Most customers ordered online this year, but a low key plant display was set up in the breezeway at the agriculture college with poinsettia and other plants grown by students at the University Farm Laboratory in Pana‘ewa.
With a focus on celebrating other cultures’ food, history, music and scenery, the activities are designed to share international education with the entire Vulcan community.
Although she misses the calm pace of island life, business major Taimane Kekauoha-Chartrand is enjoying the personal and academic development she’s gaining out of her comfort zone in South Korea.
Local surfer and fisherman Crispin Nakoa is now a graduate student at UH Hilo, working with marine scientists to identify areas impacted by sewage pollution along Hawai‘i Island’s coastline.
In addition to teaching, Associate Professor Atalağ serves as the chair of the kinesiology and exercise sciences department while conducting his research into physiological markers in athletes.
Kawili Kine Culture, an inter-departmental program that gets students out into the community and environment to physically work and play, highlights the indigenous culture and diverse ethnic heritage of Hawai’i Island.
UH Hilo sophomore Taylor “U‘i” Barongan is recording her studies at the University of Stirling, Scotland, through painting with watercolors. An artist, the budding scientist is studying ecology, cellular biology, and film analysis.
This year’s keynote speaker was retired Rear Admiral Pamela Schweitzer, PharmD., who served as the U.S. Assistant Surgeon General and 10th Chief Pharmacist Officer of the U.S. Public Health Service.