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UH Hilo Participating in Million Student March #MillionStudentMarch

The United Hawaii Student Union (UHSU), a registered independent student organization (RISO) at UH Hilo is happy to be an organizer of the national movement #MillionStudentMarch this Thursday at UH Hilo.
Student March
The event will start at 10am at the Mookini Library and will go on until 4pm. Anybody in support of student rights is invited.
Hawai’i Senator Russell Rudderman will be speaking at 12pm along with Hawai’i County Corporation Council Attorney Steven Strauss along with other speakers. A UH Hilo campus march will begin at 12:30pm. Please wear red.
The national demands consist of 3 items:
  1. Tuition-free public colleges and universities
  2. Cancellation of all student debt
  3.  $15/hr campus-wide minimum wage for college workers

Please bring local food for the all day potluck.  Facebook event here Official website www.studentmarch.org

For more information contact UHSU at Uhstudentunion@gmail.com

UHSU Commentary – Hawaii Community College Student Wants Answers on Student Funding

United Hawai’i Student Union (UHSU) member Asia Olsen sent the following email to Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs at Hawaii Community College Jason Cifra.

Asia Olsen

Asia Olsen Facebook picture

He is required by state law to respond within 10 business days. UHSU will keep you posted on his response.

See you at the #MillionStudentMarch this Thursday 10-4pm Library Lanai.
Facebook event here

Aloha Jason Cifra,

Per the Freedom of Information Act and the Sunshine Law I would like to request answers and / or corresponding documentation to the following:

Currently what are the names all of the individual Chartered Student Organizations (CSOs) of HawCC?

Please provide me with all of the individual CSOs of HawCC’s constitutions, charters and/ or bylaws.

Please provide me with all of the budgets for the past five years of all of HawCC’s CSOs.

How much money was collected in student fees this fiscal year?

Please provide the amount of student fees collected over the individual past 5 fiscal years.

What paid positions are paid for out of HawCC’s CSOs budgets?

Please provide the names of the individuals whose positions are funded by HawCC student fees.

Please provide the job descriptions of all positions paid for by HawCC student fees.

Please provide the names of the individuals and their job descriptions of all positions paid for by HawCC student fees over the past 5 fiscal years.

Please provide the names and job descriptions of all employees in the student affairs department at HawCC.

Please provide me with any and all documentation, guidelines, rules, policies and/or regulations of pertaining to the allocation of student fees.

Does the Student Life Center receive funding from student fees?

Please provide the current fiscal year budget for the Student Life Center.

Please provide the budgets and receipts of the Student Life Center over the past 5 fiscal years.

Who is currently in charge of the Student Life Center?

Who is the designated representative by the board of regents at HawCC who may withdraw funds on behalf of Chartered Student Organizations in reference to: §304A-2257 University of Hawaii student activities revolving fund?

Mahalo for your cooperation,

Asia Olsen
Hawaii Community College student
United Hawaii Student Union member

Commentary – UH Hilo Student Reporters Threatened by UH Hilo Security

On Friday, October 30, 2015 at 5:10pm UH Hilo Campus Security told student reporters that they had to leave a public University of Hawaii at Hilo Student Association (UHHSA) meeting or the security guard would have to, “call HPD (Hawaii Police Department).” Campus Security said that because UHHSA requested the reporters to stop recording, and then deemed the recording a ‘disruption’ there were grounds to call the police. See video here

Click to view recording

Click to view recording

UHHSA President Lazareth Sye told the reporters, “if you wish to record that you do so not here.” He then stated, “I’m going to identify it as a disruption since the people who are involved at the meeting are not able to focus on what they are trying to do which is represent the student body.”

The reporters work for UHSUnews, the news outlet of the Registered Independent Student Organization (RISO) The Student Union, at UH Hilo.

UHHSA members maintained the student association has a right to limit access to public meetings and prevent recordings from occurring. UHHSA displayed signs at the meeting informing attendees that student IDs were required to enter the meeting and recording devices were forbidden.

UHSUnews reporters provided documentation to UHHSA and UH Hilo Security informing them of the university policies and laws protecting free press, and allowing recording public meetings.  See pictures here

At the 10/5/15 UHHSA meeting UH Hilo Dean of Students Dr. Kelly Oaks advised UHHSA that nothing could be done to prevent recording public meetings. Oaks told UHHSA, “Hawai’i is a one party consent state as it relates to recordings and that one party and the one party can be the party who is recording if this is an open and public meeting I would say its not something that we can prevent.” To which President Sye said, “ok, so  members, seeing that we are being recorded and to act as such, with that being said,:

In the following 10/23/15 and 10/30/15 meetings President Lazareth Sye claimed the recording was a disruption and closed the public meeting.

Campus Center Director Ellen Kusano was the only UH Official in the 10/30/15 meeting. She was also present when Dean Oaks informed UHHSA that nothing could be done to prevent recording of public meetings. Kusano is one of the defendants named on a lawsuit the University of Hawaii recently settled regarding free speech on campus. As a result of this lawsuit naming Kusano the university was forced to pay $50K see settlement here and was required to update its policy on free expression. See UH Hilo Free Expression Policy here

UHHSA has an annual budget of  approximately $170K and represents 4,000 UH Hilo students.  The UHHSA Constitution states, “All meetings shall be open and publicized.” See constitution here

UHSUnews reporters now say there have been student conduct code complaints filed against them.

Students have complained that UHHSA has been excessively influenced by UH Hilo Campus Center employees. UH Hilo student and Student Union President Ryu Kakazu said, “What you have are university administrators in positions of authority using their influence to promote their interests over the interests of students. It has gone on for far too long.”

A complaint has been filed with UH Hilo Security. UHSUnews student reporters say they will continue to attend UHHSA meetings and exercise their right to record as afforded by UH policy and laws. The next UHHSA meeting will be on Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 8pm in CC306 at UH Hilo. see press release file here

Contact: Student Union Member Shawna Wolff swolff@hawaii.edu or call 494-8784

Concert of Peace Next Tuesday at UH Hilo

At 7:30 PM on Tuesday evening, October 27, 2015, the Hilo Community Chorus joins with composer Joseph Martin and his “Peace in the Pacific” Vocal Tapestry Tour Choir, and the UH Hilo Kapili Choir to present “Concert of Peace” at the UH Hilo Performing Arts Center, 200 W. Kawili St., Hilo, HI 96720.

Concert of Peace

The first half of the concert will be presented by Joseph Martin and his wife Susan Martin, with special guest Nancy Price.  The second half of the concert will be performed by the Vocal Tapestry Tour Choir, Hilo Community Chorus, and UH Hilo Kapili Choir.


Commentary – UH Hilo’s Secret Student Government

University of Hawaii Hilo Student Association (UHHSA) seems to be getting more and more secretive these days.

Last night, for the first time, they posted these signs in front of the meeting:

UHHSA2Only students and faculty with a UH ID were permitted to enter. A student was denied access because he didn’t have his ID. What is going on over there?


From the UHHSA Constitution:

The UH Hilo Student Association Senate has a responsibility and obligation to provide open government. All meetings shall be open and publicized. Communication shall be accomplished by the publication of the UHHSA Constitution and By-Laws, budget, meeting agendas, meeting minutes, and schedule of UHHSA and committee meetings in a timely manner for the purpose of informing and encouraging student participation in student government.

UHHSA Constitution lead
Why are they not following their own constitution? What’s the big secret?


University of Hawaii Student Union

UH Hilo Student Association (UHHSA) Senator Removed From Office – Complaints Filed

UH Hilo Student Association (UHHSA) Senator Amber Shouse was officially removed from her seat as senator last Monday, October 5, 2015.

Amber Shouse defends herself in front of the Student Government.

Amber Shouse defends herself in front of the Student Government.

Shouse was removed for allegedly violating UHHSA’s constitution by communicating with administrators without the student body president’s permission.

The first thirty minutes of the meeting were public and can be seen here.

The recording shows the senate majority voting to close the meeting despite Shouse’s requests to keep it open. UHHSA members also insisted no recording devices be present. Shouse said that she wanted to record the meeting for her own personal records, and UHHSA members insisted she could not.

The basis for removal was an email that Shouse had sent Chancellor Donald Straney and Dean of Students Kelly Oaks describing how she had been harassed by certain UHHSA members and university officials. It was because of this email that Shouse was accused of violating Section C. of the constitution for “representing UHHSA in an official dealing with the University Administration without the president’s appointment.”

“Amber was one of the 3 out of the current 12 senators who was ran opposed in the 2015 election and was legitimately elected by the student’s majority vote. She was popular for bringing a non-status quo perspective to the table,” said UH Hilo student and former UHHSA senator Jennifer Ruggles. “In fact, the current UHHSA president, Laz Sye lost to her in the election,” she said.

Sye was later appointed to President by other senators who also ran unopposed.

Campus Center Director and State of Hawaii employee Ellen Kusano was alleged to have sent out an email to the UHHSA senate defaming Shouse. Shouse says may have lead to her harassment and removal.

“It seems unethical that a student senator can be harassed and then removed for reporting the harassment,” said Shouse. “My removal was unwarranted. I am disappointed by the actions of the UHHSA senators but I am appalled by the actions of Campus Center Director Ellen Kusano who’s defamatory email I believe led to my unjustified removal and harassment,” she said.

Shouse reported that the vote was 8 in favor of her removal, 2 opposed, with one abstention, (Shouse was required to abstain). UHHSA Treasurer Melinda Alles called for a secret ballot vote on the removal, and the majority supported the idea. Senators Briki Cajandig and Ryan Stack publicly opposed the removal. UH Hilo Student Association members Lazareth Sye, Alison Pham, Jessica Penaranda, Melinda Alles, Abraham Jose, Kawehi Kanoho-Kalahiki, Daniel Woods, David Khan, and Nick Nguyen supported Shouse’s removal.

Current UHHSA Senator Briki Cajandig said, “Amber is an amazing colleague of mine. She’s always worked hard to represent our students here at UHH. Her intentions have always been pure; she took her position seriously and serving students to the best of her ability was a main priority. It is very disappointing that such a passionate and caring leader has been removed from the Senate.”

Shouse is filing complaints with the university.

Epic Origami Exhibit at Imiloa Astronomy Center

From miniature folds to life-size sculptures, the Japanese art of origami can come in a variety of unique shapes, sizes and materials.

“Great White Shark” by origami artist Nguyen Hung Cuong

“Great White Shark” by origami artist Nguyen Hung Cuong

The ʻImiloa Astronomy Center of the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo presents Epic Origami, a new temporary exhibit that will explore the art and science of origami and how the ancient craft is making advances in astronomy, medicine and the automotive industry. The exhibit, which runs from July 5 through September 27, will feature origami artists from around the world.

Featured artists:

Bonnie Cherni is an avid student of origami artist John Montroll’s designs and was inspired to fold origami from age of fifteen. She is the leading artist for this exhibit and has collaborated with guest artists from around the world, creating everything from miniature to life-sized sculptures, in mediums ranging from paper, aluminum, copper and canvas. Her art embodies the idea of “folding sturdy sculptures that can live out in the real world.”

Vietnamese artist Nguyen Hung Cuong lives in Hanoi and folds many of his expressive designs using a Vietnamese paper with a waxy finish called do. He has been folding since the young age of five and has been featured in many origami books with his incredibly detailed pieces.

Terry Nicolas is a professional origami artist who resides in Paris, France. He is an accomplished author and creator of origami-shop.us, one of the most popular origami sites in the world.

Steven Epstein resides on Hawaiʻi Island. With a degree in computer science and minor in math, Epstein has fun bringing math to life with his intricate modular origami pieces.

Local artist Shannon Nakaya is a highly recognized bird surgeon and veterinarian who applies her understanding of anatomical structure and function to folding complex origami.

Between the Folds

In conjunction with this exhibit, the award-winning film Between the Folds will be shown daily in the planetarium at 11 a.m. (not full dome, but letterbox format).

This documentary paints a striking portrait of the remarkable artistic and scientific creativity that fuels the ever-changing art of origami, fusing science and sculpture, form and function and ancient and new.

Epic Origami

Exhibit details

The exhibit will officially open on Sunday, July 5 at 9 a.m. with two showings of Between the Folds at 10 a.m and 11 a.m. and origami folding stations available throughout the day. From 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ʻImiloa members are invited to a private pizza lunch and exclusive origami folding activities with Cherni.

Regular exhibit guests are also encouraged to participate in the origami scavenger hunt and try their hand at creating their own origami at the origami folding station.

Admission to Epic Origami and Between the Folds is included in the general admission fee of $17.50 for adults and $9.50 for children. Kamaʻaina prices are available and ʻImiloa members receive free admission.

Cherni will be back at ʻImiloa to teach special workshops on July 11 and September 19, 10-11:30 a.m. Admission is $25.00 for members and $35.00 for non-members. Space is very limited so early registration is suggested. An adult must accompany children under 10. To sign-up, visit ʻImiloa’s front desk or call (808) 969-9703.

Yagi Summer Hoops Camp Still Has Openings – Late Registration Fee Waived

The County of Hawai‘i Department of Parks and Recreation still has openings for its 3rd Annual Jimmy Yagi Summer Hoops Camp and has waived the late registration fee for the camp set for July 21-24 in Hilo.

Can you find my son in a previous camp picture?

Can you find my son in a previous camp picture?

Parents may still take advantage of the discounted early entry fee of $60 per child. All participants will receive a camp shirt and group picture.

Registration forms are available at the Department’s Recreation Office located within Aunty Sally Kaleohano’s Lu‘au Hale at 799 Pi‘ilani Street in Hilo and online at http://www.hawaiicounty.gov/parks-and-recreation/. Completed forms should be submitted at the Recreation Office or the Department’s main office at Suite 6 within Aupuni Center. Please make checks payable to the County Director of Finance and include the note “Jimmy Yagi Summer Hoops Camp.”

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

UH-Hilo women’s basketball coach David Kaneshiro will share his basketball expertise by serving as lead clinician for the four-day camp. Assisting Kaneshiro will be Daphne Honma, Honoka‘a High School girls basketball coach and a former Division II coach of the year. Additional basketball coaches have volunteered to serve as camp clinicians.

Campers will receive personalized instruction as they practice agility, ball-handling and other basketball drills each morning before breaking for lunch. Players will return to showcase their skills by competing in games expected to last until about 3:30 p.m. each day.

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

Bikes Stolen From UH Hilo Dormitory

Three bikes were reported stolen over two days at the University of Hawaii Hilo student dorm Hale Ikena.

Bike TheftsTo report a crime anonymously at University of Hawaii Hilo click here.

UH Hilo Wins National Health Occupations Students of America Competition

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo turned in a championship performance at the 2015 HOSA National Leadership Conference held recently in Anaheim, California.

UH Hilo MonikerUH Hilo sent two Public Service Announcement (PSA) teams to the conference who were tasked with developing a 30-second PSA on Concussion: Prevention and Recognition followed by a four-minute oral presentation that provides a synopsis of the PSA, explains the creative process of the project, and how it may affect the target audience.

Team B: Chapter President Lark Jason Canico, Shane Naeole, and Taumata Tue Vaea (serving as an alternate from UH Manoa) took 1st place. Team A: Ridge Cabaccang, Kelly Gani, and Sheldon Cabudol earned Top 10 honors.

“I’m overwhelmed with joy and still in denial that we captured Gold facing such tough competition that included fellow UH Hilo members and other Texas Technical Institutes,” Canico said. “To finish first after coming in second last year makes it extra special.”

This year’s conference was the largest ever with over 8,550 members in attendance. Hawai’i brought a total of 223 members, ranked second in the nation for most medals won in every competitive event, and won the Most Enthusiastic state award.

“A trip to Anaheim usually includes a visit to Disneyland,” said faculty advisor Dr. Cecilia Mukai. “But I was more than happy to trade that visit for the chance to see both our teams finish in the Top Ten, with one capturing Gold.”

Established in 1976 as Health Occupations Students of America, HOSA-Future Health Professionals is now an international organization with the addition of Puerto Rico, Italy, Canada and Mexico, who competed at this year’s leadership conference. The organization totals more than 175,000 members and 2.4 million alumni.

HOSA was established in Hawai’i in 2005 and has grown to more than 1,300 members. UH Hilo’s membership is open to all majors/grade levels and Hawai’i Community College students.

For more information, email hosa.uhhilo@gmail.com.

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

The following students in the College of Business and Economics at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo were named to the Dean’s List for spring 2015:
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Melialani Agcaoili, Caitlin Aiona, Rachel Anderson, Scott Ashida, Stacy Aurway, Austin Awana, Heather Bartlett, Andrew Bayang, Julianna Blair, Debra Cannoles, Lorri Cardoza, Shanda Carvalho, Kadey Chambless, Elaine Chugen, Monique Clevenger, Lorena De La Cruz, Jhoanne Domingo, Taylor Escalona, Gabriel Fry,

Hannah Furumo, Amelia Golwitzer, Dakotah Graham, Sarah Hamakawa, Jiyoung Han, Yan Ying Huang, Alexandra Huizar, Aisha Izuno, Donald Jobe, Aysia Kaaumoana, Juvette Kahawaii, Reese Kato, Cherilyn Kelii, Junhyeok Kim, Kyli Kim, Hitomi Kitade, Breanna Leonard, Anna Liu, Erik Anton Lund, Alex Lyon, Dana Macchia,

Victoria Magana Ledesma, Midori Matsuo, Xianbin Meng, Levi Moniz, Dairon Munoz, Marvin Louis Nagtalon, Alexandria Nakao-Eligado, Lolyn Neth, Claire-Ann Niibu-Akau, Bianca Novotna, Brandon Okimoto, Kin Oshiro, Geraldine Padilla, Tehani-Jenae Palolo, Maria Rosa Paredes Pacheco, Matthew Payne, Serena Perrells,

Koa Peterson, Chantee Poepoe-Vigil, Rachel Roorda, Ken Stallman, Phillip Steering, Hyelim Sun, Keefe Techitong, Ryan Torio, Hokuloa Waahila, Selina Williams, and Aaron Zackoski.

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

The following students in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo were named to the Dean’s List for spring 2015:
UH Hilo Moniker
Charlemagne Adams, Sebastian Afaga Jr., Clifford Agcaoili, Sherry Agonoy, Breanna Aguiar, Ka‘alalani Ahu, Karen Akiba, Jessica Akiona, Roy Alameida, Daryl Albano, Melanie Alcain, Alia Alvarez, Erica Amundson, Abraham Andl, Brandi Antonio, David Arakawa, Justin Araki-Kwee, Jerome Arellano, Lynn Asam, Leslie Asato,

Scott Ashida, Eliza Aul, Kaitlin Barcoma, Christine Barefoot, Sydney Barney, Reagan Barnhart, Ruth Bascar-Sellars, Cynthia Benevides, Sarah Benner, Lars Bergstrom, Jahnu Best, Julianna Blair, Henry Blake, Kalaiakea Blakemore, Francis Blas III, Casey Bolger, Thomas Bolton III, Lori Bothwell, Brittany Boyd, Ashley Boyle, Courtney Ann Brock, Chanelle Brooks, BreAnna Brown, Kavan Brown, Leena Brown,

Rachel Bruck, Carol Bucauto, Kailah Buchanan, Mallory Byron, Sydney Cabanas, Jerold Alexis Cabel, Nicole Calsbeek, Joseph Camara, Vada Cambio, Richard Camp, Jennifer Campbell Jackson, Kirsten Cannoles, Cristin Cantan, Michelle Caringer, Imelda Auxiliadora Da Conceicao Carlos, Sean Carlos, Tiari Carreira, Julie Carter, Micah Carter, Kanoeuluwehianu Case, Lily Cash, Christina Cauley, Allison Chai, Lisa Chanley, Mary Margaret Rose Cheung-fuk,

Cynthia Chin, Theodore Chism, Yoonjin Cho, Yoo Ree Choi, Adam Chong, Christina Chow, Dawn Christopher, Haylee Chung, Victor Ciaramitaro, Leilani Clark, Kobie Clarke, Rachel Clay, Heather Coad, Zoe Coffman, Jessica Colbaugh, Jordan Concannon, Eric Cook, Shawna Cooper, Renee Corpuz, Sharlene Corpuz, Cletus Correia,

Alysha Cosier, Tanya Craig, Tifaine Crivello, Trixie Alice Croad, Angel Cruz, Jolynn Cuison, Brittany D’Amico, Nicholas D’Amico, Pearl Dasalla, Anthony Daub, Angelo Davis, Axel Defngin, Le’Shell Dela Cruz, Randy Dellinger, Shaylin Domingcil, Lorelei Marie Domingo, Princess Dianne Domingo, Ryan Domingo, Jamison Domingsil, Bailey Donahue, Jason Donaldson, Pedro Dos Santos, Jane Dossett,

Sadie Dossett, Cortney Dougherty, Katrina Downey, Laura Dowsett, James Drescher, Jayahmie Drio, Alejandra Duarte, Brandi Dugo, Nalu East, Caili Ebaniz, Jacqueline Economy, Jamie Economy, Cara Edwards, Michael Elimon, Mary Emmons, Tiffany Epping, Tiffany Erickson, Chelsey Erickson-Vierra, Karlee Eugenio, John Evans, Sarah Evans, Christina Evert, Emily Fernandes, Sharrylei Fernandez,

Doug Fitzpatrick, Ariana Flores, Sandra Fogg, Amber Fontes, Amanda Ford, Amber Forrestal, Michael Frailey, Deborah Fried, Morgan Friend, Silmai Uchellaz Fritz, Brittany Fuemmeler, Kaitlyn Fujii, Shaylyn Fujii, Kendra Fujioka, Ashley Fukuchi, Nicole Fukunaga, Ryder Furukado, Angelina Gallegos, Kelly Gani, Dayna Lynn Ganigan, Jeremy Ganir, Desha Ann Gapusan, Nicole Garcia,

Tiffany Garcia, Jessica-Ann Garett, Wilfred Gee, Zachary Geisterfer, Carola Geitner, David Gentry, Emma-Lei Gerrish, Hattie Gerrish, Tuan Giai Giang, Hanna Giegerich, Carson Gilliam, Kassidy Gonsalves, Acacia Goo, Samantha Gordon, Rachel Gorenflo, Beverly Ann Gorospe, Kylie Grogg, Chrisovolandou Gronowski, Riana Grothmann, Heidi Guan, Alexander Guerrero, Courtney Guirao,

Ashen Gutierrez, Daniel Gutierrez, Justin Guzman, Sarah Haas, Brittany Hale, Ivana Hall, Brenna Halverson, Brandon Hamamoto, Caitlin Hamerlinck, Jamaica Hancock, Michelle Hanson, Trent Hanzawa, Asia Lynne Harman, Arielle Harnik, Molly Harris, Shane Harrison, Rose Hart, Bridge Hartman, Krysten Hayashida, Jelyn Heaster, Sarah Heckman, Alexander Hedglen, Jordan Heltz, Zachary Heltz, John Herman, Maria Hernandez, Andrea Hess, Amanda Hicks,

Brad Higa, Shannon Higgins, Tyler Hirokawa, Marianne Hodapp, Martin Hodapp, Tobi Hoff, Eric Holub, Blake Honda, Tiana Honda, Ashley Horvath, Alyssa Hoshide, Bryan Houston, Asia Howe, Samantha Howell, Katherine Hu, Kaleb Huddy, Adrian Huff, Thomas Hughes, Quang Tan Huynh, Laura Ibbotson, Kai Igarashi,

Andi Igawa, Kadi Igawa, Ted Ikari, BeeJay Ines, Kana Inoue, Kevyn-Bren Inouye, Carrie Ip, Joanne Isabella, Grayson Ishihara, Kallen Ishii, Akari Ito, Renee Iwata, Aimehio Iyeke, Jessica Jacobs, Denise Janelle, Rebecca Jardin, Joshua Jasper, Leeah Bethseida Javier, Kaitlyn Johnson, ShoaAxum Johnson, Casey Jones, Danielle Jones, Kyle Jones, Mark Jones, Mikayla Jones, Serena Joseph,

Jamie Josephson, Ku‘ulei Kaaekuahiwi, Keaolani Kaaialii, Jarin Kadooka, ‘I‘inimaikalani Kahakalau, Shaylyn Kahawai, Kelii Kailipaka, Kaimipono Kajiyama, Kayla-Ann Kalauli, Ellie-Jean Kalawe, Bree Kalima, Steven Kalua, Thomas Kaminski, Eunyoung Kang, Ida Karlsen, Byron Karr, Sandra Kastner-Oi, Lilinoe Kauahikaua, Chermaine Kaululaau-Pakele, Angela Kauwe,

Hokuto Kawashima, Tori Kaya, Jill Keely, Kehau Kekuawela, Mahealani Kelii, Bianca Keohokapu, Lauren Kepaa, Ada Kettner, Duk Kim, Satsuki Tamaki Kim, Sun Min Kim, Yu Hyeoi Kim, Mary Louise Kimura, Marci Kindle, Rachel Kishimoto, Scott Kita, Joshua Kitagawa, Gail Klevens, Christopher Kluzak, Lori Knight, William Kobus, Evelina Kocharov, Kamrie Koi, Keiji Kojima, Amber Koker,

Felicia Kolb, Hyesun Kong, Danielle Kooyman, Christopher Kopp, Kaili Kosaka, Kathleen Kosaka, Dragoljub Krakovic, Kristofer Krekow, Nolan Kua, Johann Kuipers, Luke Kupcha, Yoshiko Kurikawa, John Kuroda, Bonnie Shuk Ping Kwok, Desmond Ka Kin Lai, Keohikai Laikupu, Violet Lane, Caterina LaRocca, Anjulie Larson,

Glaucia Larson, Samantha Lathrop, Angela Laureta, Valerie Lazickas, Aviee-Ann Lee, Da Hai Lee, Robert Lee Jr., Jon-Pierre Leone, Dolorlyn Letawegiyalo, QiXin Li, Cynthia Lilleston, Lee Linneman, Hannah Lipman, Eileen Liu, Kieran-Tiaye Long, Kawehi Lopez, Joyce Lovell, Kristi Lovell, Michael Lovell, Noelle Lovesy, Alyssa Loving,

Mandy Lui, Chari-Ann Luis-Calvo, Blaine Luiz, Brittany Luna, Alayna Machacek, William Mackenzie, Kate Malasig, Ashley Maldonado, Wilson Malone, Natasha Manasas, Alison Mansfield, Alexandra Marin, Genesis Marks, Sequoia Marks, Jonathan Marsh, Amanda Martin, Dario Martin, Keelee Martin, Samantha Martin, Kelly Martin-Young, Chantelle Mashreghy, Anna Claire Masuda, Amber Masulit,

Martin David Hamre Mathisen, Moriah Mathson, Rosella Mathson, Kelley Matsumoto, Kanna McCann, James McElvaney, Annie McGee, Meghan McGrath, Brannon McQuillan, Kanoe McTavish, Sonya Medlang, Justin Meikle, Matthew Merritt, Anna Meyer, McKayla Meyer, Zoey Meyers, William Midgley, Adele LaVette Mier, Anna Baker Mikkelson, Bryce Miles-Leighton, Anna Miller, Hi‘inae Miller,

Maikai Miller, Orissa Lila Alexandrina Miller, Mikhaila Millikan, Adam Mills, Amberlyn Milum, Zayin Minia, Amanda Minney, Bryson Miyose, Melissa Mizuguchi, Melissa Moats, Norman Mogote, Sharyse Molina, Ariel Moniz, Andrea Monks, Christopher Monnier, Austin Moore Sr., Leah Moore, Ariyana Moran, Konrad Mossman, Darcy Mulligan, Gulnara Nadeau, Shane-Earl Naeole, Saki Nagamine,

Kenneth Nagata, Jenny Nagatori, Camie Nakagawa, Lorelei Nakagawa, Richard Nakamura, Tiffany Nakamura, Alexandria Nakao-Eligado, Alison Nakata, Sheena Nakata, Robynn Ailynn Namnama, Kirstie Naone, Allyssa Nau, Brandon Neal, Christopher Nelson, Kara Nelson, Keith Nerida, Christina Nguyen, Sarah Nichols,

Jaysen Niedermeyer, Scott Nielsen, Anela Nishimoto, Karen Nishimoto, Lindsey Nishimura, Keenan Nishioka, Allen Gail Yvette Nitura, Mary Nixon, Sachika Nojiri, Christina Numazu, Ellaine Mae Obero, Eloisa Obero, Derrick Bukka O’Brien, Candyce Ogino, Zechary Okamoto, Morgan Olson, Nicole Ortiz, David Ostwald, Sarah Ann Ota, Jamie Ouye, Wesley Owens, Priscilla Sharleen Anyango Oyas,

Cheynielle Pacheco, John Darrel Padapat, Sierra Pagel, Basanta Raj Pahari, Keirsa Pakani-Tsukiyama, Fagalima Paleafei, Bronson Palupe, Isaac Pang, Jannah Pante, Pauleen Pante, Joshua Parep, Kirsty Parker, Madison Pate, Kara Paulachak, Casey Pearring, Kristin Pedersen, Jordan Pedersen-Fukunaga, Elizabeth Pennock, Graham Pernell, Sharon Petrosky, Kori Petsch, Nancy Phan, Chad Phillips,

Douglas Phillips, Amber Pinard, Terri Pinyerd, Hye-Jin Piper, Robert Piper, Kyle Pittman, Wakea Po, Deborah Postma, Arwen Potochney, Debra Potter, Froile Queja, Gretchen Quinn, Johanson Quist, Laurel Rain, Akemi Rair, Randel Rambo, Jovelyn Ramelb, David John Ramones, Micah Rhobelyn Ramos, Katrina Ramsey, Crystal Rances,

Skye Rances, Duchess Rapoza, Robyn Rector, Stacey Reed, Keana Rees, Marjie Ann Retundo, Dineka Ringling, Kanani Rivera, Theresa-Regina Rivera, Ciara Robinson, Adan Rodrigues, Koa Rodrigues, Cole Rogers, Hannah Rojeski, Kainoa Rosa, Makoa Rosa, Robin Rudolph, Ardena Saarinen, Melanie Sacro, Christa Sadler, Julie Anne Sagabaen, Michelle Sahagun, Karl Sakai Jr., Alisha Sako, Maria Samuelson, Arianne San Miguel, Gabriella Sanchez, Ronald Santos,

Teresinha Santos Da Costa, Christian Saragosa, Ngan Sasai, Chelsea Sato, Teri Savaiinaea, Tomoka Sawada, Tomoki Sawada, Janell Schabell, Annie Schaupp, Anthony Schnabel, Emily Schneider, Jordan Scrivner, Romina Ellaine Sembran, Artem Sergeyev, Marleena Sheffield, Alice Louise Sherlock, Justin Shiigi, Sydney Shiigi, Albert Shim, Jaci Shinoda, Keani Shirai, Desiree Shortt, Amber Shouse,

Bennjamin Siemers, Sarah Silva, Tammy Silva, Gloria Simpson, Seupepe Latoa Siaitolo Sinclair, J’aime Sisson, Maysyvelle Sistoza, Cheyenne Sitts, Hazel Faye Sivila, Trent Slaton, Trevor Slevin, Kelli Smith, Samuel Smith, Barbara Smithley, Kiana Soloria, Hyunsuk Song, Carrie Soo Hoo, Ethan Souza, Ryder Souza, Susanne Floe Spinnangr, Kalena Spinola, Ashlin Stahlberg, Ken Stallman, Kristen Stalter, Stephanie Staneart, William Steadman, Angelica Steele,

Dallyce Stinton, Taylor Stokesbary, Caroline Stromick, Grady Sullivan, Paige Sumida, Tyler Sumner, Tanyalee Switzer, Frans Sy, Dillon Tacdol, Dustin Tacdol, Helaman Tafua, Hazel Tagalicud, Tara Takamori, Nicole Talisay, Dylan Tanaka, Shelby Tanaka, Athena Tang, Sophia Tang, Morgan Tate, Reuben Tate, Alana Tavares, Kaitlin Tavares, Temau Teikitekahioho-Wolff, Ashley Terrell, Gin Tezuka,

Ginger Thomas, Nicolette Thomas, Melanie Thomason, Aijah Thompson, Zachary Tman, Olivia Todd, Kaycie Tomei, Taylor Tomita, Charlie Tommy, Ashley Chanel Tomori, Jianxing Tong, Ryotaro Toshima, Kyle Tsubota, Michelle Uchida, Christine Joy Ucol, Brenna Usher, Rachel Van Spronsen, Fey VanCamp, Jasmine Venegas, Robert Villanueva, Joseph Vinarcsik, Fred Visaya Jr., Nelson Vo,

Thomas Vogeler, Michael Voight II, Shayla Waiki, Tianna Waipa, Elizabeth Elaine Wakayama, George Wall III, Emily Wallingford, Laurence Walsh, Lucille Walsh, Kenton Wandasan, Amber Warganich, Vernon Warnock, Sondra Warren, Valerie Kelly Wasser, John Whitworth, Ty Widhalm, Jennifer Williams, Daisy Willis,

Disa Wilson, Henry Wilson Jr., Katherine Wilson, Leah Wilson, Christina Wine, Michelle Winkler, David Wong, Sherina Yacavone, Lisamarie Yagruw, Jessica Yamaguchi, Kazuma Yamaguchi, Moe Yamaguchi, Randall Yamaoka, Jennifer Yamasaki, Nicholas Yamauchi, Eddie Yeichy, Darcy Yogi, Nicole Yoneishi,

Cheyne Yonemori, Soeun Yoon, Marissa Yoshida, Tristan Yoshida, Deanna Young, Tyler Young, Bithiah Yuan, Luana Zablan, Turfa Zaman, Annalisa Zamora, Marikka Zavas, Xiaoqing Zheng, Jessica Zima-Lee, Yeva Zobova, Abcde Zoller, and Anastasia Zosim.

UH Hilo College of Hawaiian Language Announces Dean’s List

Ke kukala aku nei ko ke Kulanui o Hawaiʻi ma Hilo, Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikolani, i na inoa o na haumana kaha ʻoi no ke kau kupulau 2015.  (The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Ka Haka `Ula O Ke`elikolani College of Hawaiian Language announces its Dean’s List for the spring 2015 semester:)

Joshua Bass, Courtney Ann Brock, Eleanor Brown, Leilani Clark, William Crowell, Anayah Doi, Dillon Dominguez, Brandi Dugo, Mahealani Freitas, Philip Gamiao, Alexander Guerrero, Aulani Herrod, Pomaika`i Iaea, Kamaleiku`uipookalani Kalehuawehe-Valentine, Jovi Kaneshiro, Lucas Kinge, Maile Kipapa, Gail Klevens, Hyesun Kong, Sheena Lopes, Khaelee Mae, Alohilani Maiava, Hokulani Mckeague, Melissa Mora, Daisuke Nakano, Zachary Nanbu, Kekaiokalani Naone, Daniel Nathaniel, Isaac Pang, Samantha Reis, Koa Rodrigues, Ronald Santos, Marleena Sheffield, Eliza Silva, Gin Tezuka, Yuka Torama, Brenna Usher, Randall Yamaoka, Kiliona Young, and Abcde Zoller.

UH Hilo Awards Chancellor’s Scholarships to 13 High School Students

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

UH Hilo Moniker
The award, valued in excess of $26,500, 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.

All Chancellor 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 services with other Chancellor Scholars.

The 2015 Chancellor Scholarship recipients and their respective high schools include:

  • Nicole Antonio (Waiakea High)
  • Harley Broyles (Waimea High)
  • Pomaika`i Cathcart (Kamehameha – Maui)
  • Jasmine Curiel (Hanalani Schools)
  • Jon Ehrenberg (West Hawaii Explorations Academy)
  • Sarah Ferguson (Leilehua High)
  • Trent Furuta (Mililani High)
  • Courtney Ip (Waiakea High)
  • Cody Kojima (Waiakea High)
  • Kaydee Rapozo (Waiakea High)
  • Melia Takakusagi (Waimea High)
  • Brandon Tomota (Waiakea High)
  • Amirah Waite (Roosevelt High)

University of Hawaii Board of Regents to Hear More TMT Testimony

The University of Hawaii Board of Regents have scheduled another Special Board Meeting on the TMT issues.
tmt meeting

Many folks who wanted to testify at the last meeting on Thursday April 16th, weren’t able to because of the regents flight plans.
TMT HearingThis next meeting will be held on Sunday April 26th, 2015 at the University of Hawaii Hilo Performing Arts Center (PAC) beginning at 11:30 A.M..

Please see the above notice of the hearing for more specifications on how and where to submit testimony in advance or in person.

OHA Provides Funding to Support Na Pua No`eau

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs is providing a total of $896,232 to the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Na Pua No`eau program, the Center for Gifted and Talented Native Hawaiian Children.

Na Pua No`eau

Na Pua No`eau provides Native Hawaiian students Kindergarten through college with learning opportunities as a University of Hawaiʻi Center. Students have direct access to UH facilities and faculty where they are guided and supported in their educational and career goals. Na Pua No`eau has staff and offices at the University’s campuses on O`ahu, Kaua`i, Maui, Lana`i, Moloka`i, and Hawaiʻi Island.

In 2015, Na Pua No‘eau celebrates its 25th anniversary. Throughout the years, the Center has supported thousands of students in their educational and career goals. In Fall 2013, graduates made up 9% of the Native Hawaiian students enrolled at UH. In Spring 2013, Na Pua No`eau made up 13% of the Native Hawaiian students who graduated from UH.

Along with the enrollment and graduation of Native Hawaiian students, Na Pua No`eau is also committed to creating opportunities and supporting Native Hawaiian students in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and health career pathways. In Fall 2013, Na Pua No`eau students made up 11% of the Native Hawaiian students enrolled in STEM fields and 9% of the Native Hawaiian students enrolled in health fields in the UH System.

For information or registration for Na Pua No‘eau, contact representatives on the respective campuses: UH Hilo: (808) 974-7678; UH Manoa: (808) 956-9410; Kaua`i Community College: (808) 241-8387; UH Maui College: (808) 984-3364; Moloka`i Education Center: (808) 553-9993; Lana`i High and Elementary School: (808) 565-9100; University Center West Hawaiʻi: (808) 322-4867.

Commentary – Students Rights Violation, UH Hilo Elections 2015

On April 2, 2015 we, University of Hawaii at Hilo Student Association (UHHSA) candidates, Jennifer Ruggles and Briki Cajandig, were disqualified to run for elected positions by the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Gail Makuakane-Lundin. We had been given permission to run for office by the UHHSA Election Committee and UHHSA Executive Board.

The news was a surprise to us because we are not only  unable to run for the seats we were approved to run for, but we are no longer able to run for any UHHSA seats whatsoever; we are not allowed to run for positions we would have been otherwise eligible for, according to the decision of the Vice Chancellor.  We received the notice from the Vice Chancellor 5 days before the election, long after our names had been listed on the official roster for this year’s election candidates.

We believe this decision violates our rights; we are appealing the decision with the Chancellor of UH Hilo (please see attached appeal). The 2015 election is taking place from April 7, 2015, and goes until  today, Thursday, April 9 2015.

UHHSA has a history of questionable election practices as can be seen here: www.stopuhcorruption.com/uh-hilo.

UH Hilo corruption

We are happy to meet with any members of the press to discuss our unfortunate situation.

Mahalo – Disqualified UHHSA candidates, Jennifer Ruggles and Briki Cajandig



Aloha Elections Committee,

My name is Briki Cajandig and I am emailing you today because I believe my student rights have been violated. The Executive Board and Elections Committee of UHHSA requested to waive the requirements listed in our constitution due to my prior experience and successful contributions to the current senate. VCSA Gail Makuakane-London’s approval of the request was necessary for advancement as stated within our constitution, though this seems to be a requirement that only pertains to our campus. She has disapproved of the UHHSA Executive Board’s request to waive the UHHSA Constitution and this has led to the disqualification of my UHHSA candidacy for any position in the current elections. I find this to be a direct violation of my rights as a student given that both committees went through the proper, lengthy steps to waive this requirement; these steps are also documented within our constitution. I find that the VCSA’s decision directly negates the opinion of the Executive Committee and Executive Board. If both groups are willing to accept a student’s candidacy, the final decision should not be determined by one administrational figure. These rights should remain within the hands of the student body representatives. The VCSA announced her decision five days before elections, allowing no time for an alternate route of action. I believe that I should be allowed to run or considered as a qualified participant in this year’s Senate; listed below are the reasons why my eligibility is valid and justified.

  1. Up until March 13th I believed that my run for data director would be acknowledged and approved. I was under this impression because of the reassurance I was given by members of both the Executive Board and Elections Committee.
  2. 13 March 2015: Submitted all required documentation and 30+ student signatures for nomination as Data Director
  3. 18 March 2015: was emailed an invitation to attend the mandatory candidates meeting, implying that I was indeed a candidate in this year’s elections
  4. 19 March 2015: submitted additional documents (resume, UHHSA Senator duties and accomplishments, etc.) to accommodate the VCSA’s review of my credentials
  5. I was listed as the unopposed candidate for Data Director on the following website: http://hilo.hawaii.edu/vote/ . This post was taken down 2 April 2015.
  6. 2 April 2015: Elections Committee Chair Jarod Campbell emailed me stating, “I’m sorry to inform you that you have been deemed by the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs as ineligible to run for the position that you applied for in the UHHSA elections. I apologize for any inconvenience this has caused you. The Elections Committee has taken all steps that were necessary to attempt to allow you to run for your position.” The letter Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Gail Makuakane-Lundin sent the elections committee is attached.
  7. On April 2nd, Jennifer Ruggles and I met with the Elections Committee and Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Gail Makuakane-Lundin, where we presented a written request to understand our disqualification and discuss options that contained the possibility of rectifying the situation. When an election committee member asked Mrs. Makuakane-Lundin why she denied the suspension, she stated, “I went to your own guidelines, your guidelines are real clear, your constitution is very clear, because if others knew they could run for office without the same criteria, they should have also been allowed to do that, people didn’t know that.” The constitution’s eligibility article is referred to eight times in the election packet, (pages 1, 3 ,4, 6, 7, and 8) and made publicly available on the UHHSA website. Other students were given the same opportunity as me in regards to availability and comprehension of the constitution. Myself and all other potential candidates had the same criteria available for reference; everything Jennifer and I were able to access was just as attainable for the rest of the students at UH Hilo. Mrs. Makuakane-Lundin’s reason that students would not be able to infer that the constitution had the potential to be waived is inaccurate; therefore, her decision to deny the suspension and disqualify my candidacy is unjust.
  8. The Data Director slot I had been campaigning for was one that had no other contestants besides me; running unopposed meant that no one else wanted to compete for the seat. It seems detrimental towards the progression of the elections process by denying the only candidate that had shown interest in the position.

In the UHHSA By-Laws the following statement describes the responsibilities of the Elections Committee; they fulfill their duties by being in charge of:

“Facilitating all aspects of the UHHSA elections which take place every year during the Spring semester, for promoting UHHSA throughout the entire year in order to ensure candidate competition for each of UHHSA’s senator positions, and for filling any open positions on the UHHSA senate as they may or may not become vacant throughout the year.” (Bold added).

On April 2nd, Mrs. Makuakane-Lundin stated, “You were given the wrong information and can appeal which would nullify the entire vote or the election which may mean the entire election would have to be postponed to another period.”

I understand that the voting period has already begun, and that it will more than likely proceed without my name on the ballot. What I am requesting though, is a reconsideration of my disqualification and a rectified chance to ensure my candidacy. I am respectfully calling for the Elections committee to perform its duty to ensure candidate competition, and to fill open UHHSA positions through appropriately amending the situation.

Thank you for your time and undivided attention.


Briki Cajandig



My name is Jennifer Ruggles and I am writing to you because I believe I was unjustly disqualified for running in the student government election and should be able to run. Below is the sequence of events that brings this appeal to your attention:

  1. Article Two, Section B (4) b, of the UHHSA constitution states, “If applicants don’t meet the requirements for an open UHHSA executive position, the Executive Board reserves the right to request a suspension of Article Two, Section B, number 4 of the constitution with approval from the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs.”
  2. On Tuesday, March 7th I told UHHSA Election Committee Chair, Jarod Campbell, in person that I was considering running for President and that if he did not believe I could run for President, I would run for CoBE Senator instead. Mr. Campbell responded that he believed the ¾ year experience I had in UHHSA sufficed for the requirement and that I could run for President.
  3. On March 8th, I sent a letter of application and resume to the chair of the elections committee so that the committee could consider my qualifications and determine if my ¾ year CSO experience and related job experience would justify a suspension the constitutional requirement of 1 year CSO experience.
  4. On March 8th, I received an email from Chair Jarod Campbell responding: “I have spoke with the elections committee about you running for president. We agreed that you should be allowed to run for an executive position. You will be considered along the list of all the other applicants. Mahalo, Jarod”
  5. I turned in my completed election packet including 35 student nominations, (20 of which were CoBE students), for the President position, on the deadline, March 13th.
  6. On March 18th I received an email from the the elections committee inviting me to the mandatory candidates meeting which I attended on March 19th.
  7. On March 26th I was told by Jarod Campbell and Ardena Saarinen that her candidacy was confirmed in an UHHSA Executive Committee meeting.
  8. I was listed on the following website as candidate for UHHSA president: http://hilo.hawaii.edu/vote/ and was removed on April 2, 2015.
  9. On April 2nd, Elections Committee Chair Jarod Campbell emailed me stating, “I’m sorry to inform you that you have been deemed by the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs as ineligible to run for the position that you applied for in the UHHSA elections. I apologize for any inconvenience this has caused you. The Elections Committee has taken all steps that were necessary to attempt to allow you to run for your position.” The letter

Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Gail Makuakane Lundin sent the elections committee is attached. Mrs. Makuakane Lundin’s letter refers to Article Two, Section B (4) b of the constitution that requires 1 year CSO experience for executive positions and does not acknowledge that this same article provides an exception to this rule if certain requirements are met. The elections committee met the requirements outlined in Article Two, Section B (4) b.

Up to March 13th I had to opportunity to run for CoBE senator and the sequence of events from March 7th to March 13th mislead me to believe I could run as President. On April 2nd, Briki Cajandig and I met with the Election Committee and Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Gail Makuakane Lundin and presented a written request to understand the disqualification and discuss options possibly remedy the situation. As Mrs. Makuakane Lundin addressed the elections committee she stated, “ when you reached out to me about the candidates and the Vice Chancellor Kelly Oaks and you asked us what did we think, and we went straight to your constitution and we also looked at your election packet, and we highlighted the statements about what you needed to perform…and if you

wanted to suspend the rules, you would have to follow that procedure and we left it at that” The Elections Committee performed their duties as required by the bylaws and followed every rule in the constitution related my candidacy. When an election committee member asked Mrs. Makuakane Lundin why she denied the suspension, she stated, “I went to your own guidelines, your guidelines are real clear, your constitution is very clear, because if others knew they could run for office without the same criteria, they should have also been allowed to do that, people didn’t know that.” The constitution’s eligibility article is referred to eight times in the election packet, (pages 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, and 8) and made publicly available on the UHHSA website. Other students had same opportunity as me to know they could run for office without the same criteria. Mrs. Makuakane Lundin’s reason that others did not know they could suspend the constitution is inaccurate and therefore I believe I have been unjustly disqualified from the election.

Due to the sequence of events that occurred between March 7th and April 2nd, the fact that the constitution has been followed, and and the decision to disqualify me is unjust, I am hereby requesting to appeal Mrs. Makuakane Lundin’s decision.

I sincerely thank you for consideration and time.


Jennifer Ruggles

UHHSA Approves Permaculture Parking Lot Unanimously

The University of Hawaii Student Association (UHHSA) voted unanimously to support the Permaculture Parking Lot (PPL) at last Thursday’s senate meeting (see video here).

The bill will fund the creation of the Permaculture Parking Lot in the UH Hilo Science and Technology Building Lanikaula Parking Lot adjacent to the Kumukoa House.

The project is supported by the UH Hilo Sustainability Committee, UH Hilo College of Agriculture, Global HOPE, The Agriculture Club, and over 500 students and faculty members: see supporter video here

“The purpose of this project is to create an educational venue for the different edible plants that can grow in Hawai’i. The Permaculture Parking Lot will inform and inspire students and community members,” said principal project designer Wade Bauer. Over 80 different types of edible plants will be going into the parking lot (for complete list see below)

Earth Day Fair founder a professor Dr. Noelie Rodriguez fully supported the project. “Students could gain both skills and a way to lower their food costs,” she said.

UH Hilo neighbor Justin Avery jokingly said, “It could be a parking lot and we’ll put up a paradise,.” “This project has been a team effort to grow food on campus and be an example for the community, it’s a real win-win“ Avery said.

Over the past 3 and a half years The Kumukoa House has been organizing ‘yard days,’ where students and community members work in the gardens all day with trained gardening and landscaping experts. In the past 2 years, with the blessing of UH Hilo, the project has extended to the parking lot. “This is using the momentum we have from the past years to launch this project,” said Avery.

Agroforestry and permaculture consultant Dave Sansone said, “It’s not often that you have people who know what they are doing stepping in and offering free services and free labor. I see a real win-win. This project goes from having this idea on paper to lead the way in sustainability to actually doing it.”

UH Hilo is joining the national trend by moving in the direction of sustainability. Alex Lyon, University of Massachusets student and Kumukoa House resident, sees how permaculture gardens can serve as a recruitment tool for the university. “From 2010 UMASS started a permaculture garden at the university and has attracted considerable amount of students to enroll. The food goes straight from the campus gardens into the dining hall. You look outside of the dining hall and see 6 permaculture gardens. Students enroll in UMASS because of the garden, it has become a center of the university,” Lyon said.

The Kumukoa House invited everybody to come out for Yard Days on the 1st and 3rd Saturday from 9am-3pm. Mahalo!

23rd Annual Hawaiian Family afFAIR at UH Hilo

The 23rd annual Hawaiian Family AfFAIR at University of Hawaii Hilo happens this weekend.
2015 Family Affair

National Science Foundation Awards UH Hilo $622,175 for STEM Scholarships

The National Science Foundation has awarded the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo a $622,175 grant to support the Scholarships for STEM Program (S-STEM), which provides scholarships for academically talented, economically disadvantaged high school seniors who major in one of the following STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) disciplines–astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer science, environmental science, geology, marine science, mathematics and physics. The application deadline is April 15, 2015.

UH Hilo Moniker

Raina Ivanova, UH Hilo professor of mathematics, principal investigator and director of the program, said, “The S-STEM Program will provide much needed support for our deserving students who have demonstrated academic potential, but due to financial difficulties might not be able to consider a college degree. We are excited to be able to help our talented youth and enable them to pursue meaningful careers in STEM here in Hawaiʻi.”

S-STEM Program details

The S-STEM Program will provide each scholar with a $20,000 scholarship for four years of undergraduate studies (up to $5,000 per year), provided that the student maintains good academic standing and remains a STEM major. The program will also integrate and expand existing educational services for STEM students at UH Hilo.

Students will be selected on the basis of academic potential, motivation and interest in the STEM disciplines, as indicated by their high school GPA, standardized test scores, a letter stating interests and letters of reference.

Academic support services for the program include:

  • Faculty mentoring
  • Peer-tutoring for introductory STEM courses
  • Summer and academic year research support on campus
  • Opportunities for research internships
  • Advising and support to participate in summer research programs at U.S. mainland universities
  • Participation in a newly established freshman STEM course
  • Opportunities to present research in campus-wide, state and regional venues
  • Participation in a community service program in which students will provide math and science tutoring for K–12 students

To apply go to the S-STEM Program website.