Weekly Newsletter for Faculty and Staff, April 13, 2021

Featured in this week’s issue of Ha‘ilono o UH Hilo (News of UH Hilo): Kekailiko Medeiros, Jim Mike, Michael Marshall, Jessica Anahu, Kawailehua Paikai, Frederick Dela Cruz, Joshua Liu, and Leah Gonzales, with a special in memorium to Kālepa Baybayan.

In Memorium: Master Navigator Kālepa Baybayan

Above: Chad Kālepa Baybayan, UH Hilo 2017 Fall Commencement Keynote Speaker.

In Memoriam: Master Navigator Kālepa Baybayan.


The next UH Board of Regents meeting will be held virtually Thursday, April 15 at 8:30 a.m. View the agenda and materials packet. Meetings may be monitored remotely via the livestream pilot project.

New dean Jim Mike aims for collective vision to support students and give back to the community


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

Community Outreach

Three people stand for photo in front of colorful mural.
From left, Tyler Waltjen, Prof. Michael Marshall, and Lillian Lewis at the new mural, Hilo Farmers Market, April 11, 2021. Photo by Tracey Niimi.

UH Hilo Professor of Art Michael Marshall and students help paint mural at Hilo Farmers Market

Covid Updates

Continue to stay informed through the 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.


Last Day to Submit Credit-by-Exam Results to Office of the Registrar, Thursday, April 15

“I” Removal and Change of Grade Deadline: Instructor to Office of the Registrar, Thursday, April 15

Graduate Thesis/Dissertation Defense Deadline, Thursday, April 15


“Smartphone Application Use Prompts an Evidence-Based Intervention to Improve Medication Adherence in the Family Practice Outpatient Setting,” by Jessica Anahu, Doctor of Nursing Practice Inquiry Project DefenseTuesday, April 13, 9 a.m., via Zoom. Meeting ID: 846 6839 5970; Passcode: 955624.

“Protecting Yourself from STI and Pregnancy by Knowing Your Rights and Options,” webinar presented by student pharmacists, Tuesday, April 13, noon, via Zoom.

2021 Tropical Conservation Biology and Environment Science Symposium, Day 1, Thursday, April 15, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., via Zoom. Registration required.

“The Truth About Vaccines” webinar presented by student pharmacists, Thursday, April 15, noon, via Zoom. Registration required.

“Access to Care: Investigating the Perception and Experience of Native Hawaiians During COVID-19,” by Kawailehua Paikai, Doctor of Nursing Practice Inquiry Project Defense, Thursday, April 15, 1 p.m., via Zoom. Meeting ID: 864 1677 6449; Passcode: 242201.

2021 Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science Symposium, Day 2, Friday, April 16, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., via Zoom. Registration required.

Lā Honua / Earth Week Kīpaepae, Monday, April 19, 9 a.m. Registration required.

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


Four staff members pose for photo while stocking shelves in pantry.
UH Hilo’s Frederick Dela Cruz (retired) was recently honored for his university service. Above, in 2019, UH Hilo building and maintenance worker “Fred” Dela Cruz (front left) helped at the “soft opening” of a new food pantry for students in need. With Dela Cruz are other staff (from left front) Eric Rodrigues, plumber, and Shay Hara, auxiliary and facilities services officer. In back is Calvin Fukuhara, building and maintenance supervisor. Courtesy photo.

UH Hilo’s Frederick Dela Cruz honored for university service.


Female student using leveling gun.
On field trip to Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, a student looks through the NAK2 leveling gun to collect data. Photo by Darcy Bevens.

Students collect fault data near Kīlauea caldera.

Vulcan Athletics

Joshua Liu and Leah Gonzales are UH Hilo’s Pepsi Athletes of the Week.

Catch the replay of the Vulcan Challenge webinar.

Hua Maka

Above video: Hua Maka! Join Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language student Kekailiko Medeiros for a lesson on the Hawaiian word of the week “Koleke Kāwili Lāʻau,” the name of the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy. Hua Maka is a weekly video series produced by the Hawaiian language college and edited by UH Hilo Office of University Relations.

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.