Proposed UH-Hilo cuts called ‘devastating’

HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald UH-Hilo assistant softball coach Aisha Sueda hits a ball to Vevesi Liilii as Skylar Thomas looks on during a practice in February.

While proposed budget cuts throughout the University of Hawaii system, recently recommended by the state Senate, would largely reduce unfilled positions at UH-Hilo if approved, a proposal to trim $300,000 from the school’s athletics budget would devastate the program, university officials say.