their academic journey!” says Mahoe in an email to the university community.

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