Category Archives: Campus Happenings

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

Manoa Forum

It was my pleasure to sponsor a reception for the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Forum at Bachman Hall on January 14. I had a chance to catch up with community leaders, legislators and business leaders. The Mānoa Forum consists of academic and community members who discuss issues that affect our community.

Manoa Forum

Among the guests at the Mānoa Forum were former UH Mānoa Chancellor
Virginia Hinshaw and Mitch D’Olier of Kāneʻohe Ranch.

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I got a chance to catch up with Senator Les Ihara at a reception for the Mānoa
Forum in the lobby of Bachman Hall.

Letter to UH ohana

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Dear UH ʻOhana,

As we approach the holiday season, I wanted to take the time to thank you for your support and patience as we continue to process all the confusion of the past few months.

Despite this difficult period, many positive things have happened. Download the full text of my letter highlighting this year’s accomplishments at http://www.hawaii.edu/offices/op/presidents-letter-2012.pdf.

As we face a new calendar year, let us rededicate ourselves to our strategic and long term goals, let us remember that education is the path to enlightenment and state, national and personal security. Above all let us seize this new year with vigor and enthusiasm.

Mahalo nui loa for your support, understanding and dedication.

M.R.C. Greenwood
President

UH community forum visits

<p>University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood, left, Regent Artemio C. Baxa, center,  and UH Maui College Chancellor Clyde Sakamoto, right,  at the University of Hawaii Maui College community forum.</p>

UH Community Forum at UH Maui College

University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood, left, Regent Artemio C. Baxa, center, and UH Maui College Chancellor Clyde Sakamoto, right, at the University of Hawaii Maui College community forum.

<p>University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood, right, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs/Provost Linda K. Johnsrud at the University of Hawaii Maui College community forum.</p>

UH Community Forum at UH Maui College

University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood, right, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs/Provost Linda K. Johnsrud at the University of Hawaii Maui College community forum.

<p>President M.R.C. Greenwood and Regent Artemio C. Baxa at the University of Hawaii Maui College community forum.</p>

UH Community Forum at UH Maui College

President M.R.C. Greenwood and Regent Artemio C. Baxa at the University of Hawaii Maui College community forum.

<p>University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood, UH Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs/Provost Linda Johnsrud, UH Manoa Chacellor Tom Apple and Regents Eric K. Martinson, James H. Q. Lee, Chuck Y. Gee, John C. Holzman and Coralie Chun Matayoshi attended the UH Manoa community forum on December 3, 2012.</p>

Listening Tour 2012 Manoa

University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood, UH Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs/Provost Linda Johnsrud, UH Manoa Chacellor Tom Apple and Regents Eric K. Martinson, James H. Q. Lee, Chuck Y. Gee, John C. Holzman and Coralie Chun Matayoshi attended the UH Manoa community forum on December 3, 2012.

<p>University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood, UH Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs/Provost Linda Johnsrud, UH Manoa Chacellor Tom Apple and Regents Eric K. Martinson, James H. Q. Lee, Chuck Y. Gee, John C. Holzman and Coralie Chun Matayoshi attended the UH Manoa community forum on December 3, 2012.</p>

Listening Tour 2012 Manoa

University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood, UH Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs/Provost Linda Johnsrud, UH Manoa Chacellor Tom Apple and Regents Eric K. Martinson, James H. Q. Lee, Chuck Y. Gee, John C. Holzman and Coralie Chun Matayoshi attended the UH Manoa community forum on December 3, 2012.

<p>University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood, UH Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs/Provost Linda Johnsrud, UH Manoa Chacellor Tom Apple and Regents Eric K. Martinson, James H. Q. Lee, Chuck Y. Gee, John C. Holzman and Coralie Chun Matayoshi attended the UH Manoa community forum on December 3, 2012.</p>

Listening Tour 2012 Manoa

University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood, UH Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs/Provost Linda Johnsrud, UH Manoa Chacellor Tom Apple and Regents Eric K. Martinson, James H. Q. Lee, Chuck Y. Gee, John C. Holzman and Coralie Chun Matayoshi attended the UH Manoa community forum on December 3, 2012.

<p>I posed for some pictures with a Honolulu Community College Student Body President Kaleo Gagne after our community forum wrapped up.</p>

UH community forum at Honolulu Community College

I posed for some pictures with a Honolulu Community College Student Body President Kaleo Gagne after our community forum wrapped up.

<p>At the UH community forum at Honolulu Community College are, from left, Board of Regents members James Lee and Chuck Gee, Honolulu Comunnity College Chancellor Erika Lacro and UH Executive VP for Academic Affairs Linda Johnsrud and UH President M.R.C. Greenwood.</p>

UH community forum at Honolulu Community College

At the UH community forum at Honolulu Community College are, from left, Board of Regents members James Lee and Chuck Gee, Honolulu Comunnity College Chancellor Erika Lacro and UH Executive VP for Academic Affairs Linda Johnsrud and UH President M.R.C. Greenwood.

<p>At the UH community forum at Honolulu Community College are, from left, Board of Regents members James Lee and Chuck Gee, Honolulu Comunnity College Chancellor Erika Lacro, UH Executive VP for Academic Affairs Linda Johnsrud and UH President M.R.C. Greenwood.</p>

UH community forum at Honolulu Community College

At the UH community forum at Honolulu Community College are, from left, Board of Regents members James Lee and Chuck Gee, Honolulu Comunnity College Chancellor Erika Lacro, UH Executive VP for Academic Affairs Linda Johnsrud and UH President M.R.C. Greenwood.

<p>At the UH community at Honolulu Community College are, from left, Board of Regents members James Lee and Chuck Gee, Honolulu Community College Chancellor Erika Lacro, UH Executive VP for Academic Affairs Linda Johnsrud and UH President M.R.C. Greenwood.</p>

UH community forum at Honolulu Community College

At the UH community at Honolulu Community College are, from left, Board of Regents members James Lee and Chuck Gee, Honolulu Community College Chancellor Erika Lacro, UH Executive VP for Academic Affairs Linda Johnsrud and UH President M.R.C. Greenwood.

I’m visiting every University of Hawaiʻi campus across the state for a series of community forums. Students, faculty, staff, the university community and the public are invited and encouraged to ask questions and share their thoughts at these open meetings.

The forums began in mid-November and will wrap up in January on the Big Island. Chancellors are joining me at their respective campuses for these forums, and members of the Board of Regents are participating as their schedules allow.

I’ll be adding pictures from the forums as I get them to the photo slideshow above.

Go to the UH news site for a full schedule of events. I look forward to seeing you there.

A visit with Kenya’s Ambassador Elkanah Odembo

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Pictured with me from left, Joanne Taira and Ambassador Elkanah Odembo.

I had the honor of meeting with the Republic of Kenya’s Ambassador to the United States today, along with Joanne Taira, UH’s Senior Executive for International and Strategic Initiatives.

Ambassador Elkanah Odembo will be a special guest at this Sunday’s Honolulu Marathon where he will support one of the world’s top marathoners and Kenya-native Wilson Kipsang, who is entered in the race. He will be one to watch. Kipsang was recently on the east coast for the New York City Marathon, but it was cancelled because of Hurricane Sandy.

Ambassador Odembo dropped in at my office for a courtesy visit and a nice discussion about education in our respective countries. He has been Kenya’s ambassador to the U.S. since 2010. He is the founding director of Ufadhili Trust, the Centre for Philanthropy and Social Responsibility—a Kenyan institution that seeks to promote the spirit of giving, philanthropy and the use of local resources to improve lives.

The first community forum at Honolulu Community College

<p>I posed for some pictures with a Honolulu Community College Student Body President Kaleo Gagne after our community forum wrapped up.</p>

UH community forum at Honolulu Community College

I posed for some pictures with a Honolulu Community College Student Body President Kaleo Gagne after our community forum wrapped up.

<p>At the UH community forum at Honolulu Community College are, from left, Board of Regents members James Lee and Chuck Gee, Honolulu Comunnity College Chancellor Erika Lacro and UH Executive VP for Academic Affairs Linda Johnsrud and UH President M.R.C. Greenwood.</p>

UH community forum at Honolulu Community College

At the UH community forum at Honolulu Community College are, from left, Board of Regents members James Lee and Chuck Gee, Honolulu Comunnity College Chancellor Erika Lacro and UH Executive VP for Academic Affairs Linda Johnsrud and UH President M.R.C. Greenwood.

<p>At the UH community forum at Honolulu Community College are, from left, Board of Regents members James Lee and Chuck Gee, Honolulu Comunnity College Chancellor Erika Lacro, UH Executive VP for Academic Affairs Linda Johnsrud and UH President M.R.C. Greenwood.</p>

UH community forum at Honolulu Community College

At the UH community forum at Honolulu Community College are, from left, Board of Regents members James Lee and Chuck Gee, Honolulu Comunnity College Chancellor Erika Lacro, UH Executive VP for Academic Affairs Linda Johnsrud and UH President M.R.C. Greenwood.

<p>At the UH community at Honolulu Community College are, from left, Board of Regents members James Lee and Chuck Gee, Honolulu Community College Chancellor Erika Lacro, UH Executive VP for Academic Affairs Linda Johnsrud and UH President M.R.C. Greenwood.</p>

UH community forum at Honolulu Community College

At the UH community at Honolulu Community College are, from left, Board of Regents members James Lee and Chuck Gee, Honolulu Community College Chancellor Erika Lacro, UH Executive VP for Academic Affairs Linda Johnsrud and UH President M.R.C. Greenwood.

I enjoyed our first community forum at Honolulu Community College on November 16, where students, faculty, staff and parents were invited to ask me questions and express their thoughts and concerns about the future of the University of Hawaiʻi.

Joining me on the panel were Board of Regents members James Lee and Chuck Gee, Honolulu Community College Chancellor Erika Lacro and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Linda Johnsrud.

You can get the forum schedule online.

NEDO visit

NEDO representative

Representatives of several Japanese partners who support the NEDO project (New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization)

I hosted representatives from NEDO (New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization) at a gathering in my office on Monday, August 13.

NEDO is currently working on its U.S.–Japan island grid project on Maui. NEDO is interested in new smart grid technologies and finds the Valley Isle a particularly useful laboratory for deploying its pilot projects.

NEDO is collaborating with the Hawaiʻi Natural Energy Institute, UH Maui College and Maui Electric on the island grid project.

Windward Community College Chancellor’s Gala Dinner

Windward Community Chancellor's Gala Dinner

With Windward Community College Chancellor Doug Dykstra, left, and UH Vice President for Community Colleges John Morton, right.

I had the pleasure of attending the first Chancellor’s Gala Dinner in 40 years at Windward Community College on Saturday night. The highlight of the evening was the chance to see the campus’ brand new Library Learning Commons.

I remember my very first Board of Regents meeting years ago at the Windward campus. The focus of that meeting was the need to create a new facility to house a library and learning commons. It was a proud moment for everyone to be standing in the beautiful building, which is set to receive an environmental Silver LEED designation.

I commend the faculty and staff who worked so hard and so diligently, for many years, to bring this vision to life.

Windward Community Chancellor's Gala Dinner

Greeting Bonnie Beatson, Windward Community College’s director of marketing and public relations. Windward Community College Chancellor Doug Dykstra looks on.