Weekly Newsletter for Faculty and Staff, April 5, 2022

Featured in this week’s issue of Ha‘ilono o UH Hilo (News of UH Hilo): Bonnie Irwin, Garrett Hino, Edith Kanaka‘ole, Emma Gordon, and Kolokea Kaua‘ula.

Logo (red): WASC Senior College and University Commission.
UH Hilo will host a site visit by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, Wednesday through Friday, April 6-8, in connection with campus accreditation.


UH Hilo ag college launches academy focusing on solutions to climate change.


Read Chancellor Bonnie Irwin’s April column: Imagining UH Hilo a decade from now.

UH Hilo will host a site visit by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, Wednesday through Friday, April 6-8, in connection with campus accreditation. Various open meetings will be held Thursday, April 7, 3:00-3:45 p.m, with virtual and in-person accommodations. See below for in-person locations. An RSVP system will be used to issue passwords for those wanting to attend virtually. Please contact the appropriate person for Zoom details:


UH Hilo pharmacy alumnus Garrett Hino takes on new role at the Hawai‘i Department of Health.


An award-winning composer and former instructor at Hawai‘i Community College and UH Hilo, Edith Kanaka‘ole will be one of five American women to appear on U.S. quarter.

UH Hilo announces 2022 Virtual Lā Honua Earth Day Celebration; events scheduled throughout month of April.

WATCH: They’re alive! With animatronics, dinosaurs come to life at ‘Imiloa; exhibit extended to April 15.

Covid Updates

COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing On-Campus Clinic (New Hours):

      • COVID-19 vaccinations, boosters, and testing are available for employees and all students Friday, April 8, noon – 2:00 p.m., University Classroom Building, room 127. Second boosters are available for those who are eligible for the second booster dose (age 50+ or are immunocompromised, and at least four months since the last booster). Email uhhcovid@hawaii.edu with your request. Be sure to bring valid state identification, medical insurance card, and vaccination card to verify previous doses.

External Testing Option for Employees and Students:

      • Clinical Labs in Hilo only. PCR testing. Registration required. 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, UH COVID-19 Dashboards, and updated interim UH Hilo COVID-19 Guidelines.


“Of Ocean, Land and Sky (Sasi, Pera, Lagi)” by Letila Mitchell, Thursday, April 7, Noon–1:00 p.m. Registration required.

Panel: Ka‘ao Aloha ‘Āina with UH Hilo and Hawai‘i Community College alumni, Thursday, April 7, 2:00-3:15 p.m. Registration required.

“The Threat Close to Home: Microplastics in Hilo Bay,” by UH Hilo marine science student Emma Gordon, Thursday, April 7, 3:30-4:00 p.m. Registration required.

WASC Senior College and University Commission

      • WSCUC Open Meeting with Staff, Thursday, April 7, 3-3:45 p.m., UCB 118.
      • WSCUC Open Meeting with Faculty, Thursday, April 7, 3-3:45 p.m., CoBE MPR.
      • WSCUC Open Meeting with Students, Thursday, April 7, 3-3:45 p.m., UCB 127.

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

Operations and Services

Sodexo Dining Services offers its Family Dinner menus for April 6 & 8.

 Word of the Week

Above, join Ka Haka ‘Ula O Ke‘elikōlani College of Hawaiian Language student Kolokea Kaua‘ula for a lesson on the Hawaiian word of the week. “Aloha ‘āina” is our deep desire for the place we live, or love of the land. 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. 

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