Weekly Newsletter for Faculty and Staff, Sept. 28, 2021

Featured in this week’s issue of Ha‘ilono o UH Hilo (News of UH Hilo): Sophia Romanic, Pila Wilson, Reid Kusano, Seri Luangphinith, Kit Neikirk, Kaleihalia Tolentino-Perry, Caesar Hjerten, and Kolokea Kauaʻula.

The Center for Mauna Kea Stewardship and the University of Hawai’i are seeking input on the draft of the new Master Plan for Mauna Kea. Photo: Andrew Hara.


The Center for Mauna Kea Stewardship and the University of Hawai’i are seeking input on the draft of the new Master Plan for Mauna Kea. A summary of the draft master plan is also online.

The annual UH Foundation Fall Calling Campaign is underway. Students are now making calls to confirm or update donor’s contact information and make fundraising appeal to support campus initiatives. Everyone is encouraged to donate and support this campaign. Questions may be directed to Dale Hagadone at the UH Foundation: (808) 956-7357.


Alumna Sophia Romanic is selected by U.S. Department of State for prestigious teaching fellowship.


William H. “Pila” Wilson, Professor of Hawaiian Language, Hawaiian Studies, and Linguistics, has written a brief history of Ke Kula ʻO Nāwahīokalaniʻōpuʻu, UH Hilo’s Hawaiian language medium laboratory school. The essay is written as part of the second annual Hawaiian History Month.

Covid Updates

Two options for free testing:

  • Students only: Friday, October 1, Noon – 4:00 p.m., University Classroom Building, room 127. PCR testing. Sign-up not necessary; valid picture ID required. Any changes will be sent via UH Announce.
  • Employees and students: Clinical Labs statewide. PCR testing. Registration required. Testing by online appointment only; walk-ins 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.


Spring 2022 Graduation Priority Deadline, Friday, October 1.


Sodexo Global Chef with Chef Jessica Bueno from Brazil, Tuesday, September 28, Noon HST, via Microsoft Teams app. Join an exciting culinary demonstration as Chef Bueno shares some of her favorite, authentic dishes from home. Live Q&A to follow. Chef’s Cream Cheese Mousse with Guava Confit, made by Sodexo’s Reid Kusano, will be available for purchase in the Campus Center Dining Room from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Mindfulness with Aunticlare, Friday, October 1, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., via Zoom. Registration required.

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


South Korea has asked Seri Luangphinith to help identify descendants of Korean activists. Prof. Luangphinith has spent years conducting extensive research into the history of Korean immigrants to Hawai‘i Island.


UH Hilo, in partnership with Safeway, is offering flu shots Wednesday, September 29, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., University Classroom Building, room 127. Flu shots are free with most health insurance plans. Bring health insurance cards. Safeway Pharmacy does not accept Kaiser medical insurance at this time.

See Sodexo’s Family Dinner menu for this week, including how to order.


Meet UH Hilo undergraduate Kit Neikirk, geneticist and editor-in-chief.

During pandemic, UH Hilo student clubs and orgs provide sense of normalcy and community.

Vulcan Athletics

A pair of soccer seniors are UH Hilo Pepsi Athletes of the Week: Kaleihalia Tolentino-Perry and Caesar Hjerten.

No fans policy extended to mid-October.

Word of the Week

Join Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language student Kolokea Kauaʻula for a lesson on the Hawaiian word of the week. “Koleke Pāheona a ʻEpekema” is the name of the College of Arts and Sciences at UH Hilo. Hua Maka is a weekly video series produced by the college and edited by UH Hilo Office of University Relations.

In fall and spring semesters, 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.