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March for Babies 

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What fun we had at this year’s March of Dimes March for Babies event at Kapiʻolani Park on Sunday, April 22. I understand it was the first time it ever rained at this event, but nevertheless the park was packed with thousands of walkers and runners who were wearing colorful t-shirts. Many people stood under tents and trees to get out of the rain.

We did warm-up exercises and got the walk/run off to a good start. I didn’t take part in the walk itself, but I supported all those who did. Carmella (Hernandez, state director of the March of Dimes) told me the March for Babies is the original fundraising walk that spawned the countless charity walks we see today.

About 4,000 people took part in the event. I have the awesome responsibility of co-chairing the March for Babies event next year with Karen Chang.

 

Broadband PSA shoot

Broadband PSA Shoot

I shot a public service announcement at the Davies Pacific Center this morning, in support of the Hawaiʻi Broadband Initiative.

HBI is working to achieve affordable gigabit-per-second broadband service by 2018. The initiative is critical to the University of Hawaiʻi, because broadband makes a difference in whether we can do business or not, and it ensures we’re on an upward curve of accessibility to the world.

Although we currently have acceptable broadband speeds for routine business at the university, we need to improve our capability. We need to run just to stay in place and sprint to keep up with the rest of the world. Our research initiatives depend on it and the university intends to drive the effort, not chase it.

Merrie Monarch Festival

At the Merrie Monarch with Gail, Don Straney and Mayor Billy Kenoi

At the Merrie Monarch Festival with Gail Makuakāne-Lundin, UH Hilo Chancellor Don Straney and Hawaiʻi County Mayor Billy Kenoi

I was fortunate enough to travel to Hilo over the weekend to see the 49th annual Merrie Monarch Festival. I joined UH Hilo Chancellor Don Straney and others for a wonderful time, as we witnessed the culmination of months and months of rehearsal and preparation.

The performers were breathtaking as they danced ancient and modern hula and chanted in an array of colorful costumes. The stadium was packed, the audience was appreciative of the amazing talent before us and they loved every moment.

I even had a chance to pay my respects to Madame Pele with a visit to Volcanoes National Park. It was a weekend to be remembered!

Merrie Monarch Festival

With Don Straney, Interim Maui Trustee of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs Carmen "Hulu" Lindsey, Mauna Kea Management Board Member Herring Kalua, Sherry Kalua and Billy Kenoi

with Noenoelani Zuttermeister, Judge

Noenoelani Zuttermeister, Merrie Monarch Festival judge

paying our respects to Pele

Paying our respects to Pele

Young Chefs check presentation

Young Chefs check presentation

Sidney Lee, M.R.C. Greenwood, Susan Lee, Kusuma Cooray, Alan Tsuchiyama and Bruce Liebert

On Saturday, March 31, I accepted a $5,000 check on behalf of Kapiʻolani Community College from Bruce Liebert, a representative of the national president of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs for the Hawaiʻi/Pacific Island. The check presentation followed this year’s annual Young Chefs competition at Kapiʻolani.

Three young, amazing local chefs were this year’s competitors. Randy Bangloy of Roy’s Ko Olina, Kyle Lee of Roy’s Waikīkī and Ryan Manaut of the Oʻahu Country Club whipped up delectable dishes with ingredients that included whole ducks, abalone, kampachi and locally grown fruit and vegetables. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to stay for the entire event, but I offer my congratulations to all three talented chefs.

I understand the competition was so close that it took a tie-breaking taste testing before Ryan Manaut was declared the winner. He will go on to New Orleans for the national competition in May. If he wins that contest, he’ll go on to the international competition in Berlin in September.

We are very grateful to the Chaîne Foundation, which donated $5,000 for culinary arts scholarships at Kapiʻolani, as a token of their appreciation for Kapiʻolani’s hospitality.

Every year, 10 regions in the U.S. hold these competitions for young chefs. In Hawaiʻi, they are held annually at either Kapiʻolani or Maui College.

Joseph Stiglitz visits Manoa

Joseph Stiglitz Pre-Lecture Reception and Public Lecture

Stephen Pauley, M.R.C. Greenwood, Marylyn Pauley, Joseph Stiglitz, Governor Neil Abercrombie and First Lady Nancie Caraway.

As you may have heard, we had a wonderful visit by Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz over the past two days. Dr. Stiglitz won the Nobel Prize for Economics in 2001 and is currently teaching at Columbia University. I first met Dr. Stiglitz when he was Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers under President Clinton, and if anything, he has become even more influential and prolific since his time in the White House.

Dr. Stiglitz spoke about sustainability and economic growth to an overflowing crowd of about 700 on Tuesday evening at Orvis Auditorium here on the Mānoa campus.

Yesterday morning, he spoke about global economic rebalancing to a group of more than 100 downtown business leaders at the Plaza Club. His insights on the economic shift of power and opportunities for Hawaiʻi were quite interesting and well-taken by the audience.

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Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz spoke about sustainability and economic growth to an overflowing crowd at Orvis Auditorium on March 13th. We had to seat people onstage with Dr. Stiglitz!

Dr. Stiglitz, along with his wife Anya Schiffrin, capped off his visit last night at Washington Place, where he participated in a small-group discussion on rebuilding economic prosperity at a gathering hosted by Governor Neil Abercrombie and First Lady Nancie Caraway.