PHOTOS: Delegation from UH Hilo and Hawaiʻi Community College visits Yap and Palau

The group met with educators, community leaders, cultural practitioners, and UH Hilo alumni to help strengthen connections between UH and the Asia-Pacific region.

By Susan Enright.

UH Hilo Belau ʻOhana Farewell Reception, August 21st at the Belau National Museum.
Belau ʻOhana Farewell Reception for UH Hilo delegation, August 21, 2015, at the Belau National Museum, Palau. Courtesy photo.
Members of UH delegation stand in front of the Mesekiu Bai (meeting house), Palau Community College with President Patrick Tellei (center right), Koror, Palau.
Members of UH delegation stand in front of the Mesekiu Bai (meeting house), Palau Community College with President Patrick Tellei (center right), Koror, Palau. Courtesy photo. Click to enlarge.

A six-member delegation of faculty and staff from the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo and Hawaiʻi Community College traveled to Yap and Palau this month to meet with educators, community leaders, cultural practitioners, and UH Hilo alumni to strengthen connections between UH and the Asia-Pacific region.

The trip was part of UH Hilo’s Hoʻokahua Project, a U.S. Department of Education, Title III Alaska Native-Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions program funded under the Office of the Chancellor to facilitate student engagement in applied learning experiences.  Ho‘okahua helps with implementing the UH System initiative Hawaiʻi Papa O Ke Ao, a plan to make UH a leader in indigenous education. The program focuses on community engagement both locally and throughout the Asia-Pacific region, with particular attention to building collaborative partnerships in education and research.

The UH delegation met up with several notable UH Hilo alumni while in Palau. In the photo at the top of this post:

  • Kathleen Salii, BA English, 1988. Associate Justice, Palau Supreme Court. (Third row from bottom, third from right in red blouse.)
  • Lourdes Materne, BA Liberal Studies, 1989. Associate Justice, Palau Supreme Court. (Third row from bottom, seventh from right in pink blouse.)
  • Jerrlyn Uduch Sengebau,  BA English & BA Philosophy, 1988. Senator, Palau National Congress and Chairperson Judiciary & Governmental Affairs Committee. (First row, far left in turquoise blouse.)
  • Marvin Ngirutang, BA Political Science, 1998. Governor Anguar State. (Second row, sixth from right.)
  • Kevin Polloi, BA Biology,1996. Research Dept. Head, Palau International Coral Reef Center. (Second row left in black t-shirt.)
  • Laura Ierago, BA Psychology, 1980. Former Governor of Sonsorol State. (Third row, second from left in turquoise blouse.)
Charlene Mersai
Charlene Mersai

Not in the group photo but attended the alumni gathering is Charlene Mersai, who received a bachelor of arts in biology and bachelor of arts in anthropology in 1996, and is now National Environmental Planner for the National Government, Republic of Palau.

The delegation

The delegation from UH Hilo and Hawaiʻi Community College:

  • Gail Makuakāne-Lundin, UH Hilo Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Director of Hoʻokahua.
  • Taupōuri Tangarō representing the UH Hilo collaboration with Hawaiʻi Community College and the joint work on the Uluakea Faculty Development Program.
  • Ākeamakamae Kiyuna, Lecturer of Hawaiian Language and Linguistics at Ka Haka ʻUla O Keelikolani College of Hawaiian Language, UH Hilo.
  • Marques Hanalei, Kanilehua Scholar-in-Residence and Cultural Specialist with Bishop Museum.
  • Kealiʻi Reichel, Kanilehua Scholar-in-Residence and musician, kumu hula and an expert in kokopuʻupuʻu or knotted carrying nets for holding wooden bowls.
  • Holo Hoʻopai, UH Hilo graduate student and Hoʻokahua Student Experience Coordinator.

More photos

PALAU

Palau Ngarchelong
Standing with members of UH delegation are notable hosts: Governor of Ngarchelong State, Browny Salvador (blue cap); Governor of Anguar State Marvin Ngirutang, UH Hilo Alumni, BA Political Science, 1998 (sunglasses on forehead); Kyoko April, Member of the Ngarchelong State Assembly (white visor); Faustina Rehuher-Marugg, Former Minister of Community & Cultural Affairs and current President of the Palau Resource Institute (next to April);  Julita Tellei, Former Health Human Resource Development Officer for the Ministry of Health and Founder of the Palau Conservation Society (second from right); at Badrulchau Stone Monoliths Site, Ngarchelong State, Palau.
UH Hilo delegation at Diong er a Ngeterur with Meked Besebes, Belau National Museum Ethnographer (UH Hilo BA in Communications with Minor in Anthropology, 2001).
UH Hilo delegation at Diong er a Ngeterur with Meked Besebes, ethnographer at the Bureau of Arts and Culture/Palau Historical Preservation Office (UH Hilo BA in Communications with Minor in Anthropology, 2001).
Palau Diong er a Ngeterur
Diong er a Ngeterur, a bathing site for traditional leaders in the village of Ngerbeched, is being restored by the community led by UH Hilo alumna, Joann Maireng Sengebau (BA Biology, 1993).
Visiting the Ngarchelong Mesei Project, an initiative to restore, develop and manage taro fields in Ngarchelong State, Palau.
Visiting the Ngarchelong Mesei Project, an initiative to restore, develop and manage taro fields in Ngarchelong State, Palau.
UH Hilo Belau ʻOhana Alumni Gathering, August 18, 2015, at The Field (alumni and current UH Hilo students).
UH Hilo Belau ʻOhana Alumni Gathering, August 18, 2015. Alumni and current UH Hilo students enjoy an evening out.

 

YAP

(l-r) Ākeamakamae Kiyuna, Larry Raigetal, Project Coordinator with Waaʻgey, Kealiʻi Reichel, Holo Hoopai, Taupōuri Tangarō, Hanalei Marzan, and Gail Makuakāne-Lundin at the Yapese Living History Museum, Colonia Yap.
(l-r) Ākeamakamae Kiyuna, Larry Raigetal, Project Coordinator with Waaʻgey, Kealiʻi Reichel, Holo Hoʻopai, Taupōuri Tangarō, Hanalei Marzan, and Gail Makuakāne-Lundin at the Yapese Living History Museum, Colonia Yap.
Rose Mooteb UH Hilo alumna (BBA, Business Administration, 1995) and a special education teacher in Yap taught us coconut front weaving . Rose was a student worker in the Dean of Student Services Office while attending UH Hilo. Many of her family members graduated from UH Hilo, her husband John received his BA in Philosophy and Liberal Studies in 1991, her daughter Sarah also a teacher in Yap received her BA in Political Science in 2001 and her son Javez received his BA in Marine Science and Geography in 2010 and is currently pursuing a BS in Meterology at UH Mānoa.
Rose Mooteb (left) UH Hilo alumna (BBA, Business Administration, 1995) and a special education teacher in Yap, taught members of the delegation coconut front weaving. Mooteb was a student worker in the Dean of Student Services Office while attending UH Hilo. Many of her family members graduated from UH Hilo: her husband John received his BA in Philosophy and Liberal Studies in 1991, her daughter Sarah also a teacher in Yap received her BA in Political Science in 2001 and her son Javez received his BA in Marine Science and Geography in 2010 and is currently pursuing a BS in Meterology at UH Mānoa.
Tangarō observes an elder making rope from coconut husk.
Tangarō observes an elder making rope from coconut husk.
Skein of rope that takes 3-4 months to complete.
Skein of rope that takes 3-4 months to complete.
Maprine Ruechugrad discusses traditional Yapese dance and history, in the Village of Tomil, Yap.
Maprine Ruechugrad discusses traditional Yapese dance and history, in the Village of Tomil, Yap.

 

 

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.

Courtesy photos via Gail Makuakāne-Lundin.

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