An article recently published in the online journal Nature Astronomy applauds the ability of ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center to intersect indigenous knowledge with astronomy.
The Hawaiian Nutcracker is set in the 1800s at Hale Ali‘i, the royal palace named by Kamehameha III, with lead characters of a young David Kalākaua and Lydia Kamaka‘eha, both future monarchs of Hawai‘i. Dozens of dancers from UH Hilo, Hawai‘i Community College, and the Hawai‘i Island community will perform this adaptation of the holiday classic.
Budding cartographer Kaylyn Ells-Ho‘okano worked with her mentor Drew Kapp, a geographer at Hawai‘i Community College, to create a map showing details of the traditional land divisions in the district of Puna. The work honors the original names and ways of understanding the landscape.
The statewide project, headed by the UH Hilo pharmacy college, is funded through an Opioid and Medication Education and Disposal grant focusing on educating the elderly about simple alternatives to the disposal of unused medications.
The students attended workshops and panel discussions and then a resource fair showcasing UH Hilo programs and support services, career possibilities, community organizations, and UH Hilo Pacific clubs.
Native oysters cultured at the UH Hilo Pacific Aquaculture and Coastal Resource Center will be used to improve water quality at Sand Island, Honolulu. At ceremonies to launch the project, baskets of oysters were placed in the water at Honolulu Community College’s Marine Education Training Center and the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s mooring area.
Associate Professor Makalapua was recognized by the National Indian Education Association for her 40 years of working on the reestablishment of Hawaiian as the primary language of the family and education. Her professional and research interests include Indigenous immersion education-program planning and evaluation, teacher education, and educational reform
In 2018, a group of performing arts students at UH Hilo performed children’s tales for local schoolchildren, all in ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i (Hawaiian language). Inspired by this and other language revitalization efforts she witnessed in Sweden, an environmental science major is producing a documentary film on the global movement to revitalize indigenous languages.
“The task of ethics within the context of civil disobedience is to open up the realm of thinking about one’s values and viewpoints,” says Associate Professor of Philosophy Celia Bardwell-Jones.
As a Red Cross volunteer, Marilani Maricel went where she was needed in early September: North Carolina. The job as a shelter volunteer is physical and can be demanding at times, but the UH Hilo office worker says she would do it again in a heartbeat.