Jake Rodrique once thought college wasn’t the place for him. But that all changed through the guidance of a few extraordinary people.
The videos are designed to give viewers an immersive approach to learning ‘ōlelo using common Hawaiian words and place names found in Hilo and Hawaiʻi Island.
The research of Lauren Kapono includes not only scientific discovery of the salt water limpet but also the cultural, community, and personal impacts of climate change on coastal residents.
Each video event of the series will explore a different theme and showcase five storytellers from a variety of backgrounds.
Once at UH Hilo, the budding anthropologist Heather Leilani Kekahuna started to learn more about her heritage, including some knowledge that had been lost to her family. “I’m now teaching things to my own family and strengthening family ties through knowledge.”
Students helped at Hawai‘i Department of Health-coordinated vaccination sites over winter break, and many continue to volunteer during spring rotation blocks this semester.
In a collaboration with Chaminade University of Honolulu, UH Hilo supports an online data analytics course with university students from Hawai‘i and 10 other alliance partners located throughout the U.S.-affiliated Pacific.
Listeners will join a huaka‘i or journey clockwise around the island, starting in Hilo and moving to Puna, Ka‘ū, Kona, Kohala, and Hāmākua for a total of 24 episodes.