UH Hilo welcomes new faculty and staff

New faculty and staff were welcomed to the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo campus at the 2017 Campus Fall Welcome event Sept. 6.

College of Arts and Sciences

New faculty
Ken Hon, interim vice-chancellor for academic affairs, stands with new faculty at the Fall 2017 Welcome Event held on Wednesday.
  • Lehuanani Akau, Instructor of Nursing.
  • Anne Ruth Clearwater, Clinical Faculty, School of Nursing.
  • Bobbie Elisala, School of Nursing.
  • Heather Kaluna, Assistant Professor of Astronomy.
  • Travis Mandel, Assistant Professor of Computer Science.
  • Justina Mattos, Assistant Professor of Performing Arts.
  • Chenit Ong-Flaherty, Assistant Professor of Nursing.
  • Kimberly Shmina, Assistant Professor of Nursing.
  • Christine Waters-Banker, Assistant Professor of Kinesiology and Exercise Science.
  • Grady Weyenberg, Assistant Professor of Mathematics.


  • Kananinohea Mākaʻimoku, Assistant Professor of Hawaiian Language.


  • Abhijit Date, Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
  • Bryce Fukunaga, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice.
  • Aryn You, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice.
  • Nicole Young, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice.


Ligaya Hill, Alana Ortiz, Jerry Watanabe, and Kalei Rapoza.
Left to right, Ligaya Hill, Project Manager, Facilities Planning; Alana Ortiz, Administrative Assistant, Human Resources; and Jerry Watanabe, Director of Facilities Planning and Construction. The group was introduced by Kalei Rapoza, Interim Vice Chancellor for Administrative Affairs.
  • Alana Ortiz, Administrative Assistant, Human Resources.
  • Ligaya Hill, Project Manager, Facilities Planning.
  • Jerry Watanabe, Director of Facilities Planning and Construction.


Matthew Kalahiki, Karishima Kamath and Farrah Marie Gomes.
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Farrah Marie Gomes (r) stands with newcomers (l-r) Matthew Kalahiki, Administrative and Fiscal Support and Karishma Kamath, Director of Student Conduct.
  • Matthew Kalahiki, Administrative and Fiscal Support.
  • Karishma Kamath, Director of Student Conduct.
  • Kimberly Ann Meyers, Office Assistant, Student Medical Services.


  • Tyler Arford, Athletic Trainer.
  • Gene Krieger, Head Volleyball Coach.

Read bios of each newcomer in this month’s issue of UH Hilo’s faculty newsletter, Ka Lono Hanakahi.