Aloha to the University of Hawaiʻi ʻOhana!
As we prepare to enjoy the holiday season, let me take a moment to thank you for your efforts over the past year.
Mahalo to the students who’ve attended class, finished projects, taken exams and worked their hardest to move one step closer to that important college degree, certificate or professional diploma.
I’m grateful to all of our faculty who shared the light of knowledge with their students this year. And behind the scenes, yet ever-present, our hard-working and dedicated staff, who work to make those learning experiences possible for our students.
This has been a year full of challenges and I am proud that our ʻohana has risen to it, with outstanding, high-profile events on our campuses statewide.
It’s also been a year of opportunity, and we’re meeting it every day by continuing to bring in literally hundreds of millions of research, training and other support dollars to our enterprises, educating ever more students and playing a strategic role in the economic health of our state.
We’re indebted to our alumni, our supporters and those in the community who volunteer their time and resources to help UH meet its mission.
I would like to give a special mahalo to our regents.
And now, a heartfelt mahalo to our whole ʻohana. I hope you have a rich and refreshing holiday season with your loved ones, and I wish the best for you and for the University of Hawaiʻi in 2012.
Happy holidays and a safe new year to all!