UH Hilo Speakers Bureau

UH Hilo Speakers’ Bureau 2023-2024

Please call Alyson “Aly” Kakugawa-Leong , Director of Media Relations, at (808) 932-7339 or email alyson@hawaii.edu with your programming requests.

By Speaker

You may also browse available topics and speakers by subject.

Lisa Ann Amaral


  • UH Hilo General Overview & Undergraduate Admissions Requirements
  • College: Finding Your Best Fit
  • UH Hilo’s Global Exchange Programs: Get Off This Rock On a Budget

Christian Andersen


  • PISCES: Who We Are and What We Do Space Exploration from a Hawaiian’s Perspective
  • In Situ Resource Utilization: “Don’t Take It If You Can Make It”
  • Hawaiʻi as an Analog for Developing and Testing Lunar and Martian Surface Systems
  • Hawaiʻi’s Unique Position for Developing and Testing Planetary Surface Systems

John Burns

Marine Science

  • Life
  • Data Science
  • Biology
  • Marine Science and Data Science
  • Coral Reefs
  • Technology

Steven Colbert

Marine Science

  • Nearshore Water Quality/Sewage Pollution
  • Ocean Acidification/Oceans & Climate Change

Lei DeMello

Chancellor’s Office

  • Exploring the Moku of Hawaiʻi Island through Moʻolelo
  • Sustainable Traditional Hawaiian Practices
  • The Many Super Powers of Manu Hawaiʻi
  • Huakaʻi Wahi Pana with Ka Leo o ka Uluau
  • Ka Leo o ka Uluau: Creating an Educational Podcast

Arliss Dudley-Cash


  • Self-Compassion, Self-Love & Self Care
  • Giving Rockstar Presentations
  • Goal Setting
  • Resiliency in Business
  • Letting Go of Imposter Syndrome

L.A. Gotshalk

Kinesiology & Exercise Science

  • Can Evolutionary Logic Cultivate a Better Future
  • Science for the Human Body?
  • Type II Diabetes: What Is It, and What Can We Do About It?
  • As Life Gets Easier, It Gets More Stressful: The Analysis of Stress and the Human Body

Patrick Guillen

Intercollegiate Athletics

  • Community Service/Civic Engagement
  • Vulcan Athletics
  • Building a Team to Benefit the Community
  • What is a Winner?
  • Why Do We Need Coaches?

Eric Heuer


  • Alzheimer’s Disease: What do we really know?
  • Normal Aging: What is it and why does it matter?
  • Attention Deficit Disorder: Common Misconceptions

Randy Hirokawa


  • Why Groups Make Bad Decisions
  • Effective Group Communication

Chris Holland

Student Affairs

  • Student Development
  • Diversity and Inclusion (LGBTQ+ issues, crucial conversations)
  • Strategic Planning and Assessment
  • College Culture and its Impact on Student Experience
  • Leadership: 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, 5 Dysfunctions of a Team

Eileen Huey

Administration of Justice

  • Wrongful Conviction
  • Mass Incarceration
  • Indigent Defense Services
  • War on Drugs
  • Nazi Germany/Holocaust

Jean Ippolito


  • Naoko Tosa, New Media Artist of Japan
  • Hung Keung, New Media Artist of Hong Kong
  • New Media/Digital Media Art of Japan
  • New Media/Digital Media Art of China

Bonnie Irwin


  • World Mythology
  • Veiling in Islam: Oppression or Empowerment?
  • The Invention of Writing: How it Changed the Way
  • We Think and Create
  • The Wisdom of Scheherazade

Christopher Knudson


  • Stream Restoration After the End of Sugar Production on Maui
  • Coffee Leaf Ruse, with a Focus on Jamaica

Christopher Lauer


  • Social Justice Movements and “Allies”
  • Why the Idea of “Western” Philosophy is a Racist Myth
  • Why (and how many times) Did Philosophy Originate?
  • Intimacy: A Dialectical Study
  • Critical Race Theory (the real version, not the fever dream)

Kathy Malone

Physics & Astronomy

  • STEM Education
  • STEAM Education
  • Use of Dramatic Inquiry in Primary School Classrooms
  • Life of an Expat in Kazakhstan
  • The Use of Scientific Modeling Instruction in Secondary & Undergraduate Classrooms

Margary Martin


  • Place-Based Social and Emotional Learning
  • Mental Health and Wellness
  • Adolescent and Emerging Adulthood
  • Supporting Children and Youth through Traumatic Times
  • Educational Equity

R. Pierre Martin

Physics & Astronomy

  • SIGNALS: Unveiling Nearby Galaxies
  • The UH Hilo Educational Telescope Project

Peter Matlock

College of Agriculture, Forestry & Natural Resource Management

  • Bioeconomy: What It Is, How It Helps Mitigate Climate Change, Hawaiʻi’s Role

Julie Mowrer

Center for Community Engagement

  • UH Hilo’s Bonner Program
  • Community-Engaged Teaching and Learning

Rebecca Ostertag


  • Restoration Ecology
  • Invasive Species
  • Long-term Forest Dynamics in Relation to Climate
  • Hawaiian Ecology and Natural History
  • Tropical Forest Ecology and Management
  • Hybrid and Novel Ecosystems

Elliott Parsons


  • How Climate Change Affects Invasive Species in the Pacific – the Pacific RISCC
  • Scenario Planning as a Tool for Addressing Climate
  • Change Impacts to Invasive Species in the Pacific Region
  • The Tangled Web We Weave: The Proliferation of Invasive Species Terms and Definitions and Consequences for Management in the Face of Climate Change

Karen Pellegrin

Pharmacy/Rural Health

  • Rural Health
  • Medication Management/Safety
  • Evidence-based Leadership
  • Evidence-based Strategic Management

Ryan Perroy

Geography & Environmental Science

  • Rapid Ohia Death
  • Invasive Species
  • Drone Applications
  • Shoreline Mapping

Ian Kaleo Pilago

Center for Maunakea Stewardship

  • Efforts on Maunakea Stewardship
  • Telescope Decommissioning
  • Supporting Cultural Practitioner Rights on Maunakea
  • Protecting Archeological/Cultural Sites on Maunakea
  • Incorporating Hawaiian Culture into CMS Operations

Jarred Prudencio

Pharmacy Practice

  • Pharmacists & the Quintuple Aim of Healthcare
  • Digital Health Tools for Patients
  • Healthcare-related Social Media

Todd Shumway

Global Exchange

  • International Exchange at UH Hilo and its Impact on Students

Tracy Wiegner

Marine Science

  • Sewage Pollution in Hawaiʻi’s Coastal Waters
  • Staphylococcus aureus and MRSA in Hawaiʻi’s Coastal Waters