Weekly Newsletter for Faculty and Staff, April 19, 2022

Featured in this week’s issue of Ha‘ilono o UH Hilo (News of UH Hilo): Jim Mike, Pila Wilson, Larry Kimura, and Sheldon Rosa.

Larry Kimura pictured
Larry Kimura, associate professor of Hawaiian language and Hawaiian studies, joins Hawai‘i News Now’s Sunrise program for a live interview Friday, April 22, 6:00 a.m. Details below. (Claudia Hagan/UH Hilo Stories)


Message from the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs:


Jim Mike pictured
Jim Mike

The Dean of our College of Natural and Health Sciences, Dr. Jim Mike, will retire 31 May 2022. Please join me in congratulating him on his retirement, which is already full of joyful plans.

Dean Mike joined UH Hilo in 2020 as the first permanent Dean of CNHS. As one of only two people I have ever heard state—and live—his love for the role of Dean, he came to Hilo from Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania, where he served as the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as interim provost and vice president for academic affairs and acting dean of graduate studies. I am grateful to him for his leadership and vision, as well as the mentoring he has provided to so many on campus—myself included. His passion for student success and the role a dean can play has already made what will undoubtedly be a lasting impact on CHNS and UH Hilo.

An announcement regarding interim leadership for the College is forthcoming.

Mahalo e Dean Mike.
Kris Roney

The UH Board of Regents meets Thursday, April 21, 9:00 a.m., at Kapi‘olani Community College. The meeting can also be viewed via livestream. Agenda and materials are available online.

Campus Outreach

Calling UH Hilo clubs, organizations and departments! Share a 30- to 45-minute workshop, program or information session with new students at Orientation, scheduled for Thursday, August 18, 2022. Contact First Year Experience (FYE) for more information and details at uhhfye@hawaii.edu by May 27. Classroom space is limited.


UH Hilo ‘ōlelo preservationists Pila Wilson and Larry Kimura praise late kumu hula Johnny Lum Ho.

Covid Updates

COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing On-Campus Clinic

      • COVID-19 vaccinations, boosters and testing are available for employees and all students this Friday, April 22, noon to 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 request. 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 GuidelinesUH COVID-19 Dashboards, and updated interim UH Hilo COVID-19 Guidelines.


UH Hilo Relay For Life Color Run, Saturday, April 23, 2022, Campus Center Plaza. This event will help raise awareness about the devastating impacts and prevention of cancer.

Merrie Monarch Cultural Enrichment Programs, Wednesday through Friday, April 20-22, ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center. Various fees. Face masks required.

“Expedition Dinosaur: Rise of the Mammals,” special general admission extended through Friday, April 22, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center. Admission. Face masks required.

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


Larry Kimura, associate professor of Hawaiian language and Hawaiian studies, joins Hawai‘i News Now’s Sunrise program for a live interview Friday, April 22, 6 a.m. Watch KHNL TV, KGMB TV, or via livestream. The Sunrise crew will be in Hilo for an “On the Road at Merrie Monarch” special, and Prof. Kimura will talk about Ka Haka ‘Ula O Ke‘elikōlani College of Hawaiian Language’s Kani‘aina Hawaiian Archives program.

Human Resources

The Hawai’i Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund (EUTF) and Premium Conversion Plan (PCP) Open Enrollment period is now through May 13, 2022 for coverage effective July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023. To be eligible for health benefits, employees must be employed on a half-time basis or more and have an appointment at least three months in duration.


Road closure: Nowelo Street will be closed Saturday, April 23 from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the UH Hilo Relay for Life Color Run. Access will be blocked from the Administration Building parking lot to the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center parking lot entrance. Hale‘ōlelo, admin affairs offices, the ag college buildings, Hale Kuamo‘o, and PBs 19-22 will be inaccessible by vehicle. The main parking lot off Kawili Street will be blocked from the Performing Arts Center entrance to the flagpole roundabout.

Word of the Week

Above, join Ka Haka ‘Ula O Ke‘elikōlani College of Hawaiian Language student Sheldon Rosa for a lesson on the Hawaiian word of the week. “He‘e nalu” is riding on a wave with a surfboard. 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.