Weekly Newsletter for Faculty and Staff, Feb. 23, 2021

Featured in this week’s issue of Ha‘ilono o UH Hilo (News of UH Hilo): Bonnie Irwin, Jake Rodrique, Christine Park, Kekoa Harman, 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, join Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language student Kolokea Kauaʻula, for a lesson on the Hawaiian word of the week “ʻāina” or “land.”


See UH President David Lassner’s monthly report to the Board of Regents made Thursday, February 18, which includes COVID-19 vaccination efforts, the status of federal stimulus funds and the current outlook for the fall 2021 semester.

Please encourage students to complete the 2021 Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Harassment and Gender Based Violence. The survey closes Friday, February 26. A personalized link to the survey was emailed to students’ hawaii.edu account. Additional information is available at the Climate Survey website. Email Kekai Lindsey, Confidential Advocate and Prevention Educator, with any questions.


Chancellor Bonnie Irwin announces inaugural issue of UH Hilo alumni newsletter.

UH Hilo alumnus Jake Rodrique is thriving in the field of agriculture.

UH Hilo alumna Christine Park helps students succeed through adult education programs.

Community Outreach

The Office of Admissions shares the UH Hilo Virtual Campus Tour! Everyone is encouraged to check it out and take the self-guided virtual tour.

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.


“Ola Ka ʻŌlelo, Ola Ke Kanaka I Ke Mele – Language Lives, A People Lives Through Music” presented by Kekoa Harman, UH Hilo Associate Professor of Hawaiian Language and Hawaiian Studies, and his ‘ohana in celebration of Hawaiian Language Month, Wednesday, February 24, noon, via Zoom. Passcode: ukana.

February University Forum: UH Hilo Strategic Plan & Strategic Doing Updates, Thursday, February 25, Noon, via Zoom. Meeting ID: 961 4225 9118; Passcode: 321233.

“SARS-CoV-2 the virus, COVID-19 the disease: an update on currently available vaccines,” by Susan Jarvi, Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Friday, February 26, 3 p.m., via Zoom. Passcode: COVID-19.

Black History Month: Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela, Friday, February 26, 6-8 p.m., UCB 100. Submit RSVP to attend. Valid UH Hilo ID and masks are required. Social distancing will be practiced with sanitizer available at the door. Hosted by the Black History Month Committee, Diversity Committee, Office of Equal Opportunity, Art Department, Women’s Center and LGBTQ+ Center.

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

Vulcan Athletics

Vulcan guards earn Pepsi Awards.

Vulcan Women’s Basketball vs. Hawai‘i Pacific, Wednesday, February 24, 2:30 p.m., and Thursday, February 25, Noon, via video stream. Cost is $10.00 per game. Go to the UH Hilo athletics website to sign up.

Vulcan Men’s Basketball vs. Hawai‘i Pacific, Wednesday, February 24, 5:30 p.m., and Thursday, February 25, 3 p.m., via video stream. Cost is $10.00 per game. Go to the UH Hilo athletics website to sign up.