Weekly Newsletter for Faculty and Staff, Aug. 31, 2021

Featured in this week’s issue of Ha‘ilono o UH Hilo (News of UH Hilo): Info on UH Whistleblower Hotline, COVID protocol updates, new hours at Campus Center Center Dining Room and more.

Group of student walk in park
Students walking at Lili‘uokalani Park, Hilo. Photo: University Relations. 


The UH Whistleblower Hotline is available to UH students, faculty and staff to confidentially report violations of laws, rules, regulations and UH policies. The hotline is available 24 hours a day by calling toll free 1-855-874-2849.


Apply to be a UH Hilo Wailau storyteller! Do you have a story of an epic trip, progress on a project or problem, or a piece of your life journey? Tell your story of “Getting from Point A to Point B” at Wailau. Apply online.

Ka Leo o ka Uluau has just wrapped up the journey in the moku of Kona. Listen to episodes on the podcast blog, on Spotify or Apple Podcasts, and KUHH 101.1 FM (University Radio Hilo). Kona guests include Hannah Kihalani Springer, Māhealani Pai, Roberta Ku‘ulei Keakealani, and Loke Aloua. Join the huaka‘i!

The 2021-22 UH Hilo Speakers’ Bureau is here! The roster is available in two formats: Alpha and by Subject. Please email Alyson Kakugawa-Leong with your programming requests.

Covid Updates


  • Daily LumiSight UH check-ins are required 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.
  • UH is providing free PCR-type COVID-19 testing for unvaccinated UH students and employees at 24 Clinical Labs of Hawaiʻi locations across the state . The free testing is by online appointment only; walk-ins are not accepted.
  • UH Hilo provides free testing and vaccination on campus for students only, Thursday, September 2, University Classroom Building room 127, Noon – 4:00 p.m. Please note the change in location from previous weeks. No sign-up is necessary, valid picture ID required, insurance card requested but not required.
  • If you do not utilize the free UH testing program, you must receive your test from a State of Hawaiʻi approved facility. At-home tests are not accepted.

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.


Last day to register or add a class, Tuesday, August 31.

Last day to withdraw from classes without owing tuition, Tuesday, August 31.


TV special on drug overdoses in Hawaiʻi to feature pharmacy professor.

“Using Pono Science to Achieve an ‘Āina Momona” by Noelani Puniwai, Assistant Professor, Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies, UH Mānoa, Thursday, September 2, 3 p.m., via Zoom. Passcode: pono. Presented by Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science Graduate Program Seminar Thursdays.

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


Holiday: Labor Day, Monday, September 6.


Kilohana Academic Success Center currently offers tutoring in ASTR/PHYS, BIOL 171/172, MARE, MATH, and Writing for Fall 2021. Tutors are available via Zoom and students may contact a tutor by emailing justasc@hawaii.edu.

New hours: Campus Center Dining Room’s new hours of operation are Monday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


UH Hilo graduate student named to State Rehabilitation Council.

Word of the Week

Above, join Ka Haka ‘Ula O Ke‘elikōlani College of Hawaiian Language student Kekailiko Medeiros for a lesson on the Hawaiian word of the week. “Koleke ʻEpekema Kūlohelohe a Olakino” is the name of the College of Natural and Health Sciences at UH Hilo.

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.