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Senator Mazie Hirono visits the UH Cancer Center

Senator Hirono visits UH Cancer Center

U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono visited our University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center on August 6. She graciously took time out of her busy schedule to speak to the center’s faculty and staff and take a tour of our new, state-of-the-art facility in Kakaʻako. We also had a sit-down lunch on the center’s open-air veranda.

It was an enjoyable visit and we are grateful to Senator Hirono for spending time with us.

UH Cancer Center awards

<p>Colin Shimokawa from Shimokawa Nakamura, Inc. presented University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood with two awards their received for its work on the University of Hawaii Cancer Center. (August 5, 2013)</p>

Cancer Research Center Architecture Awards

Colin Shimokawa from Shimokawa Nakamura, Inc. presented University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood with two awards their received for its work on the University of Hawaii Cancer Center. (August 5, 2013)

<p>Colin Shimokawa from Shimokawa Nakamura, Inc. presented University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood with two awards their received for its work on the University of Hawaii Cancer Center. (August 5, 2013)</p>

Cancer Research Center Architecture Awards

Colin Shimokawa from Shimokawa Nakamura, Inc. presented University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood with two awards their received for its work on the University of Hawaii Cancer Center. (August 5, 2013)

<p>Colin Shimokawa from Shimokawa Nakamura, Inc. presented University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood with two awards their received for its work on the University of Hawaii Cancer Center. (August 5, 2013)</p>

Cancer Research Center Architecture Awards

Colin Shimokawa from Shimokawa Nakamura, Inc. presented University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood with two awards their received for its work on the University of Hawaii Cancer Center. (August 5, 2013)

The University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center’s architectural firm Shimokawa Nakamura, Inc. received several prestigious awards recently for its work on the beautiful UH Cancer Center.

Colin Shimokawa graciously paid me a visit on August 5th, to present the university with some of the awards, which included the Building Industry Association’s Renaissance Building and Remodeling Grand Award in the New Commercial Division.

Shimokawa Nakamura also received the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties Kukulu Hale Award/Green Building Award and the New Project–Public/Government Award.

Architect Jeff Nakamura designed the UH Cancer Center to create a work environment that would support innovation and collaboration while also maintaining an environmentally friendly setting and one that was culturally sensitive to the Kakaʻako area.

Jeff worked on the facility while stricken with cancer. He lived to see the center’s completion and was there for our grand opening. During the construction process, he told us that his work on the UH Cancer Center became very personal and it was his mission to finish the job.

He did. And he and his team were showered with accolades for their excellent work. I am grateful to Jeff and the team at Shimokawa and Nakamura.

Waianae Health Academy tour

UH West Oʻahu Chancellor Rockne Freitas, UH President M.R.C. Greenwood, Waiʻanae Coast Comprehensive Health Center (WCCHC) Chief Medical Officer Stephen Bradley, UH West Oʻahu Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Linda Randall, WCCHC Board Chair Anthony R Guerrero, Jr. and President and CEO of WCCHC Richard Bettini.

UH West Oʻahu Chancellor Rockne Freitas, UH President M.R.C. Greenwood, Waiʻanae Coast Comprehensive Health Center (WCCHC) Chief Medical Officer Stephen Bradley, UH West Oʻahu Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Linda Randall, WCCHC Board Chair Anthony R Guerrero, Jr. and President and CEO of WCCHC Richard Bettini.

We visited the Waiʻanae Coast Comprehensive Health Center’s Waiʻanae Health Academy. The academy is a partnership between WCCHC, Leeward Community College and Kapiʻolani Community College.

The Waiʻanae Health Academy offers outreach, training, referral and counseling services to Waiʻanae Coast residents who are interested in working in healthcare.

MAO Farms visit

It was a great pleasure to join UH West Oʻahu Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Linda Randall for a visit to MAʻO Organic Farms summer Ramp Up program.

The two-and-a-half year program serves Waiʻanae youth who are working to earn a spot in the Youth Leadership Training Program. The program involves full-time attendance at Leeward Community College and 20 hours of work per week on the farm.

In exchange for this work, the students receive a full-tuition scholarship at Leeward CC and a starting stipend of $500 a month. Many of the students are the first in their family to attend college.

<p>MA'O Organic Farms Director of Social Enterprise Kamuela Enos and UH President M.R.C. Greenwood listen as Michelle Arasato explains how ordering and tracking work at the farm.</p>

MA‘O Farms visit

MA'O Organic Farms Director of Social Enterprise Kamuela Enos and UH President M.R.C. Greenwood listen as Michelle Arasato explains how ordering and tracking work at the farm.

<p>UH President M.R.C. Greenwood and UH West O‘ahu Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Linda Randall visit MA'O Organic Farms.</p>

MA‘O Farms visit

UH President M.R.C. Greenwood and UH West O‘ahu Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Linda Randall visit MA'O Organic Farms.

<p>UH President M.R.C. Greenwood visits MA‘O Organic Farms.</p>

Ma‘o Farms visit

UH President M.R.C. Greenwood visits MA‘O Organic Farms.

<p>Student workers and interns at MA'O Organic Farms.</p>

MA‘O Farms visit

Student workers and interns at MA'O Organic Farms.

<p>MA'O Organic Farms Director of Social Enterprise Kamuela Enos and UH President M.R.C. Greenwood.</p>

MA‘O Farms visit

MA'O Organic Farms Director of Social Enterprise Kamuela Enos and UH President M.R.C. Greenwood.

<p>University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood and UH West O‘ahu Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Linda Randall with MA‘O farms co-manager and full-time UH West O'ahu student Michelle Arasato.</p>

MA‘O Farms visit

University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood and UH West O‘ahu Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Linda Randall with MA‘O farms co-manager and full-time UH West O'ahu student Michelle Arasato.

Information Technology Center tour

We took a hard hat tour of the Information Technology Center building that is under construction near Kennedy Theatre on the UH Mānoa campus. It is a handsome building that will house enterprise information and communications technology systems and services that will support modern teaching, research and administration for our 10 campuses across the state.

We visited our future 8,000 square foot data center for enterprise servers, storage and communications. We also saw our future conference room.

The IT Center will include an emergency situation room to support UH disaster response, a space for faculty to develop digital content and meeting and training rooms with teleconference capability.

We are close to completion and our new Information Technology Center is scheduled to open later this year.

Information Technology Center

Information Technology Center

Information Technology Center

Information Technology Center

Information Technology Center

Mumbai University visit

Mumbai University visit

From left, University of Hawaii Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs Linda Johnsrud, UH President M.R.C. Greewood, Mumbai University Pro-Vice Chancellor Dr. Naresh Chandra, Mumbai University Management Council Member and Principal of Pragati College Dombivli East of Mumbai University Dr. A.P. Mahajan, Mumbai University Academic Council Member and Ramanath Payyade College of Hospitality Management Studies Principal Dr. Sanyogita Morarji and UH Senior Executive for International-Strategic Initiatives Joanne Taira,

A delegation from Mumbai University and the Indian state of Maharashtra is visiting the University of Hawaiʻi this week to follow up on previous discussions on the development of community colleges in Mumbai.

The delegation is especially interested in UH’s system model of higher education that includes two to four year institutions. The University of Mumbai is also interested in tourism and hospitality as an area of interest.

The delegation started with a discussion at UH Mānoa this morning. It included Juanita Liu, dean of our School of Travel Industry Management. I joined the group for lunch before our Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs Linda Johnsrud made a presentation on the UH System.

The University of Mumbai has 650,000 undergraduate students and more than 14,000 post graduate students at 667 affiliated colleges. The university has 103 research institutes/industry research centers.

Mumbai University visit

UH Senior Executive for International Strategic Initiatives Joanne Taira and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Linda Johnsrud have a lively discussion with the University of Mumbai delegation after the UH System presentation.

Palamanui groundbreaking

Hawaii Community College Palamanui

Hawaii Community College Palamanui

Hawaii Community College Palamanui

Hawaii Community College Palamanui

Hawaii Community College Palamanui

Hawaii Community College Palamanui

Hawaii Community College Palamanui

Hawaii Community College Palamanui

Hawaii Community College Palamanui

Hawaii Community College Palamanui

Hawaii Community College Palamanui

Hawaii Community College Palamanui

Hawaii Community College Palamanui

Hawaii Community College Palamanui

Hawaii Community College Palamanui

Hawaii Community College Palamanui

Hawaii Community College Palamanui

Hawaii Community College Palamanui

Hawaii Community College Palamanui

Hawaii Community College Palamanui

Hawaii Community College Palamanui

Hawaii Community College Palamanui

Hawaii Community College Palamanui

Hawaii Community College Palamanui

The University of Hawaiʻi and the Hawaiʻi Island community broke ground on the long anticipated Hawaiʻi Community College Pālamanui in Kona on May 28. It was a proud moment considering Pālamanui was first conceived of more than two decades ago and has been in the planning stages since 2004.

West Hawaiʻi is the only major community without a permanent higher education facility. Pālamanui will be the first permanent, physical University of Hawaiʻi campus in the area. This is a powerful example of our mission to make higher education accessible to all communities in the state.

Our new campus will be a state-of-the-art, energy independent campus with a large photovoltaic system. The first phase will include 24,000 square feet of classroom space, learning kitchens, science labs, library and learning commons.

There are so many people to thank, but a special thanks goes to Jim Lally, who has been a great friend of Pālamanui and has believed in us from the beginning. He knew that a community college in West Hawaiʻi would plant the seeds for something much larger.

So let’s think of this as a commencement. We have just completed the commencement season, so let’s think of this as our commencement from planning to doing. There is a great deal of work yet to be done before we complete our PhD. Let’s do it!

Hokulea’s World Wide Voyage news conference

The University of Hawaiʻi has many varied ties to Hōkūleʻa’s Worldwide Voyage—from professors and teachers at several campuses who are actively involved with the Polynesian Voyaging Society, to students who will be participating in the voyage, to researchers and alumni around the world who are standing by to assist.

We are very happy and proud to be an educational partner.

<p>University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood took part in an educational panel with Schools Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi and other educators at the Polynesian Voyaging Society's news conference on Hokule'a's Worldwide Voyage. May 29, 2013</p>

Hokule'a's Worldwide Voyage news conference

University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood took part in an educational panel with Schools Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi and other educators at the Polynesian Voyaging Society's news conference on Hokule'a's Worldwide Voyage. May 29, 2013

<p>Master Navigator Nainoa Thompson and President M.R.C. Greenwood in front of the Hokule'a after a news conference on on May 29, 2013. The news conference was on Hokule'a's upcoming Worldwide Voyage.</p>

Hokule'a's Worldwide Voyage news conference

Master Navigator Nainoa Thompson and President M.R.C. Greenwood in front of the Hokule'a after a news conference on on May 29, 2013. The news conference was on Hokule'a's upcoming Worldwide Voyage.

<p>Master Navigator Nainoa Thompson talks to the media on May 29, 2013 about Hokule'a's upcoming Worldwide Voyage.</p>

Hokule'a's Worldwide Voyage news conference

Master Navigator Nainoa Thompson talks to the media on May 29, 2013 about Hokule'a's upcoming Worldwide Voyage.

Development Academy of the Philippines delegation

Development Academy of the Philippines delegation

We are hosting the presidents of 15 state colleges and universities in the Philippines this week. They are taking an Executive Course in Education Management and Leadership and are learning from the experiences of foreign universities, including the University of Hawaiʻi.

The Development Academy of the Philippines says it selected UH as one of the learning sites because of the strength of our system approach and the key strengths of the university.

The educational leaders are especially interested in our contribution to Hawaiʻi’s economy and research, how we improved education delivery and access across the state and our marine and agriculture programs and community college innovation. They are also interested in the East-West Center and the Philippine Consulate.

The delegation will visit the UH System, UH Mānoa, UH West Oʻahu, Windward Community College, Kapiʻolani Community College and much more over the next week.

Honoring UH regents

We honored our outgoing Board of Regents members Judge Artemio Baxa and Mike Dahilig after our final board meeting of the academic year on Thursday, May 16. Governor Neil Abercrombie, board members, vice presidents, chancellors and others came out to honor Regents Baxa and Dahilig and to thank them for their dedication and years of service.

We also welcomed our new Regents Eugene Bal and Randy Moore at a small reception at Bachman Hall.

<p>Governor Abercrombie addresses the crowd at a reception for outgoing regents Mike Dahilig, left, and Judge Artemio Baxa, right, and incoming regents at Bachman Hall Thursday night.</p>

UH Regents Reception

Governor Abercrombie addresses the crowd at a reception for outgoing regents Mike Dahilig, left, and Judge Artemio Baxa, right, and incoming regents at Bachman Hall Thursday night.

<p>Regent Carl Carlson, Associate V.P. for Student Affairs Lui Hokoana and Regent Barry Mizuno outside Bachman Hall.</p>

UH Regents Reception

Regent Carl Carlson, Associate V.P. for Student Affairs Lui Hokoana and Regent Barry Mizuno outside Bachman Hall.

<p>Governor Abercrombie and I prepare to thank outgoing Regents Mike Dahilig and Judge Artemio Baxa at a reception at Bachman Hall Thursday evening.</p>

UH Regents Reception

Governor Abercrombie and I prepare to thank outgoing Regents Mike Dahilig and Judge Artemio Baxa at a reception at Bachman Hall Thursday evening.

<p>Welcoming new Regent Randy Moore.</p>

UH Regents Reception

Welcoming new Regent Randy Moore.