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.”
The beauty of the biannual dance performance taking place in a virtual format this year is that it actually expanded possibilities of human connection.
Seeing that some of her students were struggling with isolation and worry, Amy Horst began creating helpful and hopeful YouTube videos for them.
Prof. of Japanese Language Yoshiko Okuyama’s transition to online teaching included countless hours of elective training, researching, and learning, going above and beyond to enhance the experience of her students.
Master printmaker Jon Goebel and marine scientist John Burns have teamed up to create an eye-catching, greatly enlarged (80,000 times larger than life), yet anatomically correct sculpture of a coral colony. The project is meant to spark a perceptual shift in the significance that corals play in the ocean’s ecosystem.
Despite the unexpected move to online teaching, UH Hilo alumna and now Spanish language instructor Monica Minnitt is a driving force within the language department, continuing to meet the needs of her students to help them perform to expectations.
Professor of Chemistry Norbert Furumo acknowledges that online classes can be tough, but that it should not discourage students from continuing to pursue an education. “Students must treat online classes like they would a face-to-face class, stay the track.”
In transitioning her health courses to online platforms, Misty Pacheco made the decision to incorporate the pandemic into her teaching. “My students got a lot more out of the public health and health promotion course because we were living through what we were learning.”