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Governor Ige Community Connection Meeting Tomorrow in Hilo

Governor  David Ige will be having a Community Connection meeting tomorrow.  He will talk briefly about his Administration’s strategic initiatives and more importantly, to listen and engage in conversations about top-of-mind issues for the people of East Hawai’i.

Statewide engagement and collaboration with our Island communities are essential for creating positive and lasting changes within our State.  Representatives will also be present from the following departments:  Department of Land and Natural Resources, Department of Agriculture, Department of Health, Department of Transportation and Governor’s Leadership on Homelessness:

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at University Classroom Building (UCB) 301, Room 100

As you enter the main entrance off of West Kawili Street, the flag poles will be straight ahead and the building will be on the left side.  The building name is UCB 301 and Room 100 is on the first floor.

As you enter the main entrance off of West Kawili Street, the flag poles will be straight ahead and the building will be on the left side. The building name is UCB 301 and Room 100 is on the first floor.

After the General Session, breakout sessions will provide you with an opportunity to focus on your area of interest.  The room assignments are as follows:

  • Department of Land and Natural Resources:  UCB 301, Room 100
  • Department of Agriculture/Department of Health:  Campus Center Building, Room 301
  • Department of Transportation:  UCB 301, Room 127
  • Governor’s Leadership on Homelessness:  Campus Center Building, Room 306

If you have time in your schedule, we hope you can attend the Governor’s Community Connection meeting.

For additional information, please contact the Governor’s East Hawai`i office at 974-6262.


Commentary – Call for State Audits of UH Hilo Campus Center

Former UH Hilo Student Association (UHHSA) Senator Jen Ruggles met with UH Hilo Chancellor Don Straney, UH System Chief Financial Officer Kalbert Young, and Senator Russell Ruderman today, July 28 at 11am at the Hawaii State Building to call for state audits of Campus Center.


The meeting came out of Senate Resolution 73, a Hawaii Senate Resolution submitted by Senator Ruderman on March 11, 2016. On March 16 the Hawaii Committee on Higher Education instructed Ruderman to call for a meeting with parties from UH and Ruggles. Hawaii Tribune herald wrote an article on April 11.

Ruggles and members of The Student Union, a registered independent student organization (RISO) at UH Hilo, requested various documents from UH Hilo Campus Center pertaining to how student life was managed by Campus Center at UH Hilo during a 10 year time period.

Campus Center Director Ellen Kusano did not provide requested records of 11 months of student fee financial records as well as records of, “The Campus Center Fee Board” a board of which allocates hundreds of thousands of UH Hilo student fees annually.

“We have discovered that records and student fees are unaccounted for. Students and parents have a right to know how and where the mandatory student fees are being spent.” Ruggles said.

In addition to the financial audit Ruggles will also call for a management audit of Campus Center due to numerous complaints and lawsuits of Campus Center employees. See audit overview here.

Certified Public Accountant Jim Buck will also be in the meeting.

For more information contact Jen Ruggles at: 808-464-2015

Jimmy Yagi Summer Hoops Camp Moving to UHH Gym Due to Tropical Storm Darby

The Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation will move next week’s Jimmy Yagi Summer Hoops Camp to the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Gymnasium.


All children participating in the camp should report to the UHH Gym, located at 200 West Kāwili Street in Hilo, at 8 a.m. Tuesday, July 26, for registration and the opening day of the camp.

The new venue will replace the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium, which has been reserved for another event that must be postponed to protect attendees from the anticipated impacts of Tropical Storm Darby.

The Department of Parks and Recreation thanks the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo for allowing its gymnasium to be used for the Jimmy Yagi Summer Hoops Camp. The department also apologizes for any inconvenience the venue change may cause and thanks camp participants and their families for their understanding.

For more information, please contact Jason Armstrong, Public Information Officer, at 961-8311 or jarmstrong@hawaiicounty.gov.

Early Registration Fee for Jimmy Yagi Summer Hoops Camp Extended

The Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation is extending the discounted early-registration fee for its 4th Annual Jimmy Yagi Summer Hoops Camp that returns to Hilo July 26-29.


Parents who have not yet signed up their keiki may still take advantage of the reduced $60 per-child entry fee that was to have expired July 13.   New registrations will be accepted up until the first day of camp July 26.

Registration forms are available at the Department’s Recreation office located within Aunty Sally Kaleohano’s Lū‘au Hale at 799 Pi‘ilani Street in Hilo, county gyms, and online at http://www.hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation/.

Please make checks payable to the “County Director of Finance” and include the note “Jimmy Yagi Summer Hoops Camp.”

The Jimmy Yagi Summer Hoops Camp is named in honor of the legendary former UH-Hilo men’s basketball coach who helped guide the Vulcans-Hawai‘i Basketball School for 37 years. Open to boys and girls 9 to 17 years old, the camp will be held at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium and the Pana‘ewa Covered Play Courts, which feature new flooring.

A team of coaches will instruct and supervise campers as they practice agility, ball-handling and other drills during morning skill sessions.
Following a lunch break, players will showcase what they’ve learned by competing in games expected to last until about 3:30 p.m. each day. Special awards will be presented to outstanding participants at the close of the four-day camp.

FREE to First 120 Children – ‘Aha Pai’ea Keiki Sports Challenge at UH Hilo

The annual ‘Aha Pai’ea Keiki Sports Challenge is slated for Saturday, August 27 at the University of Hawai’i at Hilo Athletic complex.
Keiki Challenge at UHH
Hosted by the UH Hilo Vulcan Athletic Department and the Vulcan Booster Club, the challenge runs from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. It is FREE and limited to first 120 children 7-12 years old to register. Lunch, beverages and a t-shirt will be provided.

Registration forms are available by clicking on link below, emailing vulcansathletics@gmail.com or calling Vulcan Booster Club ‘Aha Pai’ea Coordinator Ed Torrison at 808-987-3215.

Through the course of the day, participants need to be prepared for vigorous physical activity and should bring a water bottle, running shoes and wear comfortable attire. Various activities are scheduled in baseball, basketball, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball.

For more information call 808-987-3215.

Registration form

Two UH Hilo Student-Athletes Recognized as All-American Scholars

Two University of Hawai’i at Hilo student-athletes were recognized as Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) All-American Scholars as announced on Tuesday, July 5.
vulcan golfers

Earning the honors were freshman Shantel Antonio (Hilo, Hawai’i/Kamehameha-Hawai’i) and sophomore Andi Igawa (Hilo, Hawai’i/Waiakea).

A total of 830 women’s collegiate golfers were recognized with this prestigious honor. The criteria for selection to the All-American Scholar Team are some of the most stringent in all of college athletics. The minimum cumulative GPA is 3.50.

About the Women’s Golf Coaches Association
The Women’s Golf Coaches Association, founded in 1983, is a non-profit organization representing women’s collegiate golf coaches. The WGCA was formed to encourage the playing of college golf for women in correlation with a general objective of education and in accordance with the highest tradition of intercollegiate competition. Today, the WGCA represents nearly 600 coaches throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent

Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) for Remote Sensing and Resource Management

The College of Continuing Education and Community Service (CCECS) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo is accepting registration for a workshop entitled Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) for Remote Sensing and Resource Management. Classes will be held on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, July 11, 12 and 13, from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at UH Hilo’s Edith Kanaka’ole Hall, Room 274. Tuition is $750 and includes all training materials.

Aerial Photography

Aerial Photography

The course will be taught by Dr. Ryan Perroy, assistant professor, geography and principal investigator, Spatial Data Analysis and Visualization Lab in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at UH Hilo. Participants will gain the essential knowledge and organization required to safely and legally integrate UAS operations into their daily work activities through live demonstrations, hands-on UAS simulations, and computer processing techniques working with UAS-derived data.

Topics will include mission planning and execution, choosing the right fixed wing or copter platform, applying for a FAA Certificate of Authorization application (COA), creating high resolution orthorectified imagery, using Structure from Motion technology to create 3D digital surface models, and change detection applications.

Due to federal export laws, enrollment is limited to U.S. citizens only. A USB is recommended. For more information and to register, contact CCECS at 932-7830 or email ccecs@hawaii.edu.

UH Hilo Announces Resignation of Softball Coach

University of Hawai’i at Hilo Athletic Director Patrick Guillen today announced the resignation of Softball Head Coach Patty “Peejay” Brun, effective July 1, 2016. Brun leaves UH Hilo to become associate head softball coach at Texas State University.

Patty "Peejay" Brun

Patty “Peejay” Brun

“I have very mixed emotions with Coach Brun’s departure,” Guillen said. “On one hand, I am happy for her and her family who she will be reunited with in Texas and also for this professional opportunity to move back to the NCAA I level.  But selfishly, Vulcan Athletics is losing a top-notch coach who is a great mentor, educator and leader for our softball student-athletes.

“I am grateful to Coach Brun for her tireless work ethic and commitment to building a solid program that our community is proud of.  Our loss is certainly Texas State’s gain.”

Brun joined UH Hilo in 2014. In her two seasons with the Vulcans, her teams compiled a 63-33-1 record with back-to-back 30-win seasons and produced an all-American.

“I’d like to thank Chancellor Donald Straney and Tim Moore for giving me the opportunity to be at the helm of UH Hilo softball,” Brun said. “I’d also like to thank the University and town of Hilo for embracing me and helping me transition so quickly.  The love and aloha that was shown to me from the moment I stepped on the island has meant so much.

“It has been an absolute privilege to coach here and be a part of the Vulcan family. Finally, I’d like to thank Pat Guillen for his great support this year.  His vision for the program is one that I know will help take it to great success.

“The next step has presented itself in this opportunity to coach and be with my family and it was an opportunity we felt could not be turned down.”

A search for Brun’s replacement will begin immediately.

“I am confident we will be able to identify and bring in a quality coach,” Guillen said. “We have some big shoes to fill.”

Ka Haka ‘Ula O Ke’elikolani Na Pua Lei O Ka Na’auao, Kupulau 2016 (College of Hawaiian Language Dean’s List, Spring 2016)

UH Hilo Hawaiian Studies Building

Ke kukala aku nei ko ke Kulanui o Hawai’i ma Hilo, Ka Haka ‘Ula O Ke’elikolani, i na inoa o na haumana kaha ‘oi no ke kau Kupulau 2016:
(The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Ka Haka ‘Ula O Ke’elikolani College of Hawaiian Language announces its Dean’s List for the Spring 2016 semester):

Delia Ann Ah Nee, Isaac Ahuna, Destanie Alayon, Jainine Abraham, D’Anna Asher, Joshua Bass, Laura Birse, Eleanor Brown, Courtney Ann Brock, John Crommelin, Sophie Dolera, Angelica Durante, Alexander Guerrero, Kalai Grothmann, Karise Hallsten, Pomaikai Iaea, Runa Ikeno, Kayla Ing, Joshua Kalima, Kiana Kamala, Alana Kanahele, Sumire Kanno, Sheena Lopes, Khaelee Mae,

Kelly Martin-Young, Haruka Miura, Risako Mise, Morgana Murdoch, Hokulani Mckeague, Alana Paiva, Isaac Pang, Avion Plummer, Pomaikai Ravey, Josiane Saccu, Marleena Sheffield, Trevor Slevin, Temau Teikitekahioho-Wolff, Gin Tezuka, Taylor Traub, Brenna Usher, Vanessa Winchester-Sye, Vivianne Yamanishi, Cheyne Yonemori, and Krisha Zane.

UH Hilo College of Pharmacy Names Spring 2016 Dean’s List

UH Hilo Inouye College of Pharmacy

The following students from the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo have been named to the Dean’s List for the 2016 spring semester:

Class of 2017: Sean Abreu, Trenton Aoki, Lena Asano, Robert Bautista, Mark Allen Bibera, Megan Calderwood, Christopher Cao, Rhea Castro, Nicole Chin, Francesco Console, Terri Anne Corpuz, Ronnijean Delenia, Christopher Diaz, Andy Diep, Mark Finlay, Madeline Fu, Audrey Fung, Gibe Gelan, Melissa Giachetti, Ryan Higa, Dann Hirayasu, Abraham Jose, David Khan, Mickey Ku, Shaun Lasky, Jaclyn Lee, Lauren Levine, Caleb Malinski, Sean Menda, Kevin Meno, Kelsea Mizusawa, Lauryn Mow, Jonathan Muna, Loc Ngo, Angela Nguyen, David Nguyen, Khanh Nicholas Nguyen, Phuc Nguyen, Kelia Parrilla, Asal Rafie Delijani, Kimberlee Roseman, Hannah Shin, Ryan Shiroma, Nadine So, Jaime-Rose Tangonan, Lillian Tran, Jenni Ueno, Hoa Vo, Hong Vong, Brenda Yuen, Zi Zhang

Class of 2018: Chelsea Aipoalani, Goody Cacal, Robby-Sean Cayetano, Matt Chen, Jane Choi, Karen Christian, Sara Evanko, Jennifer Fujio, Cierra Gauvin, Kelli Goo, Jui-Yu Kao, Jonathan Kataoka, Cindy Khamphaphanh, Macie Kim, Krystle Kiyuna, Bernice La, Tram Le, XuanLam Le, Jessica Lee, Nicolette Lew, Niaz Nafisi, Christopher Nakagawa, Kerri Nakatsu, Phuong Nguyen, Vicky Nguyen, Megan Olaguer, Marina Ortiz, Carli Owan, Joann Phan, Niko Pogorevcnik, Caroline Rhee, Lauren Sato, Andrew Skorheim, Lauren Skorheim, Mari Takushi, John James Taman, Lucilla Tong, Ha Tran, Vivian Tran, Paolo Vinh Tuan Truong, Quan Truong, Seungyeun Yoo

Class of 2019: Sydney Barney, Deniz Bicakci, Athena Borhauer, Rene-Scott Chavez, Samantha Gonzalez, Leigh Heffner, Vance Hill, Tyler Hirokawa, Preston Ho, Logan Kostur, Kevin Lei, Kate Malasig, Tyler Millar, Veronica Morales Colon, Jennifer Nguyen, Thu Nguyen, Kelsey Noetzelmann, Kara Paulachak, David Pham, Gam Phan, Rachel Randall, Jae Sung Shim, Shannon Trinh, Nicholas Tsoi, Ashley Uehara, Nancy Wong, Veronica Wong, Carrie Yeung

East Hawaii Natural Hazard Preparedness Workshop

Representatives Mark Nakashima, Clift Tsuji and Richard Onishi are hosting a free Natural Hazard Preparedness Workshop on June 25 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. East Hawaii residents can learn more about how to prepare their families and homes for natural disasters.

natural hazards handbook

The workshop will cover the University of Hawaii Sea Grant College Program’s Homeowner’s Handbook to Prepare for Natural Hazards including tsunami and hurricanes. Other topics will include emergency supplies, evacuation planning, sheltering in place, insurance and home retrofits.

Hawaii Sea Grant’s Homeowner’s Handbook to Prepare for Natural Hazards is available for download at: http://seagrant.soest.hawaii.edu/homeowners-handbook-prepare-natural-hazards

Please RSVP to reserve your seat by calling Rep. Nakashima’s office at 974-4000 ext. 6-6680, or email l.hasegawa@capitol.hawaii.gov

  • WHAT:  Natural Hazard Preparedness Workshop
  • WHEN:  Saturday, June 25, 2016,  9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • WHERE:  University of Hawaii at Hilo; UCB 100

Hawaiʻi CC-Pālamanui Offering Guided Tours

Hawaiʻi Community College—Pālamanui will host a series of guided tours on Wednesdays in June.

Hawaʻi CC–Pālamanui buildings

Hawaʻi CC–Pālamanui buildings

The tours will give prospective students and other community members the opportunity to see the new, sustainably designed facilities in North Kona and to learn more about the academic programs and how to apply.

“We are excited to be approaching our second academic year at our new state-of-the-art campus,” said Pālamanui Director Marty Fletcher. “Our facilities and programs are a valuable resource for West Hawaiʻi, and we want to ensure residents have an opportunity to get to know the campus.”

Pālamanui Tour Schedule:

  • June 8, 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
  • June 15, 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
  • June 22, 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
  • June 29, 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

To RSVP for a tour, please contact Pearla Haalilio at (808) 969-8824 or by email haalilio@hawaii.edu.

UH Hilo Announces College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management Spring 2016 Dean’s List

The following students in the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo received Dean’s List recognition for the spring 2016 semester:

UH Hilo Moniker

Bishop Akao, Calvin Arca, Shaye Lynn Baldos, Joshua Boranian, Whitney Boteilho, Talisa Caldwell, Pomaika`i Cathcart, Damon Ewen, Kyle Frazier, Adrian Frazier, Alyssa Fujii, Megan Fujitake, Kawaikapuokalani Genovia, Christian Grostick, Kelly Hodson, Kayuri Kadoya,

Laura Kelly, Jiang Li, Kawehi Lopez, Tyrus Moises, Risa Kabua Myazoe, Brandon Naihe, Michael Pamatat, Wesley Piena, Kodie Solis-Kalani, Kuupomaikai Stevens, Alexis Stubbs, Mark Tanouye, William Trammell, Justin Wada, Taite Winthers-Barcelona, and Timothy Zimmerman.

UH Hilo Announces College of Business and Economics Spring 2016 Dean’s List

The College of Business and Economics at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo recognizes its Dean’s List recipients for spring 2016:
UH Hilo Moniker
Caitlin Aiona, Melinda Alles, Scott Ashida, Heather Bartlett, Jeryl Bautista, Andrew Bayang, Julianna Blair, Nicole Bogert, Shanda Carvalho, Tierra Chess, Soo Bin Choi, Elijah Cruz, Carrie Day, Lorena Dela Cruz, Juan David Diaz Casallas, Jhoanne Domingo, Tai Shea Ekamrak, Taylor Escalona, Cyanne Fernandez, Gabriel Fry,

Kai Anthony Gaitley, Francine Andrei Gallego, Darcy Gaylord, Dakotah Graham, Victoria Haili, Mayu Hayano, Robert Huelskamp, Lara Hughes, Alexandra Huizar, Summer Ilac-Wong, Aisha Izuno, Nixon Jack, Lindsea Jones, Aysia Kaaumoana, Nicholas Kaya, Pihanakealoha Kea, Cherilyn Kelii, Zoe Kimura, Evan La Rochelle,

Marissa Lai, Crystal Leopoldino, Kyeton-Allen Littel, Eileen Liu, Xiaoting Liu, Cheyenne Losalio, Erik Anton Lund, Xianbin Meng, Raeann Mukini, Marvin Louis Nagtalon, Wyatt Nelson, Rebecca Nielsen, Bianca Novotna, Deanna Obenauf, Brandon Okimoto,

Adam Onishi, Amber Pabustan, Anthony Papoutsakis, Jazzle Paraiso, Ciarra-Lynn Parinas, Robert Parks, Jan Paulo Pascual, Koa Peterson, Chantee Poepoe-Vigil, Vester Robester, Alicia Rodriguez, Ang Sheng, Molly Souza, Danielle St.Pierre, Yoshito Tamaki, Jubylen Teehee,

Blake Philip Terry, Ke’ale Thornton, Ryan Torio, David Tottori, Dionn Tsue, Maria Vicente, Desborne Villaruel, Tatiyana Washington Bellamy, Travis Winters, Selisa Wright, Selisa Wright, Kristen Yagi, Tahiya Zaman, Krisha Zane, Jiyao Zhang, and Yuye Zhao.

UH Hilo Announces College of Arts and Sciences Spring 2016 Dean’s List

The following students in the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo College of Arts and Sciences were named to the Dean’s List for spring 2016:

UH Hilo Moniker

Shannon Abarra, Richard Abbley, Taylor Acheson, Jenna Acia, Shelie M. Acoba, BJ Isaac Acosta, Anthony Actouka, Clifford Agcaoili, Alexandria Agdeppa, Devon Aguiar, Isaac Ahuna, Rhonda Akano, Leahi Akao, Roy Alameida, Jessalyn Albano, Jeannelle Alejo, Melinda Alles, Losalia Aloisio, John Alokoa, Alia Alvarez, Catherina Amantiad,

Frank A. Amdal, Aalona Amimoto, Victoria E. Amundsen, Erica Amundson, Brian Anderson, Shalen Anderson, Shantel Antonio, Zion Apao, Ralph Aquino, Shaylyn Arakaki, David Arakawa, Justin Araki-Kwee, Theresa Arcilla, Jerome Arellano, D’Anna Asher, Scott Ashida, Lacey Astgen, Cameron Atsumi, Jessica Bailey, Michael Bailey, Kayla Bajo, Sharlene Bala, Valerie Balken, Zoe Banfield,

Ashley Barhite, Benedick Baris, Reagan Barnhart, Ruth Bascar-Sellars, Crystal-lynn Baysa, Catherine Bellefleur, Chase Benbow, Sarah Benner, Ryan Berengue, Chakra Best, Jahnu Best, Victoria Birrenbach, Vilde R. Bjoerdal, Allexandria Blacksmith, Ashton Blair, Julianna Blair, Henry Blake, Chelsea Blaquera, Katherine Bluhm, Stephen Bond, Kelsie Bork, Sarah Brakenwagen, Courtney A. Brock,

BreAnna Brown, Eleanor Brown, Matthew Brown, Harley Broyles, Rachel Bruck, Kathryn Brunk, Kailah Buchanan, Karley Burcena, Merritt Burch, Malia Byram, Ridge Cabaccang, Alexis Cabrera, Sheldon Cabudol, Leischene Calingangan, Keala Campbell, Amanda Canda, Kirsten Cannoles, Tiari Carreira, Nicholas Carrion, Anne Carsey, Micah Carter, Kanoeuluwehianu Case, Jennifer Castro,

Kahana Cazimero, Isabella Cebreros, Jennifer Chai, Cibyl Chan, Roget Chan, Andy Chang, Maggie Chen, Edward Cheng, Kate Chikasuye, Cheuk Wang Chiu, Adam Chong, Christopher Chow, Ka Hei G. Choy, Kobie Clarke, Heather Coad, Zoe Coffman, Angela Colon, Adam S. Colton, Brandie Colwell, Stefan Coney, Michael Coombs, Cletus Correia, Presley Coryell, Alysha Cosier, Clarence Cottrell, Seneca Cox,

Janelle Coy, Cory Craig, Leanne Crain, Tifaine Crivello, Trixie A. Croad, John Crommelin, Kawelina Cruz, Justin Cueva, Jasmin Curiel, Uilani Dasalla, Theodore Dawson, Laura Deaton, Kaylee Decambra, Edwina Degrood, Theodore DeRego, Billi Derleth, Ileana Derouin-Loando, Erin Dewing, Abbie DeWitte, Danielle Dodge, Lorelei M. Domingo, Princess Dianne Domingo, Ryan Domingo, Jasmine Donner, Sadie Dossett, Cortney Dougherty, Mike Dowsett, James Drescher, Julie Duhaylongsod, Sarah Dunaway, Jennifer Eastin,

Raelyn Eckert, Jacqueline Economy, Jamie Economy, Jon Ehrenberg, Cale Elliott, Sara Ellsworth, Remedios Epp, Sara Erickson, Raynell Espaniola, Kelsie Espiritu-Tanabe, Damon Ewen, Jade Farmer, Heidi Featherstone, Maria M. Feldt, Sarah Ferguson, Taysia Figueroa, Kelsey Foreman-Bunting, Aubrey Foulk, Jeena Franco, Mitchell Fraser, Ella R. Fregeau Olmstead, Dallas Freitas, Esther Frost, Bailey Fuchs, Brittany Fuemmeler, Shaylyn Fujii, Kellsie Fujimoto,

Ashley Fukuchi, Maki Fukuhara, Trent Furuta, Dylan Gable, Nicholas Galliani, April Gaoiran, Nicole Garcia, Zachary Geisterfer, StacyMae Gelacio, Meghan George, Emma-Lei Gerrish, Tuan Giai Giang, Kahri Golden, Kassidy Gonsalves, Annabel Gonzalez, Acacia Goo, Rachel Gorenflo, Beverly A. Gorospe, Marc D. Grande, Siera Green,

Zechariah Greene, Rachel A. Greer-Smith, Chrisovolandou Gronowski, Riana Grothmann, Rihei Grothmann, Heidi Guan, Alexander Guerrero, Natalie Hagemann, Brittany Hale, Carli Hand, Kye Harford, Arielle Harnik, Molly Harris, Rose Hart, Bridge Hartman, Stephen Hasegawa, Alexander Hedglen, Dakota Helfrich, John Herman, Rachel Heu, Brad Higa, Tyler Hoffman, Tiana Honda,

Lauren Hong, Alena Hookano, Tanya Hooper, Trenton Hooper, Alyssa Hoshide, Jordan Howard, Kainoa Howard, Samantha Howell, ZhiLing Huang, Robert Huelskamp, Adrian Huff, Brianne Huggins, Jonathan Hults-Ferko, Thien Huynh, Laura Ibbotson, Andi Igawa, Kadi Igawa, Alleonore-Destiny Iguin, Runa Ikeno, Kayla Ing, Ching Ip, Courtney Ip, Sepe S. Isaac, Joanne Isabella, Yui Isogai, Cameron Ita, Daylen Ita,

Alexa Jacobs, Dana J. Jennings, Bethanie Johnson, Lindsay Johnson, Casey Jones, Kailani Jones, Mikayla Jones, Jamie Josephson, Jessica J. Julian, Jessica Justo, Kahuliau Kaai, Kayuri Kadoya, Natasha Kahana, Shaylyn Kahawai, Kelii Kailipaka, Kahoruko Kajiya, Nainoa Kalaukoa, Ellie-Jean Kalawe, Bree Kalima, Tayler Kaniho, Vebjoern Karisari, Melvalee Kaulia, Germaine Kaululaau, Hokuto Kawashima,

Jill Keely, Joanne Keliikoa, Bianca Keohokapu, Micah Kerr, Ada Kettner, Chantelle Kiessner, Bokyung Kim, Chan Gyeom Kim, Mary L. Kimura, Andrew J. H. Kinloch, Rachel Kishimoto, Joshua Kitagawa, Keely Kitamura, Faasalafa Kitiona, Rachel Klein, Alexandra Kler Lago, William Kobus, Kamrie Koi, Cody Kojima, Felicia Kolb, Lisa Kosilla, Maya Kottwitz, Ayaka Koyama, Michelle Kuehn, Johann Kuipers, Morgan Kultala, Desmond K. K. Lai, Mia Lamirand,

Brittney Lane, Danielle Larson, Samantha Lathrop, Brandon Lau, Joshua Lawcock, Da Hai Lee, Robert Lee, Shalyn Lewis, QiXin Li, Hannah Lipman, Eileen Liu, Emerson J. Llaguno, Gerard Lono, Piikea Lono, Sheena Lopes, Kawehi Lopez, Catherine Lord, Kristi Lovell, Michael Lovell, Noelle Lovesy, Rebekah Loving, Vanessa Lua, Sharlene Macasieb, Kimberly Magsipoc, Lily Mahan, Brandon Mahle,

Wilson Malone, Danielle Marrufo, Kelly Martin-Young, Shae Massie, Anna C. Masuda, Carle-Ann Mata, Moriah Mathson, Kasey Matsumoto, Kelley Matsumoto, Aspen Mauch, Michelle Mazzetti, Shaina McEnroe, Meghan McGrath, Kayla McKown, Jared McLean, Brendan McQuillan, Korin Medeiros, Leslie Medina, Matthew Merritt, Zoey Meyers, William Midgley, Anna B. Mikkelsen, Bryce Miles-Leighton, Zayin Minia, Risako Mise, Lauren Mizuba, Nicole Monette,

Ariel Moniz, Brendan Moore, Ariyana Moran, Juliann Morris, Candice Moses, Meghan Mulley, Jenny Nagatori, Brandon Naihe, Lorelei Nakagawa, Tori Nakagawa, Richard Nakamura, Blayne Nakasone Sakata, Joseph Nakoa, Robynn A. Namnama, Kirstie Naone, Jordan L. Nauka, Ariel Navarro, Shanice Navarro, Christopher Nelson, Nena Nena Jr., Keith Nerida, Kelsey Nguyen, Cameron Nicholson, Richelle G. Nicolas, Keenan Nishioka, Dylan Oakes, Aaron O’Connor, Ryuta Ogawa, Helio M. A. Oliveira De Araujo, Morgan Olson, Nicole Ortiz,

Jebe G. Pacris, John D. Padapat, Isaac Pang, Jessica Pang, Jannah Pante, Pauleen Pante, Joshua Parep, Ciarra-Lynn Parinas, John Parker, Kailey Pascoe, Ishani S. S. Patel, Tyson Pavao, Leomanaolamaikalani Peleiholani Blankenfeld, Ulupuamahinamaikalani Peleiholani-Blankenfeld, Graham Pernell,

Trevor Perry, Mark Petner, Sharon Petrosky, Terri Pinyerd, Avion Plummer, Wakea Po, Michelle Popek, Arwen Potochney, Gavrielle Pressman, Froile Queja, Kylee Quevedo, Jasmin M. Quiamas, Natalie Quinajon, Sheri Quon, David J. Ramones, Crystal Rances, Kaylee Rapoza, Kaydee Rapozo, Nicole Rascon, Larry Rawlins, Evangeline Raza, Keana Rees, Marleah Renti Cruz, Chelsea Requelman,

Ashley A. Resurreccion, Travis Richard, Taumie Richie, Emily Risley, Tatiana Robson, Ashley Romero, Shyla Ronia, Kainoa Rosa, Megan Rose, Robin Rudolph, Nina Sabahi, Josiane Saccu, Melanie Sacro, Tessie Sadino, Julie A. Sagabaen, Gabriella Sanchez, Chelsea Sato, Jacey Savage, Kristen Savea, Tomoki Sawada, Tatianna Schenk-Lee,

Crystal Schiszler, Dehrich Schmidt-Chya, Sinead Scholl, James Scott, Artem Sergeyev, Ishael Shaw-De Mello, Marleena Sheffield, Ang Sheng, Albert Shim, Jaci Shinoda, Keani Shirai, Kayla Shiroma, Keian Shon, Sabrina Shores, Malia Silva, Lindsay Simmons, Heather Simon, Hazel F. Sivila, Trevor Slevin, James Smith, Kathleen Smith, Kiana Soloria, Carrie Soo Hoo, Krismon Sotiangco, Megan Souza, Sarah O. L. C. Spicer, Jamie N. Sporcic, Lauren Spreen, Kimberlee Staats,

Ryan Stack, Ashlin Stahlberg, Erin Stamper, Maria Steadmon, Angelica Steele, Emma Stevens, Marguerite Stith, Taylor Stokesbary, Jeremiah Storie, Tiffany Stranathan, Marley Strand-Nicolaisen, Cole Stremski-Borero, Jason Su, Kylee Sullivan, Taliesin Sumner, Tyler Sumner, Sarah Swenson, Randolph Tafua, Irie Taguchi, Ryan Taifane, Peniamina Taii, Erlynn Takahashi, Melia Takakusagi, Casey Tamura, Chiko Tanahara, Devin Tanaka, Victoria Taomia, Morgan Tate,

Reuben Tate, Temau Teikitekahioho-Wolff, Allicyn Texeira, Gin Tezuka, Travis Thieme, Ginger Thomas, Melanie Thomason, Pueo Tinglin, Julie Tom, Kaycie Tomei, Shonosuke Tomomatsu, Ashley C. Tomori, Brandon Tomota, Ryotaro Toshima, Irene Transfiguracion, Taylor Traub, Kyndra Trevino-Scott, Saori Uchida, Sabrina Uchino,

Lavin Uehara, Mary-Fem Urena, Brenna Usher, Aundrea Vidal, Lixie A. Villanueva, Leilani VisikoKnox-Johnson, Anthony Vizzone, Michael Voight, Ashley Vongsy, Kaipoleimanu Wahinepio, Shayla Waiki, Amirah Waite, George R. Wakefield, Jasmin Wamar-Deponte, HeNaniNoOeKaWahineUioIkePono Wandasan, Kenton Wandasan,

Seng-Khooi Wang, Jordyn Waracka, Vernon Warnock, Sondra Warren, Valerie K. Wasser, Evan Watanabe, Joerg M. Weber, John Whitworth, Brian Wild, Magnus Wilhelmsen, Alexis Williams, Leah Wilson, Skyla Wilson, Vanessa Winchester-Sye, Michelle Winkler, Ashley Winslow, Tanya Wong, Tiana Wong, Chayata Wongpojanee,

Daniel Wright, Chelsie Wung, Marilyn Yamamoto, Phillip Yawata, Miho Yokotani, Cheyne Yonemori, Sayuri Yoshimura, Deanna Young, Tyler Young, Anwar A. Yu, Hye Lin Yu, Trisha Yuen, Jacqueline Yuw, Luana Zablan, Nils Zahn, Turfa Zaman, and Yeva Zobova.

UH Hilo’s Lam Receives Prestigious Fulbright Award

Carolina Lam, director of global education at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Center for Global Education and Exchange, has received a prestigious Fulbright International Education Administrators (IEA) Award to visit South Korea.

Carolina Lam, Director, Global Education at UH Hilo

Carolina Lam, Director, Global Education at UH Hilo

The purpose of the program is to provide international education administrators an opportunity to learn about the host country’s educational system and network with Korean and U.S. cohort colleagues. Lam will spend two weeks in June traveling throughout South Korea, meeting with representatives from the country’s universities, along with selected government and private sector agencies.

“I am honored to have been selected to participate in this program,” Lam said. “I look forward to learning more about South Korea’s culture and educational system, and visiting with at least four of our 11 partner universities that are located there.”

The IEA award is part of the Fulbright Scholar program, which sends approximately 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals abroad each year. Fulbright programs are international education exchanges that are sponsored by the U.S. government and designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries.

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UH Hilo Announces 2015-16 Ka Lama Ku Student Leadership Awards

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Campus Center Leadership Program recently presented Ka Lama Ku Student Leadership Recognition awards and certificates to individuals and student organizations for their contributions to UH Hilo and the community during the 2015-2016 school year.

The Ka Lama Ku Umeke Awards and a Ka Lama Ku Award Plaque were presented to:

• Alaka‘i Certificate of Leadership: Destiny Rodriguez
• ˋIke Pāpālua Certificate of Leadership To Have the Gift of Vision: Mya Yee Nandar
• Laulima Award – No Task is Too Big When Done by All: Rose Hart
• Mālama Award – Taking Care of Others & Community: Serena Massrey
• Mālama ˋOhana Award – Taking Care of Our Families: Lauryn P. Mow
• Ka Lama Ku Recognition Plaque: Matthew Groulx

The Ka Lama Ku Leadership Plaque recognized student organizations for contributions to UH Hilo and Hawai’i Island communities:

• Alakai Award Plaque: The Pacific Youth Empowerment Day Team (Theresa Kimnoy Aten, Sinforsa Suzie Lippwe, Sione Lam Yuen Jr., Felicia Andrew, Axel Defngin, Bill Kennedy Yang, Lashay Masami, Jacob Kom, Elaine Chugen and Cheryll Ligohr

• ˋIke Pāpālua Award Plaque – To Have the Gift of Vision.: The Pacific Students Media Team (Calvin Myazoe ( Marshallese), Erbiland Mandira (Marshallese) Kathleen Gikbay (Yapese), Axel Defngin (Yapese), Bill Kennedy Yang (Kosraen/Pohnpeian), Vester Robester (Yapese/Pohnpeian) and Peter P Ramofolo (Solomon Islander)

• Kuleana Award Plaque – We are Accountable & Responsible: The Psychology and Kinesiology & Exercise Science Peer Advising Team (Alia Alvarez, Salamasina Aumua, Henry Blake, Bree Kalima, Keirsa Pakani-Tsukiyama, Nicole Rascon, Bailey Rodriguez, Keian Shon, Bennjamin Siemers and Ashley Winslow)

• Mālama Award Plaque – Taking Care of Others and Community: The Kanilehua Living Learning Community Peer Mentors/Tutors ( Bronson Palupe, Austin Awana, Abcde Zoller and Ashlen Kinilau)

The Certificate of Leadership was presented to:

• Alaka‘i Certificate – Leadership: Kailey Lapenia
• Kuleana Certificate – We are Accountable & Responsible: Bree Kalima
• Laulima Certificate – No Task is Too Big When Done by All: The UH Hilo Graduate Student Council (Heather Kimball, Deborah Michiko Fried, Samuel Kamu Plunkett and Summer Danner)
• Mālama ‘Āina Certificate – Taking Care of the Land and Environment: Kiana Soloria
• Mālama ‘Ohana Certificate – Taking Care of our Families: Koa Rodrigues

The Ka Lama Ku Student Leadership Program is sponsored by the UH Hilo Campus Center Fee Board, the Student Advisory Council, and Student Activities Council.

Jimmy Yagi Summer Hoops Camp Returns to Hilo

The Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation invites keiki basketball players to the 4th Annual Jimmy Yagi Summer Hoops Camp that returns to Hilo July 26-29.

YagiOpen to boys and girls 9 to 17 years old, the Jimmy Yagi Summer Hoops Camp will be held at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium and the Pana‘ewa Covered Play Courts, which feature new flooring.

David Kaneshiro, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo head women’s basketball coach, and GE Coleman, UH-Hilo head men’s coach, will serve as lead clinicians. Each will share basketball expertise and offer personalized instruction during the four-day camp. Assisting the Vulcan coaches will be Daphne Honma, Honoka‘a High School girls basketball coach, previous Division II coach of the year, and former UH-Hilo head women’s basketball coach. Additional college and high school coaches have been invited to be camp clinicians.

A team of coaches will instruct and supervise campers as they practice agility, ball-handling and other drills during morning skill sessions. Following a lunch break, players will showcase what they’ve learned by competing in games expected to last until about 3:30 p.m. each day. Special awards will be presented to outstanding participants at the close of Friday’s session.

The registration fee is $60 per child. The fee will increase to $70 for players registering after Tuesday, July 12. All participants will receive a camp shirt and group photo. Please make checks payable to the County Director of Finance and include the note “Jimmy Yagi Summer Hoops Camp.”

Registration forms are available at the Department’s Recreation office located within Aunty Sally Kaleohano’s Lū‘au Hale at 799 Pi‘ilani Street in Hilo, county gyms islandwide, and online at http://www.hawaiicounty.gov/parks-and-recreation/.

The Jimmy Yagi Summer Hoops Camp is named in honor of the legendary former UH-Hilo men’s basketball coach who helped guide the Vulcans-Hawai‘i Basketball School for 37 years.

For more information, please contact Jason Armstrong, Public Information Officer, at 961-8311 or jarmstrong@hawaiicounty.gov.

2016 UH Hilo Awards and Recognition Celebration Awardees

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo honored several members of the University community at its 2016 Awards and Recognition Celebration held on Thursday, May 5.
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Mathematics Professor Dr. Mitch Anderson was presented with the Excellence in Service Award, given to a faculty or professional staff for service-related professional skills to UH Hilo and the community.

Anderson is one of the most active professors in the UH Hilo Faculty Congress and the go-to faculty member for program review, assessment and accreditation, one nominator noted. He was a key author of the new Program Review Handbook that went into effect two years ago, and also spearheaded one of the nation’s biggest mathematical curricular redesigns by working with the State Department of Education to align its mathematics curriculum to state Common Core Standards (CCSS). His efforts have helped make Hawai’i a model for curricular alignment to CCSS.

Kaliko Trapp, lecturer, Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language, received the Distinguished Service Award for Improving Student Life for making outstanding contributions beyond the boundaries of his official responsibilities.

His student nominator, Vanessa Winchester-Sai, who is largely confined to a wheelchair, credits Trapp with helping her get the most out of her educational experience. In addition to being an instructor, he provided the technical accommodations necessary for Winchester-Sai to participate in her other classes as well. She said Trapp has made a profound difference in her life, for which she is eternally grateful.

The Pūlama ʻIke Award, which recognizes a significant contribution to developing and promoting the spirit and mission of the University, was presented to Gail Makuakāne-Lundin, interim vice chancellor for student affairs.

As a member of UH President David Lassner’s Hawai’i Papa O Ke Ao task force to indigenize each campus, she has spearheaded activities to increase student success, faculty and staff development, and institutional and extramural funding. Makuakāne-Lundin has led the Kupa ʻĀina Summer Bridge program with Kamehameha Schools, which provides incoming students with a six-week residential experience focused on cultivating academic learning, personal development and professional skill sets. Her U.S. Department of Education grant-funded Ho’okahua initiative provided $1 million in improvements and renovations to the Hale Kanilehua dormitory while funding a Scholars-in-Residence program that included Dr. Manulani Meyer and Keali’i Reichel among its participants.

Dr. Mahavir Chougule, associate professor, department of pharmaceutical sciences, was awarded the Koichi and Taniyo Taniguchi Award for Excellence and Innovation, which recognizes creativity in teaching, scholarship and artistic production at UH Hilo.

Chougule has contributed to UH Hilo’s training and research mission with innovative nanotechnology research, focusing on targeted delivery to improve the therapeutic outcomes of diseases such as cancer and asthma that resulted in filing a provisional application for a patent. His research has led to establishment of the first nanotechnology-based extramural funded lung cancer and asthma program in the State of Hawaiʻi, bringing national recognition to the University in the form of the American Association of Cancer Research Minority-Serving Institution Faculty Scholar in Cancer Research Award.

The Excellence in Building & Grounds Maintenance Award was presented to Kevin Hand, the University’s electrician.

Hand is currently UH Hilo’s only electrician, who is currently working on a campus-wide lighting conversion. The replacement of old fluorescent light fixtures with modern LED fixtures is enabling the University to maintain existing light levels with half as many lights, while saving an estimated 60 percent on electricity for lighting. He has also helped beautify the grounds and buildings by installing new conduits inside and underneath buildings.

Jamie Ouye, Housing’s senior resident student assistant, was named Student Employee of the Year.

Selected for a strong work ethic and attention to detail, Ouye plans and implements engaging training and staff outreach, and has coordinated various informational outreach and awareness programs, such as suicidal ideation, the effects of bullying, stress management, and the importance of community service. Ouye was also credited for going the extra mile for her co-workers by covering shifts during breaks and holidays to allow them to travel home to visit family.

The event also recognized retired employees and those receiving various years of service awards.

Big Island Entrepreneurs Launch $25,000 Business Plan Competition

Two long-time Big Island businessmen are aiming to give would-be entrepreneurs a serious jump start.

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World-renowned aquaculture expert Dr. Jim Wyban and Kelly Moran, President/Founder of Hilo Brokers, are co-chairing the upcoming “Best Big Island Business Plan” competition, to be hosted by the University of Hawaii at Hilo in the fall of 2016.

At stake is a total of $25,000 in seed money from a variety of sponsors including the Natural Energy Lab, the Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce and the Ulupono Initiative..  Entry is open to any and all types of businesses, from Astronomy and Agriculture to Technology and Tourism.

“As long as it’s Big Island-based, it qualifies,” explains Moran, adding, “there’s so much talent out there, and this is a great opportunity to fast-forward someone’s killer concept.”

But the purpose of the competition goes beyond jump-starting a lone entrepreneur or co-op.  Both men are confident that by encouraging budding businesses to put their ideas forward, a better entrepreneurial ecosystem can be built on the Big Island.

“Good ideas can’t thrive in isolation,” describes Dr. Wyban, adding, “it takes peers, mentors and even competitors to push a venture to its full potential.”

Dr. Wyban speaks from experience.  An aquaculture pioneer, he helped to develop pathogen-free shrimp varieties that helped to quadruple global production before selling his technology to a multinational corporation.

Moran is a 30-year real estate veteran, who has overseen more than $500 million worth of transactions in his career.

Plan entries are being accepted now.  Competition proceedings will be held at the University of Hawaii at Hilo in the Fall 2016 semester, exact date and time to be announced.

For more information on the competition and to download entry forms, visit the Best Big Island Business Plan’s website at www.BBIBP.org.

Questions can be directed to Dr. Wyban by emailing jim@BBIBP.org.