Wahi Pana O Hilo: Educational tour of Hilo enjoyed by group from UH Hilo and Hawai‘i Community College

A group of administrators, faculty, staff, students and their guests enjoy a day-long tour of Hilo.

By Susan Enright.

Taupōuri Tangarō (at left in light blue shirt), Haʻakūmalae Protocols Director at Hawai‘i Community College, talks to the group at Waianuenue also called Rainbow Falls.
At Waianuenue (Rainbow Falls), (l-r) Kandy DeFreitas, hula student at Hawai‘i Community College; Misaki Takabayashi, UH Hilo associate professor of marine science and Wahi Pana facilitator; Holo Hoopai, Hoʻokahua Student Experience coordinator and Wahi Pana faciliator; ʻAkeamakamae Kiyuna, lecturer in Hawaiian language and linguistics, UH Hilo Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language.

Faculty and staff at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo and Hawai‘i Community College were treated to Wahi Pana O Hilo, an interactive educational tour of Hilo, on Sept. 20.

The invitation to the event says, “It is a wonderful opportunity for us to professionally and personally collaborate to strengthen the HCC-UHH pipeline and to address seamless student success.”

The group visited:

  • Piʻopiʻo – Statue of Kamehameha
  • Wakaomāui/Wailuku River (Canoe of Maui/Water of Destruction)
  • Pōhaku Pinao and Naha (Pinao and Naha Stones) – Front of Hilo Library
  • Waiānuenue/Keanaohina (Rainbow Falls/Cave of Hina)
  • Peʻepeʻe (Boiling Pots)
  • Puʻuhalaʻi, Puʻuʻōpeʻapeʻa, Puʻuhonu (Three Craters of Halaʻi Hill)
Enjoying the view of the Wailuku River while on the Wahi Pana O Hilo tour are (l-r) Reni Ivanova, UH Hilo professor of math, and Zorana Lazarevic, math instructor.

Held each year especially for new members of the UH Hilo and Hawaiʻi Community College communities as part of orientation events, Wahi Pana O Hilo has almost 200 participants and organizers joining in throughout the day. This year the group included administrators, faculty, staff, students and their guests.

The annual day-long tour is sponsored by UH Hilo Office of the Chancellor (Chancellor Don Straney), Student Affairs and Kīpuka Native Hawaiian Student Center (Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Gail Makuakāne-Lundin), and Hawai‘i Community College Office of the Chancellor (Chancellor Noreen Yamane), and Haʻakūmalae Protocols (Director Taupōuri Tangarō).

Wahi Pana Tour.
Faculty pose for a photo at Wa’a A Maui, Maui’s Canoe, Wailuku River. (l-r) Michael Marshall, professor of art and Wahi Pana facilitator; Cheryl Ramos, associate professor of psychology and Wahi Pana facilitator; Kainoa Ariola, director of the Advising Center and Wahi Pana facilitator; and Misaki Takabayashi, associate professor of marine biology.


About the author of this story: Susan Enright is a public information specialist in the Office of the Chancellor. She received her bachelor of arts in English and certificate in women’s studies from UH Hilo.

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