Weekly Newsletter for Faculty and Staff, Oct. 5, 2021

Featured in this week’s issue of Ha‘ilono o UH Hilo (News of UH Hilo): Bonnie Irwin, Carolyn Ma, Pua Auyong, Greg Chun, Doug Simons, John Burns, and Kekailiko Medeiros.

Above, a virtual public forum on the new Maunakea Master Plan is set for Oct. 6, 2021.  


Read Chancellor Bonnie Irwin’s October column: Recognition of our strengths.

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. To view the UH webinar series on various topics related to disability employment, reasonable accommodation, and accessibility reflecting this year’s theme, “America’s Recovery: Powered by Inclusion,” register at the Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Office website. The webinars begin Wednesday, Oct. 6.

Carolyn Ma, dean of the pharmacy college, to retire February 2022.


See the UH Hilo FY 2021‐22 Budget Allocation, which is subject to change based on changing environmental conditions, both internal to the university and at the state level.

Covid Updates

Two options for free testing:

  • Students only: Friday, Oct. 8, 12:00 to 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.


The application deadline for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access and Success (IDEAS) grants offered by the UH Office of Student Equity Excellence and Diversity (SEED) is Friday, Oct. 8, 4:30 p.m. Awards may be used to pay for speaker honorariums, transportation for interisland travel, supply fees and administrative support to carry out a project. See the guidelines and application. Contact SEED IDEAS Coordinator Pua Auyong at paw@hawaii.edu with any questions.


Virtual public forum on new Maunakea Master Plan set for Oct. 6. The forum features Center for Maunakea Stewardship Executive Director Greg Chun and the Institute for Astronomy’s new director Doug Simons.

Climate Education Month features online forums each Friday in October, open to the public.

“Utilizing social psychology to enhance conservation behavior” by Franny Kinslow Brewer, Communications Director, Big Island Invasive Species Committee (BIISC), Thursday, October 7, 3 p.m., via Zoom. Meeting ID: 946 2724 0438, Passcode: behavior

Mindfulness with Aunticlare, Friday, October 8, 10 – 11 a.m., via Zoom. Registration required.

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


John Burns‘s livestream camera in waters off Kona is revolutionizing marine science education and research.


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

Word of the Week

Above, join Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language student Kekailiko Medeiros, for a lesson on the Hawaiian word of the week. “‘Ōlelo” is the communication the mouth produces, or speech in Hawaiian. 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.