Thank you to Kapiʻolani Community College’s Native Hawaiian Council—Kalāualani, Chancellor Leon Richards and Kapiʻolani administrators for welcoming me to their campus for a protocol ceremony on Monday. It was a meaningful event for which I am very grateful.
UH and community leaders await the arrival of the visitors aboard four canoes at Sans Souci Beach, at the welcoming ceremony for the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education.
Hundreds of people packed Sans Souci Beach in Waikīkī on May 19 for a welcoming ceremony for the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education. I joined other UH and community leaders onshore to welcome four canoes that arrived onshore, carrying representatives of visiting educators.
More than 3,000 educators from around the world are gathering at the University of Hawaiʻi this week for the 2014 conference. These gatherings take place every three years, and this year, the University of Hawaiʻi is proud and honored to host the event at Kapiʻolani Community College.
UH is a model indigenous sharing university, so this is a fabulous opportunity to share what we have learned from others around the world. Participants will be attending various workshops, sharing their expert knowledge and discussing contemporary movements in education that support indigenous world views. The conference wraps up on Saturday.
Representatives of more than 3,000 visitors/participants of the World Indigenous Peoples Conference are warmly welcomed.
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
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 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 are hosting the presidents of 15 state colleges and universities in the Philippines this week. They are taking an Executive Course in Education Management and Leadership and are learning from the experiences of foreign universities, including the University of Hawaiʻi.
The Development Academy of the Philippines says it selected UH as one of the learning sites because of the strength of our system approach and the key strengths of the university.
The educational leaders are especially interested in our contribution to Hawaiʻi’s economy and research, how we improved education delivery and access across the state and our marine and agriculture programs and community college innovation. They are also interested in the East-West Center and the Philippine Consulate.
Governor Neil Abercrombie, his dog Kanoa and representatives of the Windward Community College veterinary technician program.
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Test of balance administered by students of the Physical Therapist Assistant program at Kapi'olani Community College.
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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.
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President M.R.C. Greenwood with students and faculty from the UH Hilo College of Pharmacy.
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President M.R.C. Greenwood at the display hosted by representatives of the Windward Community College veterinary technician program.
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State Representative Mark Takai and young friends play a game hosted by the UH Cancer Center.
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Sen. Jill Tokuda getting her blood pressure checked by a student of the UH Hilo College of Pharmacy.
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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!
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)
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 was honored to meet 23 delegates from four countries who are in Honolulu this week to take part in the “Multidisciplinary Intellectual Exchange for Women Leaders.” The women are here from Japan, South Korea, the Philippines and the U.S. I had the pleasure of hosting them at College Hill Monday night, where we continued our discussions on issues such as women’s human rights, laws and policy options to respond to international trafficking of women and girls.
The women have been meeting at Kapiʻolani Community College for four days of discussions. Hawaiʻi’s First Lady Nancie Caraway, a Human Rights Fellow, gave a presentation today. The Multidisciplinary Intellectual Exchange wraps on Thursday.