University of Hawaiʻi System News https://www.hawaii.edu/news News from the University of Hawaii Fri, 18 Sep 2020 02:01:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://www.hawaii.edu/news/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/cropped-UHNews512-1-32x32.jpg University of Hawaiʻi System News https://www.hawaii.edu/news 32 32 In memoriam: UH Mānoa DPS Sgt. Patrick Movery https://www.hawaii.edu/news/2020/09/17/in-memoriam-patrick-movery/ Fri, 18 Sep 2020 01:43:50 +0000 https://www.hawaii.edu/news/?p=127299 Movery was a leader and mentor to young officers and served the UH Mānoa campus community for 29 years.

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Patrick Movery, sergeant of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Department of Public Safety (DPS), recently passed away. Movery was well known and loved by many on the UH Mānoa campus during his decades of service. He will be missed for his smile, his friendship and his love for family and community.

Movery, who was originally from Jamaica, was a Marine Corps veteran with 29 years of service at UH Mānoa. In 2010, Movery was recognized by Top Cop Hawaiʻi for thwarting a series of bicycle and moped thefts throughout the campus, and for his leadership in first aid and CPR training on campus.

Sgt. Movery left an indelible mark on this department, the university and individuals he came in contact with,” said DPS Chief Andrew Black. “He was a dedicated leader, mentor to young officers and served the university with aloha. He was beloved and will be sorely missed.”

When Movery was promoted to sergeant at DPS, he continued his leadership by mentoring new officers and managing the staff services section of the department.

Officer Bryne Nagata said, “When I joined the department in 2012, Patrick took me under his wing and trained me to be the best officer and man that I can be. He showed me how to do the job properly and professionally, and he also taught me how to be a better person. I’ll be forever grateful.”

With the unknown time frame of a memorial service due to COVID-19, DPS would like to offer an opportunity for the community to express condolences. All thoughts and memories of Movery can be sent to dpschief@hawaii.edu and will be shared with his family and friends.

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Hawaiʻi music legend Robert Cazimero keeps show going with virtual workshop https://www.hawaii.edu/news/2020/09/17/kani-na-pua-koolau-cazimero/ Fri, 18 Sep 2020 00:01:49 +0000 https://www.hawaii.edu/news/?p=127280 Kani Nā Pua Koʻolau with Robert Cazimero, hosted by Windward CC, will be held via Zoom on October 8.

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Share an evening with one of Hawaiʻi‘s most influential performing artists, in the workshop Kani Nā Pua Koʻolau with Robert Cazimero, hosted by Windward Community College Music Instructor Kamuela Kimokeo. Play along with your instrument in a laid-back, kanikapila style while also having the opportunity to hear experiences and manaʻo (thoughts) from the legendary artist himself.

This noncredit workshop will be offered online via Zoom and includes access to downloadable sheet music and video song recordings to practice at home with Cazimero.

Event details

The workshop will be held on Thursday, October 8, 5:30–7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.

Ticket holders who paid for the postponed March 2020 Kani Nā Pua Koʻolau with Robert Cazimero event do not need to register. Please email Kimokeo at kamuelam@hawaii.edu with your ticket number to receive your Zoom link and access to downloadable music and video song recordings.

Non-ticket holders can register and pay for the event online. Participants will receive the Zoom login I.D. link and access to downloadable sheet music and video recordings a few days prior to the workshop. For assistance, call (808) 235-7433 or email wccocet@hawaii.edu.

Required technology

  • Computer, tablet (such as an iPad or Samsung Galaxy tablet) or smartphone
  • Access to high-speed internet (minimum 512K)
  • A device with camera, microphone and speaker
  • Zoom quick start guide for new users

For more information, contact Kimokeo at (808) 236-9131 or email kamuelam@hawaii.edu.

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Cazimero song recording for the workshop

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President’s September 2020 highlights and updates https://www.hawaii.edu/news/2020/09/17/presidents-september-2020-report/ Thu, 17 Sep 2020 23:18:27 +0000 https://www.hawaii.edu/news/?p=127259 Highlights include COVID-19 updates, UH responses to the pandemic and more.

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University of Hawaiʻi President David Lassner made his report to the Board of Regents at their meeting on September 17, 2020.

Highlights include:

View previous reports to the board.

Aerial view of Hawaii Hall and the quad

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UH Mānoa Athletics unveils ‘Bows Together theme https://www.hawaii.edu/news/2020/09/17/manoa-athletics-bows-together/ Thu, 17 Sep 2020 22:52:59 +0000 https://www.hawaii.edu/news/?p=127264 The new theme will focus on rebuilding and unifying the community and department.

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While collegiate events are paused due to COVID-19, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Athletics has renewed its focus on rebuilding and unifying the community and department. ’BOWS TOGETHER, a new theme launched by the department, will focus on areas such as health and safety initiatives, social justice reform, community service and economic development programs.

“We recognize that to survive these difficult times, we need to be unified. Now more than ever, ’BOWS TOGETHER!” said UH Mānoa Athletics Director David Matlin in a new video.

The ’BOWS TOGETHER logo was created with various elements in the department’s theme for 2020. Athletics is highlighted with the traditional H mark and kapa font representing the foundation of UH Athletics—21 teams, 500 student-athletes and 200 employees that serve the state’s only NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletics program. The uppercase letters show unity and pride for our university. The island chain, which represents our home, our ʻohana (families), friends and partners, starts at the letter “W” and ends at the letter “E” which signifies WE are all in this together.

As part of the ’BOWS TOGETHER theme, UH Mānoa coaches, student-athletes and athletics staff participated in several public service announcements including mask-up and voter registration campaigns. The coaches and student-athletes also used their platform to send thanks to frontline and essential workers and to remind the community to show aloha during this difficult time and that we’re all in this together.

A ’BOWS TOGETHER fundraiser will be launched in fall 2020.

For more go to UH Mānoa Athletics.

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College of Education student’s hip hop parody encourages reading https://www.hawaii.edu/news/2020/09/17/students-parody-encourages-reading/ Thu, 17 Sep 2020 20:56:45 +0000 https://www.hawaii.edu/news/?p=127236 Let’s Read Baby talks about the importance of reading every day and gives reading strategies.

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A master of education in teaching (MEdT) program student in the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s College of Education has taken teaching her first grade students how to read to a whole other level.

Maʻemaʻe Elementary School teacher Carissa Kano created a parody version of the ear-catching tune Ice Ice Baby to talk about the importance of reading every day and share reading strategies. Let’s Read Baby stars Kano and her colleagues, including Principal Lenn Uyeda. The idea was born out of an attempt to drum up excitement surrounding her students’ September reading challenge.

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Although this is the first year she is teaching at Maʻemaʻe, Kano is no stranger to the education field. Both of her parents are longtime educators. Having previously taught at Trinity Christian School for four years, as well as at a preschool in Japan and a high school in Chicago over summer breaks, Kano started making fun videos while teaching online at Trinity in 2019 so her students would look forward to doing their assignments on their own.

“I believe that if you create a safe and loving environment, there is no limit to what students can do and the impact they can have on their families and communities,” said Kano. “Even through distance learning, it is still my job to make sure students know I care about them and will try my best to make learning fun.”

She added, “My parents have always emphasized the importance of building relationships. I can’t count how many times both of my parents have bumped into their grown students at Costco or at a restaurant and they cry and tell me how much my parents impacted their lives. This is why I’ve always wanted to be a teacher. I am thankful to be learning how to continue to grow as an educator in the UH MEdT Program.”

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UH scholarships help six UH West Oʻahu students succeed https://www.hawaii.edu/news/2020/09/16/uh-west-oahu-scholars/ Thu, 17 Sep 2020 01:48:10 +0000 https://www.hawaii.edu/news/?p=127204 The recipients expressed their gratitude and determination to pursue their degrees and future careers.

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Congratulations to six University of Hawaiʻi–West Oʻahu students, recipients of the prestigious UH Regents, UH Presidential and UH West Oʻahu Chancellor’s scholarships.

The recipients are Regents Scholar Joshua Bourns; Presidential Scholar Alejandra Guadalupe Ramirez; and Chancellor’s Scholars Amirah Shyla Hernandez Abella, Cleary Z. Kaahanui, Carley Matsumura and Taylor-Ann Kanani Okimoto.

“This scholarship has given me the opportunity to focus on my academics so that I can truly excel,” said Abella. “It gives me the drive to continue to work hard throughout college to pursue my dream of becoming successful so I can give back to my family and my community.”

UH Regents Scholarship

Regents Scholarships support Hawaiʻi high school resident students with a record of outstanding academic achievement. Regents Scholars receive a full tuition waiver for four years of undergraduate study, $4,000 a year, and a one-time travel grant of $2,000.

Joshua Bourns

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Joshua Bourns

Information security and assurance major Joshua Bourns said he is honored to receive the Regents Scholarship.

“This scholarship means that all the hard work that I have put in paid off, but I still need the same level of dedication going forward,” he said. “With my degree, I plan to make a career in the cybersecurity field and want to thank UH West Oʻahu for bringing me one step closer to that goal.”

Bourns, who calls Tokyo his hometown, grew up in different places and eventually graduated from Pearl City High School. He said that competing with his older brother for higher grades and test scores, along with his parents constantly pushing them to do their best, helped shape him into the student he is today.

Read more about Bourns.

UH Presidential Scholarship

Presidential Scholarships support students with a record of outstanding academic achievement. Presidential Scholars receive a full tuition waiver for two years of undergraduate study, $4,000 a year, and a one-time travel grant of $2,000. Presidential Scholarships focus on supporting the transfer of UH System community college students to UH baccalaureate campuses as juniors.

Alejandra Guadalupe Ramirez

Alejandra Guadalupe Ramirez
Alejandra Guadalupe Ramirez

Alejandra Guadalupe Ramirez, from Wailuku, said she feels very grateful and lucky to receivethe Presidential Scholarship. She recently graduated from the UH Maui College with her associate degree in liberal arts as well as administration justice.

“Without it, I am not sure if I would have been able to attend UH West Oʻahu, especially during difficult times like these,” she said.

Ramirez said she chose to attend UH West Oʻahu because she wanted to continue studying justice administration and because of the university’s Distance Learning program. She is majoring in public administration with a concentration in justice administration.

Read more about Ramirez.

UH West Oʻahu Chancellor’s Scholarship

The Chancellor’s Scholarship acknowledges academic achievement, leadership and community service. The scholarship is valued at $7,344 ($3,672/semester) and was awarded to high-achieving high school graduates entering UH West Oʻahu for the 2020–2021 academic year. Scholarship recipients are required to serve as UH West Oʻahu student representatives.

Amirah Shyla Hernandez Abella

Amirah Shyla Hernandez Abella
Amirah Shyla Hernandez Abella

When Amirah Shyla Hernandez Abella received her award letter for the scholarship, her initial reaction was shock because she knew there were many other deserving students who applied for the same scholarship. “I am humbled to know that my hard work, perseverance and determination did not go unnoticed,” said the Waipahu High School graduate. “I am so honored and extremely grateful to receive the Chancellor’s Scholarship.”

Abella, who is now pursuing a degree in business administration with a concentration in management, said she decided to attend UH West Oʻahu because she took early college courses on campus, and each time she visited, she felt a sense of belonging.

“Everyone here is just so helpful and kind and the atmosphere is very welcoming,” she said. “When it was time to make a decision, I knew I would be proud to call UH West Oʻahu my home campus.”

Read more about Abella.

Cleary Z. Kaahanui

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Cleary Z. Kaahanui

When Cleary Z. Kaahanui applied for the scholarship, she thought getting it would be a “longshot” as countless other students like her would also apply. “I was so surprised when I found out that I received the scholarship,” said the Kapolei High School graduate. “This year has been really tough for my mom and I, and we are both so appreciative of this scholarship for taking a huge burden off of our shoulders in these trying times.”

Kaahanui is pursuing a degree in education with a concentration in secondary education/math, her ultimate choice because of UH West Oʻahu’s proximity to home and its tuition compared to other universities she was considering.

“I had also already taken early college courses from West Oʻahu, so I was familiar with the campus and the amount of support the staff gives to their students,” Kaahanui said. “The atmosphere makes you feel like you are part of one big family, and I love that.”

Read more about Kaahanui.

Carley Matsumura

Carley Matsumura

Hawaiʻi Technology Academy graduate Carley Matsumura is “super appreciative” about receiving the scholarship and was excited to share the news with family and friends. She is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in creative media with a concentration in communication and new media technology.

“This scholarship means my family and I don’t have to worry about tuition costs for the first year, which is a huge relief,” said Matsumura, of Mililani. “The award is also a nice recognition of my academic hard work and efforts in high school.”

Matsumura reflected on the past year and how it has been a struggle as everyone adapts to a new normal. “Lately, when it comes to milestone moments or any other certain set expectations in my mind, instead of holding onto them and being disappointed when things don’t go according to plan, I’ve been overcoming this by letting go and being more open to accepting change so I can still enjoy the outcome of what happens,” she said.

Read more about Matsumura.

Taylor-Ann Kanani Okimoto

Taylor-Ann Okimoto
Taylor-Ann Okimoto

Taylor-Ann Kanani Okimoto is majoring in secondary education at UH West Oʻahu and is thankful to have been chosen as a recipient of the Chancellor’s Scholarship, which is helping her achieve her career goal of becoming a teacher.

“The scholarship is also a huge blessing financially, especially during this unprecedented global pandemic,” she said. “Both my mother and father have been impacted due to the economic crisis of COVID-19.”

Okimoto’s experiences in student government at Mililani High School and being a summer camp leader-in-training at YMCA Camp Erdman helped build her character, increase her self-confidence and develop her leadership skills.

“Through the many challenges I had to overcome and celebrations of achievement, I found my passion for helping others,” Okimoto said. “My dream of becoming a teacher and inspiring high school students like I was inspired is one step closer thanks to this prestigious scholarship.”

Read more about Okimoto.

—By Zenaida Serrano Arvman

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New student podcast connects current, future doctors https://www.hawaii.edu/news/2020/09/16/jabsom-docs-talk-story-podcast/ Wed, 16 Sep 2020 23:25:15 +0000 https://www.hawaii.edu/news/?p=127181 Docs Talk Story is a new podcast launched by University of Hawaiʻi medical students.

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The medical student podcasters Royce Kwon, Rylie Wada and Enze Ma.

Medical students at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) are embracing technology to stay connected with their peers and to fill the gap created by a cancellation of hands-on clinical training at JABSOM’s partner training hospitals and medical centers. In August, three second-year medical students, together with their faculty advisor Richard Kasuya, launched a new podcast called Docs Talk Story.

“The idea was born when I started listening to similar type podcasts during my morning runs and found them to be so perspective-giving…not only in learning about the wide array of medical specialties but also in being reminded of why medicine is so special through the passion and patient stories of each physician,” said Rylie Wada, medical student and podcaster. “I thought it would be awesome if we brought the idea locally, as nothing like it really exists here yet!”

Wada posed the idea to her classmates Enza Ma and Royce Kwon, who with no prior podcast-related experience, welcomed the challenge with enthusiasm.

Spotlight on local physicians

Every two weeks on Tuesdays, the student podcasters “talk story” with a local physician. Together, they delve into how the doctor came to practice their specialty, what a typical day looks like, the best and worst parts of the job, work-life balance advice for medical students and more.

The podcasters hope to feature doctors across all specialties to provide a fun and accessible way to inspire and encourage their student peers.

“I was so excited when Rylie approached me with this idea of making a podcast. It was a fresh, novel idea that hasn’t been done before at JABSOM, and given my interests with podcasts, I was all for it,” said Ma. “Our physicians and providers here on the island have such unique and wonderful stories, and I just hope that our podcast can serve as an avenue in which these stories of encouragement, perseverance and selfless compassion can not only inspire our listeners but also help them as they decide on their own career paths.”

As a medical student, Kwon understands the difficulties that students, especially those in their first and second year of medical school, face in connecting with physicians to learn about the different medical specialties.

“Many of us either don’t know what’s out there or don’t know what kinds of questions to ask. We were motivated to create the Docs Talk Story podcast to help bridge this gap between medical students and different medical specialties. We hope that our podcast helps to provide some valuable perspective, encouragement and inspiration as we grow in our journey to becoming future healthcare providers,” said Kwon.

“Even more so now with COVID-19, I think Docs Talk Story can serve as a way to connect current and future docs,” said Wada.

Listen to the latest episode of Docs Talk Story.

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Excellent student experiences at UH West O‘ahu https://www.hawaii.edu/news/2020/09/16/uhwo-excellent-student-experiences/ Wed, 16 Sep 2020 22:14:04 +0000 https://www.hawaii.edu/news/?p=127189 The National Survey of Student Engagement shows good results at UH West Oʻahu.

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In spring 2020, UH West Oʻahu distributed the National Survey of Student Engagement to all freshmen and seniors.

The majority of seniors at the University of Hawaiʻi–West Oʻahu reported positive experiences in areas related to knowledge acquisition and personal development, in a survey administered in spring 2020. Also, a majority of students rated their educational experience at UH West Oʻahu as “excellent” or “good,” indicating they would attend again.

These are among the positive takeaways of the recently released results of the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) 2020. UH West Oʻahu distributed the survey to all freshmen and seniors, with a total of 88 and 328 responses, respectively, for those groups.

“Since its inception 20 years ago, the NSSE has become one of the most widely used student surveys in higher education,” said UH West Oʻahu Institutional Research Office Director John Stanley. “Hundreds of four-year colleges and universities administer NSSE every year in order to collect information about students’ participation in programs and activities that institutions provide for their learning and personal development.”

The results provide an estimate of how undergraduates spend their time and what they gain from attending college, Stanley said.

“The NSSE is an important survey for UH West Oʻahu because it enables us to assess the extent to which we are providing our students with the educational experiences necessary to achieve our university learning outcomes by the time they graduate,” he said. “It also provides us with essential information for our reaccreditation by the WASC Senior College and University Commission.”

A total of 1,580 surveys were distributed for a response rate of 26 percent, just below the average of 28 percent for institutions that are similar in size. UH West Oʻahu’s NSSE 2020 Snapshot provides a concise and easy-to-digest four-page summary of key results (PDF).

“We administered additional survey modules on ‘Inclusiveness and Engagement with Diversity’ and ‘Learning with Technology,’ two strategic areas in our institutional mission that we are beginning to examine more closely,” Stanley said. “In an effort to offer a comprehensive synthesis of the results, we are working on a research brief that will include an executive summary and deeper dive into the data analysis.”

For full story, visit E Kamakani Hou.

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‘Giant candy canes’ explored in new book by UH professor https://www.hawaii.edu/news/2020/09/16/giant-candy-canes-explored-in-uh-book/ Wed, 16 Sep 2020 20:59:45 +0000 https://www.hawaii.edu/news/?p=127120 Noa Lincoln examines native and heirloom sugarcane, along with detailed varietal descriptions of cultivars held in collections today.

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Nearly a millennium before Europeans explored the Pacific, Native Hawaiians had already introduced sugarcane, known as kō, to the islands. In fact, they cultivated kō extensively in many ecosystems, using diverse agricultural systems and developing dozens of native varieties.

A new book, Kō: An Ethnobotanical Guide to Hawaiian Sugarcane Cultivars, written by University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources Department of Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences Professor Noa Lincoln examines these native and heirloom kō, along with detailed varietal descriptions of cultivars held in collections today.

The book represents a decade of fieldwork and historical research by Lincoln. With more than 370 color photos, includes the ethnobotany in Hawaiian culture, outlining its uses for food, medicine, cultural practices and ways of knowing.

“They look like giant candy canes; they really grabbed my attention!” said Lincoln. “You can see why early explorers called them the ‘Noble Canes.’”

Lincoln added, “Heirloom crops are often heralded as being tastier and more nutritious than our modern varieties. This is because breeding often focuses on uniformity, disease resistance, packability and other traits. But as we breed for specific traits, we often lose others. Sugarcanes are no different, with the soft flesh of our heirloom Hawaiian canes being sweeter and juicier than modern hybrids.”

Related UH News video: Sugarcane is not dead, just different

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Breakfast for recovery residents served up the Vulcan way https://www.hawaii.edu/news/2020/09/16/uh-hilo-hihfr-breakfast/ Wed, 16 Sep 2020 19:53:35 +0000 https://www.hawaii.edu/news/?p=127175 The UH Hilo women’s soccer team helped prepare a hearty breakfast for the residents at the Hawaiʻi Island Home for Recovery.

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The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Athletics Department continues to give back to the community during this time when aloha is most needed. The department’s most recent act of kindness featured the most important meal of the day—served up the Vulcan way.

Nine UH Hilo women’s soccer players and Coach Gene Okamura helped cook and plate 35 hearty breakfasts of pancakes, sausages, spam, eggs and apples for residents at the Hawaiʻi Island Home for Recovery (HIHFR) on September 12. The effort was coordinated in part by the Rotary Club of Hilo as one of its many community service projects.

“What a great example of leadership and teamwork that these athletes are showing by helping to prepare meals for the residents of the HIHFR,” said Rotary member Wally Wong. “It is an inspiration to all, knowing that UH Hilo has created an opportunity for their students to serve in their community during this pandemic.”

HIHFR is a residential recovery home that provides safe housing for people in need who desire to live free of alcohol and illegal substances.

“It was a great way to give back to the community and bond as a team at the same time,” Okamura said. “We are grateful to be able to lend a hand to this amazing organization.”

For the full story, visit the UH Hilo Athletics website.

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