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Welcoming ceremony in Hilo

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With UH Hilo Chancellor Don Straney at Hawaii CC.

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.

Governor’s Proclamation of UH Community Colleges Day

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Leaders from the UH System and Community Colleges receive the Governor’s UH Community Colleges Day proclamation at the Governor’s office.

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

Palamanui Fundraising Golf Tournament

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Ross Wilson, left, introduces officials from the University of Hawai’i and University of Hawai’i Foundation. From left to right are Interim UH President David Lassner, Director of the UH Center, West Hawai’i Marty Fletcher, Hawai’i Community College Chancellor Noreen Yamane, UH Foundation President and CEO Donna Vuchinich, and Cordy McLaughlin, the Director of Development, Regional and Community Colleges.

Thanking golfers and sending them off at the 6th Annual Palamanui Fundraising Golf Tournament, April 14, 2014 at the Club at Hōkūliʻa.

UH Community Colleges at the State Capitol

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Community college chancellors standing before doors representing opportunity and access at their campus. Via UH System Flickr

We had a successful College Day at the State Capitol on Tuesday, as part of Education Week at the State Legislature.

One of the highlights was a symbolic presentation of the “opening of college doors” representing the the UH Community Colleges’ open-door mission. Our community college chancellors stood before a row of multi-colored doors and opened them for the students to symbolize accessibility, affordability and quality education offered by our community colleges.

UH VP for Community Colleges John Morton and I would like to thank Governor Neil Abercrombie, State Senators Jill Tokuda and Brian Taniguchi, and State Representative Isaac Choy for taking the time to attend our opening program and to experience our community colleges’ exhibits and demonstrations in the Rotunda and second floor of the State Capitol.

Thank you to VP Morton, Director of Marketing Communications Susan Lee and countless others who worked tirelessly to make our College Day a success!

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UH System Interim President David Lassner speaking at College Day at the Hawaiʻi State Capitol. Via Leeward CC Flickr

See more photos and video from College Day 2014

Ohia lehua gift from UH Hilo and Hawaii CC

Ohia lehua gift to President Greenwood

I am truly touched by the wonderful gift presented to me by UH Hilo Chancellor Don Straney and Hawaiʻi Community College Chancellor Noreen Yamane while I was on my campus aloha visit this week.

Don and Noreen gave me two ʻōhiʻa lehua trees that they planted in the indigenous gardens at UH Hilo’s ʻImiloa Astronomy Center.

Thank you for the honor Chancellors Straney and Yamane.

Ohia lehua gift to President Greenwood

Ohia lehua gift to President Greenwood

Ohia lehua gift to President Greenwood

Palamanui groundbreaking

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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!

Visit with hula halau at Hawaii CC

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Kumu hula and UH Hilo and Hawaiʻi CC faculty member Taupori Tangaro and his 25 member hula halau, taking a break from rehearsal.

I had the pleasure of visiting with Taupori Tangaro and his hula hālau while at Hawaiʻi Community College for my campus visit. Hālau members were packing up and rehearsing for this summer’s Smithsonian Folklife Festival, where they will be among 90 delegates representing the University of Hawaiʻi on the National Mall.

UH will be one of only 20 public land grant universities featured during this year’s festival. It celebrates the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Morrill Act, which established our great public land grant university system, making college educations possible for working class Americans.

We are extremely proud to be part of this prestigious national event, where Tangaro’s hālau will perform twice daily and share their knowledge of Hawaiian culture with visitors from around the world. The hālau consists of UH staff, faculty members and students. They will join other UH representatives who will offer exhibits, demonstrations and discussions on everything from Hawaiian health and healing, agriculture, organic eating, non-instrument navigation, language preservation and much more. We are working very hard to represent the university well.

Our appearance at this summer’s Folklife Festival will further our effort to perpetuate the Hawaiian culture, language and practices and make UH the “model indigenous-serving university” in the country. The festival runs from June 27 through July 8. If you’re in the Washington D.C. area or on the east coast, please stop by and say hello.

Palamanui check presentation

Palamanui check presentation

Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi, left, shares a laugh with University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood prior to presentation of $9.68 million to the University of Hawaii to begin construction of the Hawaii Community College Palamanui campus in West Hawaii at the Hawaii Civic Center in Kailua Kona January 31, 2012. Photo By Michael Darden / www.dardenphotos.com

It’s not often in a higher education career that one gets to conceive, design and build a college campus form scratch. But that’s what the University of Hawaiʻi took a big step forward in doing recently when we accepted a check in the amount of $9.68 million from Palamanui Partners in Kona toward the construction of our first permanent campus on the west side of Hawaiʻi!

Hunt Companies Hawaiʻi Division president Steve Colon, representing Palamanui Partners which is a joint effort of Charles Schwab and Hunt Companies, presented a large symbolic check in that amount to Board of Regents Vice Chair James Lee and me, along with Big Island Mayor Billy Kenoi, Vice President of Student Affairs and External Relations Rockne Freitas, and Hawaiʻi Community College Chancellor Noreen Yamane. What an occasion to celebrate!

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Rockne Freitas, back, with M.R.C. Greenwood, James Lee, Noreen Yamane, Billy Kenoi and Steve Colon (photo By Michael Darden)

This project has been in the planning stages for 8 years, and it’s remarkable that despite economic challenges the group stuck together and held the collective vision. This campus, when completed, will bring the promise of a college degree and a better quality of life to one of our most underserved areas. We couldn’t have gotten to this day without the help and constant support of community leaders like our Regents from the island of Hawaiʻi Carl Carlson and Barry Mizuno, Chair Eric Martinson, UH Foundation Board member Jim Lally, and so many others. Groundbreaking will occur this coming summer!

More photos from the event on Flickr.