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Public is invited to attend UH Hilo Strategic Planning Summit, Sept. 25-26, registration now open

Summit participants will discuss the university’s past and future, dreams and actions, possibilities and specifics.

The University of Hawai‘i at Hilo invites the public to a strategic planning summit to be held Sept. 25-26, 2019. The Seeds of Opportunity Strategic Planning Summit will give members of the general public a chance to share their perspectives and to co-create the future of the university. The summit will be held in the Performing Arts Hall at the Ka Haka ‘Ula O Ke‘elikōlani College of Hawaiian Language, 113 Nowelo Street (photo above). The event is free and advance registration is required.

The summit caps the university’s strategic pre-planning stage of collecting information to help inform a new strategic planning process. The conversations at this summit, along with those from a recent listening tour with faculty, staff, students, alumni, community members, and business partners, will help move the university forward into the planning stage.

Summit participants, including faculty, staff, students, alumni, community partners, and guest event facilitators, will discuss the university’s past and future, dreams and actions, possibilities and specifics.

For the summit schedule and to register, see Seeds of Opportunity Strategic Planning website.

For any questions, contact Strategic Planning Project Manager Kathleen Baumgardner.

 

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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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