Weekly Newsletter for Faculty and Staff, March 23, 2021

Featured in this week’s issue of Ha‘ilono o UH Hilo (News of UH Hilo): Daniel Claar, Colin Hourihan, Leila Kealoha, Drew Kapp, Leilani DeMello, Seri Luangphinith, Carolyn Ma, Bria Beale, Anthony Haskett, Sasa Vuksanovic, Aniwaniwa Tait-Jones, 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.


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The nominations deadline for the 2021 UH Hilo Faculty and Staff Awards is Thursday, March 25, 4 pm. Use this nomination form for the following awards:

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

Faculty and staff are reminded to complete the brief Resources to Grow Extramural Funding at UH Hilo survey by Friday, March 26. The UH Hilo Research Council is planning a workshop for April 14 to discuss resources and support available to faculty for pursuing extramural funding opportunities and everyone’s input is appreciated.


Danielle Claar
Danielle Claar.

UH Hilo alumna Daniel Claar is now a NOAA postdoc, scientific diver, biologist studying the health of coral reefs.

UH Hilo alum Colin Hourihan is senior staff at organization awarded 2020 Nobel Peace Prize.

Community Outreach

Ka Leo o Ka Uluau: Leila Kealoha joins hosts Drew Kapp and Leilani DeMello in the latest podcast episode on the moku Puna of Hawai‘i Island. Hop onto the podcast blog and use the StoryMap to help guide your huakaʻi to Pūʻalaʻa and other wahi (places) in the area.  Listen to the latest installment now or catch up and learn more through past episodes.

Culture meets science: Keiki learn solar system fast facts in Hawaiian and English.

Covid Updates

David Lassner
David Lassner

UH President David Lassner provides comprehensive COVID-19 update to Board of Regents.

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.


The UH President’s Commission on the Status of Women offers a free webinar on “Financial Literacy and Strategies” on Friday, April 9, 2021, from 3:30-5:00 p.m, to inform, educate, and empower the UH community about important financial topics. Pre-registration is required. The three guest panelists include Marjorie Bennet, Tee Nahinu, and Rosita Chang.

Holiday: Prince Kuhio Day, Friday, March 26

Dance Collective: Pandemic Edition, Friday, March 26, 7 p.m. – Sunday, March 28, 10 p.m. Visit artscenter.uhh.hawaii.edu to watch.

Last Day to Withdraw with “W,” Monday, March 29

“An Organizational Approach to Burnout in Adult Foster Home Caregivers in Hawai`i” by Kimberly Supnet, Doctor of Nursing Program Practice Inquiry Project Defense, Monday, March 29, 4:30 p.m., via Zoom. Meeting ID: 892 0248 2462; Passcode: 184626.

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


Seri Luangphinith
Seri Luangphinith
Carolyn Ma
Carolyn Ma

Carolyn Ma, dean of the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy, is elected a distinguished practitioner and fellow by the National Academies of Practice (NAP). Class of 2021 fellows were welcomed into NAP in a virtual awards and induction ceremony on March 20, 2021. Founded in 1981, NAP is an interprofessional, nonprofit organization with membership representing a range of health care professions willing to serve as distinguished advisors to health care policy makers in the U.S. Congress and elsewhere.

Scholarly Works

Seri Luangphinith, professor of English, has edited and helped translate The Epic Battle for Korean Independence by Kim Young Wo. The work will be released by Ka Noio ‘A‘e Ale Press in summer 2021. This book was written in 1919 when Kim served as the chief financial officer of the Korean National Association in Honolulu under Syngman Rhee. 


UH Hilo English major Braden Savage receives 2021 Matthew Therrien Award.

Vulcan Athletics

UH Hilo outside hitter Bria Beale slugged, dug and served her way to the Hawai‘i Pod Pacific West Conference Player of the Week Award.

Vulcans Anthony Haskett, Sasa Vuksanovic, and Aniwaniwa Tait-Jones walk through their process and routines at the free throw line.