Climate Change Research at UH Hilo: Monitoring the Coasts for Signs of Erosion

Climate change is affecting more than just plants and animals—it is changing coasts and sea levels. Researchers at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo are monitoring these changes and the impact on local communities by gathering data that will help officials make sound predictions about, and decisions for, the future.

Graduate student and researcher Rose Hart holds an unmanned aerial vehicle used to survey coastal areas.

Rose Hart, a first-year graduate student in the Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science program at UH Hilo, has teamed up with faculty member Ryan Perroy, an assistant professor of geography and environmental science at UH Hilo, to begin monitoring shorelines using an exciting and innovative technique.

The researchers are using small unmanned aerial vehicles to capture images of coastal areas across hundreds of acres. The images are used to create 3D data sets to observe past and present changes. A variety of coastal environments are being used for the study including sea cliffs (honoliʻi), low-lying and subsiding coastal lava fields (kapoho) and calcareous beaches (hapuna).

The project has a number of aspects and goals—one is to determine from a historical point of view how these coasts and regions have changed over time to present day. Another aspect is more short term, meaning that data collection occurs every couple of months to every few weeks to see how the coasts are currently changing.

The overall goal is to try to make accurate predictions on how the rise in sea level will affect the coast and what that entails for communities and the county in regard to planning. For example, setback regulations from the coastline may need to be adjusted. How the community will respond to the rising sea level is an important factor to consider especially in the long-term sense things will be dramatically different in the next 50 to 100 years.

For more on Hart and Perroy and their research, read the full article at UH Hilo Stories.

First Pacific Astronomy and Engineering Education Summit a Success on the Big Island

Hilo Hosted High School Students from China, Japan, India, Canada and the Big Island

The first Pacific Astronomy and Engineering Education Summit, sponsored by the Thirty Meter Telescope and the County of Hawaii, and hosted at the Imiloa Astronomy Center and the University of Hawaii at Hilo, brought together high school students and educators from China, Japan, India, Canada and the Big Island for four days of intense learning and interaction.

Kids Summit
Workshops included CCD Technology (Dr. JJ Armstrong, Institute for Astronomy), Adaptive Optics (Peter Michaud, Gemini Observatory), Polarization of Light (Dr. Saeko Hayashi, Subaru Telescope), Planetary Remote Sensing (Dr. Rob Wright, Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology), The Sun (Dr. Paul Coleman, Institute for Astronomy), Light Spectroscopy (Dale Olive, Waiakea High School), Orientation to Mauna Kea (Stephanie Nagata, Office of Mauna Kea Management), and an Overview of the Hawaii Volcanoes (Janet Babb, USGS, Hawaii Volcanoes).

Team design briefs included Mars Robotics (Dale Olive and Tom Murphy, Waiakea High Robotics) and Asteroid Drilling (Christian Andersen, PISCES).  Keynote speakers included Dr. Ravinder Bhatia, Thirty Meter Telescope, Krystal Schlecter, UHH Astrophysics Club and Dr. Paul Coleman.  Lt Governor Shan Tsutsui welcomed the conference participants and Representatives Mark Nakashima, Cliff Tsuji and Richard Onishi presented House certificates to each participant.

Students presented science projects and shared a cultural presentation.  Field trips included sunset viewing and star gazing at Hale Pohaku and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.  Out of state school students were provided with an additional home stay experiences after the summit by Waiakea and Hilo High School families.

Big Island schools participating included: Hilo High School, Connections Public Charter School, Honokaa High School, and Waiakea High School.  Thirty Meter Telescope partner countries were represented by the Shri Ram School, Aravali, India; Shawnigan Lake School, British Columbia, Canada; the High School affiliated with Beihang University, Beijing, China; Ritsumeikan High School, Kyoto, Japan; and Senri High School, Osaka, Japan.

Connections Public Charter School student Clara Cellini said, “I think international conferences are very beneficial to students because we are put in new situations with new people.  Bringing people of different cultures together to focus on a single goal creates a sense of unity. Every student should have the opportunity to experience this.”

An educator shared, “The knowledge, resources, connections gained are priceless.  This is the optimum education environment. Students and teachers were provided with hands on problem solving activities and constructed new knowledge by collaboration.  The sharing of international minds is a powerful entity that many do not get to experience.  It results in, or fosters a global perspective.”

“There are many benefits to those who attended this event.  You get to meet different people and experience new things.  Your knowledge and imagination of the things that are possible is expanded.  Your confidence level is also given a boost.  Because you have to present a project, you also gain experience in presenting. You also get to go to new and different places.  It is a wonderful experience that everyone should have. I am so honored to have been given the opportunity,” said Waiakea High School student Olivia Murray.

Ritsumeikan High School Principal Hiroshi, Tanaka who first hosted the Japan Super Science Fair 10 years ago in Kyoto, after which the Hawaii summit is modeled, said “International cooperation is really necessary for young scientists. I believe participants broadened their horizons and constructed a global network.  I am most grateful to all who supported this Summit.”

For further information on the 2013 Pacific Astronomy and Engineering Education Summit, contact Art Kimura, Hawaii Space Grant Consortium,


UH Hilo College of Arts and Sciences Announces its Spring 2013 Dean’s List recipients


The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo announces its Spring 2013 Dean’s List recipients:

Shannon Abarra, Leilani Maijastina Abaya, Richard Makaala Muraoka Abbley, Maeva Accart, BJ Isaac Pacupac Acosta, Samantha Starr Acosta, Melissa Ellen Adams, Jazlyn Aurora JoAnn Afusia, Jamaica Paz Sicat Agustin, Eric James Akerman, Alston Alika Albarado, Maureen Lucy Allison, Jenna Kuuolenalani Almarza, Heather Lov Anderson, Janelle Marie Andres, Anshuka Anshuka, Brandi J. Antonio, Krista Natsuko Aoki, Zion Makanalani Apao, Shanley Apele, Travis Roy Apple, Whiteeagle Arai, Joshua King Seong Haruo Araki-Kwee, Justin King Shan Tooru Araki-Kwee, Megan Lilinoe Araujo, Keanu Makana O Ke Akua Arke, Shawn Eugene Asistin, Janelle R. Au, Jolie Hisako Au, Sanoe M.K. Awai, Marta I. Azzollini, Rosanna R. Badua, Paul Jacob Barch, Ahnesty Mo’ilani’okamakani Barrozo, Heather Kayleen Bartlett, Paul Sloane Batausa, Robin K. Belcher, Peter Charles Bennett, Lars Arthur Bergstrom, Jacob Kaunahi Bernabe, Justin Takeo Bisel, Aaron James Bishop, Carolyn Irene Blind, Kyra Lynn Blue, Stephen Elias Bond, Lori Diane Bothwell, Brenna Katherine Bourque, Brittany Nicole Boyd, Reitchel Navarra Boyd. Michael Joseph Bradley, Anashe Brooks, Eleanor Lorraine Brown, Leena Brown, Stephen Michael Brown, Benjamin Garrett Browning, Kevin Alexander Bruce, Kristen Cara Brunell, Ashley Dawn Buasriyottiya, Josephine Malia Buck, Chase Jameson Buffam, Jenna Lee Burns, Spencer Darren Kaimalie Cabral, Dawn Akiko Kananiokapuamaeole Cabreros, Bronya Anuhea Cacal, Goody Butay Cacal, Sabine Chiemi Callarec, Malia Rose Kimiko Callo, Nicole Marie Calsbeek, Vada Grace Cambio, Britney Rose Carey, Sean Leo Carlos, Loren Leilani Case, Christina Noel Cauley, Jaeeun Cha, Amy Kaakim Chang, Andy Chang, Silas Chapman, Matt Chen, Kealii Andrew Cho, Min Ji Cho, Autumn Tehani Uakoko Chong, Brandon Lee Chun, Kobie Lehua Clarke, Connor Joaquin Clay, Gregory James Cleary, William Berkeley Cleary, Joyce M.K. Close, Kayleigh Loleka Concepcion, Nicole C. Conley, Michael Eugene Cook, Taylor Alexandra Coons, Renee Lynn Corpuz, Robin Marie Correa, Elyssa Rae-Ann Correia, Allyssa Shawna Noelani Cortez, Sean Fumio Costales, Nicole A. Cowan, Angel Lee Cruz, Jai Akualani Crystal, Nicholas Logan D’Amico, Ida Kristin Danielsen, Ida Pelihda David, Renee I. David, Jaylyn Lokelani Davis, Dwane J. Deem, Brandi N. A. L. Dela Cruz, Randy William Dellinger, Amber D. Demler, Marley M.K. Depew, Angelina Diep, Stacie Emiko Doi, Amelia Rivkah Dolgin, Noah Patterson Dolim, Ryan S. Domingo, Tiare N. Doria, Pedro Dos Santos, James Kenneth Drescher, Kaylie Lynn Drew, Alejandra Evajean Duarte, Melanie Leila Dudley, Julie Padua Duhaylongsod, Louise Marie Economy, Chad Richard Engevold, Jordan Kainoa Enos, Danielle Kanani Enright, Brianna K. Enriquez-Cabalis, Tiffany Marie Epping, Tiffany Grace Erickson, Melanie Guittap Fermin, Emily Fernandes, Erik Daniel Ferreira, Nicholas Iokua Ferreira, Chelsea K. Field, Doug Walter Fitzpatrick, Kelly Odell Fitzpatrick, Katherine Anne Foerster, Scheherazade Alexandra Folley-Regusters, Amber Marie Forrestal, Ella Rose Fregeau Olmstead, Cory Aikau French, Joshua Allen Fuentes, Samantha Kahealani Fuhrmann-Blyth, Kaitlyn Akemi Fujii, Kendra Akemi Fujioka, Ashley Ayaka Fukuchi, Christopher James Fukumoto, Tyson Kaniela Fukuyama, Naomi Sison Gagabi, Brooke Mary Gagnon, Heather Lynn Gallahorn, Brian Alberto Galvez, Dayna Lynn Pu’unani Ganigan, Jeremy Ramos Ganir, Todd Simon Taylor Gardner, Ashley Christina Garnett, Shannon Blake Garnett, Stephanie Makaleka Gayle, Kawaikapuokalani W. Genovia, David Timothy Gentry, Alex C. M. Gerken, Hattie Le`a Gerrish, Sha de Glessner, Joseph Daniel Gomez, Makalele Alegra Gorsich, Renee Kathleen Graber, Lauren K.A.H. Grace-Finley, Rebecca Leigh Green, Sarah Ashley Green, Rachel Grace Greenbach, Emily Greene, Kylie Judith Grogg, Stine Marie Gundersen, Gabrielle Lacuesta Gutierrez, Brittany Krystal Hale, Tamara Kuulei Halliwell, Kayla H. Hamel, Soyoung Han, Jamaica Ann Hancock, Dustin Wayne Hanson, Christopher L. Hardy, Margaret Alyse Harris, Amy Frances Harrison, Courtney Ann Hideko Harrison, Ganga Devi Harrison, Vrindavan Harrison, Rose Sierra Hart, Rachel Ann Hazeltine, Tazialynn Leilani Hegarty, Britta Lena Helzberg, Ryan Barton Henderson, Karl Robert Hennen, Randi Keala Henriques, Hannah Ciera Henry, Sophia Hernz, Alexandria Aspen Herring, Noriko Hida, Ryan Alton Higa, Iris Hsing Mei Hirayama, Rya Catherine Horne, Neeley Jo Horton, Asia Carolynne Howe, Shayna Y. P. S. Hu, Molly Ann Huff, Kai Aaron Igarashi, Kadi Mie Igawa, Allena Yukiye Ikehara, Natalie Kawehiuilani Ilaban, Kana Inoue, Carrie Ga lai Ip, Kelsey Kazuyuki Ito, Linda Gabriela Ixtupe, Aimehio Vez Iyeke, Jessica Jacobs, Astrid Mafina Johansson, Annalise John, Liv Monique Johnson, Kaycie Chiemi Jyo, Jarin S. Kadooka, Shaylyn Pohaikealoha Kahawai, Ayaka Kajiura, Ashlee Keolalaulani Kalauli, Bree Kealaonaonaokanoelani Emi Kalima, Kaiulani Kamelakeonaonamaikalani Kamau, Halena Kailiehu Kapuni-Reynolds, Alyssa Ann Terra Kartheiser, Jonathan Hiroshi Kataoka, Nellie Kati, Lilinoe Yael B. Kauahikaua, Tori Sachie Kaya, Josh Leo Kedzior, Sarah Leialoha Kekauoha, Jessica Ann Kennedy, Sean Stephen Kenny, Serina Haleakakaneaumoana Kiili, Peter Allen Kim, Soyeon Kim, Yong Hoon Kim, Kristy Kathleen Michiko Kimura, Taylor Alexander Kinsey, Ronald Paul Kittle, Ku’upuamae’ole Kacie Chiyeko Kiyuna, Dania-Maria Elena Klink, Christopher Zdenek Kluzak, Andrew Emery Knight, Laura Jean Knight, Katrina A. Knowlton, Aisha-Rae Noelani Kobayashi, Evelina Kocharov, Kelly Joseph Kofalt, Ericksen Lloyd Kohatsu, Leina Konashi, Daniel Jacob Konkler, Devin C. Konkler, Keisha Kehaulani Reiko Kotake, Johann Wei-Xin Kuipers, Lauren Imi Kunishige, Jannicke Kuvas, Daniel Scott Kvale, Shuk Ping Kwok, Sophia Anne Laderman, Jenna Rose Lahousse, Franchael K. Laimana, Amy Gaylene Landers, Alastair Joel Lavin, Naomi Lynne Lawrence, Tynan Cody Lazarus, Jailyn Mei Lazo, Jennifer LeFevre, Saerom Lee, Ronaivit Vaisuatoto Leiato, Harrison K. Leite, Samelda Neimon Leon, Jon-Pierre Leone, Keola Ha Limkin, Moressa Naomi Summer Lindsey, Sean Eloaamaikamaluhia Lindsey, Hannah Ida Lipman, Brent Koji Llaneza, Olivia Lauren Long, Hannah K. C. P. Loo, Christina Marie Love, Michael Ryan Lovell, Alyssa Kealohi Loving, Marissa Kawehi Loving, Zorba Lozano, Drew Lubiniecki, Blaine C. M. Luiz, Jacob Keith Luna, Kristy L. Lungo, Sean Christopher Luscombe, Alayna Rachelle Leilani Machacek, Ashley Noel Mahlstedt, Ian Tadashi Makida, Kate Manzano Malasig, Kaela Kala’i Maluo, Alexandra Nicole Marin, Jonathan Drew Kele Marshall, Leif Alexander Marz, Sarah Borje Marzan, Malia Victoria Masicampo, Anna Claire Masuda, Evan Seki Matsuyama, Kristen Renee Mattos, Mathew Robert Mauldin, Joseph Edward Maxwell, Nathan Mays, Leslie Lehuanani McClung, Normandy McConaugh ey, Meghan Renee Meier McGrath, Kevin Alan McKay, Megan Theresa U. Medeiros, Angelo Alcino Menezes Guterres Aparicio, Mary Katherine Metchnek, McKayla Faith Meyer, CoraLee Cassie Michaud, Garrett Franklin Micheels, Chad Ethan Miguel-Harris, Bryce Evan Miles-Leighton, Thane Bryan Milhoan, Lilia Ivanova Misheva, Kelly Kiyomi Miyamoto, Sandy Haunani Miyasato, Erin Lin Sachiko Miyashiro, Bryson Shizuo Miyose, Norman Zuniga Mogote, Jonah Laa Kaohu Molina, Sherise-Charity M. Moniz, Austin Willard Moore, Hannah Moore, Erika Morihiro, Jacob Dee Moser, Tierra Ann Moses, Lauryn Pualeihana Mary Mow, Darcy Leigh Mulligan, Koran Nichole Munafo, Kiel Andre Myers, Sui Nagata, Camie Chiharu Nakagawa, Courtney Hiroko Nakahara, Richard Toshi Nakamura, Ryan William Nakamura, Tory Mikio Nakamura, Kerri Mika Nakatsu, Remi Nakaza, Robynn Ailynn Ines Namnama, Kirstie Kanoelani Akemi Naone, Allyssa Leilani Nau, Courtney Anne Nelson, Kara Marie Nelson, Jaysen Christopher Niedermeyer, Scott Laurence Nielsen, Anela Lani Nishimoto, Chloe Y. K. Nishioka, Keenan Kalama Riki Nishioka, Nicole Chelsea Jean Nonies, Jerusha Mary Nosek, Rachel Notturno, Arren Sebastian Marie Nunez, Steven Mitsuaki Ogi, Crysta Lani Okabe, Kira Miyuki Okamoto, Michelle Michie Okamoto, Zechary Palaina Okamoto, Catherine Ann Olson, Malia Jean Olson, Amanda Orcutt, Christopher Jason Orcutt, Mari Carmen Ortega, Mari Brittany Oshiro, Chelsa Ota-Van Scyoc, Carli Leiana Owan, Samantha Renee Oxley, Aimee Lynn Leinaala Pacheco, Cheynielle Minoakalani Pacheco, Ciera Moanilehua Pagud, Nicolette Paige, Fagalima Lenell Paleafei, Samantha Marie Palmer, Bronson Paul Amio Palupe, Jannah Gaile Pante, Pauleen Shiloh Pante, Hee Joon Park, Wonho Park, Mariah Clavela Partida, Kristine Pasek, Kara Lianne Paulachak, Kristin M. Pedersen, Brian Daniel Pedro, Jessica Marie Penaranda, Brandon Perea, Rheanna Ariel Perez, Daniel James Perry, Forrest Swienckowski Petersen, Sharon Ann Petrosky, Shelley M. Phu, Malina Erin Piatt, Kaylie Renee Pickup, Bryce Matthew Pierson, Craig R. Pinkney, Hye Jin Piper, Robert Michel Pipes, Tara Applinario Pipes, Ritsuko Poerstel, Margot Ying-Hui Pontius, Arwen May Potochney, Zachary Alan Pratt, Stevan Premovic, Michael Robert Purvis, Dannielle Janine Putney, Nathaniel Nien-Cheng Quan, Willyann Kehaulani Quanan, Kori Gaila Quander, Sherri-Ann K. Quinn, Hye Jin Ra, Laurel Rain, Mark Joshua Paraggua Ramones, Justin Lopez Ramos, Micah Rhobelyn Tunac Ramos, Priya Marie Rashid, Lisa Michelle Ray, Travis Alan Reardon, Robyn Christine Rector, Maricel Masing Reid, Charlotte Rich, Chelsey Kristin Rickert, Kanani Cherise Rivera, Koa Henry Damien Rodrigues, Rebecca Marie Rogers, Saul David Rollason, Gerry Abergido Romero, Kainoa Kamakani Rosa, Kevin Lewis Rose, Malaika Amani Ross, Kyle Royce, Richard Casper Rudolph, Ardena M. J. Saarinen, Christa Nicole Sadler, Michael Anthony Sado, Julie Anne Garo Sagabaen, Philip Mau Sakaba, Francis Elliott Sakai-Kawada, Jade Wun Salvador, Megan Sue Santos, Teresinha Santos Da Costa , Alyssa Mayumi Sato, Zutchill Dingle Sato, Neil David Scheibelhut, Krystal Schlechter, Jordan Lacey Schneider, Helen Marie Schrock, Sabrina Juliana Schultz, Eloise Amie Scott, Kanoa James Severson, Ishael Kiheionapuamamolehua Shaw-De Mello, Brandi L. Shifflett, Kirsten Hisako Shimizu, Lorena Jo Dessa Ko’ani’ani Shire, Stephanie Lee Shor, Kananimauloa Tahmaraj Silva, Sarah Jessica Silva, Summer Rae Singer, Kenneth Adam Smith, Lauren Marcia Smith, Patricia Snel, Ethan Edward Souza, Brittany Lauren Spencer, Courtney R. Spencer, Christopher Michael Stewart, James Stilley, Andrea Stroescu, Anne Cecilia Elisabeth Stromhielm, George N. Subiono, Torri Lee Suda, Jeremy Martin Suguitan, Ashley Suh, Grady Sullivan, Kris Ramelb Sumaoang, Paige Naomi Sumida, Alanna Renee Sutton, Yvonne L. Sylva, Ricky William Kanaina Tabandera, Dillon K. Tacdol, Helaman Toa Golden Tafua, Hazel Pontanes Tagalicud, Deeana Nohealani Tagata, Tara Miyoko Takamori, Cameron Noboru Takamura, John James Gregorio Taman, Jove Jenn Maalihan Taman, Aisha Reiko Tanaka, Shelby Tanaka, Jaime-Rose Cayme Tangonan, Cullen Ku’ula Sunao Tanoue, Reuben Blake Tate, Larissa Chloe Hisako Tawata, Tyler Shaun Terai, Ashley Carol Terrell, Rachel LeeAnn Terry, Aijah Joshua Thompson, Rachel Lorraine Thompson, Kristina Louise Tietjen, Zachary Tman, Charles Andrada Tolentino, Taylor Tomita, Ashley Chanel Nobuko Tomori, Katrease Lipiniokalani Kimiko Torres, Chelsie Lynn Toyomura, William Yamashita Toyozaki, William Ernest Trout, Jennifer Leigh Trujillo, Kyle Kenta Tsubota, Peter Aaron Tuck, Michelle Emiko Uchida, Christine Joy Calabucal Uco l, Wesley James Ulloa, Elaine Lazaro Valdez, Korie Lihau Maelia Valeho, Keith Joseph Valentis, Sage Trinidad Van Kralingen, Mark J. Vancamp, Nichelle Leanne Veien, Alexandra Rose Ventresca, Conan-Cordero Laahia Vierra, Jodi Anne Souza Vierra, Joseph Hunter Vinarcsik, Jacob Lim Vinluan, Sheryl Vea Visitacion, Joyce Dyan Vitales, Christopher Vito Vizzone, Brittany A. Wagner, Tianna Kenani Waipa, Maria Karin Walczuk, Emily Grace Wallingford, Gerald Thomas Walsh, Jennifer Gail Wass, Casandra Jo Weatherly, Bobby Ray White, Alexandra Brooke Williams, Daisy Lee Willis, Stone Adam Willow, Kellie Nicole Wilson, Leah Adele Wilson, Denyse Nichole Kuupuaimohalaikalani Woo-Ockerman, Bailey Aya Wooldridge, Mariah Wyckoff, Arlinda Meagan Yamaguchi, Kelli Emi Yamane, Nicholas William Yamauchi, Christopher Germain Yoakum, Katrina Pomaikaiwale Yogi, Nicole Michiko Yoneishi, Tristan Kazuo Yoshida, Lynn Hiromo Inaba Young, Jamie Alan Yugawa, Qi Zhang, Izabella Zobova.

UH Hilo College of Business and Economics Announces Dean’s List for Spring 2013

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo College of Business and Economics announces its Dean’s List for the Spring 2013 semester:

Marisol Alvarez, Chelsea A. Alward, Dayna E. Bersamin, Debra H. Cannoles, Shanda L. K. Carvalho, Claire E. Cea, Krystel R. Charkowski, Winona Yi-an Chen, Soomin Chung, Christina M. Evert, Norine R. Fitzgerald, Benjamin J. Friedlander, Daniel Z. A. Fujii, Matthew C. Garvey, Sarah J. K. Hamakawa, Anna Sofia Marie Hamlin, Justin K. Hirako, Hanale Hose, Summer K. Ilac-Wong, Melanie C. Isa, Yvonne S. Johnny, Josie L. Johnson, Aysia K. M. Kaaumoana, Hitomi Kitade, Amber L. Koker, Corey K. Kozuma, Tomoaki Kurima, Jonathon F. Laudner, Hyunchul Lee, Matthew P. M. Luga, Elise L. Martin, Christina M. Method, Coryn A. Miyashiro, Candela Montero Llasera, Marvin Louis P. Nagtalon, Alexandria J. Nakao-Eligado, Taylor L. Neel, Alvin K. Nguyen, Kelli S. Okumura, Yulia I. Orlova, Navarone K. Ortiz, Jesica L. Pacheco, Tehani-Jenae L. K. Palolo, Junyong Park, Michael S. K. Patterson, Zachary J. Pettus, Lindsey F. Poulsen, Mikhail A. Romantchouk, Kristen L. Ross, Karyle K. Saiki, Shannon N. T. Sampaga, Aaron Sanchez Robles, Thomas Jay T. Shigemoto, Ji Hye Shin, Kun H. Sigrah, Brandi Lei H. Smith, Logan M. Snell, Jana Soli, Travis T. A. Stancil, Mark Tokuuke, Risa Watabiki, and Kayla S. Yugawa.


UH Hilo Captures Microsoft Academic National Championship

A student team from the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo recently won the prestigious 2013 U.S. Microsoft Imagine Cup Championship held in San Jose, California. The team now heads to St. Petersburg, Russia for the Imagine Cup Worldwide Finals in July.

Imagine Cup is Microsoft’s premier student technology competition that honors technology innovations addressing the world’s toughest problems as student innovators from around the world use Microsoft resources to take their one-of- a-kind, ground breaking application ideas from concept to the marketplace. The national finals featured the top 10 U.S. teams pitching their ideas and solutions to investors, entrepreneurs, and technology professionals for a chance to win cash prizes and support for their businesses.

Team Poliahu - Featured from left to right: Ryder Donahue, Kayton Summers, Wallace Hamada, Professor Edwards and Mike Purvis.

Team Poliahu – Featured from left to right: Ryder Donahue, Kayton Summers, Wallace Hamada, Professor Edwards and Mike Purvis.

UH Hilo’s Team Poliahu, comprised of seniors Mike Purvis, Kayton Summers, Wallace Hamada and junior Ryder Donahue from the UH Hilo Computer Science Department, topped the field of competition with their application entitled “Help Me Help,” which focused on community help for disaster relief efforts. The program aids the community and emergency response personnel in disaster situations by allowing users to upload images of nearby hazards through the use of smart phones.

Team Captain Purvis said the idea grew out of a senior project to design software that could track native and invasive plant species.

“We realized tracking that kind of information could be applied to a larger scale with more impact,” said Purvis. “So we decided to rewrite our entire idea for disaster response.”

Team Adviser Dr. Keith Edwards, associate professor, computer science, said the student’s achievement is evidence of what hard work and creative thinking can accomplish.

“As a professor, I am always the most pleased when students are able to transcend the material taught in the classroom to develop knowledge and capabilities beyond what is presently known,” Edwards said. “The success achieved by these students is a perfect representation of how the tremendous creative possibilities at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo can have a worldwide impact.”


UH Hilo Announces Year-End Award Recipients

A student, staff, and faculty members were honored at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo 2013 Awards and Recognition Celebration held recently on campus.


Xietan Kawai Anuhea Dutro, a student fiscal/administrative assistant at Ka Haka `Ula O Ke`elikōlani (KHUOK) College of Hawaiian Language, was honored as Student Employee of the Year. Dutro has worked at the College since 2008 and is an integral part of its preparation and planning for events and activities as well as being the College’s representative on the Merrie Monarch Parade committee.

The Outstanding University Support Employee Award was presented to Shana Kaneshiro whose work as an office assistant in the Financial Aid Office positively affects the 8,200 students applying for financial aid each year. Kaneshiro redesigned all the FAO forms that can now be done online, and each year volunteers for the College Goal Sunday events in Hilo and Kona that help up to 400 students and their families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). She has served as president of the UH clerical support group Nā Laulima, and has been the campus clerical representative on the UH Hilo Chancellor’s Professional Development Committee since 2011.

College of Continuing Education and Community Service (CCECS) Program Coordinator Corinne Tamashiro, who began working for the College as a student in 1971, received the Professional Staff Award. A former Interim and Acting Dean, Tamashiro played a significant role in planning and establishing the North Hawai’i Education and Research Center (NHERC) in Honoka`a, and single handedly built UH Hilo’s summer session program into what it is today.

This year’s Taniguchi Excellence & Innovation Award went to Dr. Philippe Binder, professor of physics, and Dr. Ramon Figueroa-Centeno, associate professor of mathematics. Binder and Figueroa-Centeno were recognized for their work on three-dimensional visualization of complex mathematical objects in `Imiloa’s 16-meter state-of-the-art stereoscopic planetarium. Their work offers significant advances in the presentation of complex mathematical data sets, which allow data to be manipulated so that it can be better understood and become a powerful tool in physics and mathematics courses. The first of its kind to be presented in a planetarium environment, the data has been presented at a national level visualization conference and used in university classes.

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

Applications Available for UH Hilo Environmental Summer Program

This summer the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo provides three different one-week environmental day camps for Hawaiʻi Island high school students. The application deadline is May 17.
East Hawaiʻi students entering grades 9 – 12 this fall are encouraged to apply for the 2013 Mānowai o Hanakahi summer program. This year’s program focuses on exposure to Hawaiʻi’s regions while participants develop skills used in data collection for ecological monitoring, spatial analysis and data visualization. Applicants can select from:

• June 10 – 14 Mālama Mauna Kea: discover landscapes, native ecosystems and the origins of our water

• June 24 – 28 Mālama Kīlauea: encounter lavaflows and discover the relationship between life and lava

• July 22 – 26, Mālama ke Kai: become familiar with coral tidepools and the delicate ecosystems they support

Applicants may apply for one or all camps. For more information, visit or contact Erika Perry at 933-0707 or


Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard to Deliver UH Hilo Spring Commencement Address

Hawaiʻi Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard will address the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo spring commencement as keynote speaker on Saturday, May 11, beginning at 9 a.m. at Edith Kanaka`ole Stadium.

My son w/ Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard at the State Capital

My son w/ Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard at the State Capital

Students have petitioned for a total of 765 degrees and/or certificates from the colleges of Arts and Sciences (460), Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management (27), Business and Economics (53), Ka Haka ‘Ula O Ke`elikõlani College of Hawaiian Language (46) and Pharmacy (120), while 33 others are candidates for various post graduate honors, and another 26 are seeking the Teacher Education Program certificate.

Gabbard came to Hawaiʻi two years after her birth in Leloaloa, American Samoa. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in International Business from Hawaiʻi Pacific University in 2009. She was first elected in 2002 when she became the youngest person ever elected to the State Legislature by winning a seat in the House of Representatives at the age of 21. The following year, she enlisted in the Hawaiʻi Army National Guard and voluntarily deployed to Iraq in 2004.

She was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal during Operation Iraqi Freedom, was the first female Distinguished Honor Graduate at Fort McClellan’s Officer Candidate School, and became the first woman to receive an award of appreciation from the Kuwaiti military on her second overseas deployment. Between tours of duty, she worked as a legislative aide to U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka in Washington, DC. Today, she continues to serve as a Military Police Captain.

Her return to politics took place in 2010 when she won a seat on the Honolulu City Council. In January 2013, she was sworn into office to represent Hawaiʻi’s Second Congressional District.

Ashlee Kalauli, a mathematics major with a minor in chemistry, represents the Class of 2013 as student speaker. Born in San Diego, California and raised in Honoka`a, Kalauli attended Kamehameha Schools – Hawaiʻi in Kea`au where she graduated 5th out of 142 students in 2008 with a cumulative 4.0 GPA.

At UH Hilo, she has maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.87 while earning numerous academic honors and awards, including the Ke Ali`i Pauahi Foundation and Hawaiʻi Noyce Teacher’s Scholarships, the Pearson Undergraduate Mathematics Award, and the Pearson Outstanding Mathematics Senior Award. She was also among a select group of students chosen for the 2012 Pacific Undergraduate Research Experience in Mathematics (PURE Math) program.

Her extensive campus and community activities include being an Orientation Leader and a Student Coordinator for the University’s New Student Programs, math tutor, and host of the First Hawaiʻi Noyce Teacher’s Scholarship Math Day. A member of the UH Hilo women’s basketball team from 2009-2010, she also served as a referee for the 2009 Special Olympics Basketball Tournament.

Kalauli will return to the PURE Math program she excelled in last summer to resume her work as a program assistant. She has also been admitted into the University’s Master’s of Arts in teaching program, which convenes its next cohort in mid-July. After earning her masters, Kalauli plans to pursue a Ph.D. in mathematics with the eventual goal of returning to her alma mater.

For more information on Commencement, call (808) 974-7555 or email For disability accommodations, contact Susan Shirachi at (808) 933-0816 (V) or (808) 933-3334 (TTY). Requests should be made at least 10 business days prior to the event.


Lauhala Symposium at Hawaiʻi Preparatory Academy

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo North Hawai‘i Education and Research Center (NHERC) and Hawaiʻi Preparatory Academy (HPA) invite the public to a “Symposium on Sustainability and Traditional Pacific Island Arts: The Art of Lauhala, Form and Function,” on May 3 & 4 at the HPA Gates Performing Arts Center. There is no charge for May 3, but there is a $55 fee for May 4.

From the Hawaii State Archives

Girls Weaving Lauhala. From the Hawaii State Archives

The purpose of the symposium is to celebrate and educate people on the important role lauhala fiber work traditions played in the settlement and development of the Pacific region. The two-day event includes lectures, talk story sessions, a fiber arts exhibition, and weaving workshops and demonstrations given by some of Hawaiʻi’s leading lauhala fiber artists.

Date: ca. 1910 Photographer: Gartley, Alonzo, 1869-1921

Date: ca. 1910
Photographer: Gartley, Alonzo, 1869-1921

Special focus will be given to the role native Hawaiian weavers from Hawaiʻi Island have played over the last century in the development and perpetuation of this fiber art form, especially in the making of lauhala hats. A highlight will be a talk story session with Kona resident and master weaver Aunty Elizabeth Lee, who is the founder and director of Ka Ulu Lauhala O Kona, an organization dedicated to perpetuating the art of lauhala weaving.

Call NHERC at 775-8890 for event details.


Clarence Waipa Memorial Scholarship Concert Set for May 5

A number of well-known island musical organizations will come together to perform at the Clarence Waipa Memorial Scholarship Concert on Sunday, May 5 at 2 p.m. in the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Performing Arts Center (PAC). The concert will feature music Waipa arranged or performed with numerous choral organizations during his lifetime.

Clarence Waipa

Clarence Waipa

Herbert Mahelona, music director at Kamehameha High School, Kea’au, and Michael Springer, UH Hilo graduate and a protégé of Waipa, have prepared special musical arrangements of repertoire taken from classical music, Hawaiian standards, and tunes that were standard fare for Waipa’s singers.

An orchestra of local musicians has been formed for the concert, with vocalists from the University Chorus and the UH Hilo Kapili Choir, under the direction of Amy Horst, and the Kamehameha High School chorus, directed by Mahelona. The Kamehameha Alumni Choir, also under Mahelona’s leadership, opened its doors to singers from St. Joseph High, Sing Out Hilo, and the Seventh Day Adventist Choir to round out the ensemble numbers on the program.

Waipa, who passed away in 2011, hailed from Keaukaha, and graduated from California State University in Los Angeles. He returned to Hilo in 1967 to teach music, art, theatre and Hawaiian history at St. Joseph High for over 30 years. During his lifetime, he trained many of the musicians who are working in choral music on the island of Hawai’i. The concert was created to ensure other generations would be enriched by Waipa’s musical legacy.

All tickets are open seating, priced at $12 General, $10 Senior, and $7 UH Hilo/HawCC faculty, staff, alumni, students, and children 17 and under. Tickets are available at the PAC Box Office, Tuesday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or by calling 974-7310.

All proceeds from the concert will go toward Performing Arts scholarships at UH Hilo. Those wishing to make donations to the scholarship fund can do so by contributing to the UH Foundation, Performing Arts Center Scholarship Fund. For more information, contact Jackie Pualani Johnson at


UH Hilo Students Take Top Research, Memorial Scholarship at UH Systemwide Symposium

A Marine Science student in the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Marine Option Program (MOP) recently took top honors in the 30th Annual Marine Option Program Student Symposium, held April 13 at University of Hawaiʻi Maui College.

UH Hilo

The Award for Best Overall Research Paper went to Marine Science senior Kristina Tietjen for her project entitled “Evidence for a New Genus of Triphoridae in Hawaiʻi Based on Scanning Electron Micrographs of the Protoconch.”

In addition, Marine Science senior and MOP Student Coordinator Laura Knight was awarded the prestigious Anna Toy Ng Memorial scholarship. This award was established to annually recognize the most exemplary MOP student from across the UH System for marine scholarship, ocean stewardship, and participation in MOP. Knight is a member of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)-MOP Sea Turtle Rescue Team, was a NOAA Whale Count Site Leader for MOP, participated in the QUEST Scientific Diving program, and was awarded internships through the Kalākaua Marine Education Center (KM EC) to work as a research diver as part of NOAA’s Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument surveys.

Seven other UH Hilo students presented their work at the MOP conference, which included oral and poster presentations on research and internship projects. Students included Sandor Baranyi, Chelsey Bryson, Sean Cantero, Brittany Dolan, Hōkūokahalelani Pihana, Alanna Sutton, and Derek Watts. They all received full travel stipends from the UH Hilo MOP program to attend the symposium.

The UH Hilo MOP is a hands-on program open to students in any field of study who have an interest in the ocean. It is directed on the UH Hilo campus by the Kalākaua Marine Education Center (KMEC) and is a certificate granting program which offers courses on marine project development through the Department of Marine Science.

For more information or to join MOP, email or call (808) 933-3907.

10 Hawaiʻi Island Students Awarded Prestigious Dorrance Scholarships

The second cohort of prestigious Dorrance Scholarships has been awarded to 10 Hawaiʻi Island high school students who will begin their studies at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo in fall 2013.

The Dorrance Scholarship is an innovative, four-year award designed to benefit local students who are the first in their family to attend college. Each year, up to 10 eligible students are awarded need-based scholarships of $8,000 per year to attend UH Hilo. Awards are renewable for a total of eight semesters of funding, and additional cohorts of scholars will be added in subsequent years.

The 2013 recipients include:

• John Alokoa, Kealakehe High School, Waikoloa
• Rachel Gristock, Kea`au High School, Kurtistown
• Tawanaka (Puki) Kaupu, Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi, Ocean View
• Richard Kerr, Hilo High School, Hilo
• Cheyenne Losalio, Konawaena High School, Captain Cook
• Gabriel Lubbess, Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi, Kea`au
• Stareynelle (Kaua) Mitchell, Ke Kula`o `Ehunuikaimalino, Holualoa
• Justin Shiigi, Hilo High School, Hilo
• Benjamin Wada, Christian Liberty Academy, Pahoa
• Luana Zablan, Kanu o ka `Aina, Kamuela

Prior to their freshman year, Dorrance Scholars will participate in a custom-designed summer bridge program to help them transition from high school to college. In future summers, scholars will take part in international travel and employment preparation, bringing the estimated total value of each award to over $60,000 for the entire four-year period.

“Higher education is the key to a brighter future,” said Chancellor Don Straney. “The Dorrance Scholarship goes to the heart of our mission at UH Hilo, where some 70 percent of our students are the first in their family to attend college and an equal number rely on some form of financial aid.
Dorrance Scholars
“The support from the Dorrance family is a very important gift to UH Hilo and we are extremely grateful for their commitment to our Hawaiʻi Island students,” he added.

UH Hilo’s program is an extension of the highly successful Dorrance Scholarship Programs that have operated in Arizona for the past 13 years. The program is credited with opening the doors of higher education while boosting graduation rates for more than 400 first-generation college students.

Big Island Water Resources Meeting Addresses Freshwater, Coastal Water Resources

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo recently hosted over 40 researchers from universities, local and federal agencies, as well as natural resource managers and community planners to share information about their past, current, or future projects regarding freshwater and coastal water resources on the Big Island at the 2nd Big Island Water Resource Meeting held March 25th on the UH Hilo campus.


Effects of climate change, invasive species, development, and pollution on Big Island water resources, as well as cultural and traditional Hawaiian management use and practices were discussed by presenters, specifically ecohydrology, hydrology, ecology, and biogeochemistry of freshwater and coastal resources.

“This meeting was a great opportunity for the water resource community to share information about their ongoing projects and brainstorm on collaborations that will allow us to more effectively manage and protect our island’s water resources,” said Dr. Tracy Wiegner, associate professor of marine science and event chair. “We hope to make this meeting an annual event.”

UH Hilo, Hawaiʻi EPSCoR, and Pacific Internship Programs for Exploring Science (PIPES) funded and provided logistical support for the meeting.

Highlights of the presentations can be found at:

UH Hilo Now Accepting Summer School Applications

Applications are currently being accepted and registration is now in progress for the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo 2013 Summer Session. Classes will be conducted over two sessions: May 20-June 14, and June 17-July 26. Students will be able to take advantage of the tuition schedule introduced in 2011, which rolled undergraduate resident rates back to 2009 levels.
UH Hilo
Tuition costs range from $248 per credit hour for resident students to $357 for non-residents, and $483 for graduate students. There is also a special $302.50 rate for Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) and Pacific Islander students.

“Many of today’s students are trying to balance their studies with a full- or part-time job and/or raising a family,” said Dr. Matthew Platz, vice chancellor for academic affairs. “So it’s important for us to provide our students with both educational value and more opportunities to meet their needs.”

This year, students will have more selections to choose from with a total of 171 courses, or 8% more than the 159 provided last summer. Over 40% of those courses are being offered online.

Organizers have adjusted their curriculum to address newly revised General Education requirements and to support the goals of the UH System’s “15 to Finish Campaign” that seeks to increase the number of students graduating in four years by emphasizing courses that fulfill the students needs in those areas.

“We fully support ‘15 to Finish,’ but recognize the challenges some students face making that commitment to go all in,” Platz said. “Summer Session can be a valuable planning resource that allows them to spread out that commitment yet still achieve the goal of graduating in four years.”

This summer’s course offerings highlight UH Hilo’s familiar role as a living, learning laboratory with classes and programs emphasizing the island’s cultural and academic resources including field courses in biology, geography and marine science.

Back by popular demand is QUEST (Quantitative Underwater Ecological Surveying Techniques), the intensive marine science field course conducted each year on the west side of the island. The two-week course trains undergraduates in underwater ecological surveying methodologies including design, implementation and analysis of a research project, and incorporates instruction in identifying the common seaweeds, corals, invertebrates and fishes of Hawaiian reefs.

A number of unique or novelty courses are also being offered, including an Island Ecology Field School taught by Dr. Allan Arndt from the University of Fraser Valley (UFV) near Vancouver, British Columbia, and UH Hilo’s Dr. Cam Muir. The course will combine students from both universities who will register with their respective home institutions.

For a tentative course listing and information, visit, email, or call (808) 974-7664. Students who haven’t registered for a UH Hilo credit course within the last six months can apply at International students will need to submit additional forms.


UH Hilo Students Earn Prestigious Internships

Two University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo students pursuing double majors in Astronomy and Physics have earned prestigious and highly competitive national internships in their respective fields.

Junior Robert Pipes has been accepted to the National Undergraduate Fellowship through the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL).

The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

This summer, Pipes will attend a one-week series of lectures on plasma physics at Princeton University before beginning a nine-week research project with Dr. David Pace at the General Atomics DIII-D tokamak in San Diego, California. His project will involve tracking high-energy ions to model heat loss along the walls of the reactor.

Jordan Bledsoe, a sophomore, has accepted an offer of a Maria Mitchell Observatory summer internship in Nantucket, Massachusetts.

Maria Mitchell Observatory

Maria Mitchell Observatory

She was one of just six selected out of 180 applicants for the internship, which is part of the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supported by the National Science Foundation. Bledsoe leaves at the end of May for her 10-week internship. She expects to be assigned a research project on “Quasars as markers of distant galaxy clusters” or “structure and evolution of clusters of galaxies.”

Dr. Marianne Takamiya, UH Hilo assistant professor of astronomy, said both internships are highly coveted, and being among the few who are selected is a great, personal achievement that sets up future success.

“Robert is the first student from UH Hilo to be admitted to the PPPL Internship, where students typically go on to top-notch universities or companies following their undergraduate work,” Takamiya explained. “The Maria Mitchell Observatory Internship is of similar caliber and Jordan and a small, select number of students will be mentored by visiting astronomers from renowned universities like Harvard, Yale and the University of California.”


HAUNT! Spooks UH Hilo

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Performing Arts Center features the UH Hilo Acting Troupe in HAUNT!, ghost stories from around the world, on Thursday and Friday, April 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday, April 14 at 2 p.m. in the PAC.

UH Hilo

“The Troupe begins with an exorcism at Waipi’o Valley and ends with what might just be Pele disappearing from a car in a ride on the Hamakua Coast,” said Director Jackie Pualani Johnson. “In between, the raconteurs will perform eerie tales from Japan, China, Iraq, Germany, England, and Mexico. The stories, recommended for audiences nine years old and older, are staged to terrify in one moment and generate giggles in the next!”

Actors include Performing Arts majors Karla Ahn, Willyam Hodson, Alyssa Lassiter, Peter Veseskis, and Denyse Woo-Ockerman, who are joined by graduates Rob Hunt and Angela Nakamura. Blesson Allen, a political science major, auditioned and landed roles in the Troupe along with community actors Joyce Alcouloumre, Wolf Daniel Braun, Tyler Gee, Joann Hale, and Dickie Motherwell. Geoff Staton is assistant director and Apollo Harris is technical director.

Tickets are reserved seating and priced at $12 General, $7 Discount and $5 UH Hilo/HawCC students and children up to age 17, and are available by calling the UH Hilo Box Office at 974-7310 or ordering online at


TEDxChange 2013 Official Satellite Event on Hawaii Island

TEDxHilo will be broadcasting TEDxChange 2013 live from Seattle on Wednesday, April 3rd at 6:30pm at the University of Hawaii at Hilo in UCB 100. The public is invited to this free event. A TEDxHilo organizer meeting will be held after the discussion.


TEDxHilo will be one of only 200 official satellite events held around the world. Convened by Melinda Gates, the 2013 theme is Positive Disruption.

“Disruption is usually unwelcome. It represents conflict, chaos, and potential danger,” said event organizer Jennifer Ruggles. “We discourage disruptive behavior in our homes and our societies, often favoring passivity and compliance.”

When asked if there would be any positive disruptions at the event, Ms. Ruggles replied, “You bet, we’ll be broadcasting and discussing how disruption can be a positive – sometimes vital – catalyst for change. We’ll be challenging old assumptions, igniting conversations, shedding light on difficult issues, giving a fresh urgency and perspective to the challenges on Hawaii Island.”



Saturday – UH Hilo Open House

The public is invited to a University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Open House on Saturday, March 16, 8:30-1:30 p.m. Check-in is at the Campus Center Plaza.
UH Hilo
Sponsored by the UH Hilo Admissions Office, there will be information booths on the University’s various academic programs, residence halls, clubs, organizations, and student activities, as well as campus tours and live music.

Participants are asked to RSVP at (choose UH Hilo Open House). For any questions, email or call (800) 897-4456.


Hawaii House Passes Bills Supporting Labor, Big Island Initiatives

A number of the bills passed by the House and now referred to Senate committees were introduced by Representative Mark Nakashima, District 1 (Hamakua, North Hilo, Rural South Hilo). This year, Nakashima has the added responsibility of serving as Chair of the House Committee on Labor and Public Employment.


“Under the leadership of House Speaker Joseph Souki, I am privileged to serve as Chair of Labor and Public Employment, which has jurisdiction on many critical issues impacting our families including the minimum wage, sick leave, worker’s compensation, unemployment insurance, and collective bargaining, said Nakashima.

Nakashima said he was pleased these measures were approved by the House and added, “I also am continuing my efforts to create a more self-sufficient Hawaii. Since my election to the House in 2008, I have supported a platform that includes energy self-sufficiency, agricultural sustainability, and economic independence.”

Listed below are several key bills on labor, energy self sufficiency, and economic independence introduced and supported by Representative Nakashima:

  • HB 1028 HD2 that spreads out the increase in the minimum wage across three years instead of immediately spiking up $1.50 on January 1, 2014. Unemployment premium relief was also extended to allow businesses to more fully recover.
  • HB 152 HD1, which would increase the fee reimbursement schedule to 130% of Medicare resource base to encourage doctors to take workers compensation patients.
  • HB 435 HD1would establish the Office of Talent Management within the Department of Human Resources Development to design and facilitate state initiatives in the areas of talent administration, professional development, performance management, and leadership enterprise. The measure authorizes the talent management administrator to receive from any state agency services, facilities, and the data necessary.

Related to energy self-sufficiency:

  • HB 450 HD1 would require the Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism (DBEDT) to establish a hydrogen fueling station demonstration project in qualifying counties. The hydrogen will be produced from renewable sources of energy, such as geothermal. This will further develop the capability of Hawaii Island as well as the State to utilize renewable energy for ground transportation in addition to generating electricity.

Related to agricultural sustainability:

  • HB 749 would establish the Hawaii Agriculture Workforce Advisory Board, which would help support the local agricultural industry by securing the employment pipeline from school to farm. This would be achieved through support of school gardening programs, the Future Farmers’ of America, and Agriculture teacher in service training.
  • HB 414 HD2 would establish a Waipio Valley Commission to advise the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) on the development of a long term plan to ensure the proper stewardship and maintenance of Waipio Valley. The bill also appropriates funds to implement a stream maintenance program recommended by the Mauna Kea Soil and Water Conservation Service.

Related to economic independence:

  • HB 750 HD2 seeks to create the Hawaii Island Technology Exchange Institute. To be successful in the twenty-first century global economy, Hawaii must position itself as a leader in science and technology, in particular, technology development, transfer, and commercialization. HB750 will establish the Hawaii Island Technology Exchange Institute at the University of Hawaii at Hilo through a collaboration between UH Hilo and Hawaii Community College.
  • HB 417 HD2 seeks to address the shortage of primary care providers and improve access to healthcare in general by appropriating funds for the interdisciplinary Hawaii Health Systems Corporation Primary Care Training Program at Hilo Medical Center by funding the medical residency program and allied medical support services training.

A final, but very significant measure, HCR 42, was passed by both the House and the Senate.

  • HCR 42 requesting the Department of Transportation to designate, when appropriate, Route 200 on the Island of Hawaii as the Daniel K. Inouye Legacy Highway. In honor of the decades of dedicated service, sacrifice and leadership demonstrated by Senator Daniel K. Inouye, we propose naming Route 200, or Saddle Road, on Hawaii Island in the Senator’s name. The resolution passed and is now awaiting action by the Senate.

Rocky Horror Picture Show at University of Hawaii Hilo

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Performing Arts Department presents a Senior Project of two performances of the rock musical and science fiction movie spoof, Rocky Horror Picture Show Shadow Cast, Saturday and Sunday, April 6 & 7, at the UH Hilo Old Gym on Kapi`olani Street at 7 p.m.

Rocky Horror Picture Show
Mason Pulgados and Nicole Cowan star as the clean-cut kids Brad Majors and Janet Weiss, who encounter car trouble and stumble upon the laboratory where Dr. Frank-N-Furter, played by Kawai Soares, is in the midst of his maniacal experiments. Also featured is Randal McEndree as Dr. Scott, Bertram Kalani Spain as The Criminologist, along with “live” shadow cast performances.

The show is produced by Denyse Woo-Ockerman, Nicole Cowan and Jin Piper, who also directs. Choreography is provided by Agriculture faculty member Norman Arancon with Musical Direction by Performing Arts music concentration major Christopher Vizzone.

Participation Kits are $10. Tickets are $5 with costume or $8 without costume. All tickets are available at the door or can be purchased in advance by contacting Denyse Woo-Ockerman at 756-5575 or email