University of Hawaiʻi System News Tue, 05 Nov 2019 02:36:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 University of Hawaiʻi System News 32 32 UH Hilo aquaculture center partners with Honolulu CC to improve water quality at Sand Island Tue, 05 Nov 2019 02:19:33 +0000 UH Hilo aquaculture center partners with Honolulu CC, Polynesian Voyaging Society to improve water quality with oysters.]]> students prep oyster baskets

Students from Farrington High School’s marine science classes attended the launching of the oyster project at Sand Island. Above, the students help prepare to lower the first baskets of oysters into the water. (Photo credit: Sherri Barret)

Native oysters cultured at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Pacific Aquaculture and Coastal Resource Center will be used to improve water clarity and quality at Sand Island, Honolulu. At ceremonies in October to launch the project, baskets of oysters were placed in the water at Honolulu Community College’s Marine Education Training Center (METC) and the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s mooring area.

Students from Farrington High School‘s marine science classes contributed to the project by measuring and then placing the oysters in the water prior to a ceremonial blessing. Hawaiian prayer, chants and other protocols were also offered.

The oysters filter between 20 and 45 gallons of water per day, depending on their size, removing harmful pollutants including sediment, bacteria, heavy metals, PCBs (a group of toxic, man-made chemicals), oil, microplastics, sunscreen chemicals and nutrients from the water column, which improves water clarity and quality. This is the sixth Oʻahu location utilizing native oysters for water quality improvement.

oyster raising system with blue buckets and containers with oysters

System for raising native Hawaiian oysters, Pacific Aquaculture and Coastal Resources Center, UH Hilo.

“We also have [oysters] in Hilo Bay, which was the first place in Hawaiʻi where this was attempted starting in 2011,” said Maria Haws, director of the Pacific Aquaculture and Coastal Resource Center. “All of these are pilot efforts to obtain more data on growth and survival. The results have been good so far, so we’ll be expanding from 10,000 now out in the field to a total of 14,000 next month. Maui also has a site where we will use triploid Pacific Oysters with outplanting in December.”

The oyster project to improve water quality at the METC was created through a collaborative partnership of UH Hilo, the Oʻahu Waterkeeper and the Polynesian Voyaging Society. The partners hope to encourage bio-remediation of the area’s waters and also to develop an educational program supporting these efforts. It was inspired by the Billion Oyster Project in New York Harbor, which Hōkūleʻa’s crew visited when the canoe sailed to New York City in 2016.

For more, visit the UH Hilo Stories website.

UH Hilo center grows oysters and the aquaculture workforce

Shidler career services office receives a facelift from HouseMart Tue, 05 Nov 2019 02:12:50 +0000 people in front of sign

Students flank Shidler College of Business Dean Vance Roley, second from left, in front of the newly-renovated Office of Internships and Career Development.

Shidler College of Business undergraduate students hoping for internships, employment opportunities and career training can now do it in style thanks to a $200,000 naming gift from HouseMart, the company that operates Ace Hardware, Ben Franklin Crafts and Daiso Hawaiʻi retail stores.

The newly-renovated office at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa was designed with today’s student in mind, with clean lines, new light fixtures, modern and functional workspaces. The latest software on career data management and information was unveiled at a recent dedication.

Last year, the office served nearly 1,200 undergraduate business students. More than 200 companies had the opportunity to conduct interviews and recruit students.

In a recent survey of the college undergraduates, more than 40 percent were placed in jobs one month before graduation, and 88 percent were placed in jobs three months after graduation with 90 percent in their major.

“We are extremely grateful to HouseMart for their gift to renovate the Office of Internships and Career Development,” said Vance Roley, dean of the Shidler College of Business. “This office provides critical programs and services to help students strengthen their employment opportunities. Each naming gift we receive from the private sector not only goes to modernizing the facility, but also to improving resources, services and opportunities for our students.”

Other gifts from HouseMart include an endowed scholarship for undergraduate business students and an annual gift of $2,000 to fund the Outstanding MBA Student award at Business Night.

About HouseMart

HouseMart is family owned and operates six Ben Franklin Crafts stores, 22 Ace Hardware stores and two Daiso stores in Hawaiʻi, Washington, Oregon and Nevada. Headquartered in Honolulu, the company began as a small dry goods store in 1951 and has grown into a multi-state business run by its third-generation owners. The company prides itself on exceptional service and creative solutions to enhance its customers’ lifestyles.

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From left, Richard Varley, Shidler College of Business Internships and Career Development Office director; Paul Mizoguchi, and Guy Kamitaki, HouseMart co-owners; and Vance Roley, Shidler College of Business dean.

UH Research Corp. honors outstanding employees Tue, 05 Nov 2019 01:26:56 +0000 RCUH employees were honored for demonstrable, significant and exemplary contributions to their projects during the past fiscal year or years.]]> people

RCUH awardees

More than 130 principal investigators, project staff and supporters gathered in October, at the Waialae Country Club to recognize 29 distinguished Research Corporation of the University of Hawaiʻi (RCUH) employees who made demonstrable, significant and exemplary contributions to their projects during the past fiscal year or years.

Outstanding Researcher/Project Manager/Professional Staff

  • First-place: Ning Li, ocean wave model systems specialist at UH Mānoa’s School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology
  • Second-place: Justin Hite, researcher at UH’s Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit in the Department of Botany
  • Honorable mentions: Danielle Hull, UH Mānoa’s School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology; Crissy Kawamoto, UH Cancer Center; Kiaina Schubert, Subaru Telescope; Rob Weryk, UH Institute for Astronomy

Outstanding Team

  • First-place: UH Animal and Veterinary Services
  • Second-place (tie): Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Second-place (tie): East Asian Observatory
  • Honorable mentions: Mauna Kahālāwai Watershed Partnership, UH Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit; Pacific Islands Deep Sea Coral and Sponge Initiative, UH Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research

“We appreciate these outstanding RCUH employees for their exceptional contributions to the advancement of research, training and development in Hawaiʻi and beyond. Congratulations!” said Sylvia Yuen, RCUH executive director.

See the RCUH website for a complete list of this year’s award winners.

Mele and hula to mark tribute to 200th anniversary of pivotal moment in Hawaiian history Tue, 05 Nov 2019 00:12:10 +0000 Ka Hulina Au: The Changing Time that commemorates a critical time in Hawaiian history—the ending of ʻaikapu.]]> painting of Kekuaokalani and Manono Battle

Kekuaokalani and Manono Battle at Kuamoʻo, December 1819. (Courtesy of artist Brook Drena Parker.)

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge is presenting a performance tribute titled Ka Hulina Au: The Changing Time on November 10, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at UH Mānoa’s Andrews Amphitheater.

The tribute and fundraiser for Native Hawaiian student scholarships will feature mele (music) and hula by many of Hawaiʻi‘s most well-known kumu hula and their hālau including Vicky and Jeff Takamine, Māpuana de Silva, Manu Boyd, Leilani Basham, Tracie and Keawe Lopes and Snowbird Bento. Oratory will be performed by Laʻakapu Lenchanko, Haʻalilio Solomon and Frank Damas.

There will also be musical performances and poetry by Pacific Tongues, Kealiʻi Reichel, the Osorio ʻOhana and Kīhei Nahale-a. Actors from the UH Mānoa original play ʻAuʻa ʻIa: Holding On, written and directed by Tammy Hailiʻōpua Baker, will perform a portion of the play.

“We’re seeing this, really, as another opportunity for kanaka to come together, for the people of Hawaiʻi to come together, and to see and enjoy the artistry and expertise of our people in these performing arts and to remember a really critical time,” said UH Mānoa Hawaiʻinuiākea Dean Jon Osorio.

That critical time is the 200th anniversary of one of the last great battles among the chiefs at Lekeleke in Kona on Hawaiʻi Island sparked by a decision a month prior by the heirs of Kamehameha the Great to end ʻaikapu. Also referred to as kapu, the social and religious practice, which was more than a thousand years old at the time, ritually separated all men and women, aliʻi and makaʻāinana, from eating in each other’s presence. It also included strict prohibitions of certain foods to men and certain foods to women. Many of those who defended ʻaikapu at Lekeleke, including the chiefs that led the losing effort, died in battle.

“The purpose of this concert is to honor those chiefs who both did this, made this decision, to change society, and those who resisted that change, who honored the tradition,” said Osorio. “Many of us believe we are going through a similar kind of transformation in Hawaiʻi now, not just for Native Hawaiians, but for all of us who live here. Difficult times, difficult decisions and choices. At some point, we feel we need to understand that we have gone through those periods before and survived.”

The event is a fundraiser for the Hawaiʻinuiākea emergency scholarship fund for Native Hawaiian students enrolled at UH Mānoa.

“It’s something that can be delivered relatively quickly and it’s proven to be a real blessing over the years for students who needed the extra assistance to keep them in school and get them to graduation,” said Osorio.

General admission for the performance tribute is $29 and student admission is $15. To purchase tickets, go to the Hawaiʻinuiākea website or Facebook, email or call (808) 956-0980.

Food trucks will be available when the doors open at 5 p.m. including Just Ice, Sistah Truck, Holoholo Grill, Da Spot, Hot Tacos and Rocket Coffee. The event is alcohol, tobacco and drug free, and no outside food, drinks or coolers will be allowed.

The ending of ʻaikapu and the battle of Lekeleke

Ka Hulina Au: The Changing Time

In early May, 1819, the great warrior Mōʻī of the Aupuni of Hawaiʻi, Kamehameha Paiea passed away. He left an heir to rule the Aupuni, his son Liholiho and a nephew, Kekuaokalani who had custody of his powerful personal war god Kūkaʻilimoku. In addition to these two high ranking Aliʻi Nui were two equally powerful female chiefs, Kaʻahumanu, who had also been Kamehameha’s Kūhina Nui (chief counsellor) and Keōpūolani, the mother of Liholiho and the rest of his most sacred children, and a chief of the highest rank in her own right.

Barely six months after the Conqueror’s death, Liholiho and his younger siblings would be at the behest of Keōpūolani and Kaʻahumanu, intentionally violate and end a social and religious practice known as ʻaikapu, that was over a thousand years old, which ritually separated all men and women, aliʻi and makaʻāinana alike, from eating in each otherʻs presence and included strict prohibitions of certain foods to men and certain foods to women. This decision set the ruling family against a number of other powerful Aliʻi Nui including Kekuaokalani, the tender of the war god and within a month, their forces fought one of the last great battles among the chiefs at Lekeleke in Kona on Hawaiʻi island.

Liholiho and Kaʻahumanu prevailed. Kekuaokalani and his wahine Manono were slain on the battlefield, and the ʻaikapu gave way to ʻainoa, free or unsanctified eating with enormous implications for the social, cultural and political fabric that had provided stable and effective leadership for more than a thousand years.

Ka Hulina Au will commemorate this difficult and fateful time with mele and hula, oratory and dramatic performances, poetry and music, celebrating the courage and dedication of these Aliʻi Nui and call us to ponder the complexities of leadership in enigmatic times.

New website helps undocumented students navigate UH Mon, 04 Nov 2019 23:59:43 +0000 UH’s undocumented student community from application to graduation.]]> building and students at U H West Oahu

The University of Hawaiʻi has launched a new website to help current and prospective undocumented students navigate the university’s programs, services and resources. The website also provides resources for faculty and staff to help ensure that academic opportunities are available to UH’s undocumented student community from application to graduation.

“As our state’s only public higher education system we have a deep responsibility to provide high-quality affordable education to advance our people, our communities and our islands,” said UH President David Lassner. “That mission requires that we support and celebrate diversity, respect and caring. We must support free speech and free expression even as we work to overcome intolerance and prohibit harassment based on immigration status, race, religion, national origin, gender, LGBTQ+ status or disability.”

The UH Board of Regents adopted a policy in 2014 that extends eligibility for resident tuition rates to Hawaiʻi residents who are undocumented, including but not limited to those who have filed for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, also known as DACA.

Anyone wishing to provide support or to provide information can email to learn more.

UH Mānoa provost appointed to U.S. Coast Guard Academy board Mon, 04 Nov 2019 19:10:57 +0000 UH Mānoa Provost Michael Bruno has been appointed to be one of the Members of the Board of Visitors to the United States Coast Guard Academy. ]]> Michael Bruno

Michael Bruno

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Provost Michael Bruno has been appointed to be one of the Members of the Board of Visitors to the United States Coast Guard Academy. The board oversees morale and discipline, curriculum, instruction, physical equipment, fiscal affairs and academic methods at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

“It is an honor and a privilege to be selected to serve in this important role in support of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy,” said Bruno. “I have worked closely with the Coast Guard for most of my career, and I have a deep respect and admiration for the men and women of the Coast Guard, and for the academy.”

The board is comprised of nine Members of Congress and six members nominated by the president of the United States. Non congressional members serve three year terms.

U.S. Coast Guard, UH Mānoa sign agreement increasing student opportunities Mon, 04 Nov 2019 18:00:54 +0000

Coast Guard Cutters Kimball (WMSL 756) and Midgett (WMSL 757) transit past Dimond Head on Oʻahu. (Photo credit: U.S. Coast Guard, Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew West/Released)

The U.S. Coast Guard signed a memorandum of agreement with the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in July as part of the Coast Guard’s Minority-Serving Institutions Partnership Program for increased student opportunities.

“This agreement reflects a new chapter in the strong bond between the Coast Guard and University of Hawaiʻi,” said Rear Adm. Kevin Lunday, commander Coast Guard 14th District.

“We are honored to be a part of the University of Hawaiʻi ʻohana and look forward to greater engagement with students and faculty. Working together, we offer students and faculty an opportunity to learn about the Coast Guard and our important work in the Blue Pacific, and the Coast Guard seeks to strengthen our diverse and inclusive workforce through remarkable student scholarship programs.”

The partnership agreement is designed to optimize outreach and engagement efforts and have program participants work in conjunction with the Coast Guard’s overall civilian and military officer recruitment efforts.

Servicemembers of the U.S. Coast Guard

“We are very excited about this partnership and the opportunities it will provide our students,” said UH Mānoa Provost Michael Bruno. “That includes additional options for financial assistance, academic choices and amazing career opportunities. The agreement also offers research opportunities for the university and the Coast Guard to explore.”

Central to this partnership is the Coast Guard’s College Student Pre-Commissioning Initiative (CSPI) scholarship program that is available to students enrolled at minority serving institutions such as UH. There are currently four CSPI students enrolled at UH Mānoa and two at UH Hilo.

The Coast Guard’s Executive Champion for this initiative, Rear Adm. Lunday, is committed to ensuring this joint effort is successful. His previous endeavor with Virginia State University, while serving as Assistant Commandant for Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Information Technology and Commander of Coast Guard Cyber Command provided insight into the value of this process and engagements with strategically located minority-serving institutions. Capt. Ulysses Mullins, the Coast Guard 14th District Chief of Prevention, is spearheading this partnership and will continue to expand outreach and support for joint UH and Coast Guard activities.

Also on this team is Chief Petty Officer Todd Roys, born and raised in Hawaiʻi, serving at the Coast Guard Recruiting Office Honolulu. The Coast Guard 14th District will serve as the lead Coast Guard command, working closely with all Coast Guard and UH stakeholders to forge an enduring collaboration.

UH Mānoa is one of 132 Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions nationwide participating in the CSPI program. There are currently 11 students enrolled in the CSPI program between Hawaiʻi and Guam, with more than half in the UH 10 campus system.

Get more information about opportunities with the U.S. Coast Guard for UH Mānoa students.

Additional information on the scholarship can be found on the Coast Guard website.

New UH Maui College students greeted with Unity Project Sat, 02 Nov 2019 01:19:27 +0000 UH Maui College campus tours.]]> group photo of unity project participants

Maui Language Institute students experience the Unity Project.

Strands upon strands of pink yarn, connected by six foot high poles, forms a web-like circular structure that greets students and visitors alike when they visit the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College campus.

The unique creation is a representation of network and connection and part of a global movement called the Unity Project. It was constructed at the start of the fall 2019 semester by students from Hawaiʻi and abroad. The symbolic activity was part of student peer-led campus tours and gave students an opportunity to think about who they are as individuals, as well as see the visual representation of who they are as first-year students and community members.

“Our hope was to communicate how our diversity builds a strong and vibrant community at UH Maui College,” said UH Maui College First Year Experience Coordinator Eri Nomura.

“I loved the experience we had,” said Aline Munaldi. “Made us realize that despite all the differences we have, we are all connected in some way.”

The Unity Project is a national, outdoor, interactive art display that creates connections among diversity. Students, faculty and staff tie pink yarn to posts that reflect their individual identities, and as a result, a canopy of interconnectedness forms as more people participate. Examples of the individual identifiers are “I’m a survivor,” “My family’s continent of origin is Asia,” “I’m a parent,” and “I am a dog lover.”

“We need to understand and learn that the world is a colorful, vibrant place. Humanity has different values, but one common value shouldn’t be questionable: we have to respect that we are all different,” said UH Maui student Zsigmond Varga. “The unity circle teaches this principle.”

Fellow student Kaede Tada agrees.

“I really liked the unity of circle. I felt that we are connected somehow, and I’m not alone,” said Tada. “I am from Japan and sometimes I feel alone, however, that activity made me [feel differently].”

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Unity Project with a tour group.

UH Mānoa men’s basketball celebrates its 100th season Sat, 02 Nov 2019 01:03:27 +0000 UH Mānoa athletic program will be celebrating the milestone with three home game events.]]> logo for the men's basketball 100 seasons

The UH basketball team celebrates 100 seasons.

The 2019–20 campaign marks the 100th season of University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa men’s basketball. The milestone will be celebrated with a number of events and promotions throughout the year. Former UH greats will serve as honorary captains, and the rich basketball history will be recognized at each home game. Three upcoming home dates in will help commemorate UH‘s centennial season.

Fabulous 5 Night: Friday, November 29 vs. USF
UH will pay homage to one of the most beloved eras in UH sports and give fans a chance to meet the “Fabulous Five” of Al Davis, Jerome Freeman, Dwight Holiday, Bob Nash and John Penebacker.

100th Season Game: Saturday, January 25 vs. UC Davis
UH will have a special halftime recognition of UH’s postseason teams. All UH alumni will receive 50 percent off tickets.

Jersey Retirement: Saturday, February 15 vs. UC Irvine
Bob Nash, who dedicated 31 years of his life to the Hawaiʻi men’s basketball program, will be UH‘s first-ever men’s basketball player to have his jersey retired.

100th Season apparel and merchandise will be available at the UH Bookstore and on game days at H-Zone Store in the Stan Sheriff Center.

For more details, visit the UH Athletics website.

UH-sponsored diversity in STEM conference breaks attendance records Fri, 01 Nov 2019 23:15:54 +0000 SACNAS conference is the largest and most diverse gathering of underrepresented minority STEM leaders, professionals, scientists and students in the nation.]]>

With a traditional kīpaepae ceremony, University of Hawaiʻi students, faculty and staff welcomed a record breaking audience of 5,000 attendees gathered for the Society for Advancement of Chicanos, Hispanics and Native Americans in Science or SACNAS National Diversity in STEM Conference at the Hawaiʻi Convention Center.

The 46-year-old conference is the largest and most diverse gathering of underrepresented minority STEM leaders, professionals, scientists and students in the nation.

University of Hawaii booth at the SACNAS conference

The University of Hawaiʻi is this year’s presenting sponsor. Hawaiʻi tourism officials said the estimated economic impact of the conference was around $23 million, which is much higher than had originally been anticipated.

Marshall Islands President Hilda Heine, the opening keynote speaker, called for a united front in taking climate action on behalf of those first and most affected by its impacts.

“The time has come for has come for the global community to seek viable and effective solutions to the climate crisis and to do so with unrestrained speed,” Heine said. “It is my hope that the global community can summon the leadership needed to urgently increase its ambition to get us on a pathway consistent with the Paris agreement and to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.”

Also at the opening ceremony, UH Mānoa offered a Land Acknowledgement, a formal statement paying tribute to the original inhabitants of the land. UH Mānoa Provost Michael Bruno delivered the Land Acknowledgement as part of his opening remarks.

Polynesian Voyaging Society President Nainoa Thompson was another featured speaker. He spoke of the need to blend culture and science to address the worldʻs challenges and also gave a nod to UH’s role.

“How important the University of Hawaiʻi is to the future of Hawaiʻi,” Thompson said. “It is such an extraordinary world-class place, doing amazing work.”

Thompson and Heine both received standing ovations.

The conference is a training ground for the next generation of diverse STEM professionals, aiming to level the playing field for first-generation college students of color through mentorship, professional development and networking opportunities.