Group of administrators, faculty, staff, students and their guests are immersed in Hilo environments, shown the significance of wahi pana, and encouraged to contribute to the well-being of the Hilo community through service activity.
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)
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).