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 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.

Information Technology Center tour

We took a hard hat tour of the Information Technology Center building that is under construction near Kennedy Theatre on the UH Mānoa campus. It is a handsome building that will house enterprise information and communications technology systems and services that will support modern teaching, research and administration for our 10 campuses across the state.

We visited our future 8,000 square foot data center for enterprise servers, storage and communications. We also saw our future conference room.

The IT Center will include an emergency situation room to support UH disaster response, a space for faculty to develop digital content and meeting and training rooms with teleconference capability.

We are close to completion and our new Information Technology Center is scheduled to open later this year.

Information Technology Center

Information Technology Center

Information Technology Center

Information Technology Center

Information Technology Center

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.

Association of Public Land Grant Universities meeting

I am in Washington, D.C. attending the APLU (Association of Public Land Grant Universities) Summer Council of Presidents meeting. The council presented me with a Waterford Crystal award for my service to the APLU executive meeting. I served as chair-elect this year and would have moved to chair if I had not retired as University of Hawaiʻi President. To my knowledge, this is the first time anyone from the UH has served on APLU‘s executive committee.

Group shot of 6 people

(left to right) Peter McPherson, APLU President; Gene Block, UCLA Chancellor and past APLU Chair; Sally Mason, University of Iowa President and current APLU Chair; Greenwood, current Chair-Elect; Diana Natalicio, University of Texas at El Paso President; Randy Woodson, North Carolina State University Chancellor. Randy will assume the chairmanship when I step down.

large group shot

This is the larger group of APLU presidents at this Summer Council of Presidents meeting. We discussed a number of important issues such as the upcoming federal budget, indirect cost rates, new models of student centric advising, funding for veterans and public access to federally funded research. This will be my last APLU meeting before I retire.

Philippines visit

After an exciting and productive week in Indonesia, UH Mānoa Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan and I took a flight to Manila.

The city was teeming with cars, people and lights. It took some time to reach the hotel, and by then we were ready for some rest.

On Monday morning, we began a very intense set of meetings with our Philippine colleagues. We began with a meeting at the Asia Pacific Bank. We met there with Stephen Groff, Vice President for East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific at Asian Development Bank, and James Nugent, Director General, Southeast Asia Department, Asian Development Bank. We discussed areas of common interest in the Philippines and Southeast Asia, especially on higher education and capacity-building initiatives in the region.

<p>Ramon Clarete, head of the UH Philippines alumni group after receiving our thank you aloha shirt.</p>

Philippines outreach visit

Ramon Clarete, head of the UH Philippines alumni group after receiving our thank you aloha shirt.

<p>UH Manoa Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan and UH President M.R.C. Greenwood with the UH Philippines alumni group at a reception and dinner.</p>

Philippines outreach visit

UH Manoa Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan and UH President M.R.C. Greenwood with the UH Philippines alumni group at a reception and dinner.

<p>Early arrivals at a reception for the UH Philippines alumni group.</p>

Philippines outreach visit

Early arrivals at a reception for the UH Philippines alumni group.

<p>After a very full day of these meetings, UH President M.R.C. Greenwood and UH Manoa College of Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan were treated to dinner with the UH Philippines alumni group president Pascual (left) and at least one very recent UH alumna (right).</p>

Philippines outreach visit

After a very full day of these meetings, UH President M.R.C. Greenwood and UH Manoa College of Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan were treated to dinner with the UH Philippines alumni group president Pascual (left) and at least one very recent UH alumna (right).

<p>UH President M.R.C. Greenwood and UH Manoa College of Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan meet with the Commissioner on Higher Ed and discussed their issues in the Philippines and ways to increase student and faculty exchange with the University of Hawai‘i.</p>

Philippines outreach visit

UH President M.R.C. Greenwood and UH Manoa College of Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan meet with the Commissioner on Higher Ed and discussed their issues in the Philippines and ways to increase student and faculty exchange with the University of Hawai‘i.

<p>UH President M.R.C. Greenwood and UH Manoa College of Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan meet with the Philippine’s climate change secretary Babet Guzon and staff.  The discussion was about climate change, sea rise, their efforts at disaster risk, reduction and resilience and the upcoming 2015 APEC meeting.</p>

Philippines outreach visit

UH President M.R.C. Greenwood and UH Manoa College of Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan meet with the Philippine’s climate change secretary Babet Guzon and staff. The discussion was about climate change, sea rise, their efforts at disaster risk, reduction and resilience and the upcoming 2015 APEC meeting.

<p>UH President M.R.C. Greenwood and UH Manoa College of Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan greeted with a big screen announcement.</p>

Philippines outreach visit

UH President M.R.C. Greenwood and UH Manoa College of Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan greeted with a big screen announcement.

<p>UH President M.R.C. Greenwood and UH Manoa College of Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan met with climate change advisors to the Philippine President to discuss work on resilience.  The work being done in the Philippines is an important part of the mission and work within APDR3 (Asia-Pacific Disaster Risk Reduction &amp; Resilience).</p>

Philippines outreach visit

UH President M.R.C. Greenwood and UH Manoa College of Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan met with climate change advisors to the Philippine President to discuss work on resilience. The work being done in the Philippines is an important part of the mission and work within APDR3 (Asia-Pacific Disaster Risk Reduction & Resilience).

<p>UH President M.R.C. Greenwood and UH Manoa College of Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan  were met at the Asian Development Bank meeting by Ramon Clarete, who heads the UH Philippines alumni group.  He escorted them to several meetings and later organized a dinner with UH alumni in the Philippines.</p>

Philippines outreach visit

UH President M.R.C. Greenwood and UH Manoa College of Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan were met at the Asian Development Bank meeting by Ramon Clarete, who heads the UH Philippines alumni group. He escorted them to several meetings and later organized a dinner with UH alumni in the Philippines.


Outreach visit to Indonesia – Day 6

The conference over, we spent a day touring some of the local sights, learning about how they have been impacted by recent natural disasters. In the evening we had a chance to visit with UH alumni.

See more photos from our trip: day 1, day 2, day 3, day 4 and day 5 of our trip.

large group in front of Borobudur

Our group in front of the 8th century Buddhist Monument Borobudur. After the conference, the delegation visited some historical and world-renown cultural artifacts of the Yogyakarta region.

tour at Borobudur

Famed Borobudur historian Tony Tack led a tour of Borobudur for the APDR3 delegation. The Borobudur monument was covered in ash during the Mount Merapi eruption in 2010. Tack explained post-disaster preservation efforts and the larger tourism impacts that resulted from the eruption.

tour group at Borobudur

Famed Borobudur historian Tony Tack leads a tour of Borobudur for the APDR3 delegation. The Borobudur monument was covered in ash during the Mount Merapi eruption in 2010. Tack explained post-disaster preservation efforts and the larger tourism impacts that resulted from the eruption.

tourists at Mendut Temple in Indonesia

The APDR3 delegation visits the Mendut Temple near Borobudur. The inner temple is a sanctuary to a Budda which is more than a thousand years old.

tourists at Prambanan Temple in Indonesia

The APDR3 delegation visits Prambanan Temple, a Hindu temple that is a popular tourist destination. It was badly damaged in the earthquake of 2006.

group at dinner in Indonesia

University of Hawai’i alumni from Indonesia gather for dinner at the Gadjah Wong restaurant. We connected over gamelan and dance performances. Fourteen Indonesian UH alumni attended the event. Some flew in from Papua Province.

woman at microphone

Addressing the group at the UH Indonesia alumni dinner.

woman speaking to dinner group

UH Manoa Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan thanks the APDR3 delegation for a great conference and expresses appreciation to the Indonesian alumni for the opportunity to connect once again.