The knowledge gained by students in the new UH Hilo program is particularly valuable during the pandemic. Micronesians and Samoans have been the largest ethnic cluster of infections in the state.
Larry Kimura, an associate professor of Hawaiian language and Hawaiian studies at UH Hilo, was thrilled when he was approached to name the new discovery: “It’s an exciting discovery because we’ve always asked the question, ‘Is there life out there?’”
UH Hilo Kīpuka Native Hawaiian Student Center held a webinar to inspire students at Leeward Community College interested in STEM, conservation, and agriculture, to transfer to the university.
Kauanoe Kamanā, director of Ke Kula ʻO Nāwahīokalaniʻōpuʻu, UH Hilo’s internationally renowned preschool-12 Hawaiian-medium laboratory school, is named one of Hawai‘i’s 10 Women of the Century by USA Today.
The funds will be used to support the success of Native Hawaiian students through leadership development, campus and community engagement, and Native Hawaiian language, culture and knowledge learning pathways.
Even with arrival of the coronavirus disruption and the development of a “new normal,” the university had an immensely successful 2019-2020 academic year, filled with accomplishments, accolades, milestones, and celebrations.
In honor of its discovery from Maunakea, the quasar was given the Hawaiian name Pōniuāʻena by thirty Hawaiian immersion school teachers during a workshop led by UH Hilo’s ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center.