Weekly Newsletter for Faculty and Staff, Jan. 11, 2022

Featured in this week’s issue of Ha‘ilono o UH Hilo (News of UH Hilo): Bonnie Irwin, Kimberly Russell, and Kekailiko Medeiros.

2022 Happy New Year Happy Spring Semester


Read Chancellor Bonnie Irwin’s January column: Partnerships strengthen learning opportunities.

Nominations are being accepted for the following 2022 UH Hilo Annual and Biennial Campus Awards. (Use the Google form for nominations, deadline 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022. Questions may be directed to Lei Kapono.)

Reminder: Parking on the UH Hilo campus remains in “non-instructional day” status for the Spring 2022 semester and through summer. This means that parking zones will not be restricted with the exception of Housing parking zones, which requires a Housing parking permit. There is also no charge for visitor parking. See UH Hilo Campus Parking for more information.


Allen and Kimberly Russell donate mural to UH Hilo. Located at UH Hilo’s Hawai‘i Innovation Center in downtown Hilo, the artwork brightens a large wall facing the street with Hawaiian landscapes, historical figures, and cultural symbols. The mural is the 10th in a series of murals painted by Mr. Russell and donated throughout local communities by the artist and his wife Kimberly Russell, an English instructor at UH Hilo.


    • The Wailau storyteller application for spring is open. Faculty, staff, students, community members and alums are all welcome to apply to share Tales of Misunderstanding. Visit the Wailau website for more information.

Ka Leo o ka Uluau

    • Listen to Season II of Ka Leo o ka Uluau. The first episode of the new podcast season showcases ulana lau hala (lau hala weaving) with Gloria Pualani Muraki released on the Hilo moon phase of Kāʻelo (January 2). Season II episodes will be released throughout the year on the Hilo moon phase of every malama (lunar month) to raise awareness of this ancient practice of keeping time and feature guests knowledgeable in Hawaiian cultural practices.

Covid Updates

GetVaccinated UHCOVID-19 Booster and Testing On-Campus Clinic

    • The COVID-19 booster is available for employees and all students this Friday, Jan. 14, noon to 4:00 p.m, University Classroom Building, room 127, first-come, first-served basis. Email uhhcovid@hawaii.edu 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 or COVID testing may also attend this clinic. This clinic is also for student testing so please plan accordingly. Everyone’s patience is appreciated.

External Testing Option for Employees and Students:

    • Clinical Labs statewide. PCR testing. Registration required. Testing by online appointment only; walk-ins not accepted. This program ends Jan. 31, 2022.

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.


Graduate Thesis/Dissertation due to Library and Graduate Division, Tuesday, Jan. 11,2022.

Graduate Form 3 due to the Office of the Registrar, Friday, Jan. 14, 2022.


Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 17, 2022.


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

Vulcan Athletics

No spectators will be allowed for basketball games in January.

Word of the Week

Join Ka Haka ‘Ula O Ke‘elikōlani College of Hawaiian Language student Kekailiko Medeiros for a lesson on the Hawaiian word of the week. “‘Auamo” is a wood used by ancestors to carry things on the back. It is because of this that the general idea of carrying out responsibilities was coined. 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.