Weekly Newsletter for Faculty and Staff, Feb. 16, 2021

Featured in this week’s issue of Ha‘ilono o UH Hilo (News of UH Hilo): Kainani Kahaunaele, Ākeamakamae Kiyuna, Yumiko Ohara, Adam Pack, 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.

Above, the first episode of the Wailau storytellers series.


Nominations for the 2021 BOR Medal for Excellence in Research for faculty are being accepted until Wednesday, March 3, to the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation (OVPRI). The award is given to faculty to recognize their research and scholarly contributions to UH. Email nominations to uhovpri@hawaii.edu.


UH Hilo alumna Kainani Kahaunaele’s primary goal is to teach ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i and all things Hawaiian.


The Long Range Budget and Planning Committee meeting notes are available. Log in required.

Covid Updates

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.


‘Imiloa Astronomy Center exterior and gardens.
‘Imiloa Astronomy Center

Happy Birthday ʻImiloa! The public is invited to join ʻImiloa Astronomy Center in celebrating 15 years of exploration February 20–March 19, 2021. “Celebrating Our Great Outdoors” will be a month-long event for the UH Hilo outreach organization, with hands-on learning opportunities and virtual engagement for all. Diverse activities and events will encourage Hawaiʻi Island families (and others) to explore nature and outdoor spaces, both online and physically, with a kickoff (drive-up) event at ʻImiloa and subsequent pop-up locations at KTA Super Stores throughout Hawaiʻi Island.

The latest podcast episode of Ka Leo o ka Uluau is available. Ākeamakamae Kiyuna joins the huaka‘i or journey in this last episode for the moku of Hilo. She shares a moʻolelo of two sisters that takes place ma uka (upland) at two prominent puʻu (hills) in Hilo. Each installment acquaints listeners with storied places, histories, people, traditions and lessons through stories told by community members with connections to the ʻāina. Listen now on the podcast blog and use the StoryMaps to help guide your huakaʻi in Hilo:

Storyteller applications are open for the April Wailau storyteller event. The theme is “A Just World.” Storyteller applications are welcome from faculty and staff (current and former), students, alumni, and community members. Share your story of “A Just World” on UH Hilo’s Performing Arts Center stage. Apply to be a storyteller through March 5 and tell the world at Wailau. Plus, watch the first episode of Wailau and experience “the gathering of many waters.”

Yumiko Ohara, Associate Professor of Linguistics, presents “The Effects of COVID-19 in Indigenous Communities: Mainland US and Hawai‘i,” February 17, at the One Day February ESD Forum presented virtually by Hokkaido University, one of UH Hilo’s partner universities. The presentation is an online program for overseas students.

For info on events, see UH Hilo Calendar of Events.


Adam Pack with digital camera.
Adam Pack captures images of humpback whales in waters off Maui in January. Courtesy photo.

Collaborative humpback whale study continues in Hawaiian waters. The Marine Mammal Laboratory at UH Hilo, founded by Adam Pack, who holds a joint appointment in the departments of psychology and biology, last month continued its collaborative research on humpback whale health with researchers from Hawai‘i and Alaska.

Vulcan Athletics

Vulcan basketball players named Pepsi Athletes.

Upcoming streaming games. The link to order a broadcast will be available 24-48 hours before the actual event (but not prior to). To sign up, go to the UH Hilo athletic website. At the top of the page, scroll to schedules and then click on the sport of the game you would like to watch. Click on the “Watch” button next to the game of your choice. Follow the prompts from there.

  • Vulcan Women’s basketball vs. Chaminade, Saturday and Sunday, February 20 and 21, Noon, via video stream. Cost is $10.00 per game.
  • Vulcan Men’s basketball vs Chaminade, Saturday and Sunday, February 20 and 21, 3 p.m., via video stream. Cost is $10.00 per game.