Weekly Newsletter for Faculty and Staff, Nov. 23, 2021

Featured in this week’s issue of Ha‘ilono o UH Hilo (News of UH Hilo): David Lassner, Ku‘uhiapo Jeong, Bonnie Irwin, Catherine Becker, Kalei Rapoza, Student Pharmacists, Shugeng Cao, Su-Mi Lee, and Joe Lindsey.

Above, UH Hilo’s new brand story video, which illustrates the development of the new branding strategy at the university and shows the tagline, “Connecting Learning, Life and Aloha,” in action through the eyes of UH Hilo students, faculty, and staff members.


See UH President David Lassner’s report to the Board of Regents on Nov. 18, 2021, which includes updates on the COVID-19 vaccination requirements for the spring 2022 semester, the employee telework policy, and the expected increase in online offerings.

The UH Hilo Action Plan Dashboard that accompanies the UH Hilo 2021-2031 Strategic Plan is available for viewing. The dashboard will track progress toward meeting goals, and include semi-annual progress reports. Comments are being accepted through Dec. 31, 2021, via this Google comment form.

See UH Hilo’s new brand story video, which illustrates the development of the university’s new branding strategy and shows the tagline, “Connecting Learning, Life and Aloha,” in action through the eyes of UH Hilo students, faculty, and staff members. Widescreen PowerPoint templates and a video tutorial on creating a custom brand email signature are now available on UH Hilo’s brand toolkit website.


Wailau Storytellling Program: “Getting from Point A to Point B” premieres online Saturday, Nov. 27, at 2:00 p.m. Student Ku‘uhiapo Jeong, along with topic expert Desmon Haumea, canoe culture practitioner, hosts these storytellers:

    • Bonnie Irwin: “Getting Lost”
    • Catherine Kalama Becker: “Lessons from The Mother Road”
    • Jon Sakurai-Horita: “The Journey is the Reward”
    • Nikki Gour: “Embracing Opportunity”
    • Tori Matsumoto: “Puzzle Pieces”

Covid Updates

COVID-19 Booster and Testing On-Campus Clinic:

The COVID-19 booster is available for employees and all students this Friday, Nov. 26, Noon to 2:00 p.m, University Classroom Building, room 127, on a first-come, first-served basis. Email Kalei Rapoza with your request to ensure sufficient supply. Be sure to bring your valid State ID, medical insurance card, and vaccination card to verify previous doses. Employees seeking their first series of vaccinations may also come to this clinic. This clinic is also for student testing so please plan accordingly. Everyone’s patience is appreciated.

    • Students only: Friday, Nov. 26, noon to 2:00 p.m., University Classroom Building, room 127. PCR testing, vaccinations, and vaccination booster. 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.


University Forum, Tuesday, Nov. 23, noon to 1:00 p.m., via Zoom. Meeting ID: 938 1911 5854; Passcode: 362055.

Student pharmacists at the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy present the following Virtual Health Fair Webinar Series as a means to provide health education information to the community (available now online):

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


UH Hilo pharmaceutical scientist Shugeng Cao scours the ʻāina for compounds to fight cancer and inflammation.

Su-Mi Lee, associate professor of political science and administration of justice, presented a paper at the World Congress of Security Studies Conference, hosted by the Korea National Defense University in Seoul, Korea, Nov. 22-23, 2021. The conference featured experts on regional security in the East Asian region from Japan, China, the U.S., and Russia as well as the secretary of defense of South Korea and former U.S. special representative for North Korea.

Thanksgiving Holiday

Holiday: Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 25

Non-Instructional Day, Friday, November 26

Word of the Week

Above, join Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language student Joe Lindsey for a lesson on the Hawaiian word of the week. “Lāhui” is the makeup of people of a place. 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 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.