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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.

For more information, visit http://www.cies.org.

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.
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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.

Jyselle Arruda Awarded Hawaii Rotary Youth Foundation Scholarship

Jyselle Arruda of Hilo High School has been awarded the 2016 Youth scholarship from the Hilo Bay Rotary Club.

Hilo Bay Rotarians congratulate Jyselle Arruda on her scholarship award. Left to right, Richard Cunningham, Kim Keahiolalo, Arruda and Bettye Williams, RCHB president.

Hilo Bay Rotarians congratulate Jyselle Arruda on her scholarship award. Left to right, Richard Cunningham, Kim Keahiolalo, Arruda and Bettye Williams, RCHB president.

Ms. Arruda will receive a cash award of $5,000 for her planned studies at the University of Hawaii-Hilo. A member of the National Society of High School Scholars and active in community service and school clubs, Ms. Arruda plans to study pre-med at UH-Hilo with a goal to become a pediatrician and set up a children’s health clinic on Hawaii Island. She lives in Honomu with her grandmother, and buses daily to Hilo High.

Hawaii Rotary Youth Foundation Scholarships (HRYF) are awarded to senior high school students across the state on a competitive basis of scholarship, campus leadership and service, and promise of future contributions to the community at large.

“Once again, Rotary Club of Hilo Bay had a number of outstanding scholar applicants. Jyselle impressed us not only with her academics, but with her drive to overcome obstacles on her path to meet her goals,” said Kim Keahiolalo, scholarship committee chair.

The Rotary Club of Hilo Bay is a staunch supporter of academic scholarships for future leaders, and is generally the Club with the largest contribution to the HRYF each year. This year alone, Hilo Bay contributed $6,100 to the scholarship fund. Richard Cunningham of Cunningham Galleries, spearheads scholarship donations in East Hawaii.

Fight The Tuition Hike – Rally and UH Hearings Tomorrow

The University of Hawai’i will be holding 2 hearings in Hilo this Thursday to discuss the proposed tuition increase. Students at Hawai’i Community College and UH Hilo are organizing a “Fight the Hike” Rallies on both campuses.

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“These tuition increases are making public education too expensive for the public. We need affordable higher education,” said Associated Students of Hawai’i Community College (ASUHawCC) Member Asia Olsen.

On Friday, 4/22/16 ASUHawcc passed a resolution opposing the tuition increase highlighting rapidly increasing student debt and tuition see resolution here.

The proposed tuition increase comes in the wake of a student led lawsuit alleging mismanagement of student fees see 4/11/16 Hawaii Tribune Herald article here.

Lack of fiscal record keeping is currently being addressed at UH Hilo. UH Hilo business student Jen Ruggles recently requested a Hawai’i State Audit after numerous Freedom of Information (FOI) requests went unanswered see FOI requests here.

“UH Hilo Campus Center has not been able to provide basic fiscal records on how student fees are being spent including entire months of budgets, agendas, and minutes. How can UH request a tuition increase when there is still 11 months of student money that remains unaccounted for?” Ruggles said.

Students, the university community and public are invited to listen to a presentation on the University’s proposed tuition schedule and to present testimony (written or oral) at the meeting. The proposed tuition schedule and supporting documentation are available at www.hawaii.edu/offices/aa/tuition.html. Contact or email testimony to:tuition@hawaii.edu.

Students will organize rallies on both upper and lower campuses.

UH Hilo Announces 2016 Dorrance Scholarship Recipients

Ten high school seniors from Hawaiʻi Island who are enrolling this fall at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo have been awarded the Dorrance Scholarship.
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The 2016 Dorrance Scholarship recipients and their schools are:

  • Lexi Dalmacio, Honoka’a High School
  • Twylah Marie Morelli, Konawaena High School
  • Alec Goodson, Kealakehe High School
  • Jordan Drewer, Hawai’i Academy of Arts and Science
  • Keinan Agonias, Pahoa High School
  • Kaylyn Ells-Hookano, Hilo High School
  • Eva Abraham, Waiakea High School
  • Duke Escobar, Waiakea High School
  • Kahele Joaquin, Ka ʻUmeke Kāʻeo PCS
  • Yukio Ishii, Kamehameha Schools Hawai’i

The Dorrance Scholarship was established by Bennett and Jacquie Dorrance at the Arizona Community Foundation in June 1999. The innovative, four-year, need-based award provides local students, who are the first in their family to attend college, up to $10,000 a year in direct financial assistance. Recipients will also participate in a custom-designed summer bridge program, international travel, conservation experience, an entrepreneurship program and employment preparation, bringing the total estimated value of each award to more than $90,000.

“Providing educational opportunities for first-generation college students is a core part of UH Hilo’s mission,” said Chancellor Don Straney. “The Dorrance Scholarship has become a model for how to effectively address that need.”

The Dorrance Foundation began offering up to 10 scholarships a year to Hawai’i Island high school graduates attending UH Hilo in 2012. The latest awards bring the total number of recipients to 49.

For more information about the Dorrance Scholarship, visit
www.dorrancescholarship.org or contact Mathew Estrada, program coordinator,
Dorrance Scholarship Programs, at mestrada@azfoundation.org or (808) 339-4500.

What Does the New Rural Hawaii Look Like and Who/What Controls its Agricultural Future?

Agricultural Land Use will be the topic of a public presentation at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo on Wednesday, May 4, from 6 – 7:30 p.m. in UCB Room 100.
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The State of Agricultural Land Use in Hawai‘i 2016: Crops, Locations and Trends will highlight the findings of the 2015 Statewide Agricultural Land Use Baseline produced by UH Hilo’s Geography Department’s Spatial Data Analysis and Visualization (SDAV) Lab for the State Department of Agriculture to help guide discussions and to set Hawaiʻi’s agricultural priorities.

Project Manager Jeffrey Melrose and Principal Investigator Dr. Ryan Perroy will address a number of critical questions during their presentation, including:

  • What happened to over 200,000 acres of former sugar and pineapple fields?
  • What does the new Rural Hawaiʻi look like and who/what controls its agricultural future?
  • How has the supply of agricultural water fared in the post-plantation transition?
  • What forces shape the future of Hawaiʻi’s food self-reliance?
  • What is the status for export and niche crops in Hawaiʻi’s agricultural mix?

The presentation is hosted by UH Hilo’s Geography and Environmental Studies Department, College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management, and the College of Continuing Education and Community Service.

For more information, contact Jeffrey Melrose at (808) 989-8322 or Dr. Bruce Mathews at (808) 217-7393.

UH Hilo School of Nursing Accreditation Renewed

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo School of Nursing was recently awarded full reaccreditation for its Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing (BSN) program by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
UH Hilo Moniker“A full 8-year accreditation for our nursing school is a wonderful accomplishment,” said Director Katharyn “Kay” Daub. “I’m especially pleased that we were commended for our value in the educational pipeline with the expansion of our RN to BSN program.”

The announcement followed last October’s site visit when a review team met with the School’s administrators, students, hospital staff, faculty and community members. Daub said the team was impressed by the students and overwhelmed by the support of the advisory board and UH Hilo administration. She applauded the faculty‘s work on the rigorous self-study report, which led one reviewer to describe the curriculum alignment with American Nurses Association standards as the best that they had reviewed.

The ACEN accreditation process provides for the maintenance and enhancement of educational quality through continuous self-assessment, planning, and improvement. The next review is scheduled for Fall 2023.

78 UH Hilo Vulcan Athletes Honored on National Student-Athlete Day

On National Student-Athlete Day, the University of Hawaii at Hilo recognizes 78 Vulcan student-athletes for their academic, athletic and community service excellence.
National Student Athlete DayCreated by the National Consortium for Academics and Sports in 1987, student-athletes must earn a 3.0 grade point average or higher while engaging in community service.

This year’s recipients include:

Baseball (11) – Micah Carter, William Cleary, Nathan Green, Jacob Grijalva, Reece Kato, Jaron Manago, Timothy Mendonca, Sean Nearhoof, Jonathan Segovia, Phillip Steering, Morgan West

Women’s Basketball (9) – Alia Alvarez, Lauren Hong, Alexa Jacobs, Pilialoha Kailiawa, Felicia Kolb, Sydney Mercer, Kimberly Schmelz, Keani Shirai, Patience Taylor

Cross Country (4) – Riley Arroyo, Crsytal-Lynn Baysa, Anna Mikkelson, Kaylee Rapoza

Women’s Golf (5) – Shannon Abarra, Shantel Antonio, Andi Igawa, Keely Kitamura, Kristen Sawada

Men’s Golf (4) – Kyeton Littel, Conor Morley, Casey Tamura, David Tottori

Men’s Soccer (11) – Max Darris, Andrew Dawrs, Juan David Diaz Casallas, Cassidy Dixon, Tyler Hoffman, Trenton Hooper, Joshua Jasper, Anton Lund, Omar Machado, Zachary Solarte, George Wakefield

Women’s Soccer (11) – Kailah Buchanan, Kayla Clarke, Kahri Golden, Annabel Gonzalez, Meghan Langbehn, Nicole Rascon, Kayela Santiago, Alexa Smiley, Danika Steele, Leighana Weaver, Abcde Zoller

Softball (11) – Angela Aguinaga, Billi Derleth, Cyanne Fernandez, Bailey Gaspar, Brittany Huff, Mari Kawano, Cristina Menjivar, Stephanie Pasco, Danielle Pulido, Maria Steadmon, Danielle Wilson

Men’s Tennis (4) – Stefan Coney, Ryuta Ogawa, Kainoa Rosa, Ryan Torio

Women’s Tennis (3) – Trixie Croad, Bianca Novotna, Chelsea Sato

Volleyball (5) – Trixie Croad, Siera Green, Mariya Heidenrich, Marley Strand-Nicolaisen, Kyndra Trevino-Scott

Agriculture Workshops Offered in West Hawaii

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo College of Continuing Education and Community Service (CCECS) offers two agriculture workshops with Zach Mermel this month at the Hawai’i Community College Palamanui campus in Kailua-Kona. Both workshops will be held in Room B-125.

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The Secrets of the Soil series is held on Saturday, April 23. Part 1 meets from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will explore the basics of soil biology. Topics include soil formation, types of soils found on Hawaiʻi Island, the dynamics of the soil food web, and fundamentals of soil testing at the homestead and farm scale. Part 2 will be held from 2 – 5 p.m. This hands-on session will teach participants how to make a high-quality compost and includes constructing a biologically active compost pile. The cost is $40 for Part 1, $30 for Part 2, or $60 for both sessions.

Edible Landscaping will be held on Saturday, April 30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants will learn how to transform their land into an abundant oasis of edible and multifunctional plants. Mermel will cover edible landscaping and provide hands-on experience in creating a basic landscape plan. Participants should bring an aerial photo or TMK map of their land as well as colored pens and pencils. Tuition is $55.

For more information and to register, contact CCECS at 932-7830 or visit http://hilo.hawaii.edu/academics/ccecs/.

UH Hilo Hosts Marine Noise Pollution Documentary Screening

A public screening and state premiere of the newly released film Sonic Sea will be shown at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo on Friday, April 8, at 3 p.m. in the Science and Technology Building Room 108.
Sonic Sea

The 60-minute documentary about marine noise pollution is narrated by Rachel McAdams and based on the true story of a former U.S. Navy officer. Ken Balcomb is credited with solving the tragic mystery involving a mass whale stranding in the Bahamas, forever changing how we understand man’s impact on the ocean.

Sonic Sea was produced by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Imaginary Forces in association with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and Diamond Docs. The film, directed and produced by Michelle Dougherty and Daniel Hinerfeld, features musician, human rights and environmental activist Sting along with renowned ocean experts Dr. Sylvia Earle, Dr. Paul Spong, Dr. Christopher Clark and Jean-Michel Cousteau.

The screening is hosted by UH Hilo’s Marine Science (MARE) and Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science (TCBES) programs.

For more information, call 932-7592.

UH Hilo Students, Faculty to Visit Japan to Share Hawaiian Culture and Language

Twenty-one students and two faculty members from the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo have been selected to take part in a nine-day, fully-funded trip to Japan this month as part of the Tomodachi Inouye Scholars program sponsored by the United States-Japan Council.

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The Tomodachi Inouye Scholars program, created to honor the legacy of the late Senator Daniel K. Inouye, provides UH Hilo students the opportunity to spend Spring Break (March 19-27) in Japan to interact with their peers and share their Hawaiian language and culture.

The UH Hilo contingent will visit historic and cultural sites in Tokyo and Hokkaido and participate in activities with students from Hokkaido University and Sapporo University. The students’ fluency in Hawaiian language and culture is a manifestation of and tribute to Inouye’s commitment and contributions to perpetuate indigenous cultures and languages in the U.S.

UH Hilo students include: Autumn Chong, Ursula Chong, Sophie Dolera, Dane Dudoit, Alexander Guerrero, Pomaika`i Iaea, Bridgette Ige, Micah Kealaiki, Kekaikaneolaho`ikeikonamanakalena Lindsey, Kawehi Lopez, Alohilani Maiava, Ashley Martin-Kalamau, Kelly Martin-Young, Noelle Miller, Isaac Pang, Pomaikai Ravey, Koa Rodrigues, Eric Taaca, Victoria Taylor, Tema`uonuhuhiva Teikitekahioho-Wolff, and Abcde Zoller. They will be joined by faculty members Yumiko Ohara and Kekoa Harman from Ka Haka `Ula O Ke`elikolani College of Hawaiian Language.

The Tomodachi Inouye Scholars program is open to undergraduate students at UH Hilo who speak, read, and write in Hawaiian, are able to participate fully in the scholars program, and once selected, speak and perform a hula or mele in Hawaiian.

For additional information, call the Center for Global Education and Exchange at 932-7489.

Former OHA Staffer Lukela Ruddle Joins Office of Mauna Kea Management as Cultural Resource Program Manager

The Office of Mauna Kea Management (OMKM), charged with the management of approximately 12,000 acres of State-owned land on Maunakea, continues to advance its mission to malama (take care of) Maunakea resources with the recent hiring of Lukela Ruddle as its Cultural Resource Program Manager.

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In her new position, Ruddle’s responsibilities include assisting Kahu Ku Mauna with project reviews, policy development, community consultation, and implementation of the Comprehensive Management Plan, in particular, the Cultural Resources Management Plan. Ruddle will also initiate an educational campaign for cultural landscape preservation and a collection of the traditional, contemporary, and customary cultural practices on Maunakea.

“Lukela’s vast knowledge and problem-solving skills has already made her a key addition to the OMKM team. We are delighted to have her onboard and part of the OMKM team as we move forward with our management of the resources on Maunakea. Lukela will play a key role in providing and implementing high quality solutions and implementation of new programing,” said OMKM’s Director Stephanie Nagata.

“The job of a Cultural Resources Program Manager on Maunakea needs to be done. My desire is to contribute to the ongoing work of integrating a cultural view into meaningful management of the mountain,” said Ruddle. “I look forward to working with lineal descendants and persons having historical ties to Maunakea and developing culturally appropriate procedures and protocols.”

For fourteen years, Lukela served as an Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) Trustee Aide to Hannah Kihalani Springer and as OHA’s East Hawaii Community Resource Coordinator. She conducted community outreach, advocacy and community coalition building. Her working familiarity with county, state and federal laws enabled her to advise OHA on various matters and boosted the creation, review and implementation of OHA policies and programs. With this understanding of community needs and available public resources, Lukela also collaborated in drafting legislation, securing capital improvements funds and expanding programs to directly advance OHA beneficiaries.

S-STEM Program at UH Hilo Accepting Applications

The Scholarships for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM) Program at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo is currently accepting applications for the 2016-2017 academic year.

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The S-STEM Program supports academically talented and highly motivated students from economically disadvantaged families to complete STEM degrees in Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Geology, Marine Science, Mathematics, Natural Science, or Physics. Application deadline is March 15, 2016.

The S-STEM Program provides each scholar with a $20,000 scholarship for four years of their undergraduate studies (up to $5,000 per year) while they maintain a good academic standing in their STEM major. The program also integrates and expands existing educational services for STEM students at UH Hilo.

“We are very pleased with the success of our first cohort, accepted in S-STEM in Fall 2015,” said Raina “Reni” Ivanova, professor of mathematics, principal investigator and director of the program. “Our scholars came from different cultural and academic backgrounds. Along with the kama`aina students from the Big Island and O`ahu, we have scholars who travelled thousands of miles, from places like Montana and Saipan, to join us at UH Hilo. With the S-STEM support, they are able to pursue their dream careers in STEM. We are very proud of their progress. Our S-STEM team and I look forward to welcoming our second cohort in Fall 2016.”

For more information about eligibility requirements and an application form, visit http://hilo.hawaii.edu/affiliates/s-stem/ call (808) 932-7587, or email mmellott@hawaii.edu.

UH Hilo Celebrates International Nights February 19th & 20th

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo International Student Association presents International Nights 2016 on Friday, February 19 and Saturday, February 20, at 7:30 pm in the UH Hilo Performing Arts Center. This annual event features performances from around the world and is a favorite among students, the community, and visitors.

International Night 2016

This year’s shows feature 18 different performances spanning Asia, the Pacific, Europe and the Americas. Crowd favorites such as Tupulaga O Samoa Mo a Taeao representing Samoa, and Taishoji taiko drumming representing Japan, are back. Other performances showcase the cultures of the Philippines, Burma, France, Micronesia, Ireland, Kiribati, Okinawa, Palau, the Marshall Islands, and the USA. There will also be a unique “Tour de France” performance.

Tickets are $12 for general admission and $5 for students, children, and senior citizens. Tickets may be purchased with cash or checks at the PAC Box Office from 9 am – 1 pm, Tuesday through Friday, or at the door if tickets are still available the night of the shows. Advance ticket purchase is recommended as tickets typically sell out.

For ticket information, contact the PAC Box Office at 932-7490.

For more information, visit http://hilo.hawaii.edu/international/IN.php.

Scientist Sequence Genome of the ‘Alalā (Hawaiian Crow)

In collaboration with PacBio, scientists at San Diego Zoo Global and the University of Hawaii, Hilo have fully sequenced the genome of the ‘Alalā, or Hawaiian crow and shared the results of this effort at the recent annual Plant and Animal Genomics XXIV Conference in San Diego. The ‘Alalā was once reduced to a population of about 20 birds, and the sequencing of the species’ genome will be important to track any genetic challenges that may occur due to the reduced genetic diversity now seen in the species.

The sequencing of its genome comes at the beginning of what is hoped to be an important year for the Hawaiian crow. Conservationists hope to reintroduce this species into prepared habitat on the island of Hawaii later this year. The ‘Alalā has been extinct in the wild since 2002, preserved only in the program run by San Diego Zoo Global at their bird centers in Hawaii.

“We have been working for many years to build up a large enough—and genetically diverse enough—population to allow us to begin putting the ‘Alalā back in the wild,” said Bryce Masuda, conservation program manager of the San Diego Zoo’s Hawaii Endangered Bird Conservation Program. “We have achieved our goal, and are now preparing to release birds into the wild in 2016.”

The program’s goal has been to increase the ‘Alalā flock to 75 or more individuals before releasing them into their native forests on the island of Hawaii. The ‘Alalā is a member of the crow family that was brought to the brink of extinction by loss of habitat, and introduced predators and diseases. For species that have been at the brink of extinction, genetic fitness and the information stored in their genome may prove an important tool in the fight to save them.

“Learning more about the genome of the species can help us understand more about how that species will interact with and fit back into its native habitat,” said Jolene Sutton, assistant professor at the University of Hawaii, Hilo. “Through scientific collaboration with PacBio, we now have a map of ‘Alalā DNA that could prove critical to their long term recovery. We are absolutely thrilled with the quality of the sequencing, and we have already identified several gene locations that we think could have a big influence on reintroduction success.”

UH Hilo Offers Youth Basketball Teams Free Admission to Home Basketball Games

Hawai‘i Island’s youth basketball players can show their support for the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo’s basketball teams by taking advantage of free admission Vulcan Athletics is offering for remaining men’s and women’s home games.

UH Hilo 2016 mens team

All registered keiki basketball players and coaches, including those participating in Department of Parks and Recreation’s leagues and Hawai‘i Police Activities League (HI-PAL) tournaments, are eligible for free home game general admission. The offer covers each team’s players, head coach, one assistant coach, and the coaches’ significant other for the remainder of the 2015-2016 UH Hilo basketball season.

Due to recruiting restrictions for high school athletes, the free admission can be offered only to keiki currently attending kindergarten through the eighth grade.

Games will be played at Hawai‘i County’s Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium located in Hilo. The following is the remaining schedule, starting times (women play first) and opponent:

  • Monday, January 25 (5 p.m./7:30 p.m.) – California Baptist University
  • Saturday, February 13 (11 a.m./1 p.m.) – Chaminade University
  • Monday, February 15 (5 p.m./7:30 p.m.) – Notre Dame de Namur University
  • Thursday, February 18 (6 p.m.) – Brigham Young University-Hawai‘i
  • Tuesday, February 23 (5 p.m./7:30 p.m.) – Point Loma Nazarene
  • Saturday, February 27 (5 p.m./7:30 p.m.) – Azusa Pacific University

Coaches wishing to participate in the program must provide their team’s name, roster, players’ ages, and coaches’ contact information. Coaches of multiple youth teams must submit separate rosters.

For more information, please contact Kelly Leong, UH-Hilo sports information director, at 932-7177, 895-0929 or kellyl@hawaii.edu.

UH Hilo College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s List for Fall 2015

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The following students in the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo College of Arts and Sciences have been named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2015 semester:

Jozie Acasio, Shelie M. Acoba, Anthony Actouka, Charlemagne Adams, Kendra Adams, Sebastian Afaga, Alexandria Agdeppa, Brandon Aguiar, Chelsea Ahsing, Rhonda Akano, Leahi Akao, Eric Alabanza, Daryl Albano, Losalia Aloisio, Alia Alvarez, Tyler Amaral, Victoria E. Amundsen, Erica Amundson, Lauren Anczak, Madeleine Andersen, Stina E. M. Andersson, Paul Ang Sheng, Shantel Antonio, Zion Apao, Shaylyn Arakaki,

David Arakawa, Justin Araki-Kwee, Jerome Arellano, Keanu Arke, Riley Arroyo, Yuki Asama, Leslie Asato, Scott Ashida, Cameron Atsumi, Lyle Auld, Salamasina Aumua, Dennis Ayap, Hunter Bailey, Jessica Bailey, Michael Bailey, Jim Baker, Sharlene Bala, Jamae Balagot, Landon Ballesteros, Zoe Banfield, Kaitlin Barcoma, Abigail Barhite, Ashley Barhite, Benedick Baris, Tiana Barrios, Ruth Bascar-Sellars, Crystal-lynn Baysa,

Conor M. Beaton, Laa Pi Bell, Chase Benbow, Justine Bernard, Lealoha Bernardo, Anthony Berson, Aspen Billiet, Ida Bing, Allexandria Blacksmith, Julianna Blair, Henry Blake, Kalaiakea Blakemore, Casey Blanchette, Thomas Bolton, Stephen Bond, Rebecca Boutin, Tyler Jo Branco Hedke, Courtney A. Brock, Veronica Brockway, Matthew Brown, BreAnna Brown, Harley Broyles, Kailah Buchanan, Ashlee Burbano, Merritt Burch, Ridge Cabaccang, Sydney Cabanas, Cheyrub Cabarloc, Jerold A. Cabel, Alexis Cabrera, Rachelle A. Cabrillas, Aldrin Calilao, Leischene Calingangan, Joseph Camara,

Keala Campbell, Amanda Canda, Alton Cantan, Jessicamae Caravalho, Frances M. Cariaga, Sheila M. Cariaga, Sheryl L. Cariaga, Imelda A.D.C. Carlos, Nicholas Carrion, Julie Carter, Micah Carter, Cjay Carvalho, Kanoeuluwehianu Case, Lily Cash, Susan Castillejos, Cibyl Chan, Roget Chan, Justin Chandler, Andy Chang, Emily Charman, Maggie Chen, Edward Cheng, Kate Chikasuye, Cheuk Wang Chiu, Adam Chong, Tahiti Chong, Christina Chow, Haylee Chung, Leilani Clark, Kobie Clarke, Rachel Clay, William Cleary, Heather Coad, Zoe Coffman, Seana Cofsky, Stefan Coney, Katherine Conners,

Taylor Contreras, Cletus Correia, Seneca Cox, Cory Craig, Tanya Craig, Leanne Crain, Trixie A. Croad, John Crommelin, Kawelina Cruz, Justin Cueva, Jasmin Curiel, Kanani Daley, Pearl Dasalla, Renee I. David, Desiree Davis, Pierre De Poyo, Kaylee Decambra, Axel Defngin, Edwina Degrood, Le’Shell Dela Cruz, Audrey Deluca, Billi Derleth, Ileana Derouin-Loando, Maluhia Desha, Erin Dewing, Amanda DiFrancesco, Cassidy Dixon,

Danielle Dodge, Amelia Dolgin, Shaylin Domingcil, Lorelei M. Domingo, Princess Dianne Domingo, Ryan Domingo, Pedro Dos Santos, Sadie Dossett, Cortney Dougherty, Mike Dowsett, James Drescher, Jayahmie Drio, Alejandra Duarte, Keanu Dudoit-Isa, Julie Duhaylongsod, Sarah Dunaway, Jennifer Eastin, Jacqueline Economy, Jamie Economy, Jon Ehrenberg, Bryce Engelland, Remedios Epp, Tiffany Erickson, Corey Eshpeter, Raynell Espaniola, Kelsie Espiritu-Tanabe, Riley Essert, Damon Ewen, Elecia Faaiuaso, Charles Fenenbock, Sarah Ferguson, Sharrylei Fernandez, Glenn Ferrier,

Misty Figueira, Taysia Figueroa, Doug Fitzpatrick, Kyla Fox, Jeena Franco, D’Jon Franklin, Ella R. Fregeau Olmstead, Lilia Fremling, Brittany Fuemmeler, Kaitlyn Fujii, Shaylyn Fujii, Kendra Fujioka, Justin Fujiwara, Trent Furuta, Dylan Gable, Sarah Gallagher, Angelina Gallegos, Philip Gamiao, Everette Ganir, Jeremy Ganir, April Gaoiran, Mary Jane Garcia, Nicole Garcia, Jessica-Ann Garett, Xue Garrett, Zachary Geisterfer, Carola Geitner, StacyMae Gelacio, Tyler Gerken, Hattie Gerrish, Tuan Giai Giang, Kahri Golden, Kassidy Gonsalves, Annabel Gonzalez, Acacia Goo, Maya Goodoni,

Samantha Gordon, Rachel Gorenflo, Beverly A. Gorospe, Alyssa Grace, Marc D. Grande, Nathan Green, Siera Green, Zechariah Greene, Lori Greenhouse, Olivia Grodzka, Kylie Grogg, Chrisovolandou Gronowski, Riana Grothmann, Rihei Grothmann, Alexander Guerrero, Juan F. Guerrero Arnaiz, Adrienne Gurbindo, Brittany Hale, Quinn Hamamoto, Yu Hamaoka, Michelle Hanson, Arielle Harnik, Jocelin Haro, Molly Harris,

Rose Hart, Bridge Hartman, Hannah Hawkins, Connor Hedrick, Dakota Helfrich, John Herman, Brad Higa, Linsie Hiraoka, Misaki Hirayama, Jaclyn Hirohama, Tyler Hoffman, Eric Holub, Tiana Honda, Lauren Hong, Trenton Hooper, Abbey Horsman, Alyssa Hoshide, Jordan Howard, Kainoa Howard, Samantha Howell, Sandra Huang, ZhiLing Huang, Adrian Huff, Brianne Huggins, Thomas Hughes, Courtney Hurt, Thien Huynh, Laura Ibbotson, Andi Igawa, Kadi Igawa, Joshua Ignacio, Derek Inaba,

Kayla Ing, Gabriela Iniguez-Isaacs, Elise Inouye, Ching Ip, Courtney Ip, Joanne Isabella, Alexa Jacobs, Rebecca Jardin, Austin Jennings, Michelle Jimenez, Lindsay Johnson, Malina Johnson, Kailani Jones, Kyle Jones, Mikayla Jones, Terrence Jordan, Jamie Josephson, Jessica J. Julian, Kahuliau Kaai, Keaolani Kaaialii, Shanise Kaaikala, Puanani Kahai, Shaylyn Kahawai, Kawena Kahui, Kelii Kailipaka, Kahoruko Kajiya,

Ellie-Jean Kalawe, Bree Kalima, Steven Kalua, Kevin Karvas, Nellie Kati, Melvalee Kaulia, Germaine Kaululaau, Angela Kauwe, Hokuto Kawashima, Tori Kaya, Jay Kayhill, Jill Keely, Joanne Keliikoa, Bianca Keohokapu, Ada Kettner, Chantelle Kiessner, Chan Gyeom Kim, Mary Louise Kimura, Andrew J. H. Kinloch, Angalee Kirby, Rachel Kishimoto, Keely Kitamura, Sheena Kobayashi, William Kobus, Rochelle Koi,

Cody Kojima, Felicia Kolb, Leina Konashi, Hyesun Kong, Kaili Kosaka, Krystle Koshiyama, Lisa Kosilla, Keisha Kotake, Maya Kottwitz, Nolan Kua, Kyle Kua-Ramirez, Johann Kuipers, Morgan Kultala, Bonnie Shuk Ping Kwok, Liezl L. Lagua, Keohikai Laikupu, Samantha Lambert, Mia Lamirand, Kailey Lapenia, Caterina LaRocca, Danielle Larson, Samantha Lathrop, Brandon Lau, Angela Laureta, Valerie Lazickas,

Da Hai Lee, Jon-Pierre Leone, Shalyn Lewis, QiXin Li, Sonia Lipka, Hannah Lipman, Eileen Liu, Sheena Lopes, Kawehi Lopez, Catherine Lord, Joyce Lovell, Kristi Lovell, Michael Lovell, Rebekah Loving, Chari-Ann Luis-Calvo, Jacob Lunz, Deanna R. Macapulay, Natasha Machado, Brandon Mahle, Desmond Mahor, Alohilani Maiava, Wilson Malone, Michael Mandaquit, Alison Mansfield, Jordyn Mansinon, Danielle Marrufo, Katherine Martinez, Lashay M. Masami, Chantelle Mashreghy, Shae Massie,

Anna C. Masuda, Carle-Ann Mata, Moriah Mathson, Rosella Mathson, Eli Matola, Nicole Matsu, Kasey Matsumoto, Kelley Matsumoto, Aspen Mauch, Shaina McEnroe, Austin McGuire, Jared McLean, Korin Medeiros, Leslie Medina, Georgette Mercado, Marina Merkulova, Anna Meyer, William Midgley, Anna B. Mikkelsen, Chelsea Miles, Bryce Miles-Leighton, Brock Miller, Brooke Miller, Amberlyn Milum, Zayin Minia, Jessica Minick, Amanda Minney, Risako Mise, Lauren Mizuba, Nicole Monette,

Ariel Moniz, Michael Moore, Ariyana Moran, Juliann Morris, Kialoa Mossman, Shane-Earl Naeole, Kenneth Nagata, Jenny Nagatori, Brandon Naihe, Lorelei Nakagawa, Tori Nakagawa, Angela Nakamura, Richard Nakamura, Blayne Nakasone Sakata, Joseph Nakoa, Kirstie Naone, Ariel Navarro, Brandon Neal, Sean Nearhoof, Christopher Nelson, Kelsey Nguyen, Sarah Nichols, Cameron Nicholson, Karen Nishimoto, Reyn Nishioka, Kelsey Noetzelmann, Eloisa Obero, Jordan Ocol,

Jasmine Oher, Shantel Okinishi, Briana Oliver, Nicole Ortiz, Sarah A. Ota, Jamie Ouye, Ryan Ozaki, John D. Padapat, Kehaulani Pakani-Tells, Keirsa Pakani-Tsukiyama, Bronson Palupe, Christiane Pang, Isaac Pang, Jessica Pang, Jannah Pante, Pauleen Pante, Ciarra-Lynn Parinas, Kirsty Parker, Stephanie Pasco, Kailey Pascoe, Ishani S. S. Patel, Michael Patterson, Breanne Patton, Christian Patton, Hannah Pavao, Tyson Pavao, Casey Pearring, Leomanaolamaikalani Peleiholani Blanenfeld, Carlota Perez Pla Urbistondo, Graham Pernell, Shaun Perry, Trevor Perry, Mark Petner, Sharon Petrosky,

Terri Pinyerd, Rhealiza Pira, Chelsea Poe, Margot Pontius, Arwen Potochney, Debra Potter, Brett T. Pruett, Kylee Quevedo, Natalie Quinajon, Misti Quintel, Alethia Quintero, Akemi Rair, Crystal Rances, Anita Randall-Packer, Kaydee Rapozo, Evangeline Raza, Robyn Rector, Keana Rees, Angela I. Reich, Samantha Reis, William Renz, Ashley A. Resurreccion, Chloe Richards, Taumie Richie, Emily Risley, Karla Robles Moreano, Kainoa Rosa, Megan Rose, Justine Rosemond, Nina Sabahi, Josiane Saccu, Melanie Sacro, Julie Anne Sagabaen, Karl Sakai, Reese Sako, Angelica Salom,

Gabriella Sanchez, Louise V. Santos, Teresinha Santos Da Costa, Chelsea Sato, Kristen Savea, Briana Savusa, Steven Sayers, Crystal Schiszler, Kimberly Schmelz, Dehrich Schmidt-Chya, Emily Schneider, Julia Schray, Kimberly Scott, Jiyoon Seo, Artem Sergeyev, Jolene Serrano De Guzman, Seth Shaikh, Marleena Sheffield, Sydney Shiigi, Albert Shim, Jaci Shinoda, Keani Shirai, Kayla Shiroma, Kathleen Shon, Keian Shon, Maria Sideleva, Malia Silva, Heather Simon, Maysyvelle Sistoza, Cheyenne Sitts, Alexa Smiley, James Smith, Kathleen Smith, Logan Snell, Kristan-Maria Snook, Kiana Soloria, Carrie Soo Hoo, Sophia P. Soriano-Castillo, Christina Sorte, Krismon Sotiangco,

India Southern, Ethan Souza, Megan Spath, Ashley Spencer, Lauren Spreen, Jacqueline St. Clair, Ashlin Stahlberg, Erin Stamper, Maria Steadmon, Angelica Steele, Phillip Steering, Emma Stevens, Taylor Stokesbary, Jeremiah Storie, Marley Strand-Nicolaisen, Cole Stremski-Borero, Paige Sumida, Taliesin Sumner, Tyler Sumner, Tanyalee Switzer, Dillon Tacdol, Dustin Tacdol, Dallas Tada, Randolph Tafua, Hazel Tagalicud, Peniamina Taii, Tara Takamori, Jolyn Takeya-Whitney, Devin Tanaka,

Yoshinori Tanaka, Morgan Tate, Reuben Tate, Patience Taylor, Zach Taylor, Temau Teikitekahioho-Wolff, Chariya Terlep-Cabatbat, Samantha Texeira, Gin Tezuka, Ginger Thomas, Nicolette Thomas, Melanie Thomason, Zachary Tman, Ashley C. Tomori, Brandon Tomota, Jianxing Tong, Ryotaro Toshima, Kyndra Trevino-Scott, Emma Tunison, Christine J. Ucol, Jenifer M. Ucol, Brenna Usher, Abigail Vandenberg, Rosella M. Vaughn, Aundrea Vidal, Joana Vierra, Lixie A. Villanueva, Rowell Villanueva, Leilani VisikoKnox-Johnson, Nelson Vo, Thomas Vogeler, Michael Voight,

Kaipoleimanu Wahinepio, George Wall, Emily Wallingford, Lucille Walsh, HeNaniNoOeKaWahineUioIkePono Wandasan, Kenton Wandasan, Donald Waner, Sondra Warren, Valerie K. Wasser, Mary Webb, Kelsea Wells, Kaira Whittington-Ramirez, John Whitworth, Ty Widhalm, Alexis Williams, Qiyamah Williams, Daisy Willis, Leah Wilson, Phillip Wilson, Skyla Wilson, Vanessa Winchester-Sye, Christina Wine, Michelle Winkler, Elijah Won, David Wong, Tiana Wong, Daniel Wright,

Chelsie Wung, Sharmaine Yacavone, Jessica Yamaguchi, Marilyn Yamamoto, Lia Yamashiro, Phillip Yawata, Shaniah Yogi, Cheyne Yonemori, Sayuri Yoshimura, Deanna Young, Kristen Young, Sable-Marie Young, Tyler Young, Anwar A. Yu, Bithiah Yuan, Trisha Yuen, Jacqueline Yuw, Marikka Zavas, Yeva Zobova, and Abcde Zoller.