I had the privilege of meeting and recognizing our 2014 Regents and Presidential Scholars on Thursday night. We honored 20 exceptional local high school graduates who were awarded UH Board of Regents scholarships. They are high achievers who excelled in the classroom and on their college entrance exams. We also honored 10 incoming juniors who were named Presidential Scholars for their academic achievement.
All 30 scholars will receive full tuition waivers, $4,000 a year and a $2,000 travel grant.
We are committed to their success and are very happy to have Hawaiʻi’s best and brightest attending our UH campuses.
Congratulations to all our scholars and their parents!
2014 Regents Scholars
2014 Presidential Scholars
UH regents, Regents and Presidential Scholars and their parents tour the taro farm at the UH Mānoa Hawaiʻinuiakea School of Hawaiian Knowledge.
Thanks to UH Manoa Assistant Vice Chancellor Steve Meder, who led the tour with Rep. Isaac Choy to his right. Chancellor Tom Apple follows to his left with the rest of the group as we head to Edmondson Hall.
We had a robust discussion on the physical condition of the UH Mānoa campus with several lawmakers who took time out of their busy schedules yesterday to take a brief tour of some of our facilities. Many thanks to Representatives Isaac Choy, Calvin Say, Karen Awana and Henry Aquino for joining us on the tour. Thanks also to Rep. Linda Ichiyama who sent staff members on her behalf.
Regents John Holzman, James Lee and Randy Moore also joined us as UH Mānoa Assistant Vice Chancellor Steve Meder and UH Mānoa Chancellor Tom Apple led us on a tour of Snyder Hall which is in dire need of renovations. We also walked through Edmondson Hall which is currently being renovated, and we enjoyed exploring a couple of newly renovated classrooms in Sakamaki Hall.
Our deepest thanks to Reps. Choy, Say, Awana and Aquino for visiting our campus. We hope to host another tour for other state lawmakers in the near future.
UH Manoa Assistant Vice Chancellor Steve Meder gives lawmakers and UH regents a tour of a classroom laboratory in need of repair and renovation.
I am truly touched by the wonderful gift presented to me by UH Hilo Chancellor Don Straney and Hawaiʻi Community College Chancellor Noreen Yamane while I was on my campus aloha visit this week.
Don and Noreen gave me two ʻōhiʻa lehua trees that they planted in the indigenous gardens at UH Hilo’s ʻImiloa Astronomy Center.
Thank you for the honor Chancellors Straney and Yamane.
I stopped at Leeward Community College on my aloha tour where I had a chance to meet Leeward’s exceptional faculty, staff and students.
Leeward CC Chancellor Manuel Cabral and his team.
Leeward CC student government leaders.
Saying goodbye to UH West Oʻahu Chancellor Rockne Freitas and his administration. I enjoyed a really nice visit and want to thank our excellent faculty, staff and administrators for their dedication and excellent work.
With members of the Associated Students of UH West Oʻahu and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Lui Hokoana.
Chancellor Rockne Freitas and his team.
I enjoyed an excellent lunch and fabulous entertainment.
I visited Mauna Kea with UH Hilo’s Jerry Chang this morning and met Kiʻaina Schubert, a UH Hilo graduate who works as a computer technician for the Subaru Telescope.
Subaru is an 8.2-meter optical infrared telescope at the summit, operated by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ).
The administration, faculty, staff and students of Kauaʻi Community College are doing some exciting things. As you may know, Kauaʻi CC will be part of command and control for HiakaSat, which will fly on Hawaiʻi’s first space launch next year from Kauaʻi’s Pacific Missile Range Facility.
I had the pleasure of visiting recently with Ramona Kincaid, Kauaʻi CC Chancellor Helen Cox, Brandon Shimokawa, James Dire and Bruce Getzan, among others.
My last campus visit to beautiful Windward Community College occurred on a gorgeous Monday afternoon in Kaneʻohe. I was honored to attend the blessing of Windward’s new Hale Ao Hawaiian Studies building.
Thank you to Chancellor Doug Dykstra and his exceptional staff, faculty and students for a memorable time!
I attended my final Council of Chancellors meeting—a regular meeting of UH chancellors and vice presidents—on Wednesday, August 7th. I have truly enjoyed working with them and wish them the very best in all future endeavors.
I had the pleasure of working with the dedicated employees at the UH Foundation. We took a moment to take a photo at my final full board meeting on August 6th.