University of Hawai驶i System News Fri, 13 Mar 2020 02:44:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 University of Hawai驶i System News 32 32 28449828 University of Hawai驶i System News Fri, 13 Mar 2020 00:49:04 +0000 Hawaiʻi Scholarship Celebration that was held at Stan Sheriff Center gave students the opportunity to personally thank the generous people who have invested in their success.]]>

Scholarship donors and student recipients came together to celebrate the gift of education at the annual University of Hawaiʻi亚洲日韩在线a视频在线观看 Scholarship Celebration at Stan Sheriff Center in March. Students enjoyed having the opportunity to personally thank the generous people who have invested in their success, and donors were delighted to meet the people whose futures they are impacting.

UH Vice President of Advancement and UH Foundation CEO Tim Dolan said, “Scholarship assistance does so much in addition to helping meet critical financial needs. Scholarships say, ‘I want you to succeed and I believe in you.’ There is no greater gift.”

In 1976, the first permanently endowed scholarship was created at the UH Foundation to benefit students attending UH亚洲日韩在线a视频在线观看. Since then, providing access to higher education through private gifts has become a tradition. Today, the foundation manages more than 2,000 student aid accounts.

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The celebration was held at Stan Sheriff Center.

Last year, the UH亚洲日韩在线a视频在线观看 Foundation distributed more than $11.6 million in student aid to 3,863 students statewide.

“Philanthropic scholarships help us keep more local students in Hawaiʻi so they can pursue their studies at home and engage in our local communities to work as our teachers, healthcare providers, engineers and in every essential sector in our state,” said UH President David Lassner亚洲日韩在线a视频在线观看. “By alleviating some of the financial burden of higher education, these awards help our students graduate on time with the knowledge, skills and ability they need to advance their families and fulfill their dreams.”

Scholarship recipient, proud UH alumna and respected child welfare social worker Yolanda Domingo moved attendees when she shared how scholarships changed her life and helped her rise above life’s challenges. Domingo’s challenges included raising her family while fighting cancer and receiving a heart transplant. Yolanda earned her liberal arts degree from Leeward Community College, her bachelor’s degree in social sciences from UH West Oʻahu, and her master of social work from UH亚洲日韩在线a视频在线观看 Mānoa, all with the help of multiple scholarships.

UH Foundation Senior Executive Director of Scholarship Development Malia Peters said, “Our donors and students are the heartbeat of our scholarship program. The impact on one life changes a family, when you change a family you change a community, when you change a community you change the world.”

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The UH foundation helps students accomplish their college dreams.
University of Hawai驶i System News Thu, 12 Mar 2020 23:51:00 +0000 UH community.]]>

University of Hawaiʻi President David Lassner addressed the media regarding COVID-19 and how it impacts the UH community.

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University of Hawai驶i System News Thu, 12 Mar 2020 22:32:37 +0000 UH President Lassner outlines steps to address COVID-19 for the UH community.]]> coronavirus

This message was shared with the students, faculty, and staff of the 10-campus University of Hawaiʻi system on March 12, 2020.

A news conference was held March 12 on UH’s actions regarding COVID-19.

Aloha University of Hawaiʻi亚洲日韩在线a视频在线观看 ʻOhana,

Thank you for your perseverance and patience through this increasingly difficult time with the rapidly evolving COVID-19 health crisis. Fortunately, at this time, there have been no confirmed cases on any UH campus or significant links to UH.

The decisions outlined below are not made lightly; they are intended to protect the health and safety of our community to the extent possible, while continuing to provide all our students with the outstanding education that characterizes the University of Hawaiʻi. The measures being put into place will also help protect our employees.

The 10-campus UH亚洲日韩在线a视频在线观看 system will move to online delivery of courses beginning Monday, March 23, the first day of instruction after spring break. If a class needs to continue to be taught face-to-face to meet learning objectives, students will be informed after approval by the campus.

At this time, in-person courses are scheduled to resume Monday, April 13. In the hope that we can return to normal classroom practices, the in-person start date will continue to be reevaluated, and updates will be provided as needed. Regardless of modality, UH is committed to completing the academic semester and enabling students to graduate on schedule.

While instruction will move online, our campuses will remain open, and most services will continue to be provided. University employees will continue to perform their duties, libraries will maintain regular hours and student housing will remain open for current residents who have nowhere else to go. All student employees and graduate assistants will continue their duties as normal and will be paid accordingly.

We are also announcing restrictions on university travel and events. We know that this message will not answer everyone’s questions, and there will be additional clarification provided in the days to come. Given the extreme fluidity of the COVID-19 situation, all guidance provided is subject to change as the situation evolves.

Preparing to teach and learn online

亚洲日韩在线a视频在线观看Most, if not all, of our faculty have begun preparing to deliver courses online. Students will be receiving directions on accessing online instruction from their respective campus in the coming week.

The UH Online Innovation Center (UHOIC亚洲日韩在线a视频在线观看) has created the Teaching During an Emergency website to assist during this transition. This website includes a Teaching During an Emergency Checklist for Faculty. Your individual campuses will alert you to additional resources and training opportunities, and you may request more assistance by completing the UHOIC request assistance form. Check the site daily for updated and additional resources and tools, and for opportunities to receive training via videos and workshops.

Students who do not have access to their own computers may use those available in campus libraries and computer labs. UHOIC and UH Information Technology Services will work with campus offices and others to ensure support for our students and faculty with particular needs.


All UH Mānoa and UH亚洲日韩在线a视频在线观看 Hilo sporting events have been suspended indefinitely by agreement of the presidents and chancellors of the institutions in our athletic conferences.

Large public events with more than 100 individuals in a confined space that are sponsored by UH are being postponed or canceled as of Monday, March 16. Similarly, the university will not be scheduling new public events of this kind until further notice. All attendees planning to attend an event already scheduled should contact the event organizer or venue to check if the event has been canceled, postponed or rescheduled.

We understand the concern many have surrounding spring commencement ceremonies in May. The university will continue to evaluate the situation so we can make a decision and communicate it as soon as possible.


No new non-essential university-sponsored out-of-state travel may be planned, and most already scheduled travel should be canceled. If you have previously scheduled UH-sponsored travel, contact your supervisor and/or fiscal administrator for guidance on canceling or postponing travel.

Campuses will remain open and the semester will be completed

UH’s 10 campuses will remain open and continue to operate as normal, with the exception of in-person classes moving online. All employees, including students and graduate assistants, are expected to continue to come to work. Student housing, libraries, dining and the student recreation centers at UH Mānoa and UH Hilo will remain open to help support the wellness of our students and employees. Research activities on campus will continue as normal.

亚洲日韩在线a视频在线观看Student residents are asked to notify student housing officials of their plans to remain in their residences or of their expected return dates. For those students who decide to travel during spring break (or longer), their rooms will be left untouched and ready for their return.

Applicability of guidelines

Again, given the extreme fluidity of the COVID-19 situation, this guidance is subject to change as the situation evolves. Exceptions to these guidelines may be granted only by an Officer of the University of Hawaiʻi: UH Mānoa Provost, UH Hilo Chancellor, UH亚洲日韩在线a视频在线观看 West O‘ahu Chancellor, Vice President for Community Colleges, other Vice Presidents and the President.

Next steps

We know that there are more questions and we will work to answer them as quickly as possible. For example, we will be issuing additional instructions for individuals who must engage in self-quarantine.

亚洲日韩在线a视频在线观看The best way to navigate this unprecedented crisis is for all of us to work together. We have one of the greatest university systems in the world, and it is because of all of you—our students, faculty and staff who collaborate with diligence, dignity and respect. Please continue to exercise compassion and aloha for each other, even as we face the difficult stresses ahead. Our goal is to complete the semester with and for our students. We will not only get through this, but we can emerge stronger, wiser and closer.

UH email updates on COVID-19 will continue and you can stay informed through our our UH System COVID-19 and UH Mānoa COVID-19 web pages. If you have any questions, please email:

Mahalo nui loa,
David Lassner
University of Hawaiʻi President

University of Hawai驶i System News Thu, 12 Mar 2020 19:53:55 +0000 UH Mānoa and Hilo athletic events have been suspended indefinitely due to COVID-19 concerns.]]> UH Manoa and UH Hilo athletics logos

All University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and Hilo athletic events have been suspended indefinitely due to COVID-19 concerns.

亚洲日韩在线a视频在线观看This includes all spring athletic teams participating in conference and non-conference competition.

See the UH Mānoa athletics website for updates on refunds for season and single game tickets.

See the UH Hilo athletics website for more information on their events.

University of Hawai驶i System News Thu, 12 Mar 2020 14:06:51 +0000 Hawaiʻi will move its classes online starting March 23.]]> coronavirus

This message was shared with the students, faculty, and staff of the 10-campus University of Hawaiʻi system on March 12, 2020.

Thanks to all of you who have shared questions and provided input over these last days. This has been a tumultuous week, with many changes in the COVID-19 situation in Hawaiʻi,亚洲日韩在线a视频在线观看 across higher education and globally, accelerating into today.

Follow-up message: University of Hawaiʻi actions to address COVID-19 pandemic

I will send a longer message later today with more details. But at this point, I want to let you know that, out of concern for the safety of our students, faculty and staff, the University of Hawaiʻi亚洲日韩在线a视频在线观看 will be moving our classes online after spring break, effective Monday, March 23. Other changes will also be announced.

亚洲日韩在线a视频在线观看Please stay tuned for more details.

亚洲日韩在线a视频在线观看 David Lassner

University of Hawai驶i System News Wed, 11 Mar 2020 23:25:32 +0000 solar power
Photovoltaic solar panels. (Photo credit: John Cole, UH Hawaiʻi Natural Energy Institute)

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa researchers and a graduate student won the Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) Innovation Impact Challenge. Information and Computer Sciences (ICS) Assistant Professor Peter Sadowski, ICS graduate student Kyle Hart and Atmospheric Sciences Assistant Professor Giuseppe Torri were awarded a grant to develop short-term forecasts of sunshine that can reach rooftops and solar panels.

The goal of this pilot initiative is to develop innovative products and tools through collaboration between the utility company and the university. During the next three months, the team will develop a forecast tool to predict cloudiness over Hawaiʻi—just 15 to 60 minutes in advance.

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Clouds over Honolulu. (Photo credit: Steven Businger)

“These nowcasts?could be created by running a weather forecasting model at a very high resolution, but this would end up being too computationally expensive,” said Torri. “For this reason, we decided to use a machine learning approach. In essence, we will train a computer algorithm to ‘learn cloud patterns’ using existing satellite data, and we will use this to predict what clouds are expected to appear in the very short term.”

At any given time of day, the amount of sunlight hitting Earth can be calculated. With that information, and knowing how clouds interact with incoming solar radiation, the team’s predictions allow them and HECO亚洲日韩在线a视频在线观看, to determine the amount of sunlight reaching solar panels that generate electricity for homes and businesses across the state.

亚洲日韩在线a视频在线观看It is not surprising that clouds are bad news for solar power—low clouds in particular tend to reflect back to space the sunlight that could be used by solar panels to generate electricity. This can significantly reduce the efficiency of the solar panels.

“It is easy to imagine scenarios where sudden changes in cloudiness create equally sudden spikes of electricity demand on the grid,” said Torri. “Our project promises to help HECO manage these spikes by giving them a systematic way to predict them with enough advance that some auxiliary generators may be turned on.”

Read more of the story on SOEST’s website.

University of Hawai驶i System News Wed, 11 Mar 2020 20:34:30 +0000 III’s work in critical race theory, and his legal work and life-long commitment to social justice.]]> Charles Lawrence
Charles Lawrence III.

An emeritus professor at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa William S. Richardson School of Law received an honorary doctor of law degree from the law faculty at Nelson Mandela University in South Africa.

The honorary degree celebrated Professor Charles Lawrence III亚洲日韩在线a视频在线观看’s work in critical race theory, and his legal work and life-long commitment to the pursuit of social justice.

School of Law Dean Avi Soifer said this international honor is richly deserved by Lawrence, who became the UH Mānoa Centennial Professor at the law school in 2007. In that role, he also taught at UH’s College of Education, the Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge and the Department of Political Science; he also led a campus-wide seminar for junior faculty members.

Soifer added, “Chuck Lawrence is a hugely important scholar and he has led the way about some of the most confounding issues we face, including antidiscrimination and education matters. Not only is he a world-famous scholar, he is also a brilliant teacher, and a truly inspiring public speaker.”

Lawrence has had a long-standing relationship with South Africa going back to 1995 when he and his wife, UH Law Professor Mari Matsuda亚洲日韩在线a视频在线观看, visited when he was asked to consult the newly-appointed members of the South Africa Supreme Court.

The Nelson Mandela University honorary degree is the most recent of the numerous honors Lawrence has received, including an honorary degree from Haverford College—where he was an undergraduate—and numerous teaching awards.

See the full story on the law school website.

—By Beverly Creamer

University of Hawai驶i System News Wed, 11 Mar 2020 18:28:07 +0000 landscape of Honolulu harbor

Due to the dramatic international spread of the novel coronavirus, the University of Hawaiʻi Economic Research Organization (UHERO) has sharply lowered its economic forecast for the state.

UHERO’s March 10 update said developments over the past two weeks show a marked downward trend.

On top of the tourism decline, UHERO economists forecasted that the state could see a loss of about 6,000 jobs by the third quarter. Depending on how long the virus outbreak lasts and spreads, that number could more than double by the end of the year, according to the report.

“While new infections have slowed markedly in China, the spread of the novel coronavirus in South Korea, Iran, Italy, Japan and now more than two-thirds of U.S.亚洲日韩在线a视频在线观看 states, suggests a more prolonged outbreak is in the cards,” according to the update. “And the longer the virus spreads, the greater the human and economic toll.”

UHERO noted that, between mid-February and the first week of March, Hawaiʻi experienced a sharp drop in international passenger counts, and domestic passenger growth has turned negative. Most notably, while international passenger counts were only 7 percent lower than year-earlier levels in mid-February, by the first week of March that gap had widened to 32 percent. Hotels also report a marked drop in occupancy rates.

“As of March 10, we now expect visitor arrivals to fall sharply, by 13 percent in the second quarter and by more than 7 percent for the year as a whole,” the UHERO summary noted. “While recovery begins this summer, we do not expect it to be complete until next summer. There will be a substantial 17 percent decline in real visitor spending in the second quarter, followed by a prolonged recovery thereafter.”

The UHERO亚洲日韩在线a视频在线观看 report also stated that among the counties, Honolulu will be most adversely affected, because of its heavier reliance on international markets. But all islands will see a substantial decline in visitor numbers this year and a protracted recovery period, as well as aggregate job losses.

UHERO亚洲日韩在线a视频在线观看 will continue to track developments closely and release revised forecasts when appropriate, using blog posts that occur between regular quarterly forecast releases.

For a full public summary, go to the University of Hawaiʻi Economic Research Organization website. For a detailed analysis, subscribe to UHERO’s Forecast Project.

University of Hawai驶i System News Wed, 11 Mar 2020 03:21:53 +0000 Miki Cacace
Miki Cacace moments after the surprise announcement that she is this year’s Milken Educator Award winner.

A 2007 University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa graduate was surprised with a prestigious Milken Educator Award, to celebrate and empower outstanding educators, in March. Miki Cacace is a math teacher at ʻEwa Makai Middle School.

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ʻEwa Makai Middle School Principal Kim Saunders hugs Milken Educator Award winner Miki Cacace.

Cacace found out she was the recipient of the award considered the “Oscar Award of Teaching” in a ceremony attended by Gov. David Y. Ige, Superintendent Christina Kishimoto, past Milken Award winners, and community leaders. She is the only Hawaiʻi recipient this year and one of 40 nationwide.

Cacace was hailed for her teaching excellence, particularly for her popular coding class. The Leeward area educator receives a cash prize of $25,000.

Last year’s Milken Educator Award winner, Sara King亚洲日韩在线a视频在线观看, is also a UH Mānoa graduate as are many of the past winners.

University of Hawai驶i System News Wed, 11 Mar 2020 02:31:18 +0000 UH Mānoa men’s and women’s teams will play at this week’s Big West Conference basketball tournament without spectators in the stands.]]> Julissa Tago dribbling the ball
Senior guard Julissa Tago and the Rainbow Wahine will open the Big West Conference Tournament on Wednesday, March 11.

No spectators will be allowed at this week’s Big West Conference men’s and women’s basketball tournaments as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19. Nine teams are in the conference, including the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

亚洲日韩在线a视频在线观看The women’s tournament begins March 10–11 with early-round games at Long Beach State University’s Walter Pyramid. The men’s quarterfinal games are on March 12 at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., followed by the men’s and women’s semifinals on Friday. Both championship games will also be at Honda Center on March 14.

The No. 4 seed UH Mānoa Rainbow Wahine (15-14, 9-7 BWC) are scheduled to play on Wednesday, March 11, against the highest remaining seed at 5:30 p.m. HST and the No. 4 seed UH Mānoa Rainbow Warriors (17-13, 8-8 BWC) will play No. 5 seed UC Davis on Thursday, March 12, at 5:30 p.m. HST.

“I’m sure it was a difficult decision for the Big West Conference, as it was for both the Ivy League and MAC, which have also taken measures with COVID-19. I particularly feel for our dedicated fans who have sacrificed their time and resources to make their way to Anaheim to support our men’s and women’s basketball programs. Regardless, this will not hinder our teams from representing the state of Hawaiʻi with a championship mindset,” UH Athletics Director David Matlin said.

“All season long our players have played for the person to their left and to their right. With the announcement from the BWC regarding canceling fan participation for the tournament this mantra will resonate louder than ever. The health and welfare of everyone is always our first concern. Whether there are fans in the seats or not, we will not be alone. Aloha cannot be stopped,” Rainbow Wahine Basketball Head Coach Laura Beeman said.

“Obviously, it’s disappointing that we won’t be able to play in front of our tremendous fans, our band, cheerleaders and dancers who always travel so well in support of us. Right now, we are only concerned with what we can control. Despite the unique situation, our focus will continue to be on preparing for the tournament and putting forward the best performance we can,” Rainbow Warrior Basketball Head Coach Eran Ganot said.

“The Big West Board of Directors, comprised of the chief executive officers of the nine member universities, strongly feel that this is a prudent way to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus while being sensitive to our student-athletes who have pointed towards playing in the tournament all season,” Big West Commissioner Dennis Farrell said.

All games will be televised on the ESPN亚洲日韩在线a视频在线观看 family of networks. Those who have purchased tickets will receive full refunds.

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Junior guard Drew Buggs and the Rainbow Warriors will open the Big West Conference tournament on Thursday, March 12.