Bonner Milestones


Welcoming our 2nd cohort of Bonner Changemakers

Our Bonner Leaders welcome a new cohort to the program with a 2-day Bonner Orientation. These amazing 12 Bonner Changemakers will work together to shape the program for future students.

Sharing our Story

Bonner students and the CCE Staff traveled to Honolulu to participate in the Govenor's Emergency Education and Relief Summit (GEER). Two of our students shared their stories including the impact they have been able to make on the community and the impact Bonner has had on them.

Forming New Bonds

Bonners Students joined us on Big Island from Mars Hill University for one week. The students exchanged stories of Hawaiian and Appalachian history and culture

Experiencing Sacred Mauna Kea

The Bonners traveled to Mauna Kea for their first year service trip to learn more about the mountain, its history and to support staff in planting native plants in place of invasive species.

The Celebration of Learning

To commemorate two years of Bonner, we invited family, campus and community partners to a Celebration of Learning . The celebration was a great way to end the year and connect students, partners, and UH Hilo staff and faculty.

Saying Aloha to our 1st Bonner Graduates

At the end of the spring semester, 3 members from our first cohort of Bonners graduated from UH Hilo. They are now Bonner Alumni and we canʻt wait to see what they achieve.


Forming our First Cohort of Bonner Leaders

We joined the national Bonner network by forming UH Hilo’s first cohort of Bonner Leaders! The Bonner Program is a four-year cohort-based program that fosters leadership development and self-reflection in the classroom and through service with various community partners.

Engaging in Our First Community Project

In honor of Arbor Day UH Hilo Bonner Leaders assisted the East Hawai‘i Outdoor Circle with a giveaway in which over 500 fruit/food trees were distributed to members of the East Hawaii Community in an effort to see an increase in both food sources and trees planted around Hawaiʻi Island.

Understanding Place

The Bonners joined land use expert Kamuela Plunkett on a hike to Honokaope Bay, a lesser known public beach access area surrounded by resort development. Kamuela shared his mana‘o in a place-based excursion centered around land use and oceanfront access issues, giving the Bonners a deeper understanding of place.

Creating Ripples of Positive Change

The Bonners spent three days in beautiful Hakalau planting 300 trees and learning about climate change, the impact it is having on our local bird species and breaking the barriers of what they believed they could do!

Digging More Deeply into Homelessness

The Bonner student leaders co-created a project with Hope Services to provide support in the ways that would be most helpful for them. The students collaboratively planned and prepared a meal that could be made within budget and delivered effectively to our community.

Attending the National Summer Leadership Institute

The UH Hilo Bonner Leaders traveled across the country to attend a 4-day Bonner Summer Leadership Institute at The College of New Jersey. The conference was their first opportunity to connect with the broader Bonner network and learn more about bridging campus and community through Bonner Service

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