Category Archives: Campus Happenings

Palamanui Fundraising Golf Tournament

group of people in the sun

Ross Wilson, left, introduces officials from the University of Hawai’i and University of Hawai’i Foundation. From left to right are Interim UH President David Lassner, Director of the UH Center, West Hawai’i Marty Fletcher, Hawai’i Community College Chancellor Noreen Yamane, UH Foundation President and CEO Donna Vuchinich, and Cordy McLaughlin, the Director of Development, Regional and Community Colleges.

Thanking golfers and sending them off at the 6th Annual Palamanui Fundraising Golf Tournament, April 14, 2014 at the Club at Hōkūliʻa.

IT Center dedication and blessing

group shot in front of Information Technology Center

We were elated to dedicate and bless the University of Hawaiʻi’s new state-of-the art Information Technology Center on Dec. 16. We have been dreaming of this day through a long string of UH presidents and support from so many.

We broke ground on this six-story, 74,000 square-foot building in February 2012 and completed the project on budget, so there was much to celebrate at the dedication ceremony. Following the blessing and untying of the maile lei, the media and guests took tours of the IT Center, including Reps. Gregg Takayama and David Ige.

There are so many people who helped make this dream possible, so I will keep it short and thank Interim Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer Steven Smith and Iris Takamiya, Information Technology Specialist who worked tirelessly on this project. Mahalo!

See more photos of the blessing and the building on Flickr.

Media Coverage

Supporting student veterans

press conference podium

With Tracey Betts, Director of the Honolulu VA Regional Office, and Secretary of the U.S. Veterans Administration, General (retired) Eric Shinseki.

We had the honor of meeting with the Secretary of the U.S. Veterans Administration, General (retired) Eric Shinseki. After a productive discussion we held a joint news conference to announce our plan for a new UH task force that will make recommendations on what UH campuses across the state can do to improve the UH System’s support of veteran students.

In fact, I’m looking for UH staff, faculty, community members, government officials, UH veteran students and graduates who are interested in working together to make those recommendations.

Please send your nominations and self-nominations for task force members to president@hawaii.edu.

Find out more and see the whole press conference in UH News.

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 visits MA‘O Organic Farms.</p>

Ma‘o Farms visit

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

<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>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.

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!