UHHSA Update

Staff Writer Rosannah Gosser

The latest news from your student government includes preparations for UH Hilo’s 21st annual Ho`olaule`a festival and exciting projects planned for this school year by the Sustainability Committee. UHHSA is also working on collaborating with the Housing Department to promote awareness of our student government for on-campus housing, as well as a new application for a College of Arts & Sciences Senator.

In January of next year, UH Hilo will host its annual Ho`olaule`a event, a family-friendly day of music, entertainment, carnival games, and crafts. A logistics committee has been organized to plan activities, coordinate with vendors, and allocate funds necessary to prepare for the festival. This year’s theme will be Pūpūkahi I Holomua, or “Unite in Order to Progress.”

The Sustainability Committee has eight new projects planned for the 2017-2018 school year to develop environmental awareness around the campus and community. A Sust`ainability Fair will take place each semester to bring attention to recycling and composting efforts, food resiliency, and global warming. A Student Sustainability Scholarship of $1000 will be promoted at the fall semester fair and the winner announced at the spring fair. Funding is also being planned for waste-regenerative initiatives such as more extensive collecting of compost and recycling around campus, as well as transportation of materials to compost and recycling sites. Additional projects include support towards the 30th annual Earth Day Fair hosted by UH Hilo and Hawai’i Community College in April, a campaign to encourage student use of reusable containers, and a “Green Space to Food Space Initiative” to transform vacant areas around campus to produce food for students. The seventh annual Sustainability Summit of Higher Education will also be held in Hilo for the first time at the beginning of spring and the Sustainability Committee will be working to promote the event to students.

At an open forum with Senator Kai Kahele on Oct. 11, many students voiced concerns about a reduction of courses and class availability for the upcoming semester, where Senator Kahele urged students to communicate their concerns to our student government. UHHSA will be working to establish student surveys to help facilitate campus involvement and aid in giving students a voice about important issues. You can also stop by the UHHSA office any time between the Lava Tube and Ke Kalahea in Campus Center to express questions, concerns, and comments to one of our student government representatives.