The highlight of the trip was the ceremony recognizing Ke Kula ‘O Nāwahīokalani‘ōpu‘u Hawaiian language immersion school as the recipient of the William Demmert Freedom Fighter award, one of the highest awards given by the National Indian Education Association.
The gift from the Thirty Meter Telescope International Observatory totals over $28,000 in equipment that will aid in promoting cutting edge physics and astronomy at UH Hilo, for both physics and astronomy programming and computational projects.
The ʻAha Haumāna Native Hawaiian Student Symposium and Conference helped students to better translate their undergraduate experiences and degrees into actual careers.
The UH Hilo graduate certificate program is the first teacher education program in the world to receive accreditation from the prestigious international authority, the World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium.
Poets Ann Inoshita, Juliet S. Kono, Christy Passion, and Jean Yamasaki Toyama recently visited Hilo, where poetry lovers and history buffs gathered to hear the authors read selected works about a milestone event in Hawai‘i history.
It began last fall when Kai Gaitley took a geography class called Literature and the Environment taught by Kathryn Besio, a professor of geography and environmental sciences. For the final exam, the students in the class were asked to write a climate-themed short story.
Several solar powered recharging stations were built over the summer complete with seating, USB ports, Wi-Fi access and a unique roof and gutter system to keep students dry during Hilo’s rainy weather.
Planner and builders of the new rec area had a lot of motivation to complete this and other summer projects prior to the start of fall semester, knowing that the end result was for the students.
Registrar Chelsea Kay-Wong, Associate Professor of Psychology Sunyoung Kim, and Director of Campus Recreation Tim Moore will be working with 24 other PELP cohort members to tackle challenges facing higher education.
Kirsten Paxton and Patrick Hart have started a study funded by the National Science Foundation to research the effects of Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death on animal communities in Hawaiʻi.