Weekly Newsletter for Faculty and Staff, Sept. 14, 2021

Featured in this week’s issue of Ha‘ilono o UH Hilo (News of UH Hilo): Bonnie Irwin, Maria Haws, Keith Ng, Daelenn Tokunaga, Filippa Graneld, and Kolokea Kauaʻula.

Keith Ing lines up a shot on the course.
Vulcan Keith Ng on the course. Ng and Daelenn Tokunaga are the first UH Hilo Pepsi Athletes of the Week for the 2021-22 season. Photo credit: Vulcan Athletics.


WATCH: 2021 Fall Welcome. At the virtual event hosted by Chancellor Bonnie Irwin, new faculty and staff were introduced along with recognition of faculty who have received tenure and promotion over the past year.

The UH Board of Regents meets virtually Thursday, September 16 at 8:30 a.m. Meetings may be monitored remotely via the livestream pilot project.


The Long Range Budget and Planning Committee met September 10, 2021. The meeting notes are available online.


Public is invited to comment on Hōkū Keʻa telescope decommissioning process

To combat covid fatigue, UH Hilo launches program for students to work on local social and environmental issues

Covid Updates

A Rapid Antigen Test result provided by a Hawai‘i Department of Health or health care facility is now accepted for unvaccinated students and employees who require regular testing to be on campus. The results are valid for three calendar days following the test date.

The testing option for unvaccinated students is only available for the fall 2021 semester. Effective Jan. 3, 2022, students must be fully vaccinated for the COVID-19 virus or receive a university approved medical or religious exemption, as part of the UH Student Health Clearance Requirements. Those receiving exemptions will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result weekly.

Two options for free testing are available:

  • On campus: Friday, Sept. 17, Noon – 4:00 p.m., University Classroom Building, room 127. Students only. PCR testing. Sign-up not necessary; valid picture ID required. Any changes will be sent via UH Announce.
  • Off campus: Clinical Labs statewide. For employees and students. PCR testing. Registration required. Testing by online appointment only; walk-ins not accepted.

The LumiSight UH check-in is required daily 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.

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 Drop Classes without “W,” Tuesday, Sept. 14.

Last Day to Receive 50% Tuition Refund for Complete Withdrawals, Tuesday, Sept. 14.


To celebrate the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787, the Department of Political Science and Administration of Justice, in collaboration with Mookini Library, the Department of English, and the Office of International Services and Intercultural Education, invite you to visit an informational website with links to literature, resources, and more. The website is available through Sept. 17, 2021.

“Finding & Keeping Funding: Grant Writing & Reporting Strategies for Graduate Students, Researchers, & NGOs” panel discussion with Megan Blazak, Supervisor at the Rural Economic Development, The Kohala Center; Colleen Cole, Program Manager at Three Mountain Alliance; and Shalan Crysdale, Director of the Hawai‘i Island Forest Program, The Nature Conservancy. Thursday, Sept. 16, 3 p.m., via Zoom. Passcode: grants

“Aquaculture and the Blue Economy in the Pacific Islands,” by Professor of Aquaculture Maria Haws, Pacific Aquaculture and Coastal Resources Center, College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resource Management. Thursday, Sept. 16, 5:00 p.m., via Zoom. Meeting ID: 757 220 1658; Passcode: 474747. Sponsored by the United Nations Association USA-Hawai`i Island Chapter and UH Hilo International Student Services.

Mindfulness with Aunticlare, Friday, Sept. 17, 10 – 11 a.m., via Zoom. Registration required.

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

Operations and Services

Sodexo’s Family Dinner program is back! View this week’s menu. To place an order, use the GET Mobile app or email uhhdine@hawaii.edu. No phone orders.


U.S. News and World Report: UH Hilo has retained its No. 1 ranking as one of the nation’s most ethnically diverse campuses, tying for the top spot with Stanford University, University of San Francisco, and University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Supporting Student Success

Vulcan Athletics

Keith Ng and Daelenn Tokunaga are the first UH Hilo Pepsi Athletes of the Week for the 2021-22 season.

Filippa Graneld is named PWC Player of the Week.

Word of the Week

Above, join Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language student Kolokea Kauaʻula, for a lesson on the Hawaiian word of the week. “Koleke Mahiʻai, Kālaiululāʻau, a Hoʻokele Kumuwaiwai Kūlohelohe” is the name of the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources at UH Hilo. 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.