Weekly Newsletter for Faculty and Staff, Jan. 10, 2023

Featured in this week’s issue of Ha‘ilono o UH Hilo (News of UH Hilo): Carla Ho‘a, Kelli Tomota, Valdeane Odachi, and Joe Genz.

Graphic design of "University of Hawaii at Hilo Happy New Year!"


UH Hilo welcomes new Vice Chancellor for Administrative Affairs Carla Ho‘a.

Reminder: Nominations for the 2023 Excellence in Teaching Awards are due by Tuesday, Jan. 31. Nominations must be submitted online via this Google form for the following awards:


Graduate Thesis/Dissertation to Library and Graduate Division due Tuesday, Jan. 10.

Graduate Form 3 due to the Office of the Registrar, Friday, Jan. 13.


Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 16.


Kelli Tomota is the new administrative officer-shared services manager with Auxiliary Services. She will be responsible for campus operation management services, to include, but not limited to, motor pool, storage and inventory management, space planning, logistics, refuse and recycling, eWaste, property management, and state vehicle management.

Valdeane Odachi, academic advisor/counselor at the Student Support Services Program is the author of Navigating Change, a collection of personal reflections and poetry published by Legacy Isle Publishing.


Under the mentorship of Associate Professor of Anthropology Joe Genz, a group of students traveled  to Stanford University for workshop on seafaring, where they presented their own research. The students are investigating the use of oral histories of Marshallese and Yapese voyaging to support the development of community engagement for sustainable sea transport and climate change adaptation.

During 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.