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A Hawaiʻi CC student packages meals of luau stew

With more residents facing unemployment and hunger due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Hawaiʻi Community College culinary arts students in Hilo are pitching in and helping prepare meals for Hawaiʻi Island residents.

As part of their classwork, the college students have been cooking meals for keiki at a local charter school Tuesdays and Thursdays this fall semester. And on a day in November they prepared 600 meals of luau stew, salad and rice for residents in the Puna District.

“They just pick it up, they warm it up and there’s a meal for their family,” said culinary arts student Mariah Costa.

The college students’ contributions are part of a broader effort led by two nonprofits, Chef Hui and Vibrant Hawaii. The organizations are partnering with local farmers and restaurants on Hawaiʻi Island to source ingredients, prepare meals and deliver them into the community. The initiative relies on CARES Act funding, and is a way of addressing food scarcity while also supporting the local restaurants and farmers who have been hit hard by the pandemic.

“The intention is, keep the farmers farming, keep the restaurants who support those farmers in business, feeding their local communities,” said Mariah G. Williams, Chef Hui volunteer and owner of Poke Market in Hilo.

For the students, the project is an important part of their education. Typically, they would get real-world culinary experience by operating an on-campus restaurant. Due to the pandemic, however, the campus restaurant is closed. Culinary Arts Professor Brian Hirata said the partnership with Chef Hui and Vibrant Hawaii is a different way of providing that hands-on experience for students while also helping address some of the negative effects of the pandemic.

“It’s a win for the farmers, the community and our students as a learning opportunity,” said Hirata.

Student Jason Sagaysay said it’s been a rewarding part of his education.

“It’s a community based project, so we’re helping feed the families that really need it for this time of COVID,” said Sagaysay. “I actually feel a lot better knowing we’re helping people in need that really, really need it.”

Hawaiʻi CC offers its culinary arts program in Hilo and at the Hawaiʻi CC–Pālamanui campus in Kona. The program is accredited by the American Culinary Federation. Students in the program earn associate degrees and certificates that prepare them to work in the restaurant and hospitality industries.

—By Thatcher Moats

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‘The Great Influenza:’ A 1918 survival guide to 2020 https://www.hawaii.edu/news/2020/11/16/the-great-influenza-barry-lecture/ Mon, 16 Nov 2020 23:04:33 +0000 https://www.hawaii.edu/news/?p=130572 Award-winning author, presidential advisor and professor John Barry gave insight into the parallels of the 1918 influenza pandemic and the COVID-19 crisis.

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A virtual discussion with award-winning author, presidential advisor and professor John Barry on November 12, gave an audience of nearly 200 throughout the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa campus insight into the parallels between the 1918 influenza pandemic and the present COVID-19 crisis. Barry answered questions that covered everything from similarities and differences, his experience advising past presidents, thoughts on how COVID-19 will affect us in the future, and practical advice for college students.

The talk was inspired by his best-selling book, The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History (2004), and is part of the First-Year Programs Common Read.

“My colleagues and I are grateful that we were able to have John Barry take part in the Common Read Lecture Series and bring even more context to The Great Influenza and COVID-19 for our students, as well as the campus community,” said Kyle Van Duser, director of UH Mānoaʻs First Year Programs.

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John Barry (Photo credit: Chris Granger)

Revealing lessons

“People can handle the truth, but you need to tell it to them,” Barry said in sharing the importance of being candid in messaging from public leaders and the news media, noting it was the biggest mistake in both the 1918 flu and COVID-19. When the 1918 flu outbreak occurred, World War I was nearing its end. However, news media and government leaders suppressed the truth of the flu to avoid affecting public morale. Similarly, he said, the Trump administration downplayed COVID-19 when they learned of the virus in late January 2020.

“The result was people were exposed who otherwise would have survived. Many cities ended up doing many of the things we are doing now. If done sooner, it would have saved more lives,” he said. Barry mentioned cities that were hit hardest in 1918 were where people were lied to the most (i.e. Philadelphia). “Society is based on trust. When you break that trust, it’s everybody for himself/herself or their family.”

He added, “the major difference in 1918 and now, is from day one, people knew this was not a hoax. It was apparent the virus was very deadly. COVID is a big deal, but not as big as where we were in 1918.”

Barry revealed the 1918 flu killed people who were much younger (about 95%), and affected people neurologically (deep fog state) and attacked the lungs. “The immune system has a lot of very deadly weapons. In 1918, the battlefield was the lung. It was destroying the lung to beat the virus. People died of bacterial influenza,” he said.

He stressed the importance of mask wearing, saying “Just wearing masks alone by itself will not solve the problem, but is an important piece to solve the problem.” Interestingly, he said masks were not as effective in 1918 because the period of transmission of the virus was different.

Barry also compared the relentless pressure in COVID-19, which is adding more stress on society and the economy. He stated while there was more tragedy and deaths from the 1918 flu, it experienced a shorter incubation of 1 to 4 days, where COVID-19’s incubation is stretched out to several weeks, impacting mental health and resulting in issues such as domestic violence and suicide.

“I’m asking every day if there is a better way to handle this. It’s very difficult. We’ve handled it so poorly. It’s very difficult to get control of it when the numbers are so large. Take care of the virus and the economy will take care of itself,” he said.

Advising public leaders, students

Barry described his experience working with the President George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations as “intellectually challenging and flattering.”

Bush, who read Barry’s book, made it a high priority for his administration to create a pandemic plan. Barry was involved in the process. He also served as a backchannel communicator to the Obama administration, providing the White House with data from censored scientists around the world.

His advice to President-elect Joe Biden? “Take the advice of public health advisors and get everyone on one page. It’s easier said than done, especially with governors reluctant to do anything. It’s a long grueling fight and you have to maintain discipline every day, or it will come back,” said Barry.

The Great Influenza took Barry seven years to write when he intended to complete it in two years. His advice to college students (and aspiring writers) was simple: “Love what you’re getting into. When things aren’t working, you have to figure out, is this something you want to walk away from or is it something you can solve if you persist?”

More on Common Read

View Barryʻs lecture and other presenters part of the Common Read Lecture Series. Free paperback copies of The Great Influenza are available on a first come first serve basis at Sinclair Library to anyone in the UH community interested in reading the book.

The First-Year Programs Common Read advisory reading group is currently accepting book nominations from all UH Mānoa faculty, staff and students (graduate and undergraduate) for the fall 2021 Common Read. Submit book nominations by January 5, 2021. If you would like to integrate future common reads into your course, contact reading@hawaii.edu to participate in the book selection process.

“The eagerness of my colleagues from across academic disciplines who participated in this project speaks volumes about the collaborative nature of faculty at UH Mānoa and enhances the exchange of ideas and knowledge, which is what the First Year Programs Common Read seeks to do,” said Van Duser.

—By Arlene Abiang

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Pan-STARRS detects 1960s-era rocket booster orbiting Sun https://www.hawaii.edu/news/2020/11/16/pan-starrs-detects-60s-rocket-booster/ Mon, 16 Nov 2020 21:49:43 +0000 https://www.hawaii.edu/news/?p=130568 Pan-STARRS1 telescope spotted an object believed to be a rocket booster orbiting Sun.

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A model of the Surveyor lander. (Photo credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

Earth has captured a tiny object from its orbit about the Sun and will keep it as a temporary satellite for a few months before it escapes. But the object is not an asteroid; it’s likely an upper stage booster rocket that helped lift NASA‘s ill-fated Surveyor 2 spacecraft toward the Moon in 1966.

University of Hawaiʻi’s Pan-STARRS1 telescope atop Haleakalā spotted the object in September 2020. Astronomers at the NASA-funded survey telescope noticed it had an unusual motion—it followed a slightly curved path in the sky, which is a signature of it being nearby, with the curvature caused by the rotation of the observer around Earth’s axis as Earth spins. Initially assumed to be a regular space rock orbiting the Sun, it was given an asteroid-like designation: 2020 SO.

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Pan-STARRS1 near the summit of Haleakalā, Maui at dawn. (Photo credit: Rob Ratkowski/ PS1SC)

“We were pleased to discover this object via its slightly curved motion, even though it was of artificial origin,” said UH Institute for Astronomy Astronomer Richard Wainscoat, who leads Near-Earth Object observations at Pan-STARRS. “We hope this technique will lead to further interesting discoveries of nearby objects, especially asteroids that might be temporarily captured into Earth’s orbit.”

But scientists at the Center for Near-Earth Object Studies at NASA‘s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California saw the object’s orbit and suspected it was anything but a normal asteroid.

Most asteroids’ orbits are elongated and tilted relative to ours. But 2020 SO was moving slowly and following a nearly circular orbit around the Sun, closely matching that of Earth’s. In addition, the object’s orbital plane almost exactly matched that of our planet—highly unusual for a typical asteroid.

As astronomers at Pan-STARRS and around the world made additional observations of 2020 SO, the data also started to reveal the degree to which the Sun’s radiation was influencing 2020 SO‘s trajectory—an indication that it may not be an asteroid at all but a suspected rocket booster.

Space Age artifact

The Surveyor 2 lunar lander was launched toward the Moon on Sept. 20, 1966, on an Atlas-Centaur rocket. The mission was designed to reconnoiter the lunar surface ahead of the Apollo missions that led to the first crewed lunar landing in 1969. Shortly after lift-off, Surveyor 2 separated from its Centaur upper stage booster rocket as intended. But it lost control a day after launch when one of its thrusters failed to ignite, throwing the spacecraft into a spin. The spacecraft crashed into the Moon just southeast of Copernicus crater on September 23, 1966. The discarded Centaur upper stage rocket, meanwhile, sailed past the Moon and disappeared into an unknown orbit about the Sun.

Now, in 2020, the Centaur appears to have returned to Earth for a brief visit. Before it leaves, it will make two large loops around our planet, with its closest approach on December 1. During this period, astronomers will get a closer look and confirm if 2020 SO is indeed an artifact from the early Space Age.

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In memoriam: Former Ethnic Studies Chair Dean Alegado https://www.hawaii.edu/news/2020/11/16/in-memoriam-dean-alegado/ Mon, 16 Nov 2020 21:45:07 +0000 https://www.hawaii.edu/news/?p=130573 Dean Alegado was a major advocate connecting the importance of ethnic studies with the community.

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Professor Dean Alegado, with daughter, Oceanography Associate Professor, Rosie Alegado

Dean Alegado, former chair and professor of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Department of Ethnic Studies that led the department to national prominence in the field of Asian Pacific American studies, died on November 6, 2020, at the age of 68. Alegado was also former director of the UH Manoa Center for Philippine Studies.

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Dean Alegado

Born in San Narciso, Zambales in the Philippines, Alegado grew up in the Bay Area and graduated from UC Berkeley. He received his master’s degree from Goddard College and PhD in political science from UH Mānoa.

During his time as chair of the Department of Ethnic Studies in the College of Social Sciences from 2001–06, the department increased enrollment by about 60%, and the number of tenure-track faculty, graduate assistants, scholarships and fellowships also increased. Alegado also developed summer program agreements with Michigan State University and UCLA; increased budget, resources and overall institutional support; and began lobbying for a graduate program.

Alegado’s research areas included international migration from Asia/Pacific; Philippine diaspora and Asian American experience in the U.S./Hawaiʻi; comparative race and ethnic relations; U.S./Philippine relations; Philippine political economy; and community development studies.

He garnered numerous awards including State of Hawaiʻi and City and County of Honolulu outstanding educator awards in 2001, and U.S. Congress and Hawaiʻi State Legislature community service awards in 2008.

Alegado continued to be an advocate for the importance and value of the Department of Ethnic Studies and Philippine language programs by submitting testimony to the UH Board of Regents in the weeks before his passing.

Community involvement

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Dean Alegado organizing for the People Against Chinatown Evictions.

Alegado was a major advocate connecting the importance of the department’s work with the community, especially in the 1970s and 80s, when the economy was being transformed from agriculture to tourism and many local communities were being marginalized.

“He and other professors at UH connected the university to the local community,” said daughter Rosie Alegado, a UH Mānoa associate professor of oceanography and Hawaiʻi Sea Grant’s Center for Integrated Knowledge Systems director. “Up until that point, there really had been no curriculum where we could learn about the contributions our ancestors made to what Hawaiʻi is today. Teaching our history matters because we have to understand the influence we have had on Hawaiʻi society so that we can take part in shaping our collective future.”

Alegado served on many community organizations, including statewide chair and coordinator of the Philippine Centennial Committee of Hawaiʻi; coordinated the visits and travel to Washington D.C. of Philippine national master artists and performers to participate in the prestigious Summer Folklife Festival; developed the summer field studies in the Philippines for the UH Study Abroad Program; chaired the 1997 and 1998 annual trade mission to the Philippines; and was a key community leader in the anti-Marcos movement and fight for affordable housing in Hawaiʻi.

Rosie Alegado emphasized the positive influence that her father and her mother, Davianna Pōmaikaʻi McGregor, professor and founding member of the Department of Ethnic Studies and Center for Oral History director, had on her career.

“My parents showed it was possible for minoritized scholars from historically excluded backgrounds to thrive in academia,” Rosie said. “I see them as role models, strong teachers and mentors to local students. My dad was absolutely foundational to who I am today.”

Dean Alegado is survived by wife Emerita, three daughters Rosie Alegado (Raymond Kong), Kalanui Alegado, Abegail Cabuco and seven grandchildren.

A virtual celebration of life will be held on November 28, 2020 at 2 p.m. HST. His family requests donations to the UH Foundation account for the Department of Ethnic Studies in Alegado’s name in lieu of flowers. The department celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2020.

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Philippine Centennial Committee

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Hawaiian name given to dwarf planet orbiting Sun https://www.hawaii.edu/news/2020/11/16/leleakuhonua-dwarf-planet/ Mon, 16 Nov 2020 20:20:53 +0000 https://www.hawaii.edu/news/?p=130549 ʻImiloa Astronomy Center announced the name of a dwarf planet discovered atop Maunakea.

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Artist’s concept of a hypothetical planet orbiting far from the Sun. (Photo credit: Caltech/R. Hurt (IPAC))

A dwarf planet of high interest has a new Hawaiian name, thanks to the work of 30 Hawaiian immersion school kumu (teachers). ʻImiloa Astronomy Center announced the name for Leleakūhonua (previously cataloged as 2015 TG387), which was discovered by the Subaru Telescope atop Maunakea and has the largest orbit of any dwarf planet or trans-neptunian object in our solar system.

Leleakūhonua references a life form mentioned in the Hawaiian creation chant, the Kumulipo. The name compares the dwarf planet’s orbit to the flight of migratory birds, and evokes a yearning to be near the Earth. This is the sixth world-renowned astronomical discovery named by the ʻImiloa program, A Hua He Inoa. The Hawaiian naming program partners with the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language. In July 2020, Hawaiian immersion kumu recruited by A Hua He Inoa through an inservice teacher development program named two celestial discoveries; dwarf planet Leleakūhonua and massive quasar Pōniuāʻena.

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It takes 32,000 years for the object to complete one full orbit around the Sun. (Photo credit: NASA/SDO)

“It is so important that we continue on this path of refocusing science and discovery within our Hawaiian culture,” said ʻImiloa Executive Director Kaʻiu Kimura. “The worldview and linguistic competence of these Hawaiian immersion school teachers came to the fore with the creation of these names that are critical for our understanding of these types of cosmic discoveries. Facilitating positive collaboration between Hawaiʻi-based science experts and Hawaiian language experts through projects like A Hua He Inoa is what ʻImiloa is all about and we look forward to continuing to forge this path, together for years to come.”

During the naming process, kumu learned creation stories from different cultures and created related curriculum. “Ua nui ko mākou ʻiʻini e hoʻopili i ke ʻano o ke kiʻinahana a nā kūpuna ma ka noʻonoʻo, ke kālailai, a me ke kilo ʻana i ke ʻano o ia mau mea e like me ka nui i hiki (We were eager to apply, as closely as possible, the way that our forebears approached thinking, studying, observing and naming these kinds of objects in nature),” explained Kumu Kauʻi Kaina, one of the participants in the program.

Astronomers are especially interested in Leleakūhonua’s immense orbit. It takes 32,000 years for the object to complete one full orbit around the Sun. It was first discovered in 2015 and will make its closest approach to the Sun in 2078. The enormous, inclined and elliptical orbit further suggests the existence of a 9th planet (Planet X) in the outer solar system which astronomers in Hawaiʻi and around the world have been hunting for.

In summer 2020, the name Leleakūhonua was submitted to the International Astronomical Union and approved as the object’s official, internationally recognized name. A Hua He Inoa has named other Hawaiʻi-based discoveries ʻOumuamua, Kamoʻoalewa and Kaʻepaokaʻāwela, and the black hole, Pōwehi.

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UH Mānoa condemns racist social media video https://www.hawaii.edu/news/2020/11/16/manoa-condemns-racist-social-video/ Mon, 16 Nov 2020 19:29:54 +0000 https://www.hawaii.edu/news/?p=130540 The University of Hawaiʻi condemns racism in any form and takes situations like this one very seriously.

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This message from Provost Michael Bruno was shared with the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa community on November 13, 2020.

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Aloha UH Mānoa community,

A video of one of our students is circulating on social media that needs to be addressed. The video was taken a year ago and was recently posted. In it, the individual uses a racial slur that is absolutely reprehensible and unacceptable. The University of Hawaiʻi condemns racism in any form and takes situations like this one very seriously. An investigation is underway and the student involved is subject to the Student Conduct Code, which may result in suspension or expulsion.

This incident does not represent the values that are the foundation of our university. Part of the university’s mission is to provide safe, healthy and discrimination free environments for teaching, learning and scholarship.

As a Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Campus Center we have made a commitment to jettisoning racism. Our commitment is further demonstrated by the commission on racism and bias that I established in July to build awareness and address our failings head on. This video, while not the only example and type of racism that we must address here at UH Mānoa and in Hawaiʻi, does serve as an important reminder of the challenges that we face, and the importance of our work together.

E malama pono,
Michael Bruno
UH Mānoa Provost

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Don’t flush, burn it! Incineration toilet could solve cesspool problem https://www.hawaii.edu/news/2020/11/15/dont-flush-burn-it-toilet/ Sun, 15 Nov 2020 18:00:02 +0000 https://www.hawaii.edu/news/?p=130434 HIMB is the first in the state to begin operating a state-of-the-art incineration toilet that uses no water and produces no sewage.

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The first state-of-the-art incineration toilet in Hawaiʻi that uses no water and produces no sewage is now in operation on the Moku o Loʻe (Coconut Island) in Kāneʻohe Bay at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB). The proof-of-concept project for reducing sewage pollution from environmentally damaging cesspool systems in Hawaiʻi, and is a collaboration between HIMB, Wastewater Alternatives and Innovations (WAI) and Cinderella Eco Group.

There are an estimated 88,000 cesspools in Hawaiʻi, the highest number per capita in the country, that discharge more than 53 million gallons of raw sewage each day, according to the Hawaiʻi Department of Health Wastewater Branch. The raw sewage of cesspools enters underground aquifers, which can pollute our drinking water, and coastal waters, which can damage fragile marine ecosystems. The Hawaiʻi Department of Health is requiring that all cesspools are upgraded, converted or closed by January 1, 2050.

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“This kind of project is important for Hawaiʻi because our freshwater resources are continually going to become more scarce, our utilities are going to become more expensive, and our sewage systems are going to have more stressors put on them as population densities increase,” said Judy Lemus, interim director of HIMB. “We really need to protect our resources in Hawaiʻi and so a solution like the incinerator toilet is a great alternative.”

How it works

The toilet uses a small amount of energy from propane gas to incinerate both liquids and solids, and produces a pathogen-free, odorless ash that can be disposed of in the trash or used as a soil amendment in gardens or compost piles. The self-contained system does not require connections to municipal water, sewer or electrical infrastructure.

The design is simple and highly efficient. Liquid and solid wastes are drawn into an incinerator chamber powered by propane gas or electricity (the HIMB model uses propane gas). The waste is burned at approximately 540 degrees celsius into fine ash, which is collected in an ash container. The toilet can handle four uses per hour and the ash container only needs to be emptied once per week. HIMB estimates that the five gallon propane tank will last for 120–150 uses.

A model island

Located on the islet of Moku o Loʻe in Kāneʻohe Bay, HIMB is faced with many challenges that mirror those in Hawaiʻi. HIMB is connected to municipal water, sewer and electricity services on Oʻahu through high density polyethylene conduits that run underneath Kāneʻohe Bay. While cesspools are not the issue, resources are limited and utilities are expensive. The incineration toilet adds an environmentally sustainable bathroom on island for employees and visitors in a high traffic location where there were previously no facilities.

“We know that water is precious and scarce in Hawaiʻi and we really want to conserve water whenever we can,” said Lemus. “So as a conservation-based research institution we’re very interested in identifying sustainable solutions that will help us reduce our environmental impact.”

Cinderella toilet

WAI is an environmental nonprofit dedicated to reducing sewage pollution and restoring healthy watersheds by providing innovative, affordable and eco-friendly solutions to waste and wastewater management.

Cinderella Eco Group has been developing and selling incineration toilets since 1999. WAI’s Executive Director and Co-Founder Stuart Coleman first learned about the Norwegian-based company’s incineration toilets in 2018.

“Since then, we’ve been working with Cinderella to bring their innovative technology to Hawaiʻi,” Coleman said. “The current CEO’s father basically invented the incineration toilet so we are stoked to set up this pilot project at HIMB. It’s a great way to reduce sewage pollution and provide alternatives for areas with no sewer infrastructure.”

“These are waterless systems that don’t require water for flushing or a connection to a municipal sewage system, or an in ground septic system,” said Lemus. “They look exactly like a regular toilet, and they can burn both solid and liquid waste and they’re excellent for areas in which you don’t have any other municipal connections.”

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UH Hilo, PacWest Conference return to play in 2021 https://www.hawaii.edu/news/2020/11/13/uh-hilo-return-to-play-in-2021/ Fri, 13 Nov 2020 20:18:17 +0000 https://www.hawaii.edu/news/?p=130500 Men’s and women’s basketball will restart conference competition during the week of January 18.

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The Pacific West Conference, which the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo plays in, will return to play in 2021, following an announcement featuring competition dates and scheduling concepts for the upcoming semester, with competition to resume as allowed by local and state guidelines. Men’s and women’s basketball will restart conference competition during the week of January 18.

The schedules for each of the PacWest sports will include in-pod games, dividing the conference into three pods—Hawaiʻi, Northern California and Southern California. UH Hilo, Chaminade and Hawaiʻi Pacific make up the Hawaiʻi pod.

“I am very pleased with this plan to move forward with schedules in the spring semester,” said Vulcan Athletic Director Patrick Guillen. “A tremendous amount of time and effort went on behind the scenes to get us to this point. I am grateful to Chancellor Irwin and also the PacWest Conference Executive Board for giving us as a conference the green light to move forward in a safe manner.”

Expected playing dates

UH Hilo and the PacWest Conference expected playing date parameters are as follows:

  • The conference basketball season will run for seven weeks from the week of January 18 through the first week of March.
  • The conference soccer schedule is expected to run from the beginning of February through early March.
  • The conference volleyball schedule immediately follows soccer, from mid-March through late April.
  • Softball will be scheduled from early March through the end of April.
  • Baseball is expected to run from early March through early May.

Details for the spring championship sports of golf, tennis, track and field and cross country will be announced at a later date.

For more details, visit the UH Hilo Athletics website.

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Bank of Hawaii steps up with $5M athletics sponsorship, more https://www.hawaii.edu/news/2020/11/12/boh-athletics-sponsorship/ Fri, 13 Nov 2020 02:30:47 +0000 https://www.hawaii.edu/news/?p=130487 The sponsorship grants Bank of Hawaii the naming rights of the Stan Sheriff Center, which will now be referred to as SimpliFi Arena.

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The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Athletics Department and Bank of Hawaii (BOH) announced an unprecedented sponsorship and scholarship on November 12. The deal grants BOH the naming rights of the Stan Sheriff Center, which will now be referred to as SimpliFi Arena at Stan Sheriff Center.

The 10-year, $5-million sponsorship runs through 2030. The new name of the more than 25-year-old facility retains the legacy of former UH Mānoa Athletics Director Bruce “Stan” Sheriff. BOH chose the name “SimpliFi” after its digital banking experience, which launched in 2018. The funds will be used for equipment, academic tutors, trainers, medical staff, PPE, cleaning supplies and rapid testing.

In addition, BOH Foundation established a $100,000 endowment scholarship fund in the name of Stan Sheriff. Beginning with the 2021–22 school year, the scholarship will help meet the financial needs of UH Mānoa student-athletes and underscore the spirit and commitment to UH Mānoa Athletics exhibited by Sheriff during his tenure.

“Bank of Hawaii has been a loyal and long-time partner of University of Hawaiʻi Athletics and we are extremely grateful to Peter Ho and his team for this impactful gift. The gift helps assure the future success of our Rainbow Warrior and Rainbow Wahine student-athletes,” said UH Mānoa Athletics Director David Matlin. “I know [Sheriff] is looking down and enjoying the cherished memories that have been made over the years and we look forward to countless more at SimpliFi Arena at Stan Sheriff Center.”

BOH, a supporter of UH athletics for more than two decades, will assist more than 500 UH student-athletes and preserve and honor its storied history.

“Supporting UH in this way solidifies our financial support of UH athletics and its student-athletes during [the COVID-19] crisis and beyond, while paying homage to a beloved local sports icon by keeping Stan Sheriff’s legendary legacy alive,” said Peter Ho, chairman, president and CEO of BOH.

The partnership embodies UH athletics’ ‘Bows Together theme through the rebuilding and unifying of the athletics department with the community, and reinforces BOH as an advocate of UH sports and steward of the arena.

Read the full story at the UH Mānoa Athletics website.

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Better COVID-19 management for senior caregivers aim of collaboration https://www.hawaii.edu/news/2020/11/12/covid19-management-senior-caregivers/ Fri, 13 Nov 2020 00:41:01 +0000 https://www.hawaii.edu/news/?p=130460 The program’s goals are to provide technology, management tools and training to organizations caring for Hawaiʻi’s kupuna.

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A new program designed to aid in proactively managing employees who test positive or may have been exposed to COVID-19 is available to organizations caring for kupuna. The Pacific Urban Resilience Lab (PURL) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa has launched the program to help facilitate community-wide COVID-19 screening and management for employees of senior caregiving organizations. Interested senior-care organizations on Oʻahu may enroll in the program through November 30, 2020.

The program’s goals are to provide technology, management tools and training to organizations caring for Hawaiʻi’s kupuna and improve: rapid identification of COVID-19 exposures; communications between caregivers, employers and others; and support of contact tracing and risk management.

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“COVID-19 will be with us for a long time and there will be other disease outbreaks in the future,” said Karl Kim, executive director of PURL and professor of urban and regional planning. “It is important that we as a community learn how technology and mobile apps can support preparedness and response to pandemics. We need to better understand what it takes to get people to use the technology. Our initial pilot has already led to improvements in the app for better usability with caregivers. With this expansion, we hope to share what we’ve learned with other senior care collaborators to expand the data and decision-making to protect our community.”

Senior care organizations participating in the program will receive:

  • Usage of the COVID Navigator mobile app and administrative portal at no cost for a minimum of six months.
  • Training and support resources on how to use the application and administrative portal.
  • Tools to help manage the complex tasks for compliance and risk management.
  • If a caregiver is an employee of more than one participating organization, participating organizations will be able to connect to all participating employers to make it easy for the employee to communicate daily screening results, any COVID-19 exposures and lab results in a timely manner to all authorized employers.

For this program, PURL has partnered with COVID Navigator, one of the premier COVID-19 screening mobile apps created by two established national health software organizations with Hawaiʻi roots—iHealthHome, Inc. and MediKeeper, Inc. COVID Navigator has been pilot tested since July 2020 with several hundred caregivers and is currently in use by local employers for thousands of employees in our community.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to work with PURL and their collaborators to help protect the elderly,” said Dew-Anne Langcaon, CEO of iHealthHome. “We’ve worked hard to make COVID Navigator easy for caregivers to complete daily screenings in less than a minute, report lab results to their multiple employers and streamline the process of tracing and managing possible exposures so as to minimize the spread of COVID amongst our vulnerable seniors in the community.”

Any organization serving seniors on the island of Oʻahu is eligible to participate and can learn more at the iHealthHome website.

PURL has received $35,000 in support under the CARES Act to facilitate this effort.

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