Visiting Pacific Command HQ

Visit to Pacific Command HQ

Visit to Pacific Command HQ

Visit to Pacific Command HQ

Visit to Pacific Command HQ

Visit to Pacific Command HQ

For a modest-sized state, Hawaiʻi has what is almost an embarrassment of riches in natural resources and location. Two of our islands’ most important institutions, the University of Hawaiʻi and the U. S. Pacific Command, have linked arms to work together on sustainability in energy, water resources and ability to withstand natural disasters. This is a direct result of a conference in January 2011, exploring how we can enhance our activities in these areas.

I was honored recently to sign a memorandum of agreement with Admiral Robert F. Willard, Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, headquartered at Camp Smith, along with UH Mānoa Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw, formalizing our commitment to collectively work toward increased stability, security and resiliency for the state and the Asia-Pacific region.

This partnership is especially significant as we continue to plan for the APEC meeting in Honolulu in November, and as we continue to respond to natural disasters in the region such as the Japan earthquake and tsunami. Nursing students participating in humanitarian missions and internships at PACOM are just a couple of examples of how we can pool our resources and support each other. Check back for updates on more specifics as this partnership takes form in the coming months and years!

Mahalo nui to the U.S. Navy and the staff at PACOM for a dignified and extremely well-organized singing ceremony!

View photos from the ceremony in the slideshow and thumbnails below.