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Ka Leo takes 2013 Pacemaker Awards


Cartoon by Nicholas Smith

The Pacemaker awards, the highest honor in the collegiate press, were recently presented to 126 honorees by the Associated Collegiate Press including three awards given to the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Ka Leo O Hawaiʻi.

Ka Leo cartoonist Nicholas Smith took two honorable mentions awards for his editorial cartoons and the Ka Leo advertising insert Aloha Nights took a third place award in ad/editorial supplement category from the College Media Association.

The Associated Collegiate Press also presented 137 Best of Show awards, 272 individual awards and the College Press Freedom Award during the 2013 National College Media Convention held in New Orleans during October.

“We are very proud of our student journalists and the quality newspaper they produce every week in Ka Leo O Hawaiʻi,” said Ka Leo advisor James Gonser.

About The Pacemaker Awards

The Pacemaker competition, which the Associated Collegiate Press launched in 1927, is judged and awarded based on coverage and content, quality of writing and reporting, and leadership on the opinion page, evidence of in-depth reporting, design, photography, art and graphics.

The Pacemaker categories are: newspaper, online, magazine and yearbook. For Best of Show, only news organizations, publications and broadcast teams with students in attendance at the convention are eligible to enter the contest.

There were 617 submissions for Pacemakers, 2,526 for individual awards and 375 submissions for the Best of Show contests.

To view the Pacemaker winners, visit the Associated Collegiate Press’ contests page.

— A UH Mānoa news release.

Niihau cohort graduates from College of Education

Niʻihau cohort graduates

Graduates from from left, Kuuleimomi Kanahele, Kaipolani Pahulehua, Lulu Kelley and Leiala Kaohelaulii.

Among the hundreds of students who earned their diplomas during the December 2013 University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa commencement ceremony was a small group of veteran teachers. Kuuleimomi Kanahele, Leiala Kaohelaulii, Lulu Kelley and Kaipolani Pahulehua successfully completed the requirements for a bachelor’s degree in education.

“All of us in the college are proud to call these dedicated, hardworking and passionate teachers alumni,” said UH Mānoa College of Education Dean Donald B. Young. “The Niʻihau cohort’s graduation is a great example of the college’s outreach and distance programs and our efforts to serve Native Hawaiians. I am also grateful to our faculty who extended themselves to make this happen.”

In an effort to protect and preserve Niʻihau School under the No Child Left Behind Act, these teachers began their participation in a unique program five and a half years ago. Spearheaded by Hoʻokulāiwi Center for Native Hawaiian and Indigenous Education in the College of Education, the program gained the support of many government agencies, including the Hawaiʻi State Legislature, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Department of Education, Hawaiʻi Teachers Standards Board and the University of Hawaiʻi. Owners and families of Niʻihau also came together in support of these teachers and their school.

“My experience in the College of Education has been a great and life changing experience,” Kanahele said. “I have learned so much through the guidance of numerous UH Mānoa faculty. Our last year in the program was also a success because of the College of Education’s financial support. There were so many obstacles, but it was worth it.”

Hoʻokulāiwi secured grant funding from OHA to offset the costs of tuition and conducting classes on Niʻihau, Kauaʻi and Oʻahu. Instructors from Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge and the College of Education worked with Niʻihau cohort coordinators, Kahea Faria and Jay Taniguchi, to hold classes during school breaks and holidays so there was no disruption in the children’s learning on Niʻihau.

Kelley added, “Earning a degree was a challenge for me, but the journey was worth the time. This gave me the opportunity to encourage our children to be proud of who they are and continue to seek knowledge.”

The teachers also honored a fifth member of their cohort and former Niʻihau lead teacher, Jennifer Kahelani Kaohelaulii. “Ms. K,” as she was affectionately known, was instrumental in bringing this cohort to fruition and was a staunch supporter of the program until her untimely passing in December of 2011.

Faria concluded, “Because of the tireless efforts of these teachers and their supporters, the Niʻihau School will continue on, building off of the success of each generation of teachers from the past to the present and beyond.”

A UH Mānoa College of Education story

HIMB develops Hawaiian fishpond iPhone app

Loko Iʻa app

Loko Iʻa app

The Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology in the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa has created an iPhone app that highlights scientific research and indigenous knowledge with virtual and walking tours of a local Hawaiian fishpond.

The project, which was supported by the National Science Foundation and the Omidyar Foundation, grew out of a three-year community-based research internship program called Laulima A ʻIke Pono, which was offered by the Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology in partnership with Paepae o Heʻeia at Heʻeia fishpond in Kāneʻohe Bay.

The team of researchers, mobile app developers and fishpond experts developed the Loko Iʻa app to increase community awareness of both the research and restoration efforts happening at Heʻeia fishpond, and inspire people to become more involved. The app is designed to enhance a visitor’s experience while physically at Heʻeia fishpond and allows off-site users to virtually explore the fishpond through interactive elements that feature important physical, cultural and scientific aspects of the pond.

“The community internship program was fantastic for those who were able to participate, but we wanted to educate a much broader audience about the importance of Hawaiian fishponds in general, about Heʻeia fishpond and the dedicated group of stewards who are restoring it, and also about the scientific research that is helping to inform that restoration”, says Judith Lemus, HIMB associate specialist and principal investigator of the project.

Research shows that connecting people to place creates relevancy that can enhance interest in scientific discovery and environmental stewardship. A very small percentage of the community has the opportunity to experience Heʻeia fishpond in person, and most people in Hawaiʻi know very little about traditional fishponds as centers of Native Hawaiian science, ingenuity, green engineering, sustainable aquaculture and cultural sustenance.

A team of University of Hawaii interns and researchers measuring water flow rates through the Heʻeia Fishpond.

A team of University of Hawaii interns and researchers measuring water flow rates through the Heʻeia Fishpond.

The Loko Iʻa app includes walking and virtual tours that highlight these aspects of Heʻeia fishpond, and are also interconnected with data maps and information on scientific research in the pond.

The team hopes to identify additional sources of funding that will allow them to add new features to the app such as a pictorial history of Heʻeia fishpond, Hawaiian language, moʻolelo about Heʻeia and even include other fishponds.

The Loko Iʻa app was recently featured in HuffPost Hawaiʻi and will also be featured in the upcoming February issue of Hawaiʻi Business Magazine.

Accreditation team praises medical school’s speech, hearing program

Chiemi Tanaka demonstrates an exam at the JABSOM CSD Speech-Hearing Clinic

Chiemi Tanaka demonstrates an exam at the JABSOM CSD Speech-Hearing Clinic

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) Department (formerly known as the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology) has been accredited through through 2020. This is the longest accreditation in the department’s history and reflects several years of work to steady, strengthen and improve the program.

The accreditation comes at a time when student certification (Praxis) scores in the program—already above the national average—have soared, and graduates have achieved a 100 percent completion rate.

CSD, a master’s program and a department within the John A. Burns School of Medicine, prepares students to become speech-language pathologists—health-allied professionals who evaluate and treat individuals with speech, language, cognitive-communication and swallowing disorders. People served by UH speech language pathologists since 1945 range from infants to the elderly. Speech-language pathology requires a minimum of a master’s degree in a specialized area, which includes intensive didactic and clinical training, prior to obtaining clinical certification and licensure.

CSD is the only program in the State of Hawaiʻi that offers a master of science degree in CSD and one of the few programs in the U.S. featuring preparation in a multilingual/multicultural environment. The master’s degree in CSD requires two full years of study. This year, CSD will also offer a one-year online post-bachelor’s certification program to help those students who do not have a CSD undergraduate degree obtain the pre-requisite courses required for admission to the graduate school.

The accrediting team from the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology praised the department leadership, its new facilities including a speech and hearing clinic, classroom and research areas. The team also acknowledged the department’s new neighborhood—across the street from the medical school—where CSD students have access to the anatomy lab for class laboratory experiences.

The accreditation team described Henry Lew, department chair of CSD, as a “visionary leader” who has worked collaboratively to improve the program’s curriculum, community outreach and reputation within the John A. Burns School of Medicine.

“We are humbled to receive 8-year accreditation,” said Lew. “Our department worked very hard as a team and would like to thank JABSOM Dean Jerris Hedges, Dr. Roy Magnusson, Dr. Satoru Izutsu, Dr. Richard Kasuya, Nancy Foster, Jeff Long, Ezra Bendiner, along with Dr. Patricia Blanchette and the entire team at UCERA, JABSOM’s practice plan, as well as the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Administration, and the UH Mānoa Assessment Office for their continuous support of the department.”

A John A. Burns School of Medicine story

Music department a symphony of global styles

A unique blend of western, Asian, Hawaiian and other Pacific Island traditions, the music department at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is unlike any other college program.

In addition to its robust European and American program, UH is world-renowned in ethnomusicology–the study of social and cultural aspects of music and dance in global contexts.

“We are one of the few, or if maybe, the only school in the nation that have nine, performing ethnic music ensembles,” said UH Mānoa music department chair Laurence Paxton.

All of the students studying western music have to take classes that expose them to Asian and Pacific traditions. Students in the department’s composition program also explore the possibilities of blending styles.

“By using western compositional techniques but by adding ethnic instruments into that mix,” said Paxton. “So many of our ensembles perform these works.”

choir singers practicing

Choir practice

The music department has about 5,000 ethnic instruments from around the world that are used in performances. Most of the performances take place at the department’s 400-seat concert hall, the Mae Zenke Orvis Auditorium. The auditorium and the music department occupy their very own corner of the Mānoa campus.

“All the music majors kind of live here from the morning to the evenings,” said music major Cathlyn Momohara. “We have rehearsals till like 10.”

“We are a tightknit family,” added Miguel Cadoy, who is also majoring in music at UH Mānoa, “I just love the community here. We get along really well with the faculty.”

“What we get a big star on is the size of classes and the one-on-one relationships they have with the professors,” said Paxton referring to the most recent student surveys. “And how easy it is to contact them.”

The department has 22 fulltime faculty members, 40 adjunct faculty and offers undergraduate, masters and PhD degrees through a fully accredited, rigorous academic program.

The students also benefit from the fact that UH is in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Internationally recognized musicians from all over the world regularly stop in for performances, and give master classes while traveling to and from Asia and the continental United States.

“It’s really fun, just listening and getting to watch a performer who’s done this for the 10,000 hours of practice,” said Momohara.

In addition to the nine ensembles that are given by the ethnomusicology area, the department also boasts 16 western ensembles, and you don’t have to be a music major to audition for any of them.

“We have great ensembles and a lot of talent here,” said Codoy.

The groups put on dozens of community concerts and performances each year.

“That’s our mission here for the university too, it’s to educate, is to make future musicians, but also to be a spokesperson for the university,” said Paxton.

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