Weekly Newsletter for Faculty and Staff, March 9, 2021

Featured in this week’s issue of Ha‘ilono o UH Hilo (News of UH Hilo): Kamalei Purdy, Bonnie Irwin, Arthur Sampaga Jr., David Lassner, Frank Kuo, Kim Schmelz, Darren Williams, 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 Kamalei Purdy for a lesson on the Hawaiian word of the week. “Holomua” means moving forward or progressing.


Chancellor Bonnie Irwin’s Remarks at Hawai‘i County Sustainability Summit.

University of Hawai‘i faculty, staff and students are reminded of the UH Whistleblower Hotline as an important resource to confidentially report violations of laws, rules, regulations and UH policies. UH Whistleblower Hotline: 1-855-874-2849.


In the trenches: Nursing alum Arthur Sampaga Jr., a life of service to country and community.

Campus Life

The Campus Recreation Department now offers free virtual fitness classes with over 150 universities nationwide via a partnership with “Rec Movement.” Classes include Yoga, Zumba, Butts and Guts, Cardio Kettlebell, Body Pump, Pilates, Steps, Core Conditioning, and more! To join:

  • Visit Rec Movement to sign up.
  • Select “University of Hawaii at Hilo” as your school and sign up for a free account
  • Select your classes! You can choose pre-recorded or attend a live class  Contact Valerie Yamaki with any questions.

Community Outreach

UH Hilo student pharmacists help implement Hawai‘i’s COVID-19 vaccination plan.

Nursing students build website showing harms of vaping devices and e-cigarettes.

Journey Through the Universe education program held virtually this year.

Get your ‘Imiloa Explorer’s Kit! ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center’s 15th Birthday Celebration closes with a pop-up at KTA Puainako on Saturday, March 13, 9:00a.m.  to 11 a.m. One kit per family. Birthday cookies will also be given.

Covid Updates

Message from UH President David Lassner: Get Vaccinated, UH!

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.


“Librarians for the Lahui,” a virtual Spring 2021 Eia Hawaiʻi presentation, Tuesday, March 9, 12:30 – 2 p.m.. Pre-registration required. The presentation showcases the work of four kānaka ʻōiwi librarians empowering the lāhui toward the deoccupation and decolonization of Hawaiʻi by increasing and improving access to ʻike kupuna.

Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science (TCBES) Master of Science Cohort 2020 Lighting Talks, Ignite Format, 2 of 2, Friday, March 12, 3 p.m., via Zoom. Passcode: TCBES.

Graduate Thesis/Dissertation to Committee Deadline is Monday, March 15

Graduate Students ONLY Deadline to Apply for Spring 2021 Graduation is Monday, March 15

Spring Recess begins Monday, March 15.

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


Frank Kuo, Director of Counseling Services, was selected to present his poster, “The Influence of Christian Belief on Perceptions of Counselor Empathy, The Influence of Christian Belief on Perceptions of Counselor Empathy” at the Christian Association for Psychological Studies’ Revived Virtual Conference March 26 & 27, 2021.

Vulcan Athletics

A pair of 5-foot-8 guards, Kim Schmelz and Darren Williams, one wrapping up a career and the other just getting started, are this week’s UH Hilo Pepsi Athletes of the Week.

UH Hilo athletic department and Out of the Sea Media Arts Inc., will continue to video stream Vulcan home events this spring, with softball and baseball next on the docket.

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