It was a pleasure to meet student government leaders from both Kaua’i CC and Leeward CC, as well as the Hawaiian Council at the Windward CC campus. I learned a lot from you and thank you for your hard work and dedication.
We had the honor of recognizing two deserving UH employees at our monthly Board of Regents meeting at Leeward Community College.
This year, there were two recipients of the President’s Award for Excellence in Building and Grounds Maintenance. This awards goes to individuals who have exhibited sustained superior performance in a maintenance, landscaping, custodial or trucking position. The award includes a $1,000 monetary prize.
This year’s recipients are Erline Vasconcellos, a building and grounds supervisor at UH West Oʻahu, and Joseph Tan, a custodian at Leeward Community College.
Congratulations to both for your dedication to the University of Hawaiʻi!
UH Hilo Chancellor Don Straney and Hawaiʻi Community College Chancellor Noreen Yamane hosted a kīpaepae hoʻokamaʻāina, or formal Hawaiian welcoming ceremony, for me at Hawaiʻi CC on August. 26th. I am told kīpaepae hoʻokamaʻāina means anchoring one’s presence to the land, skies and seas.
I was honored to take part in this ceremony. Thank you to the administrators, faculty, staff and students of UH Hilo and Hawaiʻi Community College, as well community members who attended.
I was extremely moved by a wonderful welcoming ceremony at the Hawaiʻinuiakea School of Hawaiian Knowledge on June 20.
So many of my colleagues and friends from UH Mānoa participated in the ceremony, along with community leaders representing the governor’s office, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Kamehameha Schools, the Queen’s Health System, Queen Liliʻuokalani Trust, Lunalilo Trust and the Board of Regents.
I was touched by everyone’s support of the University of Hawaiʻi and of me when I did an impromptu hula with my Kumu Ab Valencia and others.
Thank you for all the best wishes, advice and willingness to work together for the future of UH.
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Hundreds of people packed Sans Souci Beach in Waikīkī on May 19 for a welcoming ceremony for the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education. I joined other UH and community leaders onshore to welcome four canoes that arrived onshore, carrying representatives of visiting educators.
More than 3,000 educators from around the world are gathering at the University of Hawaiʻi this week for the 2014 conference. These gatherings take place every three years, and this year, the University of Hawaiʻi is proud and honored to host the event at Kapiʻolani Community College.
UH is a model indigenous sharing university, so this is a fabulous opportunity to share what we have learned from others around the world. Participants will be attending various workshops, sharing their expert knowledge and discussing contemporary movements in education that support indigenous world views. The conference wraps up on Saturday.
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The University of Hawaiʻi Community Colleges were honored with a Governor’s Proclamation on April 23. Governor Neil Abercrombie spent some time reminiscing about his days teaching at Leeward Community College before he presented the proclamation to VP for Community Colleges John Morton in the Governor’s office. The proclamation declares April 23 UH Community Colleges Day, in honor of the CC’s 50th anniversary.
It was on April 23, 1964 that Governor John A. Burns signed into law a major legislative act that provided all citizens with access to a college education. Today, the community colleges’ open-door policy and affordable tuition make it possible for people from all walks of life to earn college degrees.
VIDEO: Governor proclaims April 23 as UH Community Colleges Day
More on the anniversary
- KITV: “Nana talks with VP of Community Colleges on 50th anniversary”
- Photos: Go to Gov. Abercrombie’s Flickr site
- UH News video: “50 years of accessible, affordable higher education”
Thanking golfers and sending them off at the 6th Annual Palamanui Fundraising Golf Tournament, April 14, 2014 at the Club at Hōkūliʻa.
- See more photos from the event
- Get the latest on the construction of Hawaiʻi Community College — Pālamanui
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.
- UH News VIDEO: “Major upgrade for UH information technology”
- KHON: “UH Mānoa unveils new IT center”
- Honolulu Civil Beat: “University of Hawaiʻi Completes New $42M IT Center ”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.