The Nohona Hawaiʻi community is for first year students who have a shared interest in learning and participating in various cultural practices. This community offers an opportunity for interested students to navigate their first year at UH Hilo while simultaneously building a strong cultural foundation and connecting with others who have similar passions in this area. Living within this community will give participants more opportunities to utilize Hawaiian language outside of the classroom setting through engaging activities and events tailored toward their interests. Students in this community will live in Hale Kanilehua.

Meet the Staff

Ākeamakamae Kiyuna

Nohona Hawaiʻi

My name is Ākeamakamae Kiyuna and I am a native Hawaiian born and raised in ʻAiea, Oʻahu.  I am an alumna of Kamehameha Schools as well as the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo where I was fortunate enough to be a recipient of the Chancellorʻs Scholarship.  I graduated from UH Hilo with my B.A. in Hawaiian Studies and Linguistics and continued my education at UH Mānoa where I received my M.A. in Linguistics.  Currently, I am a lecturer in Ka Haka ʻUla o Keʻelikōlani, College of Hawaiian Language at UH Hilo.  I am one of the co-advisors for Keaomālamalama Hawaiian Club at UH Hilo and also serve as one of the Executive Representatives of Hanakahi Council.

I am also fortunate enough to be a part of the Kukuʻena group taking hula courses at Hawaiʻi Community College.  Being a Kukuʻena has allowed me to look at the relationship between hula and student development, leadership and success and how to bring relevance and personal connection to the world of academia.

My passion for Hawaiʻi—the culture, the language and the people—drive my interests, both academic and personal.  My experiences as both a former student and currently lecturer of UH Hilo have shown me the importance of the personal connection that we all need with whatever it is that we do.  That is how we are truly successful.  As such, much of what I do at the University and in the community is to help establish that connection to academia so that our students are prepared to be as successful as they should be.

Ākea Kiyuna Contact Information:
Lecturer, Linguistics & Hawaiian Language

The Sustʻāinability community focuses on sustainable living as a core experience of living and learning at UH Hilo. The Sustʻāinability LLC is designed for freshmen from any major interested in the environment and sustainable living. Students within the community are provided with theoretical and practical approaches to sustainability by integrating unique academic and field experiences based on course material with their living environment. Students will have the opportunity to learn from one another and community members by engaging in experiences and discussions related to organic food, global warming, renewable energy, food to table practices, and local and global sustainability issues. Students in this community will live in Hale Kanilehua.

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Norman Arancon


In the Entrepreneurship community, you’ll learn about business careers, what career fields you are best suited for given your personal traits and skills, and have the opportunity to network with local business leaders and alumni in both on and off-campus settings. This community is filled with upcoming campus leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators, and community leaders. The Business community is a diverse community of both motivated first-year business students, as well as any other UH Hilo freshmen interested in business. Students in this community will live in Hale Kanilehua.

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Christine Osterwalder


The Natural Science community is a specially designed experience for first year students who are interested in the science fields, with an emphasis in Marine Science. Although this community is naturally attractive to students with majors in the sciences, this community is open to every student with an enthusiasm for the subject. Students participating in this community will have opportunities to actively observe, experience, and participate in the scientific process. They will share courses with other community members, fostering the formation of friendships and the building of an academic support network. Students in this community will live in Hale Kēhau.

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Lisa Parr

Natural Sciences

The Health Sciences community is ideal for students who share a love for the core sciences including biology, chemistry, pre-pharmacy, pre-nursing, and kinesiology. This community offers first-year students an opportunity to pursue a wellness-focused lifestyle with others who share their passion for balancing nutrition, exercise, and activities. Living and learning with fellow first year students in an environment that promotes wellness in all aspects-physical, emotional, intellectual, and social. This community is open to any student interested in health related sciences. Students in this community will live in Hale Kēhau.

Meet the Staff

Harald Barkhoff

Health Sciences

Harald Barkhoff Ph.D. received his degree in sport science with the focus on sport psychology from the University of Stuttgart. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Exercise Sciences at the University of Hawai’i at Hilo.

His teaching and research is informed from sport and health psychology consultations and his personal experience as an athlete. He is part of the Uluakea project conducted by Kipuka – Native Hawaiian Student Center at UHH – aiming to train faculty to teach, research and conduct services out of a Hawaiian world view using an Indigenous place-based educational approach.

Harald loves surfing and snowboarding – also on field trips with his students as part of his applied motor learning classes. He paddles for Puna Canoe Club.

Contact Information:
Chair & Professor, Kinesiology & Exercise Sciences

The Creative Arts community is for students who are passionate about things like design, film, theater, photography, music, dance, painting, and any other venue through which one expresses themselves. Although you may not necessarily be an Art major, you will be a part of a small and welcoming community that shares your artistic/creative interests. This community will be a great opportunity to connect with other students in a safe and friendly environment. Students in this community will live in Hale Kēhau.

Meet the Staff

Michael Marshall

Creative Arts

Michael Marshall was born in St. Louis, Missouri and attended the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, IL, BFA 1975; Yale University, New Haven, CT, MFA 1977.

Professor Marshall has taught full-time at the University of Hawaii Hilo since 1984 and currently serves as Chair, the Art Department.

His numerous Grant and Project Awards include: The Laila Twigg-Smith Art Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation, grant which supported the University of Hawaii Hilo Art Department Visiting Art Program, and founding of the University of Hawaii Summer Art Institute – Hilo, program in 2013; Hawaii State Foundation for Culture and the Arts Purchase Awards (2000, 2005, 2012); Louis Comfort Tiffany Prize in painting and National Society of Arts and Letters (First and Second prize) 1981.

Selected publications include: 2013 Pacific Rim International Print Exhibition catalog, presented by the School of Fine Arts, Christchurch New Zealand, College of Arts, University of Canterbury at the Chambers 241 Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand, November 19th through December 7th, 2013; “Serie XX Artist in Residence – Michael Marshall” youtube watch online published by the Serie Project, August 21, 2013; Serie XX serigraph print edition, “States…of Mind” published by the Coronado Studio, Austin, TX, April 2-6, 2013; Black Renaissance Noire, Michael Marshall interview by Margaret Porter Troupe, Volume 12, issue 2-3, Summer/Fall 2011; Studios and Workspaces of Black American Artists, by Dennis L. Forbes (2008).

Recent exhibition and creative projects include: “Re-imagining Paper and Fiber International Invitational” (curator) July 7 through 25, 2014 at the Wailoa Arts and Cultural Center, Hilo, HI; “Down on the Sidewalk in Waikiki, Art Invitational and CD Launch”, Gallery ‘Iolani, Windward Community College, June 20 through July 3, 2014, Oahu, HI; “Concrete Poetry”, at the Midkiff Learning Center, Kamehameha Schools Kapālama Campus, Oahu, HI April 2 through 17, 2014; “Intimate” a group show at the Atrium Gallery, St. Louis, MO. March 21 through May 10. Set Design for “Joe Turner's Come & Gone” a play by August Wilson directed by Kenny Davis at the UH Hilo Performing Arts Center, November 8, 9, 10 and 11, 2012.

Michael Marshall Contact Information:
Chair & Professor, Art & Performing Arts