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Chancellor plants rare palm at UH Hilo Botanical Gardens to celebrate National Public Gardens Day

Chancellor with shovel, lays dirt into the new planting.
Chancellor Bonnie Irwin plants a rare loulu palm at the UH Hilo Botanical Gardens, May 15, 2024. (Courtesy photo)

University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Chancellor Bonnie Irwin planted a rare Hawaiian loulu palm (Pritchardia schattaueri) at the UH Hilo Botanical Gardens to celebrate National Public Gardens Day. The gardens contain a large collection of cycads (over 120 species), hybrid bromeliads, and a large palm collection.

National Public Gardens Day is celebrated every second Friday of May and this year it was marked on May 10, a rainy day in Hilo, so the planting took place on Wednesday, May 15. The day was established in 2009 by the American Public Gardens Association to emphasize activities such as plant conservation, water conservation, green space preservation, and home gardening.

Founder of the UH Hilo Botanical Gardens, Professor Emeritus of Biology Don Hemmes, and his wife Helen were at the event, along with UH Hilo biologist Deb Beirne, members of the Hawaiʻi Island Palm Society, and volunteers who tend the garden. In addition to the tree planting, the group toured the cycad, bromeliad, and palm collections.

The UH Hilo Botanical Gardens are open to the public and group tours can be arranged by contacting Prof. Hemmes.

Learn more about the different gardens on the campus of UH Hilo.

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UH Hilo 2024 Spring Commencement

Chancellor congratulates graduate as she shakes her hand and gives her diploma.

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo celebrated 2024 Spring Commencement on Saturday, May 11, at Edith Kanakaʻole Stadium. There were 522 students who petitioned for degrees and/or certificates and for various post-graduate credentials.

Candidates represented the College of Arts and Sciences; Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikolani College of Hawaiian Language; College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resource Management; College of Natural and Health Sciences; College of Business and Economics; and the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy.

Keynote speaker was UH Hilo Professor of Finance Terrance Jalbert. Student speaker was David Mayser, a student-athlete graduating with a bachelor of arts in communication.

Four graduates jump for joy.See full post with photos at UH Hilo Stories.

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UH Hilo College of Business and Economics honors scholarship recipients

Group photo, all in lei.
Group photo honoring recipients of the Hawaiʻi Island Chamber of Commerce Endowed Scholarship are, from left, Carla Kuo, Marketing and Membership Administrator, Hawaiʻi Island Chamber of Commerce; Bonnie Irwin, UH Hilo Chancellor; Doug Simons, Director, UH Institute for Astronomy, and Immediate Past President of HICC; students Jing Feng and Jacelyn Lau, HICC Endowed Scholarship recipients; Miles Yoshioka, Executive Director, HICC. (Courtesy photo)

The College of Business and Economics at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo held its Scholarships and Awards Celebration, “Plant Your Profession,” on April 26, 2024.

The event was held at Imiloa Astronomy Center and was attended  by members of the local community, business leaders and supporters of the college.

The following students were honored:

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Chancellor Irwin hosts 2024 Awards and Recognition Celebration; annual awards honor top faculty, staff, and student employee

Honorees at the event were those who won awards given out annually for extraordinary contributions to campus, retirees, and those who have worked at UH Hilo for milestone decades.

Title page UH Hilo logo, 2024 Awards and Recognition Celebration, April 24, 2024.


University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Chancellor Bonnie Irwin on April 24, 2024, hosted the annual Awards and Recognition Celebration. Honorees at the event were faculty and staff who won awards given out annually for extraordinary contributions to the campus, those who retired during the previous year, and those who have worked at UH Hilo for milestone decades. One student award is also bestowed each year.

The 2024 honorees are as follows:

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Merrie Monarch Parade: UH Hilo joins the celebration

Larry Kimura sitting up high in red convertible, wearing hat and lei.
Larry Kimura, UH Hilo Professor of Hawaiian Language and Hawaiian Studies, was Grand Marshall of the 61st Annual Merrie Monarch Festival Royal Parade. Seated to his right is Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Keiki Kawaiʻaeʻa, and to his left is Director of Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language Kaʻiu Kimura. April 6, 2024, Hilo. (Photo courtesy of Lei Kapono/UH Hilo)

Chancellor Bonnie Irwin joined students, faculty, staff, and administrators from the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo — from Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language and UH Hilo’s Ke Kula ʻO Nāwahīokalaniʻōpuʻu Iki, a Laboratory Public Charter School located in Keaʻau — to walk in the 61st Annual Merrie Monarch Festival Royal Parade, April 6, 2024, in Hilo.

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