Category Archives: Campus Happenings

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.

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.

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>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 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 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 at Hilo Chancellor Don Straney and University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood were joined by Jennifer Sabas, chief of staff for the late Senator Daniel Inouye, UH Regent Barry Mizuno, Irene Hirano Inouye and UH Regent Carl Carlson at UH Hilo's graduation ceremony on Saturday, May, 2013.</p>

UH 2013 spring commencement

University of Hawaii at Hilo Chancellor Don Straney and University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood were joined by Jennifer Sabas, chief of staff for the late Senator Daniel Inouye, UH Regent Barry Mizuno, Irene Hirano Inouye and UH Regent Carl Carlson at UH Hilo's graduation ceremony on Saturday, May, 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.