University of Hawaiʻi System News https://www.hawaii.edu/news News from the University of Hawaii Sat, 07 Nov 2020 02:31:48 +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 Count tourists daily says UHERO https://www.hawaii.edu/news/2020/11/06/count-tourists-daily-says-uhero/ Sat, 07 Nov 2020 02:31:48 +0000 https://www.hawaii.edu/news/?p=130258 More than 8,000 trans-Pacific passengers flew into the state at the start of the pre-travel testing program.

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At the start of Hawaiʻi’s pre-travel COVID-19 testing program on October 15, more than 8,000 trans-Pacific passengers flew into the state compared to an average of fewer than 2,000 the week before. But how many of these passengers should be counted as tourists/visitors?

A University of Hawaiʻi Economic Research Organization (UHERO) article published on November 6, suggests using daily trans-Pacific passenger arrival data provided by the Safe Travels Hawaiʻi program to estimate the number of deplaning visitors, since it would provide higher-frequency visitor data than monthly estimates currently provided by the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority.

The higher-frequency data would provide a more detailed picture of how tourist travel is responding to policy changes, such as pre-travel testing, according to authors James Mak, UHERO research fellow and emeritus professor of economics, and Carl Bonham, UHERO executive director and professor of economics.

Safe Travels Hawaiʻi was launched on September 1, by the State Office of Enterprise Technology Services. The program collects health and passenger information digitally and is mandatory for all travelers entering the state.

Tourism outlook

While the state has seen a spike in visitors since the launch of the pre-travel testing program, the numbers are drastically lower than the daily average of more than 25,000 per day in October 2019. UHERO estimates that the pre-travel testing program alone will not bring visitors back quickly and in large numbers.

UHERO is housed in the UH Mānoa College of Social Sciences.

Read more on UHERO’s website.

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Moʻolelo (Hawaiian storytelling) brings healing in substance misuse https://www.hawaii.edu/news/2020/11/06/moolelo-healing-in-substance-misuse/ Sat, 07 Nov 2020 01:20:42 +0000 https://www.hawaii.edu/news/?p=130234 UH kumu will share traditional Hawaiian stories in a free webinar series to help those who struggle with or are recovering from substance misuse.

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University of Hawaiʻi kumu (teachers) from a medley of backgrounds such as choral music and Hawaiian history are gearing up to assist UH haumāna (students) who struggle with or are recovering from substance misuse. Kumu from UH Mānoa, UH West Oʻahu and Hawaiʻi Community College will present traditional Hawaiian moʻolelo and kaʻao (legends) to help haumāna on their path to recovery, resilience and healing. It’s a rehabilitative concept being launched by the UH Mānoa Mālama Project, a program that utilizes an indigenous approach to treatment, prevention and recovery.

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“When we are able to see the experiences of the (actors) within the moʻolelo, mirrored in our own personal journey, it can provide us with a way to take a step back and examine our own responses to similar experiences or challenges along our life’s path,” said Mālama Project Coordinator Lilinoe Kauahikaua.

UH system faculty, staff and alumni looking to find healing and connection through moʻolelo exploration are also welcome to participate in the virtual Moʻolelo Monday Series starting November 9. The free bi-weekly webinars run through April 2021 and will be featured on Zoom, 4 p.m.–5:30 p.m. Hawaiʻinuiākea Kumu Lilikalā Kameʻeleihiwa (UH Mānoa), Choral Activities Kumu Jace Kaholokula Saplan (UH Mānoa), Hawaiian Studies Kumu Pele Kaʻio (Hawaiʻi CC) and Hawaiian and Indigenous Language Kumu Kuʻulei Kanahele (Hawaiʻi CC) are among some of the participating presenters. Moʻolelo will cover captivating tales of trials and tribulations that trace back to ancient Hawaiʻi—everything from Haumea, the goddess of childbirth and fertility, to Hiʻiaka, the youngest and favored sister of fire goddess Pele.

“When we learn about Hiʻiaka, and the many moʻo (lizards) she faces along her huakaʻi (journey), we can relate these to obstacles or challenges we have faced and overcame,” Kauahikaua explained. “Just as Hiʻiaka faces and overcomes her moʻo, she learns more about herself and recognizes her inner strengths, leading to her realizing her full potential.”

Following each moʻolelo, kumu will present in-depth discussion about the layers of meaning contained within each kaʻao and how participants can interpret lessons for their own journey. The project is co-sponsored by Hui Kākoʻo: Department of Social Work Graduate Student Organization, UH Women’s Center, Native Hawaiian Place of Learning Advancement Office, CE@MBTSSW, and ʻEkolu Mea Nui.

In September, the Mālama Project kickstarted virtual webinar, Moʻolelo of Resilience: Recovery & Healing Speaker Series. According to the program, the series formed to increase awareness and empower students’ collective stories of resilience and healing pathways was widely impactful. The project is Hawaiʻi’s first culturally grounded collegiate recovery program.

Register online for webinar series.

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UH international students brought $173M to Hawaiʻi’s economy https://www.hawaii.edu/news/2020/11/06/international-student-hawaii-economy/ Fri, 06 Nov 2020 23:31:58 +0000 https://www.hawaii.edu/news/?p=130182 UH international students accounted for approximately 45% of the overall direct spending by international students in all Hawaiʻi institutions in 2019.

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International students in the University of Hawaiʻi 10-campus system contributed more than $82.2 million in direct spending to the state’s economy in 2019, that led to a total economic output of more than $173 million for Hawaiʻi. Those findings were in The Economic Impact of International Students in Hawaii – Calendar Year 2019 (PDF) released by the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT).

UH international students are responsible for about 45% of the $381.2 million dollars in direct and indirect spending by international students in Hawaiʻi in 2019.

“International students have positively contributed to Hawaiʻi and our economy for many years,” said DBEDT Director Mike McCartney. “They have helped to expand our marketing and promotion efforts to reinforce the message that Hawaiʻi is a place where the world comes to learn.”

The economic impact of international students goes well beyond paying for tuition and fees, according to the DBEDT report:

  • $381.2 million in economic output generated, including direct, indirect and induced effects;
  • $29.2 million in state taxes generated;
  • $168.4 million in household income generated; and
  • 3,756 jobs supported by international student spending.

“While the COVID pandemic has added a pause to travel to Hawaiʻi, we are confident that international students will continue to seek educational opportunities in the state in the near future,” said Dennis Ling, administrator of the Hawaiʻi Business Development and Support Division.

Hawaiʻi’s educational institutions hosted a diverse group of students from all over the globe. Japan remained the top country of origin for Hawaiʻi’s international students, comprising 31.6% of the total. Japan was followed by South Korea with 14.4%, Switzerland with 9.0%, China with 4.7% (including Hong Kong and Macao), and Germany with 2.9%.

For more, read the DBEDT news release.

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Five UH players finalists for Polynesian Football Hall of Fame https://www.hawaii.edu/news/2020/11/06/polynesian-football-hall-of-fame-finalists/ Fri, 06 Nov 2020 23:16:35 +0000 https://www.hawaii.edu/news/?p=130198 Football players Alapati “Al” Noga, Falaniko “Niko” Noga, Tommy Kaulukukui, Vince Manuwai and Harry Montague-Field are among the finalists.

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Finalists for this year’s Polynesian Football Hall of Fame include five former University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa players.

On the ballot for induction into the Class of 2021, are standouts Alapati “Al” Noga and Falaniko “Niko” Noga. Also in the running are former player and coach Tommy Kaulukukui, and former players Vince Manuwai and Harry Montague-Field.

The finalists were selected from a field of more than 100 nominations by the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame selection committee. The selection committee and all living Polynesian Hall of Fame Inductees will vote in the coming weeks to select the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame’s next class. Three inductees will be announced on November 18.

About the finalists

Al and Niko Noga were inducted jointly into UH’s Sports Circle of Honor in the Class of 2013. Niko was a four-time all-Western Athletic Conference selection and two-time honorable mention Associated Press All-American. Al was UH’s first AP first-team All-American and Heisman Trophy candidate in 1986. This is the Nogas’ fifth consecutive year as finalists for the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame.

Kaulukukui was the first ever UH athlete to earn All-America recognition as a football player in the 1930s. His 103-yard kickoff return against UCLA in 1935 is still a school record. In six seasons as head coach, Kaulukukui led UH to a 34-18-3 record.

Manuwai was a first-team All-American by CNN/SI and CBS Sports in 2002. Following his UH career, he was picked in the third round of the 2003 NFL Draft and started 105 of 111 games with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Manuwai died in 2018 at the age of 38.

Montague-Field was one of the state’s great athletes in the late 1920s and early ’30s. He spent one season with UH in 1930 before transferring to Oregon State.

Read more at the UH Mānoa Athletics website.

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Get your ‘H’ on with UH Athletics social media contest https://www.hawaii.edu/news/2020/11/06/hday-friday-social-media-contest/ Fri, 06 Nov 2020 23:08:09 +0000 https://www.hawaii.edu/news/?p=130187 Fans can submit photos on social media to win a monthly grand prize.

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Calling all UH fans! Use your social skills to win swag! The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Athletics Department is asking all fans to show their support and participate in their monthly social media contest, “H-Day Friday-Fan Photo of the Month.” The contest will run through June 30, 2021.

Every Friday is “H-Day” and fans can join the contest by posting photos to social media that represent the theme of the month. For the month of November, the theme is “Get your ‘H’ On.” The participant who submits the best fan photo, based on the judging criteria, will win a grand prize.

Contest details

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Under Armor Swag Bundle

To participate, fans take a photo wearing H-logo apparel and emphasize the monthly theme. In addition to the apparel and representation of the theme, fans will also be judged on creativity.

Photos must be posted on Fridays from 12 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. on social media and include the hashtag #HDayFridays.

Photos can be submitted on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. If photos are posted to Instagram Stories, fans must tag @HawaiiAthletics to be eligible for the contest.

At the end of the month, UH Athletics will select one grand prize winner. The November winner will receive an Under Armour Swag Bundle.

Monthly themes

  • November: Get Your “H” On
  • December: Christmas Theme
  • January: Photo With Your Pet(s)
  • February: Couples Theme
  • March: Outdoors
  • April: Shaka
  • May: Wear a Lei
  • June: Summer Fun

For more information and contest rules, visit the UH Mānoa Athletics website.

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Last month’s winner for the #HDayFriday contest, @kellimikiko.

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UH Mānoa fall commencement canceled due to COVID-19 concerns https://www.hawaii.edu/news/2020/11/06/uh-manoa-fall-2020-commencement-update/ Fri, 06 Nov 2020 18:07:00 +0000 https://www.hawaii.edu/news/?p=130083 The traditional in-person fall 2020 commencement ceremony will not be held this year due to health concerns with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa will not hold its traditional in-person fall 2020 commencement ceremony this year due to health concerns with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The ceremony is normally held in mid-December at the Stan Sheriff Center. The spring 2020 commencement ceremony was also canceled this year due to the pandemic.

“I am grateful to our campus community for everything they’ve accomplished in the face of this pandemic, especially our soon-to-be graduates,” stated Provost Michael Bruno in an announcement to the campus. “This is, however, the best course of action as our top priority remains the health and well being of our students, their families, our employees and the larger community.”

The decision was made by campus leadership, in consultation with the UH Mānoa Health and Well-Being Working Group, after considering federal, state and county COVID-19 guidelines and the status of the pandemic. While the weekly average of reported COVID-19 cases in Hawaiʻi have dropped, many parts of the country and the world are currently experiencing a record surge.

Students will still be able to officially graduate as long as they have completed their degree requirements. Graduates will receive their diplomas in the mail. As with the spring semester, the UH Mānoa commencement website will mark fall commencement with videos of student speaker addresses; mahalo messages from students to family, friends, classmates and UH staff; and messages from UH Mānoa Provost Bruno, UH President David Lassner and other dignitaries. A printed commencement program will be available upon request.

Many individual schools and colleges are planning to hold virtual ceremonies. Graduates expected to walk in the December ceremony will have an opportunity to participate in a future in-person commencement. For further details about diplomas, see the Office of the Registrar.

View the latest information on the commencement website and social media (Twitter and Facebook).

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Virtual Career Fair connects students and potential employers https://www.hawaii.edu/news/2020/11/05/virtual-career-fair-connects-students-employers/ Fri, 06 Nov 2020 02:25:01 +0000 https://www.hawaii.edu/news/?p=130130 The fair will focus on one-on-one sessions and drop-in group sessions.

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The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Career Center (MCC) is hosting a Virtual Career Fair on Wednesday, November 18, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., to help connect potential job seekers with employers, an especially important service during the economic uncertainty caused by COVID-19. UH Mānoa students and alumni will have the opportunity to engage online with employers recruiting for full-time and internship positions.

“Career fairs have been a mainstay in providing students with the opportunity to network and meet a number of employers. Especially during these times, the MCC continues to find ways to keep students connected with employers to learn about evolving careers and workplaces,” said Wendy Sora, MCC director. “We know that the overwhelming majority of students who take time to participate in career fairs find out about career options that they did not know of previously. We look forward to this upcoming virtual career fair using a professional platform that allows for resume uploads and unique employer virtual booths for one to one chats.”

The fair will focus on one-on-one sessions and drop-in group sessions. Pre-registration is required to attend the event, and uploading your resume is encouraged. Attendees are urged to make a virtual appointment with a career counselor at careers@hawaii.edu or request a resume review prior. Questions can be emailed to manoacf@hawaii.edu.

Participating employers, ranging from private, government, and non-profit sectors, include:

  • Central Pacific Bank
  • Cumming Corporation
  • Decision Research Corporation
  • Diagnostic Laboratory Services, Inc.
  • GEICO
  • Hawaiʻi Department of Education
  • Hawaiʻi Gas
  • Hawaiʻi State Legislature – House of Representatives
  • Honolulu Police Department
  • Kamehameha Schools
  • PBS Hawaiʻi
  • Servco Pacific Inc.
  • Sherwin-Williams
  • Techtronic Industries
  • The Plaza Assisted Living
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • United States Secret Service
  • University of Hawaiʻi Federal Credit Union
  • USAble Life
  • Xerox Hawaiʻi

Visit the Mānoa Career Center homepage or follow via social media for more details about the Virtual Career Fair.

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$600K to develop local farmers, food supply https://www.hawaii.edu/news/2020/11/05/600k-to-develop-local-food-supply/ Fri, 06 Nov 2020 02:08:31 +0000 https://www.hawaii.edu/news/?p=130132 GoFarm Hawaiʻi has been addressing the issue of food security long before the COVID-19 health crisis.

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The University of Hawaiʻi’s successful farmer-training program, GoFarm Hawaiʻi, is the only project in the state to be awarded a Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Program grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA

The $600,000 grant will support education, mentoring and technical assistance initiatives for beginning farmers or ranchers. The primary goal is to improve success through projects that provide the knowledge, skills and tools needed to make informed decisions for their operations, and enhance their sustainability.

“We are so grateful to USDA-NIFA for supporting our program,” said GoFarm Hawaiʻi Director Janel Yamamoto. “This investment will help to develop more sustainable farmers in Hawaiʻi, increase our local food supply, and grow our next generation of farmers.”

GoFarm Hawaiʻi, a collaborative effort involving UH Mānoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR), Windward Community College and UH’s Agribusiness Incubator Program, provides a comprehensive and practical production and business training program, and connects aspiring farmers with CTAHR experts, existing farmers and the local agriculture community. There are six training sites statewide that support farmers and individuals who want to establish businesses in the agricultural industry.

GoFarm Hawaiʻi has been addressing the issue of food security long before the COVID-19 health crisis. Since 2012, it has trained more than 370 aspiring farmers, helping to reduce Hawaiʻi’s dependence on imported food and increase food sustainability.

Read more on the CTAHR website.

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RCUH honors 17 researchers, staff from O‘ahu, Hawai‘i Island https://www.hawaii.edu/news/2020/11/05/2020-rcuh-outstanding-employees/ Fri, 06 Nov 2020 01:26:19 +0000 https://www.hawaii.edu/news/?p=130122 The employees were recognized for their significant and exemplary contributions to their projects.

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The 2020 RCUH Outstanding Employees of the Year recipients

The Research Corporation of the University of Hawaiʻi (RCUH) announced its 2020 RCUH Outstanding Employees of the Year Awards on November 2. RCUH recognized 17 outstanding employees who made significant and exemplary contributions to their projects during the past fiscal year or years.

“Congratulations to our 2020 RCUH outstanding employee award winners. Your commitment and dedication to research, training and development in the State of Hawaiʻi is greatly appreciated,” said Leonard Gouveia, RCUH executive director.

Outstanding Researcher/Project Manager/Professional Staff

  • First-place: David Cohen, aquatic invasive species biocontrol specialist, UH Mānoa, College of Natural Sciences
  • Second-place: Michael von Platen, TCR systems programmer, UH Mānoa, John A. Burns School of Medicine
  • Honorable mentions: Fritzie Celino-Brady, UH Mānoa, College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources; Serge Chastel, UH Institute for Astronomy; Stan Fichtman, Kapiʻolani CC; Mark Huber, UH Institute for Astronomy; Dawn Namahoe Sidman, UH Hilo Research Office

Outstanding Project Support Staff

  • First-place: Yoshitake Nabeshima, Subaru Telescope
  • Second-place: Hope Ronco, UH Mānoa, School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology
  • Honorable mentions: Mary Jo Riehm, UH Hilo Research Office; Sean Tanimoto, Applied Research Laboratory at the University of Hawaiʻi

Outstanding Team

  • First-place: Maunakea Weather Center
  • Second-place: Applied Research Laboratory at the University of Hawaiʻi

Visit the RCUH website for a complete list of awardees.

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Hawaiʻi, UH Mānoa recognized for low student debt, affordability https://www.hawaii.edu/news/2020/11/05/hawaii-recognized-low-student-debt/ Fri, 06 Nov 2020 01:07:48 +0000 https://www.hawaii.edu/news/?p=130110 The state ranked No. 2 in the nation thanks to the affordability of UHʻs 10 campuses.

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Hawaiʻi recognized for low student debt thanks to UH System

The State of Hawaiʻi ranked No. 2 in the nation for lowest student debt, thanks to the affordability of the University of Hawaiʻi 10 campus system and programs that keep costs down, such as the Hawaiʻi Promise Scholarship. That’s according to the rankings by data analysis company Stacker that are based on 2020 WalletHub data on student loan indebtedness and grant and student work options.

Hawaiʻi comes in second behind Utah. The state with the highest student debt is South Dakota followed by Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

UH Mānoa financial aid recognition

UH Mānoa was nationally recognized as one of the best colleges for financial aid in 2020 by LendEDU. UH Mānoa placed No. 133 out of 312 eligible four-year universities and colleges that submitted their 2018–19 financial aid data. There are a total of 2,700 four-year universities and colleges in the U.S.

LendEDU ranked eligible institutions based on three areas: need-based financial aid, non-need-based financial aid and financial aid for international students.

Need-based financial aid is the likelihood of students with financial need receiving need-based scholarships and grants and the percentage of need met for students with financial need who received need-based aid. Non-need-based financial aid is measured by the average amount of non-need-based scholarships and grants given to each student normalized by the cost of attendance. Financial aid for international students is the average amount of financial aid given to each international student normalized by the cost of attendance.

LendEDU is a private company, which provides information on private student loans and loan refinancing.

More about Financial Aid Services

UH Mānoa Financial Aid Services launched a new tool in February 2020, which helps to verify student information, preventing delays in receiving financial aid through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). ProVerifier offers 24-hour support and collects tax data directly from the Internal Revenue Service with 100% accuracy. In 2018–19, UH Mānoa Financial Aid Services received more than 27,940 FAFSA applications and disbursed $161,273,169 in aid.

The 2021–22 FAFSA application opened on October 1 and the priority deadline is February 1, 2021.

For more information, visit the UH Mānoa Financial Aid Services website.

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