Home Sweet Hale

E komo mai! Welcome!

ʻO Heather Kaluna koʻu inoa (my name is Heather Kaluna). I am an Assistant Professor at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, my alma matter. I earned a MS and PhD in Astronomy at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Due to my connection to our moana (ocean), my research interests focus on studying wai i ka lewa (water in space) and the potential origin sources of wai honua (Earth's water).

Current ideas / projects:

I'm currently thinking about ways to best support the #blacklivesmatter movement and our haumana (students) here at UH Hilo. A colleague of mine, Dr. Moses Milazzo, recently shared his experiences in bystander intervention training. For those that are interested in learning more and getting training, please visit One oRb's Bystander Intervention Training. Such training at UH Hilo would allow us to educate ourselves on recognizing racist remarks or actions and better equip us for the difficult conversations needed to grow together. Mahalo Dr. Moses Milazzo!

The Five Ds of Bystander Intervention

  1. Direct (exercise w/ caution)

  2. Distract (e.g. ask for time)

  3. Delegate (e.g. contact manager)

  4. Delay (if you cannot intervene, check in on someone after incident has occurred)

  5. Document (record, report)

For more detailed information and further examples, check out this article from Southern Poverty Law Center

Current Service and Committee Roles:

  • Importance of Place, Strategic Doing Committee - UH Hilo

  • Professional Development Committee - UH Hilo

  • Board Secretary for PUEO

  • A Hua He Inoa member

  • University of Hawai'i TAC member

  • NASA IRTF/Keck User Working Group member

  • LUMA member