Weekly Newsletter for Faculty and Staff, May 4, 2021

Featured in this week’s issue of Ha‘ilono o UH Hilo (News of UH Hilo): Bonnie Irwin, Noah Gomes, Kekailiko Medeiros, and more!

Map with inset of Noah Gomes.
Episode 9 of the UH Hilo Ka Leo o ka Uluau podcast with Noah Gomes is now available, details below.


Chancellor Bonnie Irwin’s update on fall 2021 semester.

Chancellor Irwin’s May column: Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

The next Board of Regents committee meetings will be held virtually Thursday, May 6. The livestream is available here.

Last Day of Instruction, Wednesday, May 5

Last Day to Completely Withdraw with a “W,” Wednesday, May 5

Covid Updates

Bay Clinic/Premier Medical offers UH employees and students a vaccination clinic Wednesday, May 5, 8:00 a.m. – noon, UH Hilo Vulcan Gym. Moderna or Johnson & Johnson will be given. Must be 18 years and older. Participants must register and schedule an appointment and bring a valid ID.

Continue to stay informed through the UH Hilo COVID-19 webpage,  Employee FAQ,  and the UH System COVID-19 webpage for information and advisories.


Last Day of Instruction, Wednesday, May 5.

Last Day to Completely Withdraw with a “W,” Wednesday, May 5.

Final Exams begin Monday, May 10.


Spring 2021 UH Hilo Master of Science in Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science Professional Internship Presentation Day, Thursday, May 6, 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., via livestream and Zoom. Registration required for Zoom.

HPV Vaccine and Cancer Prevention webinar presented by DKICP students, Friday, May 7, noon, via Zoom. Registration required.

Lā Makuahine — Mother’s Day 2021, a  celebration featuring performances and reminiscences by UH Hilo students, alumni, faculty, staff, and other members of the Hawai’i Island community, streaming Friday, May 7 – Monday, May 10. Presented by the UH Hilo Performing Arts Center and Department of Performing Arts.

Episode 9 of the UH Hilo Ka Leo o ka Uluau podcast is now available. Guest Noah Gomes, former ranger at Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, kicks off huakaʻi in the moku of Kaʻū, starting at the home of Pele. Hop onto the podcast blog and use the StoryMap to help guide the huakaʻi. Subscriptions of podcast through Apple Podcasts and Spotify. Follow Ka Leo o ka Uluau on Facebook and Instagram for additional content.

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


Kilohana: The Academic Success Center shares its tutoring schedule for Final Exams week, which begins Monday, May 10.


Five UH Hilo students receive awards for their extraordinary leadership skills.

Vulcan Athletics

KTA Super Stores Commercial Supports Vulcan Challenge 2021.

Word of the Week

Join Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language student Kekailiko Medeiros for a lesson on the Hawaiian word of the week, “Hale ʻAina Kulanui,” the place where students and staff eat food at UH Hilo. Hua Maka is a weekly video series produced by the college and edited by UH Hilo Office of University Relations.