Category Archives: Campus Happenings

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.

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!

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.

Honoring Senator Daniel K. Inouye

The Board of Regents today approved our proposed tribute to the late Senator Daniel Inouye. The plan calls for the naming of four programs or facilities in honor of Senator Inouye. They include The Daniel K. Inouye Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (C-MORE) at the UH Mānoa, The Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, The Daniel K. Inouye Allied Health Center at UH Maui College and The Daniel K. Inouye Electronics Technology Building at Kauaʻi Community College.

We are elated. Senator Inouye’s family will accept our tribute during a brief ceremony at UH Mānoa’s C-MORE Hale tomorrow, February 22, at 11 a.m.

UH Hilo Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy

UH President M.R.C. Greenwood, UH Hilo College of Pharmacy Dean John M. Pezzuto, Former Chief of Staff for Senator Daniel K. Inouye Pat DeLeon, UH Board of Regents Chair Eric Martinson and UH Hilo Chancellor Donald Straney admire the planned new home for the newly named Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy. (Photo provided by UH Hilo College of Pharmacy)

University of Hawaii Cancer Center grand opening festivities

University of Hawai‘i Cancer Center donor dinner

We are looking forward to a busy weekend with the long awaited grand opening of the University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center.

On Tuesday, February 19, the UH Foundation held a special dinner for its donors at the UH Cancer Center. Attendees had the opportunity to tour the state-of-the-art facility, and we had the opportunity to thank donors for their invaluable support of the university and our new UH Cancer Center.

The blessing/grand opening begins at 10 a.m. and will be followed by a science fair at the Sullivan Center and outdoor health exhibits by the Children’s Discovery Center, the American Cancer Society and many others. There will be self guided tours of the cancer center from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and hula and zumba lessons outside as well.

Hope to see you there!

University of Hawai‘i Cancer Center donor dinner

Attending the University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center
dinner, from left, Barry Weinman, Virginia Weinman,
University of Hawaii Cancer Center Director
Michele Carbone and Sheila Watumull