UH Hilo Strategic Planning

Meeting Notes - October 29, 2021

Importance of Place Committee Meeting: Friday, October 29 at 11:30pm

Present: Michele Ebersole, Bruce Torres Fischer, Hualani Loo, Franny Brewer, and Kathleen Baumgardner

Meeting purpose: Project updates and planning for future projects

We received an email inquiry from a writer for Ke Kaleha who would like to do an article on volunteer opportunities around Christmas time and was interested in speaking with members of the community gardens and learning more about the volunteer opportunities with UH Hilo’s community gardens. Kathleen will respond with several options:

  • 'Imiloa Gardens - Lauren DeMent, Native Garden Education Specialist
  • Ululaumāhie Native Forest Restoration Project - Lito Arkangel, Ululaumāhie coordinator / curriculum developer
  • UH Hilo Botanical Gardens - Don Hemmes, emeritus faculty
  • Kīpuka Māla - Malu Dudoit, Hawai`i Papa O Ke Ao Cultural Engagement Specialist

Kathleen will also reach out to Anya Benavides, Vista Sustainability Fellow at UH Hilo to touch base about her plans for garden workshops on campus.

Ka Leo o ka Uluau

The idea: The first season of Ka Leo o ka Uluau is a 24-episode podcast, with installments released twice monthly in 2021. The purpose of the Ka Leo o ka Uluau podcast is to hoʻokamaʻāina listeners to the island of Hawaiʻi, starting in Hilo and moving clockwise around the island (Puna, Kaʻū, Kona, Kohala, and Hāmākua). Storytellers who are associated with each place share moʻolelo with podcast hosts Drew Kapp and Leilani DeMello. Episodes acquaint listeners with key places, histories, people, traditions, and lessons from each place. The blog associated with the podcast includes StoryMaps, images, etc. In mid October, Bruce provided updates for podcast listenership:

  • 10.3k all time downloads. (Plus an unknown number of listens from URH)
  • 38 different countries listen to us (the U.S., Japan, and Canada are the top three)
  • 46 states listen to us (Hawaiʻi, California, and Michigan are the top three)
  • 486 is the average weekly number of listens for Inoa Matters during the past month on Instagram. It has also been airing on KWXX during the morning drive most Thursdays since the end of August.

Just two weeks later, the number of downloads has increased to 10.6K.

The podcast production team is getting ready for Season 2 - working on the format and reaching out to potential guests for the 12-episode podcast.

Bruce is now set up as a DJ at URH. Ka Leo o Ka Uluau is currently on the radio Mondays and Fridays at 8am and 4pm.

The last episodes of season 1 in Hāmākua are being completed. They have been recording at the extension center (the old NHERC facility).

We have heard that a lecturer in English at UH Mānoa is using the podcast in their class, a teacher at a local elementary school, and Kuleana & Community will be using the podcast too.

Kuleana & Community

The idea: An entry level 3-credit course titled “Kuleana & Community” whose foundation lay in local history and service to the community. This course contributes to the stated goal of indigenizing the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo while also increasing retention, recruitment, and alumni support in the future. This entry level course introduces UH Hilo students to the diverse, multi-layered communities and histories of the island, better preparing them to more fully contribute to community engagement in their upper division courses.

The Kuleana & Community course will launch in Spring 2022. Each of the six sections of the course will pair up with a campus garden. There will be content associated with the six moku of Hawaiʻi Island, including some huakaʻi. Some podcast episodes will be integrated.

Kerri Inglis has been working diligently and methodically to make it happen. She has been working with housing, Shelby Iwamoto with Academic Curriculum, Kainoa with the Career and Academic Advising Center, Aunty Gail, and Huihui Kanahele-Mossman who is the Kuleana and Community Curriculum Developer. They are also working with faculty for professional development sessions.

IS 194: Kuleana & Community Sp22 details:

CRN: 13185 sec.01 3.0 credits Hawaiian Language & Culture - Living Learning Community T/Th 11-12:15pm ʻŌlelo 202/Hybrid Instructors: Kekoa Harman & Kanani Mākaʻimoku

CRN: 13186 sec.02 3.0 credits Natural Sciences - Living Learning Community MWF 1-1:50pm STB 225/Hybrid Instructor: Michelle Shuey

CRN: 13187 sec.03 3.0 credits Health & Wellness - Living Learning Community MWF 1-1:50pm UCB115/Hybrid Instructor: Kerri A. Inglis

CRN: 13188 sec.04 3.0 credits Transfer students MWF 2-2:50 pm UCB 103 / Hybrid Instructor: Kirsten Møllegaard

CRN: 13189 sec.05 3.0 credits Open MW 3-4:15 pm EKH 128/ Hybrid Instructor: Tarisi Vunidilo

CRN: 13190 sec.06 3.0 credits Open MWF 11-11:50am Hybrid Instructors: Michele Ebersole & Patsy Iwasaki

The plan is for the sections to be offered in person with some online content, all depending on how the Spring semester moves forward.

They are hiring 6 student peer mentors to assist with the sections. The position would be 10 hours per week, available to undergraduate or graduate students.

Hualani shared that a grant was secured that will pay for overloads and huakaʻi expenses for five years, as well as two years for a staff curriculum development position.

We discussed getting the word out to students about the course. It could be shared to students through the Kīpuka Center. A video has been produced by Shara Mahoe with First Year experience.

New Projects

Kathleen mentioned that the draft action plan now has links to draft implementation plans for each deliverable. Each sponsor (project lead unit) will complete the implementation plan and have the sign off of their collaborators. The process may be different from deliverable to deliverable, as the number of collaborators and the sponsor will vary. We may have fewer meetings or the same. We may do more work via email. It’s difficult to say at this point.

Implement a campus-wide color palette & ʻōlelo signage

We discussed a proposal that was developed by an outside agency in 2014. The plan included two options, and covered these elements:

  • Vehicular Directional
  • Parking Lot Identification
  • Street Directional
  • Campus Map Kiosk
  • Orientation Dial
  • Pedestrian Directional
  • Cluster Identification
  • Cluster Map Kiosk
  • Building Identification

We are wondering who may have been part of the committee that built the proposal. It has a 2014 date, which places it in the time when Don Straney was Chancellor - 2010-2017. We may be able to get some background information from Aunty Gail.

This 2014 proposal could potentially be updated so that it meshes with UH Hilo’s new brand. It might also include educational signage that discusses what used to be in our location before UH Hilo and showcase the uniqueness of our campus. We like the “journey” theme at the core with color coding. And, we like that it resembles a star compass.

We also discussed introducing more murals across campus. The issue with these is maintenance.

Formulate a detailed guide for a one-year onboarding process grounded in a sense of place and strategic framework: values, place, vision, priorities

HAWCC onboarding was compulsory and hands-on. It exposed you to new ideas and was a stretch out of the comfort zone, which was ultimately a positive.

The best experiences with onboarding were those that were fun. We often feel resentful, like we are “too busy” to participate in onboarding. However, when it is fun, it has an impact. Getting outdoors, canoeing, doing service work are memorable onboarding experiences that provide a nice break.

The Kahua Program, a mentoring program to help beginning teachers build individual, effective teaching practices was also mentioned. This program provided a time to connect. The huakaʻi were very good, the classroom time was a bit tougher. For the huakaʻi, there were sometimes kupuna on the bus telling stories. We may want to have established faculty join in huakaʻi to allow for those mentoring connections to grow.

Social opportunities are very important. Michael Bitter (CAS) started some afternoon gatherings. There have been other efforts over the years to build community and welcome new faculty and staff members.

At this point in the discussion, the 90-minute meeting time expired. The meeting was adjourned.