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Chancellor prepares to welcome new students: Ti leaf lei making

Ti leaf lei making is a tradition at UH Hilo in preparation for new students arriving.

Chancellor making ti-lef lei, holding braid with her toes and weaving length of ti.
Chancellor Irwin learns to make ti leaf lei for new students arriving next week. At right is Lei Kapono, interim executive assistant to the chancellor.

Chancellor Bonnie Irwin on Instagram:

Great fun learning how to make a ti-leaf lei today. It is a wonderful UH Hilo tradition to welcome our new students, arriving next week!

 

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Chancellor Bonnie Irwin welcomed to UH Hilo with traditional kīpaepae ceremony

The traditional Kīpaepae Ho‘onoho (welcoming ceremony) was held at the UH Hilo campus this morning for Chancellor Bonnie D. Irwin. A Kīpaepae Ho‘oku‘u (releasing ceremony) was also performed for Marcia Sakai, who served as interim chancellor since 2017.

Bonnie Irwin and Marcia Sakai
From left, Bonnie Irwin and Marcia Sakai at the traditional Native Hawaiian ceremonies honoring Chancellor Irwin’s arrival and former Interim Chancellor Sakai’s departure.

The University of Hawai‘i at Hilo community welcomed its new chancellor, Bonnie D. Irwin, to her post as leader of the Hawai‘i Island university on July 2 with a traditional Native Hawaiian appointment ceremony. Irwin officially started her new position yesterday.

“I’m very honored to be here and I’m humbled that I was chosen for this position,” Irwin says. “I see great things in the future for Hilo and I’m excited to be a part of it.”

The Kīpaepae Ho‘onoho (welcoming ceremony) was held on the UH Hilo campus with students, faculty, staff, Hawai‘i County Mayor Harry Kim, Chancellor Irwin’s husband and author Ned Huston, and UH President David Lassner in attendance.

“The kind of education that students can get here is amazing,” Lassner says. “And I don’t know that any other campus has as much impact on its island, its people, its community, its families as UH Hilo. So, this was a wonderful day.”

Read full story at UH Hilo Stories.

From left: Hawaiʻi Island Mayor Harry Kim, UH President David Lassner, former interim Chancellor Marcia Sakai, Chancellor Bonnie D. Irwin and her husband, author Ned Huston.
From left: Hawaiʻi Island Mayor Harry Kim, UH President David Lassner, former interim Chancellor Marcia Sakai, Chancellor Bonnie D. Irwin and her husband, author Ned Huston. Courtesy photo, click to enlarge.
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Interim Chancellor hosts 2019 Spring Gathering: New faculty and staff welcomed to UH Hilo

Interim Chancellor Marcia Sakai hosted an event this morning to welcome faculty and staff starting new positions at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. 

(In order of introductions)

Shaunda Maka‘imoku, Marcia Sakai, Jessica Kirkpatrick.
Left to right, Shaunda Maka‘imoku, Marcia Sakai, Jessica Kirkpatrick. Photos by Raiatea Arcuri, click to enlarge.

Office of Equal Opportunity

  • Shaunda Maka‘imoku, Compliance Officer

Office of Maunakea Management

  • Jessica Kirkpatrick, Research Management Support Specialist

‘Imiloa Astronomy Center

  • Jason Cadaoas, Building and Grounds Custodian
  • Anya Haunani Emi Tagawa, Academic Support
Interim Chancellor Marcia Sakai, Assistant Professor Angela Faanunu, Assistant Professor Sijie Sun, Academic Support Specialist Cherilyn Keli‘i, Instructor of Communication Charles Findley, Interim Dean Michael Bitter.
Left to right: Interim Chancellor Marcia Sakai, Assistant Professor Angela Faanunu, Assistant Professor Sijie Sun, Academic Support Specialist Cherilyn Keli‘i, Instructor of Communication Charles Findley, Interim Dean Michael Bitter. Photo by Raiatea Arcuri, click to enlarge.

Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

  • Cherilyn Keli‘i-Marumoto, Academic Support

College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resource Management

  • Saraswati Tokura-Ellsworth, Academic Support

College of Business and Economics

  • Angela Faanunu, Assistant Professor
  • Sijie Sun, Assistant Professor

College of Arts and Sciences

  • Charles Findley, Instructor of Communication

College of Natural and Health Sciences

  • JoyceTaylor-Norris, Instructor of Nursing
Peter Haliniak III and Kalei Rapoza.
(Left to right) Peter Haliniak III and Interim Vice Chancellor for Administrative Affairs Kalei Rapoza.

Office of Administrative Affairs

  • Peter Haliniak III, Janitor

Security Officers:

  • Timothy Ray
  • Mario Andres
  • Tai Mai
  • Donovan Oliveira
  • Glen Ramos
  • Keisha Siliga
  • Isaiah Tao
  • Tony Travis
Group photo
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Farrah-Marie Gomes (left) stands with newcomers to Division of Student Affairs: Lori Varize, Sarah Juran, Sherri Akau, Joshua Kerley, Claire Uyetake, and Min-Ling Li. Photo by Raiatea Arcuri, click to enlarge.

Division of Student Affairs

  • Sarah Juran, Counseling
  • Loriann Varize, Counseling
  • Joshua Kerley, Housing
  • Sherri Maeda-Akau, Housing
  • Min-Ling Li, Support
  • Claire Uyetake, Support
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Interim Chancellor hosts 2018 Fall Gathering: UH Hilo faculty honored for tenure and promotion, new faculty and staff welcomed

Group of faculty with chancellor: Kirsten Møllegaard, Sarah Marusik, Marina Karides, Charmaine Higa-McMillan, Faith Mishina. and Marcia Sakai.
Some of the faculty honored for promotion at the 2018 Fall Gathering stand for photo with Interim Chancellor Marcia Sakai (at far right). From left to right: Kirsten Møllegaard, Sarah Marusik, Marina Karides, Charmaine Higa-McMillan, Faith Mishina. Photo by Raiatea Arcuri.

Faculty recently awarded tenure and promotion were recognized at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Interim Chancellor’s 2018 Fall Gathering event on Sept. 28.

“The awarding of tenure and promotion is the university’s recognition of excellence in teaching, scholarship and service,” notes Interim Chancellor Marcia Sakai. “We honor and congratulate these faculty members on their achievements.”

Newcomers to UH Hilo in staff and faculty positions were also introduced at the event.

TENURE AND PROMOTION

The following faculty have been awarded TENURE AND PROMOTION:

  •  Joseph Genz, Associate Professor of Anthropology
  •  Comfort Sumida, Assistant Specialist

The following faculty have been awarded TENURE:

  • Kurt Dela Kruz, Jr. Specialist
  • Jonathan Goebel, Associate Professor of Art
  • Mary Louise Haraguchi, Librarian III
  • Faith Mishina, Associate Professor of Language
  • Ryan Perroy, Associate Professor of Geography

The following faculty have been awarded PROMOTION:

  • Jonathan Awaya, Professor of Biology
  • Kathy Cooksey, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy
  • Mazen Hamad, Professor of Chemistry
  • Charmaine Higa-McMillan, Professor of Psychology
  • Marina Karides, Professor of Sociology
  • Sarah Marusek, Professor of Political Science
  • Faith Mishina, Professor of Language
  • Kirsten Møllegaard, Professor of English
  • Misty Pacheco, Associate Professor of Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Marianne Takamiya, Professor of Physics and Astronomy
  • Jin Yin, Professor of Communication

The following faculty have been awarded DELEGATED PROMOTION:

  • Reyna Morel, Assistant Professor of Communication
  • Justin Reinicke, Assistant Specialist

NEWCOMERS TO UH HILO

Standing group.
A group of newcomers to UH Hilo are honored at the 2018 Fall Gathering hosted by Interim Chancellor Sakai. Photo by Raiatea Arcuri.

The following are new members of the UH Hilo ‘Ohana:

Administrative Affairs

  • Kumalani Borling, Security Guard
  • Clint Collins, Unit Diving Coordinator
  • Cory Kaizuka, Project Manager
  • Garrick Tamashiro, Security Guard
  • Kyle Tsuda

Athletics

  •  Melanie Marciel, Academic Advisor

College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resource Management

  • Britton Clark Cole, Farm Manager
  • Sharadchandra Marahatta, Assistant Professor
  • Lissa Tsutsumi, Instructor
  • Cheryl Yara, Farm Technician

College of Arts and Sciences

  • Helen Duley, Instructor of Sociology
  • Patsy Iwasaki, Lecturer of Communication and English
  • Michael Skinner, Instructor of History

College of Business and Economics

  • James Czarski, Instructor of Economics
  • Andrey Simonov, Assistant Professor of Accounting
  • Erin Swain, Administrative Services Officer
  • Heng Tien, Instructor of Marketing and Management and Career Development Coordinator

College of Natural and Health Sciences

  • John Burns, Assistant Professor of Marine Science
  • Joel Kaufmann, Instructor of Biology
  • Daniel O’Conner, Instructor of Physics and Astronomy

College of Pharmacy

  • Jeryd Teramoto, IT Specialist

Library

  • Joseph Sanchez, Library Director

North Hawai‘i Education and Research Center

  • Kei-Lin Cerf, Director

Student Affairs

  • Michelle Cooper, Admissions Counselor
  • Shayna Fuerte, Academic Advisor and Counselor
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