Weekly Newsletter for Faculty and Staff, March 30, 2021

Featured in this week’s issue of Ha‘ilono o UH Hilo (News of UH Hilo): Bonnie Irwin, Kolokea Kaua‘ula, Patrick Hart, Justina Mattos, Jaryn Iwamoto, Pat Guillen, Kaniela Aiona, Chris Leonard, Kal Miyataki, Ozan Atalag, Becky Ostertag, Karla Hayashi, Sarah Marusek, 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 Kaua‘ula, for a lesson on the Hawaiian word of the week, “Kanilehua,” a famous rain of Hilo. Hua Maka is a weekly video series produced by the college and edited by the UH Hilo Office of University Relations.


Chancellor Bonnie D. Irwin will deliver the State of the University Address Wednesday, March 31, 12:30 p.m., via livestream.

Effective April 1, 2021, Employee Assistance of the Pacific is the new contracted vendor to provide employee assistance services.  Visit the OHR website for information on eligibility and services provided.


UH Hilo astronomy alum named Alum of the Month by his other alma mater, Vancouver Island University.

Community Outreach

Tune in to Manu Minute to hear the unique sounds of Hawai‘i birds and learn about its environment and conservation. Hosted by UH Hilo biologist Patrick Hart, the weekly program is a collaboration between Hawai‘i Public Radio and the LOHE Bioacoustics Lab at UH Hilo.

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.


“Globalize Your Curriculum: Using COIL to Connect Students Across Borders” panel conversation, Tuesday, March 30, Noon – 1:15 p.m., via Zoom. Meeting ID: 943 8578 3629; Passcode: 830593. Several UH Hilo faculty will discuss the benefits and challenges of using Collaborative Online International Learning to collaborate with international partners.

The Conversion of Kaʻahumanu by Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl and directed by Justina Mattos, streaming in two parts Tuesday, March 30 through Friday, April 30, 2021. Set during the tumultuous period immediately following the fall of the kapu system and during the arrival of the first American missionaries, The Conversion of Kaʻahumanu explores the relationship between Hawaiʻi’s Queen and the missionary women who seek to convert her to Christianity. The Conversion of Kaʻahumanu  Act IThe Conversion of Kaʻahumanu Act II

“Bridging the Knowledge Gap in Ostomy Management” by Jaryn Iwamoto, Doctor of Nursing Practice Inquiry Project Defense, Wednesday, March 31, 8 a.m., via Zoom. Meeting ID: 846 2652 2164; Passcode: 344421

2021 Vulcan Challenge Webinar, Wednesday, March 31, 11 a.m., via Zoom. Pre-registration required. Join Chancellor Bonnie Irwin, Athletic Director Pat Guillen, Men’s Basketball Coach Kaniela Aiona, Women’s Volleyball Coach Chris Leonard and Men’s Baseball Coach Kal Miyataki for a conversation about the 2021 Vulcan Challenge, a brief but ambitious campaign to raise funds to support Vulcan Athletics.

Body Composition Testing Workshop, Wednesday, March 31, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m., Student Life Center, Aerobics Room 2. Ozan Atalag, Assistant Professor, Kinesiology & Exercise Science, will offer free body composition testing and lifestyles and fitness tips. Wear a t-shirt and shorts.

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


Becky Ostertag, Professor of Biology, was elected a 2021 Fellow of the Ecological Society of America.


Field trials underway to study sugarcane production for jet fuel.

Scholarly Work

Karla Hayashi, Director, Kilohana: The Academic Success Center, is a contributing author of the first Hawai‘i State Literacy Plan, which is the culmination of work by the Hawai‘i State Literacy Coalition comprised of pre-K – 20 educators and literacy-concerned community members under the auspices of Hawai‘i P-20 Partnerships for Education.

Sarah Marusek, Professor of Public Law, is the author of Law and the Kinetic Environment: Regulating Dynamic Landscapes, a legal geography book that involves Hawai‘i and Iceland. It is published as part of the Space, Materiality, and the Normative Series with Routledge.


Marine science major Alexa Runyan receives prestigious NSF graduate research fellowship

Vulcan Athletics

UH Hilo Lefties Earn Pepsi Players of the Week