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Invitation to ceremony for retiring UH President MRC Greenwood

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M.R.C. Greenwood

The University of Hawai‘i at Hilo campus community is invited to participate in a Kīpaepae Ho‘oku‘u (releasing ceremony) for UH President MRC Greenwood who will be retiring at the end of August.

The ceremony will be held on August 23, 2013, on the Hawai‘i Community College campus Papa ‘Ā Hale(between buildings 380 and 381). There will be an orientation at 3:45 p.m. followed by the ceremony at 4:00 p.m.

Kîhei are optional and lei are welcomed. For more information contact Gail Makuakāne-Lundin at the UH Hilo Office of the Chancellor.

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Invitation to Blessing & Grand Opening of Hale ‘Alahonua Student Housing

UH HiloAloha!

On behalf of Chancellor Don Straney, you’re invited to the Blessing and Grand Opening of Hale ‘Alahonua, University Village Phase I – Student Housing, on Monday, August 19, 2013, at 9:30 a.m. at Hale ‘Alahonua.

Please RSVP by August 9 to uhhnews[at] or call 974-7567.

Mahalo, and we hope you’re able to join us!

Office of University Relations


To learn more about the project, see press release about June 2012 groundbreaking.

Phase I will be housed in a 105,500 square-foot complex occupying approximately five acres. The building will feature a trio of three-story residential wings comprised of two-bedroom units housing 302 students and a one-story Resident Life common area that interlocks with two exterior courtyards. Other amenities will include a new parking lot and bike storage for residents.

The standard residential units measure 324 square-feet with a pair of 84 square-foot bedrooms, bathroom and shower facilities and an entry lounge. A modified, standard two-bedroom unit that complies with ADA standards will also be available.

The Resident Life component will provide a “home away from home” where residents can lounge and mingle with each other as well as tend to their day-to-day activities. Key features include a laundry area, mailing facilities, study/conference rooms, computer lab and pantries.

The development was planned and designed by Mitsunaga and Associates, Inc., (MAI) of Honolulu. Albert C. Kobayashi, Inc. has been selected as the general contractor for the project, which is expected to be completed in 2013.

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Message from the Chancellor: Survey on campus climate now online

Message to UH Hilo Faculty from Chancellor Don Straney

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You may remember the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo received National Science Foundation ADVANCE project funding to implement Exploring Diversity and Gender Equity (EDGE).  The grant requires the project to conduct a survey to determine the campus climate regarding the recruitment, tenure, development, and promotion of faculty in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. We invite you to respond to the survey found at

If you prefer to provide oral responses, you may do so by arranging an appointment with research administrator Terrilani Chong, at terrilan[at] or 808-933-7659.

Participation in this survey is completely voluntary. You are free to skip questions or stop at any time. Survey data will be kept confidential. No personal identifying information will be included with the survey results.

The results of this survey will help UH Hilo create a campus that is sensitive to the needs of female faculty and supportive of equity for all faculty. We hope to continue our effective practices in recruiting, tenure, development, and promotion, and consider possible improvements.

For more information, contact Terrilani Chong at the above contact info. For information regarding your rights as a survey respondent, contact the UH Committee on Human Studies at uhirb[at] or (808)956-5007.

Don Straney

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UH Hilo Food Drive underway

Announcement from Ellen Kusano, director of UH Hilo Campus Center:

UH HiloThe annual University of Hawai‘i at Food Drive kicks off today and will run through April 26, 2013. All food and monetary donations will be given to the Food Basket to serve our Big Island community. Collection bins have been placed in various locations around campus. For convenience, if you come in through the main entrance on Kawili Street, you can drop off your canned goods with the security guard at the parking booth. Guards at the other security kiosks will also accept your food donations.

There will be three special events each week this month, in the Campus Center Plaza.

  • This week, on Thursday, 4/11, there will be the Can Counting Challenge opens at 10:00 a.m. and all entries must be submitted by 3:00 p.m.
  • Next week, on Thursday, 4/18, there’ll be a Can Stacking Competition. Times will depend on entries. To enter, sign up at the Food Drive table in the Campus Center Plaza or in the Campus Center office.
  • The final event on Thursday, 4/25, will be the Battle of the Cans. This competition will be between UHHSA, SAC, BoSP, BoMB and the Campus Center Fee Board in one category and the clubs in another. Teams will create an exhibit out of food that will then be donated to the drive. The top three organizations in the clubs category will win prizes. The event will start at 10:00 a.m. and each group will have four hours to complete their exhibit. Guest judges will determine the winners.

Volunteers will also be on the Campus Center Plaza during the next three weeks to collect either food or monetary donations. For further information, contact Campus & Community Service at 974-7381.

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Merrie Monarch Festival to be aired at UH Hilo Campus Center Plaza, public invited


The University of Hawai‘i at Hilo invites the public to watch the 50th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival hula competition April 4, 5, 6 from 6 p.m. to midnight at the Campus Center Plaza. The event is sponsored by the UH Hilo Student Association and the Office of the Chancellor.

Merrie Monarch events will be shown on a large screen with 125 seats available on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no admission charge.

“UH Hilo is proud to serve as an overflow venue for the viewing of this year’s festivities,” said University Relations Director Jerry Chang. “We will also have food booths available by various University clubs and organizations.”

For more information, contact Rachel Nazara at 974-7500 or Gail Makuakāne-Lundin at 974-7444.

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