Weekly Newsletter for Faculty and Staff, Aug. 24, 2021

Featured in this week’s issue of Ha‘ilono o UH Hilo (News of UH Hilo): Lily Pua-Kaipo, Charlene Awa Cockett, Travis Mandel, Kelley Lehuakeaopuna Uyeoka, Pila Wilson, and Ryan Perroy.

Lily Pua-Kaipo and Charlene Awa Cockett, wearing masks.
From left, Lily Pua-Kaipo and Charlene Awa Cockett, both secretaries at the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy, are vaccinated and taking part in the #VulcansGoGetUm campaign to encourage others to get vaccinated, too. “We got vaccinated as a precaution, like getting our annual flu vaccination. We missed hanging out with friends and family and we’ve been able to again, without too much paranoia. And, we’ve been eating lunch together again, just like before the pandemic.” Photo courtesy of University Relations/UH Hilo.


Students work on interface improvement of artificial intelligence. The summer class was led by Travis Mandel, assistant professor of computer science, and was sponsored by the National Science Foundation.


UH Hilo’s website has a new look! Redesigned with a new brand, “Connecting Learning, Life and Aloha,” updates include a homepage video and revamped menu bar with a student-focused approach. Mahalo to Web Services, Graphics Services, and the Marketing and Social Media Advisory Group for their collaborative efforts!


A UH Hilo alumna helped organize collaborative report on protecting ancestral sites. Kelley Lehuakeaopuna Uyeoka helped gather and organize a large hui of cultural and scientific experts to develop new strategies in safeguarding Hawai‘i’s cultural sites and practices. The newly published Kali‘uokapa‘akai Collective Report is now released to the public.

Community Outreach

Members of U.S. Congress visited UH Hilo to discuss university’s Indigenous culture and language revitalization programs. New Mexico’s U.S. Rep. Teresa Leger Fernández, along with Hawai‘i’s U.S. Reps. Ed Case and Kai Kahele, discussed UH Hilo programs with faculty and staff. Fernández and Case serve on the U.S. House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States.

Last chance! The registration deadline for the 2021-22 UH Hilo Speakers’ Bureau is Thursday, August 26, 2021. This year’s program will be offered in-person as well as virtually, speaker’s choice. Sign up here.

Covid Updates

Everyone is reminded to do the daily LumiSight UH check-ins before reporting to campus. Everyone needs a green “You may report to campus” status with the current date on the app to be on campus. Vaccination information or weekly proof of a negative test must be uploaded to the app. The app also screens for possible COVID-19 symptoms and exposure. Email COVID19@hawaii.edu with any questions.

See the UH COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Policy. Clinical Labs of Hawai‘i (CLH) has been contracted to provide free PCR tests at these locations. You may schedule your appointment here. Testing is for asymptomatic, non-exposed individuals only.

  • Free community testing sites and schedules can be found here. It may take up to 2-3 hours to get tested so please plan accordingly.
  • UH Hilo will provide free testing on campus for students only Thursday, August 26, at the Hale Kehau lounge, noon – 4:00 pm. No sign-up is necessary, valid picture ID required, insurance card requested but not required.

Continue to stay informed through the UH Hilo COVID-19 webpage and the UH System COVID-19 webpage for information and advisories, including the updated interim UH COVID-19 Guidelines and updated interim UH Hilo COVID-19 Guidelines.


Vulcan ‘Ohana Welcome Week kicks off Monday-Tuesday, August 23-24, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Campus Center Plaza. The week is an information fair that allows new and returning students to interact with programs, services, departments, and organizations on campus.

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

Operations and Services

UH Hilo on-campus food services reopen for fall.

  • Campus Center Dining Room is open M-F, 1000 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., for take-out only.
  • Deja Brew on the Library Lanai is open M-F, 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Online food ordering is available through the GET Mobile app that allows students, faculty and staff to quickly and safely pre-order, pay, and pick up meals at both locations.


UH Hilo linguist challenges conventional beliefs about Hawaiian origins. Professor William “Pila” Wilson proposes that Hawai‘i was first settled from the Northern Line Islands. His recently published paper provides evidence that East Polynesia was settled not from Sāmoa as is conventionally believed, but rather from the Central Northern Outliers.

Environmental scientists show link between rapid ‘ōhi‘a death mortality levels and hoofed mammals.  A research team led by Associate Professor Ryan Perroy has discovered that patterns of ‘ōhi‘a mortality show significant differences in areas with and without hoofed mammals, suggesting that ungulate exclusion is an effective management tool to lessen impacts of rapid ‘ōhi‘a death.

Vulcan Athletics

Record 62 Vulcans earn national academic award. Women’s soccer team led with 12 total recipients, followed by the men’s soccer team with 10.

UH Hilo Athletics launches new web design. Easier access, larger photos, and multimedia coverage including live video streaming are some of the new features.

In fall and spring, the Ha‘ilono o UH Hilo newsletter is a weekly e-blast of news and information for faculty and staff, produced by University Relations, University of Hawai‘‘ at Hilo.