By Uluwehi Van Blarcom, Haʻakūmalae Protocols Program
The University of Hawaiʻi System President, M.R.C. Greenwood, returned to Hilo on February 3, 2011 for an official visit. She was greeted with a kīpaepae ceremony in celebration of our community known as Hilo. At the cemented outcropping of Liliʻuokolani Gardens, overlooking the broad expanse of Hilo, the collective and representative populations of the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo and Hawaiʻi Community College campuses celebrated the uniqueness of our community at large through chant, song, and story. We revisited the very elements that over the centuries have continually defined the pulsing culture of this land.
This Kïpaepae Hanakahi was sponsored by Chancellors Donald Straney (UHH) and Noreen Yamane (HawCC). There were greater than 200 people at the ceremony, and this includes all of the Kīpaepae ‘ohana who worked behind the scenes. A big mahalo!