Weekly Newsletter for Faculty and Staff, April 27, 2021

Featured in this week’s issue of Ha‘ilono o UH Hilo (News of UH Hilo): Don Hemmes, Evangeline Lemieux, Reynelson K. Martin Jr, Nicholas Iwamoto, Kathleen Baumgardner, Patsy Iwasaki, Adam Pack, Ka‘awaloa Kaua‘ula, and more!

Don Hemmes stands in the gardens.
Don Hemmes in the UH Hilo Botanical Gardens.

Campus Gardens

UH Hilo launches online map of campus gardens.

Community Outreach

The second episode of Wailau premiered over the weekend with stories of A Just World from students Evangeline Lemieux and Reynelson K. Martin Jr., alumnus Nicholas Iwamoto, staff member Kathleen Baumgardner, and community members Taylor and Antoinette Smith. The next Wailau will take place in fall with the theme, Getting from Point A to Point B. Apply to be a storyteller.

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.


“(Re)Generations: Challenging Scientific Racism in Hawaiʻi” by co-curators Jillian Swift and Keolu Fox, Tuesday, April 27, 12:30 – 2 p.m., via Zoom. Registration required. Presented by Spring 2021 Eia Hawaiʻi and the Kīpuka Native Hawaiian Student Center.

“Hamakua Hero: A True Plantation Story” by Patsy Iwasaki, UH Hilo Instructor of English, Tuesday, April 27, 4 p.m., via Zoom. Registration required. Presented by Global Vulcans and University Housing.

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


Adam Pack
Adam Pack

UH Hilo whale researcher Adam Pack guides PBS film crew documenting sharks in Hawai‘i.

Human Resources

The Hawaii Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund (EUTF) has extended the 2021 Active Employee and Premium Conversion Plan (PCP) Open Enrollment deadline to Friday, May 14, 2021. Employees must submit their EC-1 Form and supporting documents to their HR Representative or Open Enrollment Designee by this date, including any amended forms


The UH Hilo Online Support Room is open Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., to assist with semester-end needs. Appointments are also available for working directly with a member of the Distance Learning Team.

The Athletics Parking Lot is partially closed with the two parking rows closest to the tennis courts closed until further notice for the installation of an underground water line. The ADA parking stalls are closed with two of the stalls relocated temporarily to the existing Carpool parking area.

Vulcan Athletics

UH Hilo men win first PacWest tennis title.

Word of the Week

Above, join Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language student Ka‘awaloa Kaua‘ula for a lesson on the Hawaiian word of the week, “Waiʻōlino,” the name of the College of Business and Economics building. Hua Maka is a weekly video series produced by the 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.