Weekly Newsletter for Faculty and Staff, Jan. 12, 2021

Featured in this week’s issue of Ha‘ilono o UH Hilo (News of UH Hilo): David Lassner, Bonnie Irwin, Drew Kapp, Leilani DeMello, Yoshiko Okuyama and more!

In fall and spring, this newsletter is a weekly e-blast of news and information for faculty and staff, produced by University Relations, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo.


See UH President David Lassner’s monthly report to the Board of Regents January 7, 2021.

Chancellor Irwin’s Statement on Jan. 6 National Events.

UH Hilo leadership visits Hale Pōhaku and Maunakea facilities.


Communication alumna who found her dream job has some tips for UH Hilo grads.


UH President Lassner discusses the latest developments on the state budget.


Graphic image of wind: KA LEO O KA ULUAUListen to the new Ka Leo o ka Uluau podcast! Join hosts Drew Kapp, Leilani DeMello, and guest storytellers for a huaka‘i or journey around the island, starting in Hilo and moving to Puna, Kaʻū, Kona, Kohala and Hāmākua for a total of 24 episodes. Each installment acquaints listeners with storied places, histories, people, traditions and lessons through stories told by community members with connections to the ʻāina. The first podcast of the series is now live on the project’s blog, or subscribe on Apple Podcasts, and Spotify.

Covid Updates

Graphic, hand holding phone: ADD YOUR PHONE TO THE FIGHTThe University of Hawai‘i joins the Hawai‘i State Department of Health in encouraging everyone to download and utilize the AlohaSafe Alert app, a free COVID-19 exposure notification app for your smartphone. It will send a notification within 48 hours if you come into close contact (within six feet for at least 15 minutes with someone who is also using the app) with someone who tests positive for the virus in the previous 14 days. All data is kept anonymous.

Continue to stay informed through our UH Hilo COVID-19 webpageUH Hilo Quarantine FAQ page, and Employee FAQ for up-to-date information and advisories. Information can also be found on the UH System COVID-19 page.


Graduate Thesis/Dissertation due to Library & Graduate Division Tuesday, January 12.

Graduate form 3 due to the Office of the Registrar Friday, January 15.

Holiday: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 18.

For more events, see UH Hilo Calendar of Events.


Manga graphics of three children inset with photo of Yoshiko Okuyama

New book on disability by Japanese studies professor Yoshiko Okuyama.


Campus Center Dining Room spring semester hours are Monday – Friday, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm. Online food ordering is also available through the GET Mobile app to quickly and safely pre-order, pay, and pick up meals. The Family Dinner program resumes Wednesday, January 13. Family Dinner ordering is available via the GET Mobile app.

Here is the Mookini Library Spring Semester Calendar.