Weekly Newsletter for Faculty and Staff, April 20, 2021

Featured in this week’s issue of Ha‘ilono o UH Hilo (News of UH Hilo): David Lassner, Kalbert Young, Nicholas Iwamoto, Karla Hayashi, Doug Simons, Michael Marshall, Tyler Waltjen, Lillian Lewis, Kapuakea Isaak, John Burns and more!


See UH President David Lassner’s April 15, 2021, report to the Board of Regents, which includes an update on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccine rollout and how it may impact the fall 2021 semester.

UH Vice President for Budget and Finance Kalbert Young provides a legislative update that includes the current status of the University’s operating and capital improvement budgets, possible reductions to both, and the possible impact of federal stimulus money.


National Crime Victims’ Rights Week: UH Hilo grad Nicholas Iwamoto to share his story of survival, Wailau storytelling program, April 24, 2:00 p.m.

Community Outreach

Karla Hayashi
Karla Hayashi. Photo by Kirsten Aoyagi/UH Hilo Stories.

UH Hilo’s Karla Hayashi is contributing writer to Hawai‘i State Literacy Plan. She says literacy is not just about language and composition, it’s about how to use skills and knowledge to make effective change for the better.

New director of UH Institute for Astronomy shares his vision. Doug Simons is a champion of community engagement and astronomy education on Hawaiʻi Island and across the state.

UH Hilo art professor and students help paint mural at Hilo Farmers Market. Professor of Art Michael Marshall and art students Tyler Waltjen (business major), Lillian Lewis (biology major), and Kapuakea Isaak (art major) were invited to assist with the painting.

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.


 Lā Honua Earth Day 2021 Virtual Symposium, Wednesday, April 21, 12 – 4:30 p.m. Registration required.

Lā Honua / Earth Day 2021 Virtual Symposium Day 2, Thursday, April 22, 12 – 4:30 p.m. Registration required.

“A Whole Niu World: Indigenous Epistemology Rising!,” Friday, April 23, 3-4 p.m., via Zoom. Join Manulani Aluli Meyer, UH West Oʻahu, for a Kī-Note Presentation to close out Lā Honua / Earth Week. Registration required.

UH Hilo’s April Wailau storytelling program premieres Saturday, April 24 at 2 p.m. with the theme A Just World. Students Kuʻuhiapo Jeong and Dayva Escobar, along with topic expert Carlton Ruley, the special projects coordinator for the County of Hawai’i Office of the Prosecuting Attorney’s Restorative Justice Program, hosts the online event.

Ka Leo o ka Uluau podcast welcomes guest  Kalanipua Elia to huakaʻi through historic Puna, specifically in the ahupuaʻa of Kaueleau where she is from. Navigate to the podcast blog and use the StoryMap to guide the journey. Subscribe through Apple Podcasts and Spotify, and follow Ka Leo o ka Uluau on Facebook and Instagram for additional content.

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


John Burns aboard small boat.
John Burns. Courtesy photo.

UH Hilo marine scientist sets up underwater livestream in waters off Kona. John Burns and collaborators hope to develop the platform into one of the world’s most advanced underwater observatories.

Vulcan Athletics

Near no-hitter and digs galore lead to Pepsi Awards.

Word of the Week

Above, join Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language student Joe Lindsey, for a lesson on the Hawaiian word of the week, “Kāwili,” which is the name of the road facing the main entrance to campus. Hua Maka is a weekly video series produced by the college and edited by the 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.