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UH spring commencement ceremonies

I had the honor of participating in several commencement ceremonies across the UH System. It was an incredible experience to celebrate with all our UH graduates and their ʻohana.

<p>From left, Kauai Community College Chancellor Helen Cox, University of Hawaii Foundation trustee Jim Lally and UH President M.R.C. Greenwood</p>

UH 2013 spring commencement

From left, Kauai Community College Chancellor Helen Cox, University of Hawaii Foundation trustee Jim Lally and UH President M.R.C. Greenwood

<p>From left, University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood, Lt. Governor Shan Tsutsui, UH West Oahu Chancellor Gene Awakuni and his wife Leslie Awakuni at the University of Hawaii-West Oahu's graduation on May 4, 2013.</p>

UH 2013 spring commencement

From left, University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood, Lt. Governor Shan Tsutsui, UH West Oahu Chancellor Gene Awakuni and his wife Leslie Awakuni at the University of Hawaii-West Oahu's graduation on May 4, 2013.

<p>University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood speaking to new graduates at the University of Hawaii-West Oahu commencement ceremony on May 4, 2013.</p>

UH 2013 spring commencement

University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood speaking to new graduates at the University of Hawaii-West Oahu commencement ceremony on May 4, 2013.

<p>University of Hawaii-West Oahu Chancellor Gene Awakuni, student speaker Kailene Nihipali, UH Regent James Lee, UH Regent Chuck Gee and UH President M.R.C. Greenwood at the UH West Oahu commencement ceremony on May 4, 2013.</p>

UH 2013 spring commencement

University of Hawaii-West Oahu Chancellor Gene Awakuni, student speaker Kailene Nihipali, UH Regent James Lee, UH Regent Chuck Gee and UH President M.R.C. Greenwood at the UH West Oahu commencement ceremony on May 4, 2013.

<p>University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood and Kauai Community College Chancellor Helen Cox at the Kauai Community College's commencement ceremony on May 10, 2013.</p>

UH 2013 spring commencement

University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood and Kauai Community College Chancellor Helen Cox at the Kauai Community College's commencement ceremony on May 10, 2013.

<p>University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood, U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard, a newly minted UH Hilo graduate and UH Hilo Chancellor Don Straney at UH Hilo's graduation ceremony on Saturday, May, 2013.</p>

UH 2013 spring commencement

University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood, U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard, a newly minted UH Hilo graduate and UH Hilo Chancellor Don Straney at UH Hilo's graduation ceremony on Saturday, May, 2013.

New West Oahu chancellor Rockne Freitas

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We presented a congratulatory plaque to outgoing Vice President for Student Affairs and University and Community Relations and incoming UH West Oʻahu Chancellor Rockne Freitas on May 1, his first official day in his new position.

I nominated Freitas and the Board of Regents approved the nomination this spring. He is the first Native Hawaiian to serve as chancellor of a four-year university in the state of Hawaiʻi and the nation.

Congratulations Chancellor Freitas!

David Karl receives Alexander Agassiz medal

<p>David Karl, third row, first from left, joins other National Academy of Sciences award recipients, including Bill and Melinda Gates, front row, who received the National Academy of Sciences Public Welfare Medal.</p>

David Karl receives Agassiz Medal

David Karl, third row, first from left, joins other National Academy of Sciences award recipients, including Bill and Melinda Gates, front row, who received the National Academy of Sciences Public Welfare Medal.

<p>From left, University of Hawaii at Manoa Professor David Karl and University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood at a National Academy of Sciences awards ceremony reception.</p>

David Karl receives Agassiz Medal

From left, University of Hawaii at Manoa Professor David Karl and University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood at a National Academy of Sciences awards ceremony reception.

<p>From left, University of Hawaii at Manoa Professor David Karl, University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood and Massachusetts Institute of Technology Professor Ed DeLong at a National Academy of Sciences awards ceremony reception.</p>

David Karl receives Agassiz Medal

From left, University of Hawaii at Manoa Professor David Karl, University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood and Massachusetts Institute of Technology Professor Ed DeLong at a National Academy of Sciences awards ceremony reception.

<p>David Karl, from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, is presented with the National Academy of Sciences Alexander Agassiz Medal.</p>

David Karl receives Agassiz Medal

David Karl, from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, is presented with the National Academy of Sciences Alexander Agassiz Medal.

I just returned from Washington, D.C. where I met with some congressional delegates and colleagues from the National Academy of Sciences.

While there, I also had the opportunity to see our very own Dave Karl receive the prestigious Alexander Agassiz medal from the NAS on Sunday, April 28. David Karl is a professor of oceanography at the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. He also directs the Daniel K. Inouye Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (C-MORE) at UH Mānoa.

Dave was recognized for his leadership in establishing multi-disciplinary ocean-observing systems for detecting significant changes in the ocean ecosystem.

The Agassiz medal is presented every three years for original contributions in oceanography. Others were recognized for their work as well, including Microsoft founder Bill Gates and his wife Melinda, who both received the National Academy of Sciences Public Welfare Medal for their philanthropic work.

Congratulations Dave Karl for your excellent work and your many years of exceptional service to the University of Hawaiʻi.

Kauaʻi CC Chancellor Helen Cox honored

Helen Cox

Kauaʻi Community College Chancellor Helen Cox

Congratulations are in order for Kauaʻi Community College Chancellor Helen Cox, who has been named one of the five recipients of the 2013 Hoʻokanaka Leadership Awards. The awards celebrate and honor exceptional adult and youth leaders from Kauaʻi. The award celebration takes place on Saturday, May 4, 6 p.m. at the Kauaʻi Beach Resort.

Helen Cox became chancellor of Kauaʻi CC in August of 2008. Since then, Kauaʻi CC has become a promoter of sustainable living, where students are learning how to grow their own food and develop unique businesses out of their gardens. Congratulations Chancellor Cox!

Mahalo to the UH System team that joined us for the March for Babies at Kapi‘olani Park.

Merrie Monarch Festival

Merrie Monarch Festival 2013

UH ʻohana enjoyed this weekend’s Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo. Here I am with UH Hilo Chancellor Don Straney and Miss Aloha Hula Manalani Hokoana-English.

Manalani just happens to be the niece of Lui Hokoana, a graduate of UH Hilo and the university’s associate vice president for student affairs. She is an alumnus of Maui Community College and Kapiʻolani Community College.

UH Day at the State Capitol

<p>Governor Neil Abercrombie, his dog Kanoa and representatives of the Windward Community College veterinary technician program.</p>

UH Day 2013

Governor Neil Abercrombie, his dog Kanoa and representatives of the Windward Community College veterinary technician program.

<p>Test of balance administered by students of the Physical Therapist Assistant program at Kapi'olani Community College.</p>

UH Day 2013

Test of balance administered by students of the Physical Therapist Assistant program at Kapi'olani Community College.

<p>A curious youngster studying an anatomical model alongside President M.R.C. Greenwood and staff of the Native Hawaiian Health Program at the John. A. Burns School of Medicine.</p>

UH Day 2013

A curious youngster studying an anatomical model alongside President M.R.C. Greenwood and staff of the Native Hawaiian Health Program at the John. A. Burns School of Medicine.

<p>President M.R.C. Greenwood with students and faculty from the UH Hilo College of Pharmacy.</p>

UH Day 2013

President M.R.C. Greenwood with students and faculty from the UH Hilo College of Pharmacy.

<p>President M.R.C. Greenwood at the display hosted by representatives of the Windward Community College veterinary technician program.</p>

UH Day 2013

President M.R.C. Greenwood at the display hosted by representatives of the Windward Community College veterinary technician program.

<p>State Representative Mark Takai and young friends play a game hosted by the UH Cancer Center.</p>

UH Day 2013

State Representative Mark Takai and young friends play a game hosted by the UH Cancer Center.

<p>Sen. Jill Tokuda getting her blood pressure checked by a student of the UH Hilo College of Pharmacy.</p>

UH Day 2013

Sen. Jill Tokuda getting her blood pressure checked by a student of the UH Hilo College of Pharmacy.

<p>A baton twirler, cheerleaders and musicians from the UH Band kicked off UH Day with a mini pep rally.</p>

UH Day 2013

A baton twirler, cheerleaders and musicians from the UH Band kicked off UH Day with a mini pep rally.

We had a wonderful time at UH Day at the State Capitol, where various University of Hawaiʻi programs were on hand to promote this year’s theme Healthy People, Healthy Pets.

Quite a few legislators participated in UH Day, including Senate Education Chairwoman Jill Tokuda, Senator Mike Gabbard and Representative Mark Takai. Governor Abercrombie brought his dog Kanoa to get checked out by Windward Community College’s veterinary technician students. He also visited with two newborn lambs that were part of the Windward exhibit.

UH Hilo offered blood pressure checks and information on it’s excellent program, Kapiʻolani Community College offered a variety of services, including balance tests with the physical therapy assistant program and flossing, brushing and other demonstrations by its health sciences, nursing and emergency medical programs. UH Mānoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources offered advice on nutrition, wellness, diet, exercise and childhood obesity. The John A. Burns School of Medicine featured members of the family medicine and community health program and the Center for Native Hawaiian Excellence, who were on hand to provide blood pressure tests and information on illness prevention. The UH Cancer Center featured a Jeopardy Game consisting of health questions with prizes to boot!

UH Day was part of Education Week at the State Legislature, organized by Senator Tokuda. It was a good and educational time for all!

CIMES visit to Iolani School

Members of UH’s Center for Island, Maritime and Extreme Environment Security (CIMES) and I were at ʻIolani School this morning, where we had the privilege of meeting with Department of Homeland Security Deputy Undersecretary of Science and Technology Daniel Gerstein.

The undersecretary observed a field demonstration project of some of CIMES’ technologies that are being used in the community. We also had an excellent discussion.

This is an example of the kinds of roles UH research plays in our communities. Not only is this nationally important, but we are engaging students in STEM education and the community, in risk awareness and public safety. This is a perfect example of research investment dollars going back to and benefiting the community.

<p>University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood, Department of Homeland Security Deputy Undersecretary of Science and Technology Daniel Gerstein and UH's Center for Island, Maritime and Extreme Environment Security at a visit to Iolani School in March 2013. (Photo courtesy of Iolani School)</p>

CIMES visit to Iolani School

University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood, Department of Homeland Security Deputy Undersecretary of Science and Technology Daniel Gerstein and UH's Center for Island, Maritime and Extreme Environment Security at a visit to Iolani School in March 2013. (Photo courtesy of Iolani School)

<p>University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood and Department of Homeland Security Deputy Undersecretary of Science and Technology Daniel Gerstein at UH's Center for Island, Maritime and Extreme Environment Security visit to Iolani School in March 2013. (Photo courtesy of Iolani School)</p>

CIMES visit to Iolani School

University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood and Department of Homeland Security Deputy Undersecretary of Science and Technology Daniel Gerstein at UH's Center for Island, Maritime and Extreme Environment Security visit to Iolani School in March 2013. (Photo courtesy of Iolani School)

<p>University of Hawaii's Center for Island, Maritime and Extreme Environment Security visit to Iolani School in March 2013. (Photo courtesy of Iolani School)</p>

CIMES visit to Iolani School

University of Hawaii's Center for Island, Maritime and Extreme Environment Security visit to Iolani School in March 2013. (Photo courtesy of Iolani School)

Culinary Institute of the Pacific fundraiser

Kapi'olani CC's Ho'okipa Fundraiser Gala 2013

University of Hawaiʻi President M.R.C. Greenwood, Governor Neil Abercrombie, UH Vice President for Community Colleges John Morton and Kapiʻolani CC’s Kelvin Ro enjoy Kapiʻolani Community College’s Hoʻokipa Fundraiser Gala at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel on March 8, 2013. (Photo courtesy of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser)

Kapiʻolani Community College’s Culinary Institute of the Pacific held its 16th annual Hoʻokipa fundraiser at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel Friday night, March 8. The fundraiser is a chance for Kapiʻolani to showcase its 300 students and their extraordinary culinary talents.

We were honored to have Governor Neil Abercrombie and First Lady Nancie Caraway join us to celebrate the highly successful program and its students. The governor reiterated his strong support of and love for the University of Hawaiʻi, his alma mater. It is a special pleasure to have him in our court!

The governor and first lady joined hundreds of others at the sold out gala, which included food stations that featured creations from various culinary arts lab classes.

Kapiʻolani alum Bobby Sohns was this year’s featured guest chef. He is now the assistant pastry chef at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas.

I thoroughly enjoyed the evening.

UH Cancer Center grand opening

We officially opened our University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center on Saturday, February 23. About 300 people attended the blessing and grand opening. UH Mānoa Chancellor Tom Apple emceed the program, which included remarks by Cancer Center Director Michele Carbone, Nobel Laureate and friend Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn, Chief Executive Officer at American Association for Cancer Research Dr. Margaret Foti and Immediate Past President of the American Cancer Society Dr. Phil Evans.

Following the program, Irene Hirano Inouye and I untied the maile lei, as UH Mānoa Chancellor Tom Apple, Ken Inouye, U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa, UH Cancer Center Director Michele Carbone and former UH Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw looked on. The untying of the the maile lei symbolized the official opening of our UH Cancer Center.

Many UH Cancer Center faculty and staff joined us for the grand opening, as did state lawmakers and the community. The self guided tours of the state of the art facility were quite popular, as was the science fair that featured health related exhibits and activities for the children. What a great day.

<p>From left, Irene Hirano Inouye, Ken Inouye, U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa and UH President M.R.C. Greenwood at the grand opening of the UH Cancer Center.</p>

University of Hawaii Cancer Center grand opening

From left, Irene Hirano Inouye, Ken Inouye, U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa and UH President M.R.C. Greenwood at the grand opening of the UH Cancer Center.

<p>Irene Hirano Inouye helped University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood untie the maile lei at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center is blessing.  From left, UH Manoa Chancellor Tom Apple, Ken Inouye, Irene Hirano Inouye, UH President M.R.C. Greenwood, UH Cancer Center Director Michele Carbone, former UH Manoa Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw and U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa.</p>

University of Hawaii Cancer Center grand opening

Irene Hirano Inouye helped University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood untie the maile lei at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center is blessing. From left, UH Manoa Chancellor Tom Apple, Ken Inouye, Irene Hirano Inouye, UH President M.R.C. Greenwood, UH Cancer Center Director Michele Carbone, former UH Manoa Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw and U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa.

<p>The University of Hawaii Cancer Center is blessed and officially opened.  A dream realized.</p>

University of Hawaii Cancer Center grand opening

The University of Hawaii Cancer Center is blessed and officially opened. A dream realized.

<p>University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood at the grand opening of the UH Cancer Center.</p>

University of Hawaii Cancer Center grand opening

University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood at the grand opening of the UH Cancer Center.

Senator Inouye legacy tribute

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Pictured from left, U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa, UH President M.R.C. Greenwood, Ken Inouye, Irene Hirano Inouye, UH Board of Regents Chair Eric K. Martinson and Jennifer Sabas.

We had a well attended gathering at C-MORE Hale on February 22, where the University of Hawaiʻi ohana presented Senator Daniel Inouye’s family with our legacy tribute. The university is naming four facilities in honor of the great Senator—UH Mānoa’s The Daniel K. Inouye Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (C-MORE), UH Hilo’s The Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy, Kauaʻi Community College’s The Daniel K. Inouye Electronics Technology Building and UH Maui College’s The Daniel K. Inouye Allied Health
Center.

It was our sincere pleasure and honor to present Irene Hirano Inouye and Ken Inouye with plaques, symbolizing the university’s tribute to the senator and his legacy.

Senator Inouye significantly impacted the UH, and it was evident in the numbers of UH ʻohana who attended the brief ceremony. The C-MORE staff also showed us a video of Senator Inouye’s involvement in the development of C-MORE and its facility, from its groundbreaking to the grand opening. It was a touching video and tribute. Many thanks to David Karl, professor of Oceanography and director of C-MORE, and his excellent staff.

In the video below you can see more about the news conference.