Staff Writer Rosannah Gosser
In the latest news from your student government, UHHSA (University of Hawai`i at Hilo Student Association) looks into starting traditional hei workshops, putting in hydration stations for classroom buildings, and creating promotional items to support school spirit.
During the meeting on Sept. 28th, a senate bill was passed to help sponsor workshops for teaching the community about the traditional Hawaiian art of hei. Hei, meaning “to ensnare,” involves string designs made with the hands that are used to tell stories, much like hula. The workshops are planning to be held in four events throughout the year and will be conducted by students and teachers from the Kipuka Native Hawaiian Student Center.
Another project was introduced to install several new hydration stations around campus, namely in classroom buildings such as UCB (University Classroom Building) and CAFRNM (College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resource Management). Better access to water on campus will support students keeping hydrated and using reusable water bottles instead of buying plastic ones. The project calls for about nine new hydration stations, which are costly but convenient for health-conscious students and faculty on-the-go, and will allocate $25,000 for their construction. The senate voted for the project to be tabled, due to uncertainty about location specifics, and will be revisited at a later meeting.
UHHSA is also working on creating promotional items, like T-shirts, hats, and other gear, with slogans that the student body can rally behind. “We’re hoping to promote more school spirit, pride, and unity all together,” explains Vanessa Aguirre, UHHSA’s Data Director, who’s pushing for the new project.
Meetings are held every Thursday night at 7 p.m. and are open to the public. “Anyone’s welcome,” says Aguirre. “We’re trying to work on making sure students know what we’re doing, when we’re doing it, and know that they can come to our meetings, they can talk to us during open forum, and they can talk to us in the office.” Stop by the UHHSA office in CC 203-A, right between Lava Landing and Ke Kalahea, if you have questions, concerns, or comments about getting involved with your student governmen