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Month: April 2018

Tuition waivers available for UH Hilo and RCUH employees to attend professional development courses

Waivers, available to employees of UH Hilo and of the Research Corporation of UH, are supported by the Chancellor’s Professional Development Fund.


UH Hilo seal, red lettering University of Hawaii and the state motto.Business Process Mapping

This course provides strategies and skills to allow leaders to define processes and develop process maps. Organizations often perform recurring tasks, yet fail to document the entire process from beginning to end. Process mapping allows individuals and organizations to understand what the organization does and who performs each action in a visual representation. This workshop provides a hands-on opportunity to learn the basic components, processes, and skills for process mapping. Participants will be prepared with an understanding of process and process map components which can be applied to their organizations.

  • Instructor: Joslyn Sato, PMP, Project Management Institute.
  • Monday, April 30, 2018 (1 class).
  • 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Analyzing Processes to Map Better Outcomes

Building on the Business Process Mapping workshop, learn how to analyze process maps to make effective decisions and identify opportunities for improvement. This workshop provides a hands-on opportunity to learn basic analysis, which leverages basic process mapping concepts and introduces new skills in detailed process mapping, and new components in process analysis.

  • Instructor: Joslyn Sato, PMP, Project Management Institute.
  • Thursday, May 10, 2018 (1 class).
  • 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Creating Effective Customer Relationships Using Social Media

Like it or not, how your company, project, or unit social media online influences customer behavior. How many people do you know with a mobile phone? How many people do you know have Facebook? How many people do you know get up to speed by reading the social media feeds? Social media greatly increases exposure, awareness, accessibility, and overall impact of your organization. Did you know that in a 2016 study by the Pew Research Center, on a total population basis (accounting for Americans who do not use the internet at all), estimated that 68% of all U.S. adults are Facebook users, while 28% use Instagram, 26% use Pinterest, 25% use LinkedIn and 21% use Twitter. The new generation of social media users In a recent social media study by J.D. Power & Associates, 87 percent of satisfied customers said their online interaction with the company “positively impacted” their likelihood of purchase from that company.

  • Instructor: Tom DeWitt, Associate Professor at the UH Hilo College of Business and Economics.
  • Wednesdays, April 11 – May 2, 2018 (4 classes).
  • 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Culture-Based Leadership Development

Authentic leadership begins with an awareness of your own values and cultural norms. Using this awareness as a foundation for your professional practice enables greater authenticity, empowerment, personal and professional satisfaction, and the ability to support these positive outcomes in those you lead. This one-day seminar will help participants to increase their awareness of their own cultural values and norms and apply it directly to leadership and management practices such as time management, resource management, and interpersonal communications. Other topics include; developing your leadership philosophy, strategic planning, employee relations, technology use, and creating community partnerships.

  • Instructor: Mary Therese Perez Hattori, Director of Center for Teaching and Learning, Chaminade University.
  • Tuesday, April 24, 2018 (1 class).
  • 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Manage Yourself, Lead Others

This one-day workshop is essential for those new to a leadership role and for those who are struggling to build cohesive teams. Personal reflection, group exercises, and facilitated dialogue will allow participants to consider real-work challenges in the areas of communication, leading organizational change, and team building.

  • Instructor: Janice Ikeda, Director of Operations Management, Hope Services.
  • Tuesday, April 24, 2018 (1 class).
  • 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

To apply

Tuition waiver applications are available online.

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Applications for the 2018-2019 Chancellor’s Professional Development Fund are now being accepted

An announcement from the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Office of the Chancellor about 2018-2019 Chancellor’s Professional Development Fund applications.

UH Hilo seal, red lettering University of Hawaii and the state motto.Applications for the 2018-2019 Chancellor’s Professional Development Fund are now being accepted. The application form, rubric, and guidelines are available online.

Applicants are advised to review the Fund Guidelines as instructions have changed from previous years.

The purpose of the Chancellor’s Professional Development Fund is to provide opportunities for continued professional growth and development for faculty and staff, with a special emphasis on development that will have far-reaching impacts on the campus.

The deadline for submission of applications is Friday, May 4, 2018, at 4:00 p.m.* Applications may be emailed to uhhilopd[at] or dropped off at the Administration Building to the attention of Kalei Rapoza, chair of the Professional Development Fund.

Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Questions regarding the Professional Development Fund and its events can be directed to uhhilopd[at]

*UPDATE May 5, 2018: The deadline for applications has been extended to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, 2018.

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Interim Chancellor’s Monthly Column: Come celebrate Hōkūleʻa visiting Hilo this month

UH Hilo will be hosting a day-long event for Hōkūleʻa, the crew, and the local community on Saturday, April 21.

By Marcia Sakai.

Marcia Sakai
Marcia Sakai

The Hōkūleʻa is visiting Hawai‘i Island for a two-month stay that started in March. This is the voyaging canoe’s first visit to our island since embarking from Hilo in May 2014 for the three-year Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage.

Hōkūleʻa and crew will be stopping at several ports on the island starting with Miloliʻi, then Kailua-Kona, Hilo, and Kawaihae before heading back to O‘ahu in May. The Hawaiʻi Island visit is an official stop on the “Hōkūleʻa Mahalo, Hawaiʻi Sail” trip throughout the islands as a way for the crew to say thank you for all the support shown by the people of Hawai‘i during the worldwide voyage.

The importance of Hōkūleʻa and the worldwide voyage is significant. The Hawaiian name for the voyage, Mālama Honua, means “to care for our Earth.” The purpose of the trip was to share with the world the understanding that our island chain teaches us that our natural world is in need of our stewardship if we are to survive together.

The University of Hawai‘i was the higher education partner in the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage, with over 50 people from all 10 campuses directly involved, providing the manpower and resources to execute the voyage. Countless UH students, faculty, staff and alumni served during the three-year voyage in myriad ways, as volunteers, navigators, captains and scientific researchers.

We’re proud to be part of the worldwide voyage through the many people from the UH Hilo ‘ohana who participated. Master navigator Kālepa Baybayan, a UH Hilo alumnus and navigator in residence at ʻImiloa Astronomy Center, has been part of the Polynesian voyaging renaissance since 1975 at the age of 19, and served on the worldwide voyage as both crew and captain on various legs of the journey such as New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, U.S. East Coast. Notably, he captained the Hōkūleʻa’s historic sail to Washington D.C.

Others from our ‘ohana, too, far too many to name here—Heinani Enos, a lecturer with Ka Haka ‘Ula O Ke‘elikōlani College of Hawaiian Language, and Kaleo Pilago who at the time of his participation was a student development specialist at the Kīpuka Native Hawaiian Student Center. All sailed on the voyage and then spent time with stakeholders from across the UH System to discuss next steps forward.

Celebrating Hōkūleʻa

UH Hilo shares in the vision of Mālama Honua—as an indigenous serving institution, we take our kuleana, our responsibility, to protect cultural and environmental resources for our children’s future, very seriously.

The voyage sought to engage all the world’s people to bridge traditional and new technologies to live sustainably. This is also a high priority of the UH System and UH Hilo in particular, and we share with Hōkūleʻa, the crew, and the Polynesian Voyaging Society, the connection and understanding of the important work being done here in the islands to care for Earth and our unique culture.

At each stop on our island this month, the crew of the Hōkūleʻa, including many from UH Hilo, will be giving presentations and talk story sessions, canoe tours, volunteer stewardship opportunities and other family-friendly events, all free to the public. The Polynesian Voyaging Society will also be hosting thousands of public and private school students with canoe visits and educational activities that highlight wayfinding and voyaging through the perspectives of math, science, conservation and culture.

In celebration of this shared vision for a sustainable future, UH Hilo will be hosting a day-long event for Hōkūleʻa, the crew, and the local community on Saturday, April 21. We anticipate a large turnout and hope to share with our local communities the importance of the Mālama Honua Voyage as well as the many related educational programs at UH Hilo. There will be exhibitions and informational displays and lots of hands-on activities and fun takeaways for the keiki.

There are a number of other events planned around the Hōkūleʻa visit to our island. One of these is a field trip of 200 students from Kaumana Elementary School who will visit the UH Hilo Pacific Aquaculture and Coastal Resources Center in Keaukaha as part of a day-long educational event. The center will be giving the students and their teachers tours of the aquaculture research and educational facility, inspiring keiki to pursue science and dedicate their lives to the preservation of the ocean and our island home.

I hope you’ll join us on April 21 to welcome and celebrate the Hōkūleʻa and crew, as we honor them as cultural treasures and worldwide ambassadors of our island home.


Marcia Sakai

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