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Senator Kahele to Kick-Off Statewide Higher Education Tour at UH Hilo Next Wednesday

State Senator Kaiali‘i Kahele, Chair of the Senate Committee on Higher Education, is announcing a statewide higher education tour for its committee members. The tour will also include discussions with students, faculty, staff and administrators, that will focus on “transforming the University of Hawai‘i System for the next decade.” Arrangements are being made to visit all 10 University of Hawai‘i System campuses and affiliated education centers this fall as follows:

  • University of Hawai‘i at Hilo 
  • University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa 
  • University of Hawai‘i at West Oahu 
  • University of Hawai‘i Maui College 
  • Hawai‘i Community College (Hilo) 
  • Honolulu Community College 
  • Kapi‘olani Community College 
  • Leeward Community College 
  • Windward Community College 
  • Kaua‘i Community College 
  • Hawai‘i Community College – Pālamanui (Kona) 
  • North Hawai‘i Education and Research Center (Honoka‘a) 
  • Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology (Kaneohe)

To kick off the statewide tour, Senator Kahele is hosting an East Hawai‘i Higher Education Town Hall on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at UH Hilo in UCB100. Topics of discussion will include leadership, enrollment, tuition, governance, student life, facilities, athletics, community engagement and new programs. University of Hawai‘i at Hilo and Hawai‘i Community College students, faculty, staff, administrators and the community are encouraged to attend.

For questions regarding the higher education statewide tour or the town hall meeting, please contact the office of Sen. Kahele at 808-586-6760 or senkkahele@capitol.hawaii.gov.

THE HAWAII PROMISE – Nearly 1,000 Students Awarded Hawai’i Promise Scholarships

Almost 1,000 students from the University of Hawaiʻi’s seven community colleges have been awarded Hawaiʻi Promise scholarships for the 2017 fall semester. This represents about 4 percent of the 23,000 students currently enrolled at UH Community Colleges.

Windward Community College

The scholarships are designed to remove all cost barriers to attending UH Community Colleges, which have already been recognized among the most affordable two-year public institutions in the nation. An estimated $1.4 million in Hawaiʻi Promise scholarships has been awarded, and the average scholarship per student is $1,416.

Hawaiʻi Promise provides aid for any financial needs not met by other forms of financial aid, such as federal grants and benefits and scholarships from UH or other sources. Its goal is to provide free in-state tuition for qualified UH Community College students and covers tuition, fees, books, supplies and transportation.

The governor and the legislature recognized the importance of this program and the need for those last dollars to make it possible for qualified students to go to college.
—John Morton

UH Vice President John Morton credits Gov. David Ige and the state legislature, which appropriated $1.8 million during the 2017 session for each year of the fiscal biennium 2018 and 2019 through the state budget bill.

“The governor and the legislature recognized the importance of this program and the need for those last dollars to make it possible for qualified students to go to college,” said Morton. “We thank them for their support and their vision.”

“Programs such as Hawaiʻi Promise remove cost barriers for anyone who wants to attend college, clearing the path for community college students to complete their education,” Ige said. “Higher education is the key to higher paying jobs and a better quality of life.”

Morton also noted that the UH Board of Regents first supported and approved the proposal for the Hawaiʻi Promise scholarship program in 2016. It was part of Gov. Ige’s executive package, and both houses introduced Hawaiʻi Promise bills in 2017.

How Hawaiʻi Promise works

There are a number of steps for students to qualify for a Hawaiʻi Promise scholarship. First, a student must apply for federal financial aid, by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The federal government calculates the Expected Family Contribution, or what the student’s family can afford to pay. Twenty-five per cent of the expected family contribution is applied to direct costs of attending college—tuition, fees, books supplies and local transportation. The balance of the family contribution is applied to room board and personal expenses.

If eligible, a student may then be awarded Pell grant and Supplemental Education Opportunity grant money. A student may also be awarded various UH and UH Foundation scholarships and/or scholarships from other sources.

If all these grants and award reviews are completed and the student still has unmet need for direct costs, such as tuition, fees and books, the student receives a Hawaiʻi Promise scholarship to cover any unmet direct costs.

National recognition

Hawaiʻi Promise has already caught the eye of the College Promise Campaign, a nonpartisan, nonprofit higher-education initiative to build widespread support for funding the first two years of a community college education. The campaign is chaired by Jill Biden and former Wyoming Gov. Jim Geringer.

“The College Promise Campaign is delighted that Hawaiʻi has joined the rapidly growing list of states and communities expanding opportunity for students to complete an undergraduate degree or technical certificate without bearing the burden of unmanageable college debt,” said Martha Kanter, executive director of the College Promise Campaign. “The Hawaiʻi Promise extends educational opportunity to students of any age, including many who never imagined they could afford to go to college.”

Spring semester 2018

UH Community Colleges are encouraging even more students to enroll and apply for the Hawaiʻi Promise scholarships for the spring semester.

“Even though we are already among the most affordable two-year public higher education institutions in the nation, we want to make sure we meet the needs of every Hawaiʻi citizen who has a desire to better their life through higher education,” said Morton.

To apply for a Hawaiʻi Promise scholarship, contact the UH System Financial Office at (808) 956-8753 or uhsfao@hawaii.edu.

College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management Dean’s List, Spring 2017

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 2017 semester:

Bishop Akao, Tiera Arakawa, Joshua Arizumi, Joshua Boranian, Edward Bufil, Pomaika`i Cathcart, Vincent Chang, Gema Cobian Gutierrez, Lexi Dalmacio, Alexandra Doi, Jesse Felts, Brandon Field, Kawaikapuokalani Genovia, Christian Grostick, Clarissa Guerrero, Johnny Jaime, Erin Kurdelmeyer, Jaylin Millan, Kassie-Lynn Miyataki, Kari Olson, Eissas Ouk, Nathan Pallett, Michael Pamatat, Maria Parker, Wesley Piena, Faamanu Puaina, Jacque Raymond, Connor Rhyno, Kaitlyn Rieber, Romance Romero, Salvatore Satullo, Kuupomaikai Stevens, Mark Tanouye, Emma Tiffan, and Jodie Van Cleave.

UH Hilo Adds Australia to List of Countries with Formal Collaborative Ties

Student pharmacists at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy (DKICP) are now able to formally expand their educational experiences to the Land Down Under following an agreement with an educational partner in Australia.

UH Hilo has signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Blackmores Institute, an academic and research organization headquartered in the northern Sydney suburb of Warriewood, New South Wales.

“We are excited to partner with Blackmores Institute,” said DKICP Dean Carolyn Ma. “This MOU signifies our commitment to giving our students the most competitive education possible while fulfilling our mission to establish a global identity.”

The agreement establishes a program called the “U.S. BI Student Pharmacist Intern Program” that promotes the exchange of international experiences. Students will have the opportunity to get credit through elective Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience courses, which all fourth-year students in the professional program must take before obtaining a Pharm.D.

“Blackmores Institute’s focus on advancing the knowledge and research on complementary medicine dovetails nicely with our own emphasis on natural products,” said Ma.

Blackmores Institute, with regional offices in Singapore and Malaysia, is the academic and professional arm of Blackmores Limited, an Australian natural health company. In addition to UH Hilo, the Institute also collaborates with Taylor’s University in Malaysia and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia.

Leslie Braun, director of Blackmores Institute, said that DKICP’s student pharmacist intern program supports their commitment to developing and delivering education that translates evidence into practical skills relevant to contemporary pharmacy practice and patient-centered care.

“Blackmores Institute welcomes this new MOU with UH Hilo as an opportunity to work with a like-minded body in advancing the quality use of complementary medicine in pharmacy practice,” Braun said. “We look forward to a mutually rewarding and productive collaboration with the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy.”

Ma said she looks forward to the possibility of expanding research and clinical practice opportunities among mutual partners.

“We already have in common working relationships with universities in Thailand, such as Chulalongkorn and Rangsit Universities, so we have a good start at developing new and exciting possibilities in the field of natural products health care,” Ma noted.

The first DKICP student pharmacists will travel to Australia for a six-week advanced fourth-year rotation later this fall.

UH Hilo HOSA Students Compete at International Leadership Conference

Students from the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo earned a pair of top three finishes at the 40th Annual HOSA (Health Occupation Students of America) -International Leadership Conference held recently in Orlando, Florida. The gathering featured 10,000 participants from across the nation, including 230 delegates from Hawaiʻi, along with teams from Mexico, Puerto Rico and Canada.
UH Hilo’s top performer was Chrisovolandou Gronowski, who placed 1st in Behavioral Health. Lark Jason Canico took top 10 honors in Prepared Speaking.

In team competition, HOSA at UH Hilo members Leslie Erece Arce, Marjie Ann Retundo and Jerold Alexis Cabel, placed 3rd in the Public Service Announcement event with their 30-second PSA on “My Preparedness Story: Staying Healthy and Resilient!”

UH Hilo Alumna Amerfil Grace Acob presided as the Hawaiʻi HOSA Postsecondary Collegiate Voting Delegate and participated in the election of the upcoming National HOSA Executive Council. Lorelei Domingo served as a member of the National HOSA conference staff. The Hilo HOSA Chapter was also recognized for its participation in the HOSA Happening event, where local chapters are required to submit a newsletter showcasing their activities and achievements.

Competition resumes in January 2018 with the Hawaiʻi Island HOSA Regional Conference at UH Hilo. Next year’s International Conference will be held in Dallas, Texas.

National Accreditation Board Approves Eight-Year Tenure for UH Hilo College of Pharmacy

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy (DKICP) has graduated to the next step in national recognition by attaining full accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) for a full eight years for the first time.
ACPE is the national accreditation body that evaluates all colleges of pharmacy in the nation. They sent the results after the June 21-24 Executive Board Meeting in Chicago to Chancellor Donald Straney and DKICP Dean Carolyn Ma.

“This is affirmation of the significance of maintaining excellence in all ways at UH Hilo,” said Chancellor Straney. “As DKICP passes the 10-year anniversary as the only College of Pharmacy in the Pacific Region, we can celebrate with all stakeholders, both at the University level and in the community, to recognize their hard work that has gotten us this far.”

DKICP was found to be “compliant” or “compliant with monitoring” in all 25 standards set by ACPE with no “partial” or “noncompliant” findings. In a prior ACPE evaluation in 2015, DKICP was granted full accreditation for two years with the provision that it was “contingent on continuous progress” and monitored by ACPE.

This year’s positive assessment was determined by a combination of a site visit as well as from a 110-page self-study compiled by faculty, staff, students, preceptors, administrators and community members from the Dean’s Advisory Council.

The ACPE survey team, representing faculty and administration from several notable pharmacy schools, practitioners in the field, and the ACPE accreditation staff, conducted the on-site evaluation in Hilo and Honolulu during the week of March 7-9.

According to their report, particular attention was made to the progress and changes that have occurred since the last focused on-site evaluation in fall 2014. It cited the appointment of a new dean as well as new chairs for each of the College’s departments.

The report to the Board noted that while research is still regarded critical activity for faculty, the College has revisited its mission and vision so that “evaluative expectations have been revised to more realistic levels.”

Other changes noted in the report include progress on construction for the College’s permanent building.

“As we all recall, accreditation was at risk previously when we couldn’t prove support for a permanent building,” Dean Ma said. “This time when the survey team visited, they could see concrete evidence that building has begun, and that we have a clear future. We are forever appreciative to the many members of our College, the community and the legislature who rallied behind us.”

Citing “good support” from the University, the report showed encouragement by future developments in interprofessional education, which includes working with members from medicine, nursing, pharmacy, social work and public health.

The accreditation term granted for the Doctor of Pharmacy program extends until June 30, 2025.

Hawai‘i Community College to Host Car Show Featuring Automotive Celebrity Charley Hutton

Hawai‘i Community College (Hawai’i CC) will host a car show on Saturday, July 15 with featured guest Charley Hutton, one of the most talented and well-known automotive painters and fabricators in the world.

The Hawai‘i Community College Auto Body Repair & Painting Car Show will be at the Manono campus in Hilo from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

During the week prior to the car show, Hutton will teach special workshops for Hawai‘i CC students in the Auto Body Repair & Painting Program (ABRP) and local industry professionals.

A Hawai’i CC Auto Body Repair & Painting student works in the paint booth at the campus in Hilo.

“We are honored Charley will visit us,” said ABRP instructor and alumnus of the program Garrett Fujioka. “This is an exciting opportunity for our students to learn from one of the best in the business. We are also thrilled to be hosting this car show, which will hopefully become an annual Hawai‘i CC tradition that helps inspire the next generation of local auto body repair and painting experts.”

A Porsche 356 Speedster rebuilt and painted by Hawai’i CC instructor Garrett Fujioka.

The car show will feature a variety of vehicles, including show cars, race cars, classics, imports, cruisers and trucks. The event will also feature door prizes every hour, refreshments, entertainment, and opportunities to meet Hutton. Any proceeds will benefit the ABRP Program.

About the Auto Body Program

The Hawai‘i CC Auto Body Repair & Painting Program offers an Associate of Applied Science degree and a Certificate of Achievement. The program provides classroom and hands-on live lab training that represents the latest technological trends in the industry. Alumni have established successful careers on Hawai‘i Island and elsewhere as auto repair professionals and business owners.

More about Charley Hutton

Hutton is the owner of Charley Hutton’s Color Studio and has appeared on reality television shows American Hot Rod and Overhaulin’. He is the winner of four Ridler Awards. The Ridler Award is given annually at Detroit Autorama to the hot rod that exhibits the highest degree of creativity, engineering and design. It is considered the most prestigious award of its kind.

Man Who Gave Native Bird its Hawaiian Name Given Citizen Conservationist Award

During a ceremony at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park today, Noah Gomes was honored with the second DLNR Citizen Conservationist award. Gomes, a park ranger is known here as someone who perpetuates Hawaiian culture in his interactions with visitors and always demonstrates the spirit of Aloha.

As a graduate student at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, Gomes conducted painstaking research in an effort to find the historical name for the endangered Hawai‘i Creeper. He pored through hundreds of pages of old Hawaiian newspapers and reviewed virtually every bit of literature he could find on the traditional name of the tiny forest bird.  In his thesis, which was published in the ‘Elepaio Journal, Gomes posited that the customary name of the Hawaiian Creeper is ‘Alawī.  This convinced the Hawaiian Lexicon Committee to approve the name.  The committee, established in 1987, approves the creation of words for concepts and material culture, unknown to Hawaiian ancestors.

DLNR First Deputy Director Kekoa Kaluhiwa presented the award to Gomes.  He said, “As a graduate student, Noah chose to research and review major literature on native Hawaiian birds by important authors in the late 19th and early 20th century to try and find a specific Hawaiian name for the Hawaii Creeper.  For more than a century there was no known Hawaiian name for this endangered bird.” In a statement read during today’s award ceremony Kaluhiwa added, “We are grateful for Noah’s efforts and hereby present him with a DLNR Citizen Conservationist Award, for his efforts to preserve our Native Hawaiian cultural heritage; in a time when birds like the ‘Alawī are endangered and even on the brink of extinction. His efforts help us all recognize not only the ecological importance of the ‘Alawī, but also the role it plays in our lives and those of our ancestors.

On May 31, 2017, during a naming ceremony for the ‘Alawī at the Pu‘u Maka‘ala Natural Area Reserve, not far from Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, Gomes did the blessing and led an ‘awa ceremony in honor of the bird’s naming. In remarks after he received his award Gomes explained, “This joined my life-long love of birds with my passion for Hawaiian culture and our language. I’m thrilled and honored to have been involved in the naming of the ‘Alawī.”

Alex Wang, (pronounced Wong) a bird specialist with the DLNR Natural Area Reserve program, and a Gomes’ friend commented, “Noah has such a deep sense of place and appreciation for native Hawaiian culture and what it represents to everyone, Hawaiian or not, living in these islands today.  He truly personifies the very best traits associated with the people of our host culture. In addition to what I expect will be many notable accomplishment in his future, he will be known in the history books as the person who named the ‘Alawī. and as Noah said how many of us are fortunate enough to marry a childhood fascination with a professional contribution to science and culture.”

The DLNR Citizen Conservationist Award program was established in early 2017 to recognize people in the community who go above and beyond to assist the department in fulfilling its mission of protecting the natural and cultural resources of Hawai‘i nei.

Applications Being Accepted for Youth Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Training

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Mānowai O Hanakahi program is currently accepting applications for its Youth Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Training course, to be held in Hilo Monday-Friday, June 26 – 30, from 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. at a location to be announced.

Hawaiʻi Island youth age 15 and above are encouraged to apply. Applicants interested in marine health, stewardship and related marine careers will be given special consideration. The application deadline is Friday, June 23.

The course is made possible through funding from the National Marine Fisheries Service Marine Education and Training Mini Grant program.

For session information and an application, visit: http://stem.hilo.hawaii.edu/manowai, call 933-0707, or email hperry@hawaii.edu.

UH Hilo Announces 2016-17 Ka Lama Ku Student Leadership Awards

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Campus Center Student 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 2016-17 school year.


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

  • Alaka`i Award–Leadership: Rebekah Loving (Mathematics)
  • `Ike Pāpālua Award-To Have the Gift of Vision: Elise Inouye
    (Communication and Gender and Women’s Studies)
  • Laulima Award – No Task is Too Big When Done by All: Justin Araki-Kwee (Computer Science and Japanese Studies)
  • Ka Lama Ku Koa Plaque Award: Alexandra Huizar (Business Administration)

Two student organizations were recognized with a Ka Lama Ku Leadership
Plaque for their contributions to UH Hilo and Hawai’i Island communities:

  • `Ike Pāpālua Award Plaque- To Have the Gift of Vision: Colleges Against Cancer (Alexandra Huizar, Brittney Luna, Ashley Maldonado, Sarah Kapalihiwa Bilyeu, Kash Laeda, Ali Nakata, Brooke Higa, Kimi Taguchi, Norie Anne Rosal Calit, Jade Wong, Misty Figuera, Jualin Sable Guting, Ruby Ann Sales, Ellie-Jean Kalawe, James Drescher, Sheryl Cariaga, Jayahmie Drio, Shaylyn Fujii, Erin McClure and Stacy Mae Gelacio)
  • Ka Lama Ku Hui Koa Award Plaque- Exemplifies the five values of Ka Lama Ku: Nā Haumāna Huaka`i i Kaho`olawe (Sarah Kapalihiwa Bilyeu, Sophie Kaleimomi Dolera, Joshua No`eau Kalima, Alana Kanahele, Sheena Kau`i Lopes, Aaron Kahea Morton, Isaac Ku`uiponohea Pang, Ulupuamahinamaikalani Peleiholani-Blankenfeld and Kiliona Young)

The Ka Lama Ku Certificate of Leadership was presented to individual students
and organizations in the following categories:

  • Alaka`i Certificate – Leadership: Kalaiakea Blakemore (Art)
  • Kuleana Certificate – We are Accountable and Responsible: Bennjamin P Siemers (Kinesiology Education) and the 2016-17 Psychology and Kinesiology and Exercise Science Peer Advising Team (Alia Alvarez, Cheyrub Cabarloc, Zach Gorski, Keian Shon, Julie Tom, Leahi Akao, Chelsea Mitsuda, Froile Queja, Kaylee Rapoza, Bennjamin Siemers, Roget Chan, Jamie Ouye and Gabriella Sanchez)
  • `Ike Pāpālua Certificate – To Have the Gift of Vision: Lara Hughes (Business Administration)
  • Mālama `Āina Certificate – Taking Care of the Land and Environment: Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science (Erin Busch, Keolohilani H Lopes Jr., Kailey Pascoe, Rose Hart and Jessica Kirkpatrick)
  • Mālama `Ohana Certificate – Taking Care of Our Families: Kanani Daley (Art)

The Ka Lama Ku Student Leadership Recognition Awards are sponsored by the UH Hilo Campus Center Fee Board, the Ka Lama Ku Student Advisory Council, the Student Activities Council, University Radio Hilo and Vulcan Video Productions, Ke Kalahea, and the Division of Student Affairs.

UH Hilo College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s List, Spring 2017

The following students in the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo College of Arts and Sciences received Dean’s List recognition for spring 2017:

Paige Aamoth, Eva Abraham, Jozie Acasio, Taylor Acheson, Kendra Adams, Clifford Agcaoili, Jaster Agcaoili, Keinan Agonias, Brandon Aguiar, Breanna Aguiar, Brandon Ajari, Rhonda Akano, Leahi Akao, Eric Alabanza, Jeannelle Alejo, Marife Allen, John Alokoa, Sylvia Amaral Arquitola, Brian Anderson, Kaleigh Anderson, Kinsley Anderson, Harrison Andina, Jenna Andre, Dwayne Anefal, Nicole Antonio,

Zion Apao, Ralph Aquino, Kathleen Aragon, David Arakawa, Justin Araki-Kwee, Tearina Asiata, Nicholas Asuncion, Braxston Bailey, Sharlene Bala, Kellsie Ballesteros, Sage Barcia, Kaitlin Barcoma, Ashley Barhite, Rachel Barletta, Reagan Barnhart, Joshua Bass, Natalie Baus, Crystal-lynn Baysa, Meyer Beckner, Chase Benbow, Eunice Bernal, Angelica Berson, Jahnu Best, Isabella Beuckens,

Kateleen C. Bio, Victoria Birrenbach, Kalaiakea Blakemore, Casey Blanchette, Chloe’ Blandino, Chelsea Blaquera, Zachary Block, Hannah Blue, Chad Booth, Jennifer Bragg, Andre Brouillette, Matthew Brown, Jennifer Bruce, Rachel Bruck, Kailah Buchanan, Amberly Buer, Malia Byram, Sydney Cabanas, Cheyrub Cabarloc, Jerold A. Cabel, Alexis Cabrera, Leischene Calingangan, Ryley Callaghan, Litah Campbell,

Amanda Canda, Kirsten Cannoles, Jessicamae Caravalho, Renee Carlson, Livia Carr, Nicholas Carrion, Anne Carsey, Briauna Carter, Micah Carter, Cjay Carvalho, Kyla-Jo Carvalho, Malia Case, Gisele Cassarotti Prescott, Genier M. Cayabyab, Kahana Cazimero, Talia Ceja, Allison Chai, Jennifer Chai, Justin Chandler, Andy Chang, Vincent Chang, Royce Chee, Pono Christianson, Victor Ciaramitaro, Kayla Clarke,

Ciera Cline, Ramzen Coakley, Zoe Coffman, Michael Coombs, Elyse Cote, Keri Coughlin, Monica L. Covarrubio, Seneca Cox, Brenna Cranswick, Tifaine Crivello, Trixie A. Croad, Cheyana Crossman, Angela Cruz, Kawelina Cruz, Patricia L. Cubangbang, Ramon Cubangbang, Caitlin Cullen, Claire Curley, Kendrick J. Dalmacio, Crystal Dasalla, Uilani Dasalla, Stephanie Dawrs, Tatiana De La Cruz,

Emily De Wulf, DaShon Dean, Ersa DeBrum, Kaylee Decambra, Edwina Degrood, Marissa Dellomo, Carey Demapan, Tyler DeNardo, Billi Derleth, Ileana Derouin-Loando, Ty Desa, Holly Diop, Savannah Directo, Lael Dobson, Kanoelani Dodd, Danielle Dodge, Lorelei M. Domingo, Princess Dianne Domingo, Joctan Dos Reis Lopes, Sadie Dossett, Jordan Drewer, Jennifer Eastin, Caili Ebaniz, Bryana-Marie Ebbers, Raelyn Eckert, Jamie Economy, Jon Ehrenberg, Kenji Emerson,

Kristel Emerson, Tiffany Erickson, Duke Escobar, Raynell Espaniola, Raeoirasor L. Espejo, Charlotte F. Esquida, Herbert Estes, Hannah Estrada, Starlyne Estrada, Mackay Eyster, Jade Farmer, Sheilla M. Felipe, Sarah Ferguson, Sharrylei Fernandez, Misty Figueira, David Finley, Caitlin Fisher, Rachel Fisher, Caralyn Fitzpatrick, Kelsey Foreman-Bunting, Mary Frame, Heidi Franz, Martabella Freedman, Silmai U. Fritz, Brittany Fuemmeler, Shaylyn Fujii, Maia Furer, Trent Furuta, Dylan Gable,

Alliya Gabriel, Dillon-Jon Gabriel, Maikai Gahan, Kai A. Gaitley, Nicholas Galliani, Gerenel Galvez, Cheryl L. Ganitano, April Gaoiran, Zachary Geisterfer, Jan Genovia, Noelani Gonzalez-Villanueva, Maya Goodoni, Alec Goodson, Rachel Gorenflo, Beverly A. Gorospe, Lila Gourd, Marc D. Grande, Raymond Greene, Piper Greenwood, Rachel A. Greer-Smith, Chrisovolandou Gronowski, Rihei Grothmann, Courtney Guirao,

Basu Guragain, Shirley Guzman, Ariel Halemano, Karise Hallsten, Quinn Hamamoto, Carli Hand, Koko Hanno, Ryan Hanoa, Shane Harrison, Bridge Hartman, Stephen Hasegawa, Dakota Helfrich, Tessa Henderson, Brad Higa, Brooke Higa, Kristie Hirai, Tiana Honda, Lauren Hong, Alena Hookano, Kainoa Howard, Kaitlyn Howe, Karlie Howe, Cooper Howlett, Sandra Huang, ZhiLing Huang,

Adrian Huff, Brianne Huggins, Nyree Hulme, Katya Hutchinson, Kimberly Hutchinson, Mi Huynh, Thien Huynh, Pomaikai Iaea, Laura Ibbotson, Andi Igawa, Marina Ignacio, Yukako Iha, Julia Ingledue, Austin Inouye, Elise Inouye, Courtney Ip, Joanne Isabella, Kristen Ishii, Brian Ishola, Daylen Ita, Miranda Jeffcoat, Kahele Joaquin, Beth Johnson, Cassandra Jones, Kailani Jones, Kyle Jones, Mikayla Jones,

Jamie Josephson, Kiilani Judd, Godfrey Julian, Polanimakamae Kahakalau, Kelii Kailipaka, Nainoa Kalaukoa, Brooke Kamahiai, Shaniya Kamakea-Wong, Keiki O Namahiai Kanahele-Santos, Anri Kasuga, Hokuto Kawashima, Emma Khachikian, Reyn Kihara, Mary L. Kimura, Joshua Kitagawa, Zena Kiyota, Casey Koi, Kamrie Koi, Rochelle Koi, Emilee Kojiro, Hyesun Kong, Krystle Koshiyama, Lisa Kosilla,

Britni Kualii, Kealiiahonui Kuikahi, John Kuroda, Mia Lamirand, Brandon Lau, Luana Lavatai, Joshua Lawcock, Jesse Leavitt, Laurel Ledward, Da Hai Lee, Robert Lee, John Leonard, Nathaniel Letro, Stephanie Letro, Rose Letuli, Shalyn Lewis, Braysen Libed, Cheryll Ligohr, Lee Linneman, Yan Liu, Kaila Lizama, Emerson J. Llaguno, Shaneese Longboy, Sheena Lopes, Emma Lorenz, Devynn Louie,

Kristi Lovell, Noelle Lovesy, Rebekah Loving, Jordana Lum, Brittany Luna, Susanne Lyle, Sharlene Macasieb, Omar Machado, Laurena Mack, Taylor-Keahi Macomber-Cobile, Taylor Madrid, Brandon Mahle, Jewel M. Malapitan, Ashley Maldonado, Michael Mandaquit, Elaine Manicke, Shelby Marhoefer, Danielle Marrufo, Hannah Marshal, Dario Martin, Katherine Martinez, Jaymie Masuda, Issha Mata, Abcde Matias, Kelley Matsumoto, Aspen Mauch, JoeAnna McDonald, Danielle McDowell,

Adam McGhee, Jared McLean, Heidi Medeiros, Lokella K. Medeiros, James Melcher, Luana Mendiola-Smith, Georgette Mercado, Anna B. Mikkelsen, Jordan Millwood, Zayin Minia, Jordan Mirels, Chelsea Mitsuda, James Miura, Kelsy Miyake-Kamahele, So Miyazawa, Melissa Mizuguchi, Melissa Moats, Sharyse Molina, Brendan Moore, Shawn Mori, Trevor Morison, Juliann Morris, Kialoa Mossman, Shane-Earl Naeole,

Amber Nagata, Tori Nakagawa, Blayne Nakasone Sakata, Sheena Nakata, Kirstie Naone, Brandon Neal, Christopher Nelson, Cameron Nicholson, Christine Nicolas, Crystal O’Brien, Nai‘a Odachi, Amy Odaira, Morgan Olson, Rachel Omori, Lorelei T. Padasdao, Matthew Paio, Mariah Paiste, Nathan Pallett, Isaac Pang, Maria R. Paragas, Tinzin Pasang, Shaelynn Pasco, Taylor Patrick, Tyson Pavao, Joel Paye,

Leomanaolamaikalani Peleiholani Blankenfeld, Christina Penney, Josefina M. Pereira, Douglas Phillips, Michelle Phillips, Eiesha Price, Michelle Proue, Ashley Pugh, Jasmin M. Quiamas, Natalie Quinajon, Sheri Quon, Tom C. Rafanan, Nicole Ramirez, Skye Rances, Kaydee Rapozo, James Reagan, Stacey Reed, Karl Reid, Samantha Reis, James C. Remengesau, Sharnelle Renti Cruz, Chelsea Requelman,

Manuelito K. Rey, Emily Risley, Anne Rivera, Haylee Roberts, Kyra Robinson, Saysha Rodero, Nikola Rodriguez, Ashley Romero, Norie-Anne Rosal Calit, Michaella Rosales, Nickolas Rosenberg, Hannah Rosenow, Robin Rudolph, Matthew Ruiz, David Russell, Nina Sabahi, Josiane Saccu, Melanie Sacro, Micheal A. Sagun, Michelle Sahagun, Ilysia S. Sana, Jacob Sands, Kayela Santiago, Shelbi Santiago,

Ryan T. Sasaki, Jacey Savage, Blessing Savusa, Steven Sayers, Alexa Schaefer, Kimberly Schmelz, Dehrich Schmidt-Chya, Stefanie Sciacca, Artem Sergeyev, Seth Shaikh, Ashley-Ann Shaw, Laura Shepherd, Leah Sheppard, Jessie C. E. Sheridan, Albert Shim, Jaci Shinoda, Keani Shirai, Chela Shiroma, Spencer Shiroma, Keian Shon, Sabrina Shores, Ian Shortridge, Heather Simon, Emma D. Sinclair,

Solomon Singer, Hazel F. Sivila, Alexa Smiley, Clara Smith, James Smith, Nicole Smith, Kiana Soloria, Krismon Sotiangco, Kalena Spinola, Kimberlee Staats, Ashlin Stahlberg, Edwin Stanberry, Maria Steadmon, Kyle Steckler, Angelica Steele, Phillip Steering, Justine Stensby, Marguerite Stith, Deneese Stone, Jeremiah Storie, Oliver M. Strachan, Tiffany Stranathan, Marley Strand-Nicolaisen, Jamie Sugai, Eve Sullivan, Kylee Sullivan, Tahigwa Summers, Taliesin Sumner, Tevis Swain,

Royden-Glen Tagalicud, Irie Taguchi, Ryan Taifane, Peniamina Taii, Melia Takakusagi, Nicholas Takaoka, Sophia Tang, Morgan Tate, Trent Terada, Heaven Tharp, Brittany Theilen, Avery Thompson, Kori Todd, Jodie Tokihiro, Julie Tom, Jeffrey Tomas, Kaycie Tomei, Brandon Tomota, Tiana Toyooka, Reynell Transfiguracion, Taylor Traub, Dominick Trevino, Lavin Uehara, Mary-Fem Urena,

Kyle J. Uson, Victoria Uthman, Nicolas Vanderzyl, Molly Verseput, Bernard-Benjamin Villa, Aaron Viluan, Fred Visaya, Leilani VisikoKnox-Johnson, Ashley Vongsy, Cecile Vulliet, Shayla Waiki, Amirah Waite, Jane Walsh, HeNaniNoOeKaWahineUioIkePono Wandasan, Kenton Wandasan, Vernon Warnock, Sondra Warren, Valerie K. Wasser, Tino Wells, Candace Wharton,

Zoe Whitney, Brian Wild, Jade Wong, Tiana Wong, Sarah Wottlin, Christopher Wung, Linda Xiong, Lisamarie Yagruw, Yuto Yamauchi, Jia Hao Yao, Phillip Yawata, Kanani Yockman, Kotaro Yogi, Ivana Yoon, Mari Yoshida, Deanna Young, Tyler Young, Jenna Yugawa, Adrianna Zablan, Luana Zablan, Tahiya Zaman, Turfa Zaman, Tabetha Zapata-Mitz, Kaimalie Zirker, and Gregory Zukeran.

Ka Haka ‘Ula O Ke’elikolani Na Pua Lei O Ka Na’auao, Kupulau 2017 (College of Hawaiian Language Dean’s List, Spring 2017)

Ke kukala aku nei ko ke Kulanui o Hawai’i ma Hilo koleke `o Ka Haka `Ula O Ke`elikolani, i na inoa o na haumana kaha `oi no ke kau Kupulau 2017:

(The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Ka Haka `Ula O Ke`elikolani College of Hawaiian Language announces its Dean’s List for the Spring 2017 semester):

Jainine Abraham, Rhonda Akano, Destanie Alayon, Zion Apao, Joshua Bass, Laura Birse, Christopher Chow, Ramzen Coakley, Kaleimomi Dolera, Jayme Doyle, Kalamaku Freitas, Roberta Gaskin, Ezra Grace, David Griffith, Karise Hallsten, Stephen Hasegawa, Jetamio Henshaw, Kameron Ho, Pomaikai Iaea,

Alexa Iannantuano, Yukako Iha, Alana Kanahele, Mary Kealaiki, Hyesun Kong, Brittany Laddusaw, Yan Liu, Sheena Lopes, Haruka Miura, Lauren Mizuba, Ashley-Anne Morishita, Ashley Nakoa-Kawahakui, Ikaaka Pang, Moananuimaikalani Peleiholani-Blankenfeld, Sarah Rafferty, Samantha Reis, Sharnelle Renti Cruz, Josiane Saccu, Steven Sayers, Kaulana Stanley, Taylor Traub, Jessica Valladares, and Kotaro Yogi.

UH Hilo College of Pharmacy Names Spring 2017 Dean’s List

The following students from the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy have been named to the Dean’s List for the 2017 spring semester.

The Class of 2017 has been on experiential rotations during their final year of study.

Class of 2018: Chelsea Aipoalani, Tiffany Alberg, Ciara Butts, Goody Cacal, Robby-Sean Cayetano, Matt Chen, Jane Choi, Karen Christian, Mathew Eng, Sara Evanko, Erik Ferreira, Jennifer Fujio, Cierra Gauvin, Kelli Goo, Kelsy Kam, Jui-Yu Kao, Jonathan Kataoka, Macie Kim, Krystle Kiyuna, Katrina Kutter, Bernice La, XuanLam Le, Tram Le, Jessica Lee, Nicolette Lew, Miyuki Miller, Niaz Nafisi, Christopher Nakagawa, Kerri Nakatsu, Vicky Nguyen, Phuong Nguyen, Phuong An Nguyen-Huu, Megan Olaguer, Marina Ortiz, Carli Owan, Jessica Penaranda, Tran Pham, Joann Phan, Niko Pogorevcnik, Caroline Rhee, Lauren Sato, Lauren Skorheim, Andrew Skorheim, John James Taman, Ha Tran, Quan Truong, Paolo Vinh Tuan Truong, Amber Uto, Zebedee Walpert, Candace Woo, Seungyeun Yoo

Class of 2019: Sydney Barney, Deniz Bicakci, Athena Borhauer, Rene-Scott Chavez, Torrence Ching, Katrina Downey, Samantha Gonzalez, Cathlyn Goo, Leigh Heffner, Faith Hicks, Vance Hill, Tyler Hirokawa, Preston Ho, Kaylee Hoang, Kelly Kofalt, Logan Kostur, Kevin Lei, San Ly, Kate Malasig, Tyler Millar, Jennifer Nguyen, Kelsey Noetzelmann, Kara Paulachak, David Pham, Gam Phan, Rachel Randall, Jessica Regpala, Lindsey Reinholz, Desiree Shouse, Clement Tran Tang, Shannon Trinh, Nicholas Tsoi, Ashley Uehara, Nancy Wong, Veronica Wong, Krystin Yasay, Carrie Yeung

Class of 2020: BJ Isaac Acosta, David Cao, Brandi Chun, Wilson Datario, Joshua Dillon, Jensine Melody Domingo, Courtney Elam, Amelia Furlan, Jhoana Paula Gonzales, Taylor Hori, Su Hyon Kwon, Kamala Lizama, Tracy Lopez, Mary Lui, Vincent Manalo, Jarin Miyamoto, Shahrzad Mohammadi, Tony Moua, Stacey Nguyen, Andrew Nguyen, Kathleen Nguyen, Brent Ocker, Rachel Paragas, Tyler Peterson, Felix Rasgo, Robyn Rector, Taumie Richie, Shaina Saiki, Reid Shimada, Samantha Texeira, Andrew Thai, Jared Toba, Johnny Tran, Kelsey Trujillo, Kyle Tsubota, Thi Hong Vo, Stacie Waiamau, Brooke Zarriello

UH Hilo Chancellor’s Scholarship Recipients Named

Thirteen students from Hawaiʻi’s public and private high schools have been awarded the prestigious Chancellor’s Scholarship by the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo.

The award, valued in excess of $28,000, covers four years of tuition for students graduating from a Hawaiʻi high school who earned either a GPA of at least 3.5, a combined 1800 SAT (reading, writing, math) or a composite score of 27 on the ACT while demonstrating leadership and/or community service.

Chancellor’s Scholars are required to enroll as full-time students and earn a minimum of 24 credits each academic year. They must also maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and participate in leadership activities and/or community service with other Chancellor’s Scholars.

The 2017-2018 recipients and their respective high schools include:

  • Hailey Briseno, Hawaiʻi Preparatory Academy
  • Kekamamakoaaka`ilihou Caceres, Kamehameha – Kapalama
  • Scott Dakofsky, Roosevelt High School
  • Ariana Dolan, Pearl City High School
  • Skyla Elder, Honoka`a High School
  • Kaitlyn Evans, Kamehameha – Maui
  • Presly Kaanaana, Kamehameha – Kapalama
  • Polina Kozinskiy, Laupahoehoe PCS
  • Sophia Smith, Hawaiʻi Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Jaron Sugimoto, Waipahu High School
  • Naneaikealau Thomas, Kamehameha – Hawaiʻi
  • Vanessa Watkins, Waiakea High School
  • Kamamaluwaiwai Wichimai, Kamehameha – Hawaiʻi

New Portable Testing Tool Speeds Detection of Suspected Rapid `Ōhi`a Death Pathogens

Researchers have developed a new, more efficient tool for detecting the pathogens believed to be the cause of Rapid `Ōhi`a Death (ROD), according to a recently published study by the Hawaiʻi Cooperative Studies Unit at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, the USGS Pacific Islands Ecosystem Research Center (PIERC), and USDA Agriculture Research Service (ARS).
The authors of the report have developed a portable lab for diagnostic field testing for the two species of fungal pathogens that infect `ōhi`a (Metrosideros polymorpha). The portable lab, which provides quick results and reduces instrumentation costs, is currently being used by the Big Island Invasive Species Committee (BIISC) to detect infected trees and identify the distribution of the pathogens.

“Having this portable lab gives us the capability to do our own diagnostics and get a quicker answer about whether or not a tree is positive for ROD. The result then allows us to take management actions right away or do more targeted testing,” said Bill Buckley, Forest Response coordinator for BIISC and leader of their ROD Early Detection and Rapid Response Team.

The Hawaiʻi Department of Agriculture is also planning to use the portable lab to help screen shipments of `ōhi`a logs for the pathogens.

ROD was first identified in the lower Puna District in 2014, and now infects more than 50,000 acres of private and state forest lands on Hawaiʻi Island. ROD is a serious threat and imperils long-term sustainability of watersheds managed by Department of Interior agencies, the State of Hawaiʻi, and State Watershed Partnerships.

For more information on the study and its findings, visit https://dspace.lib.hawaii.edu/handle/10790/3025.

UH Hilo Announces Spring 2017 Droste Awards

The English Department at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo has presented six students with seven Spring 2017 Howard and Yoneko Droste Awards for excellence in writing and two students with bookstore vouchers.

Brandon Ikaika Field’s paper, “Aquaculture: Sustainable or Disdainful,” won the $250 award for Outstanding 100-Level Composition Paper. Field is an Agriculture: Aquaculture Specialty major with a minor in Marine Science.

English major Kai Gaitley’s analytical essay, “Quote Journal 2: Neoptolemus,” received the $250 award for Outstanding 200-Level English Paper.

The $250 award for Writing for the Majors went to Computer Science major Derrick O’Brien for his essay, “The Effects of Radiation that Lead to the Creation of a Natural Utopia.”

The $250 award for Outstanding Work in Fiction went to English major Amanda Canda for her short story, “Good Ol’ Dependable Francis.”

Geography major Zoe Whitney, who is minoring in English, was awarded $250 for Outstanding Work in Playwriting. Whitney’s one-act play was titled “The Last Journalist.”

English major Martabella Freedman received the $500 award for Outstanding Upper-Division English Paper for her paper, “Graphic Literature: Comics as Advanced Storytelling.” Freedman also won the $250 Droste award for Outstanding Portfolio of Poetry.

In addition, two English majors, Kim Leolani Kalama and Danielle Dodge, received $250 Droste book vouchers to the UH Hilo Bookstore.

Howard and Yoneko Droste, courtesy of the Droste Estate.

The awards are made possible by an endowment donated by the late Howard and Yoneko Droste, longtime faculty members who taught a combined total of 45 years at UH Hilo.

VOICES Brings Vocal Ensemble Concert to Hilo

The ensemble VOICES, led by local voice teacher Mark Sheffield under the auspices of his Mark Alan VocalWorks studio, will bring their unique interpretations of classics and new favorites to Hilo. The group’s pianist is Kanako Okita. Showtimes are Friday, May 12, and Saturday, May 13, at 7:30 p.m. at the First United Protestant Church.  Admission is free and by donation, with a suggested donation of $10.00. For more information, call 238-6040.

Mark Sheffield

The evening’s program, entitled That’s Life, presents music for ensemble and solo voices both a capella and with piano, especially chosen to highlight the seasons of the year and the seasons of life.  From songs which may be new to the audience to beloved classics of stage and screen, the recital brings to life old favorites and new gems. With composers as varied as Eric Whitacre and Lili Boulanger, and songs as varied as the sacred My Song in the Night by Mack Wilberg and Africa by Toto, the concert promises something for every fan of vocal music. Solos and small ensembles intermingle with full ensemble numbers to provide variety and interest.

Mark Sheffield, Tenor and Voice Teacher, began his studio in Hilo over a decade ago. In that time he has given students success in local theater productions and concerts. He has also sent students to further study and to careers in professional theater and music. His work as a voice teacher has been highly regarded for his skill in bringing each singer’s true voice forward. Now, his students make up the personnel of his new group VOICES.

VOICES, a vocal ensemble consisting entirely of students in Sheffield’s Mark Alan VocalWorks studio, gives Sheffield’s advanced students the additional challenge of learning and performing challenging ensemble music within the context of Sheffield’s instruction in vocal technique and interpretation. Last year’s debut concert of the group included staged theatricality as well as new interpretations of songs from classic to modern. VOICES has also performed on the UH Hilo Performing Arts Center stage, featured in recent UH Hilo choral concerts. Beyond this, VOICES and its less formal predecessor has a decade-long history of performing to acclaim at the annual Keaau Christmas Parade.

Asked about how he came to create That’s Life, Sheffield said, “I was inspired by the seasons of life, and how they fit with the four seasons of Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. This program takes VOICES and the audience on a life journey through youth to maturity and venerable age. We end with a note of hope and timelessness that surpasses all seasons, whether of weather or life. The concert includes songs in a rich variety of styles designed to showcase the brilliance of the ensemble as well as the theme of the evening.” Sheffield continued, “This concert is our second full-length concert, presented as a gift to our community. We appreciate your support, we welcome your donations toward our future endeavors, and we look forward to seeing you at That’s Life. Please do come and join us in this evening of vocal excellence.”

VOICES: That’s Life comes to Hilo May 12 and 13, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. at the First United Protestant Church for two shows only.  Admission is free and by donation, with a suggested donation of $10.00. Donations accepted at the door. Call 238-6040 for more information.

Walgreens Helps UH Hilo College of Pharmacy with Diversity Initiative Funding

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy received a $7,000 check from retail pharmacy Walgreens to fund a diversity initiative. An additional $5,000 will go toward scholarships to students in the PharmD professional program.

From left, Quinn Taira, Eleanor Wong, Carolyn Ma, Amy Song and Heidi Ho-Muniz

This is the ninth year the college has received funding from Walgreens for diversity. The funds have sponsored educational programs such as a tour of healthcare facilities at Kalaupapa on Molokaʻi.

Walgreens began the diversity program in 2009 to donate $1 million annually toward diversity initiatives at all of the accredited pharmacy schools nationwide.

Eleanor Wong, Walgreens area healthcare supervisor for the San Francisco Peninsula/Hawaiʻi region, presented the check to Dean Carolyn Ma at Walgreens specialty store on Oʻahu. Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy alums Quinn Taira and Amy Song, who both work at the retail store, were in attendance along with Heidi Ho-Muniz, district manager for Walgreens Pharmacy and Retail Operations.

“We are grateful for this initiative that has helped our student pharmacists through the years and strengthened our own commitment to promoting and embracing diversity,” Ma said.

The University of Hawaiʻi Foundation, a nonprofit organization, raises private funds to support the University of Hawaiʻi System. The mission of the University of Hawaiʻi Foundation is to unite donors’ passions with the University of Hawaiʻi’s aspirations by raising philanthropic support and managing private investments to benefit UH, the people of Hawaiʻi and our future generations www.uhfoundation.org.

Grants Approved for Digital Repository of Spoken Hawaiian Language

Grants approved for digital repository of spoken Hawaiian language
The National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) have collectively awarded grants totaling $448,464 over a three-year period to fund a project involving multiple University of Hawaiʻi campuses to build a digital online repository of spoken Hawaiian language, or ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi.

Principal Investigator Keiki Kawai`ae`a, director of Ka Haka ʻUla O Ke`elikōlani (KHUOK) College of Hawaiian Language at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo

The NSF grant is for $283,464, while the NEH portion totals $165,000. The awards are effective August 1, 2017 and will be managed by Principal Investigator Keiki Kawai`ae`a, director of Ka Haka ʻUla O Ke`elikōlani (KHUOK) College of Hawaiian Language at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, along with co-Principal Investigators Larry Kimura, associate professor at KHUOK, and Andrea Berez-Kroeker, associate professor in the Department of Linguistics at UH Mānoa.

The project, entitled “Building a Hawaiian Spoken Language Repository,” will create Kani`āina, a digital corpus of recordings and transcripts of Native Hawaiian language. Kani`āina will feature hundreds of hours of audio and video recordings, fully searchable transcripts in ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi, catalog information in both English and ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi, and a unique crowd-sourcing feature for soliciting enhanced transcription and content-tagging of the recordings from the public.

The recordings and transcripts will be accessible online at Ulukau: The Hawaiian Electronic Library, beginning with Phase 1 of the first two collections: Ka Leo Hawaiʻi and Kū i ka Mānaleo, later this year. The content will be archived for long-term preservation in Kaipuleohone, the University of Hawaiʻi Digital Language Archive, which is part of ScholarSpace, the UH institutional repository.

Kawai`ae`a says the awards also include funding for undergraduate research opportunities and for a cross-campus graduate educational exchange in language documentation and revitalization, which is especially timely.

“We are elated that we can now move toward building a larger public repository of audio and visual native speaker collections to support the growing population of Hawaiian speakers,” Kawai`ae`a said. “Kani`āina comes at a crucial time when the number of Hawaiian speakers is increasing as the last of the native speaking elders is rapidly dwindling. We now estimate the number of elder native speakers outside of the Ni`ihau community to total between 20 and 30.”

Data from an April 2016 report by the State Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism on Hawaiʻi’s non-English speaking population found the number of persons aged 5 and older who spoke Hawaiian at home statewide totaled 18,400. Kawai`ae`a also noted that more than 3,000 students are presently enrolled in Hawaiian-immersion schools P-12, while 13,500 are enrolled in Hawaiian language coursework in public and private educational institutions, and 2,000 students are enrolled in similar coursework at UH campuses.

Kawai`ae`a says the broader impacts of Kani`āina will include its integration into immersion-based language education from pre-school to the university level, Hawaiian knowledge in the natural and social sciences, and beyond. The project will also engage underrepresented groups as citizen scientists through its creation of a publicly available corpus of an endangered U.S. language.

Department of Health and University of Hawaii at Hilo Notify Students and Staff of TB Exposure at Hilo Campus

Clinic to be held on campus in April

The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) and University of Hawaii at Hilo are notifying approximately 120 students and staff members of their recent possible exposure to a person with active tuberculosis (TB) at the Hilo campus. All students and staff will be receiving a notice describing the situation and whether testing is recommended. A clinic for TB testing will be held on campus this month and DOH will be testing only those persons with regular close contact to the patient.

“The University of Hawaii Hilo campus activities and all classes can be held as scheduled with no safety concerns related to the past possible exposure,” said Health Director Dr. Virginia Pressler. “We don’t expect to find more individuals with infectious TB disease, but we hope to identify individuals who may have had recent exposure, are not contagious, and could benefit from preventative medication.”

“Tuberculosis usually requires many hours of close indoor person-to-person contact to spread it to others,” said Dr. Elizabeth MacNeill, chief of the TB Control Branch. “Most of the students and staff are not at risk, and our investigation to date has found no related active TB cases and no spread of the disease at the university or in the community.”

DOH conducted an extensive investigation and evaluation of potential contacts and possible exposure immediately after being notified of the active TB case. The individual is receiving treatment and is no longer infectious. Further Information on the individual and their case is confidential and protected by law.

TB is a disease that is commonly seen in the lungs and can only be spread from person-to- person through the air. When a person with active TB disease in the lung or throat coughs, sneezes, speaks, or sings, tiny drops containing M. tuberculosis may be spread into the air. If another person inhales these drops there is a chance that they will become infected with TB.  Two forms of TB exist, both of which are treatable and curable:

  1. Latent TB infection – when a person has TB bacteria in their body but the body’s immune system is protecting them and they are not sick. Someone with latent TB infection cannot spread the infection to other people.
  2. Active TB disease – when a person becomes sick with TB because their immune system can no longer protect them. It usually takes many months or years from having infection to developing the disease and most people (90 percent) will never become ill. Someone with active TB disease may be able to spread the disease to other people.

For more information on tuberculosis, please call the State of Hawaii Tuberculosis Control Program at 832-5731 or visit the Department of Health website at www.hawaii.gov/health/tb.