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UH Community Colleges at the State Capitol

people standing before doors representing opportunity and access

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!

man at microphone

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

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.

Development Academy of the Philippines delegation

Development Academy of the Philippines delegation

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.

The delegation will visit the UH System, UH Mānoa, UH West Oʻahu, Windward Community College, Kapiʻolani Community College and much more over the next week.

Merrie Monarch Festival

Merrie Monarch Festival 2013

UH ʻohana enjoyed this weekend’s Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo. Here I am with UH Hilo Chancellor Don Straney and Miss Aloha Hula Manalani Hokoana-English.

Manalani just happens to be the niece of Lui Hokoana, a graduate of UH Hilo and the university’s associate vice president for student affairs. She is an alumnus of Maui Community College and Kapiʻolani Community College.

UH Day at the State Capitol

<p>Governor Neil Abercrombie, his dog Kanoa and representatives of the Windward Community College veterinary technician program.</p>

UH Day 2013

Governor Neil Abercrombie, his dog Kanoa and representatives of the Windward Community College veterinary technician program.

<p>Test of balance administered by students of the Physical Therapist Assistant program at Kapi'olani Community College.</p>

UH Day 2013

Test of balance administered by students of the Physical Therapist Assistant program at Kapi'olani Community College.

<p>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.</p>

UH Day 2013

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.

<p>President M.R.C. Greenwood with students and faculty from the UH Hilo College of Pharmacy.</p>

UH Day 2013

President M.R.C. Greenwood with students and faculty from the UH Hilo College of Pharmacy.

<p>President M.R.C. Greenwood at the display hosted by representatives of the Windward Community College veterinary technician program.</p>

UH Day 2013

President M.R.C. Greenwood at the display hosted by representatives of the Windward Community College veterinary technician program.

<p>State Representative Mark Takai and young friends play a game hosted by the UH Cancer Center.</p>

UH Day 2013

State Representative Mark Takai and young friends play a game hosted by the UH Cancer Center.

<p>Sen. Jill Tokuda getting her blood pressure checked by a student of the UH Hilo College of Pharmacy.</p>

UH Day 2013

Sen. Jill Tokuda getting her blood pressure checked by a student of the UH Hilo College of Pharmacy.

<p>A baton twirler, cheerleaders and musicians from the UH Band kicked off UH Day with a mini pep rally.</p>

UH Day 2013

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!

Culinary Institute of the Pacific fundraiser

Kapi'olani CC's Ho'okipa Fundraiser Gala 2013

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)

Kapiʻolani Community College’s Culinary Institute of the Pacific held its 16th annual Hoʻokipa fundraiser at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel Friday night, March 8. The fundraiser is a chance for Kapiʻolani to showcase its 300 students and their extraordinary culinary talents.

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 thoroughly enjoyed the evening.

Reception of women leaders at College Hill

Center for Women Policy Studies Reception

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.

View more photos from the reception.

Young Chefs check presentation

Young Chefs check presentation

Sidney Lee, M.R.C. Greenwood, Susan Lee, Kusuma Cooray, Alan Tsuchiyama and Bruce Liebert

On Saturday, March 31, I accepted a $5,000 check on behalf of Kapiʻolani Community College from Bruce Liebert, a representative of the national president of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs for the Hawaiʻi/Pacific Island. The check presentation followed this year’s annual Young Chefs competition at Kapiʻolani.

Three young, amazing local chefs were this year’s competitors. Randy Bangloy of Roy’s Ko Olina, Kyle Lee of Roy’s Waikīkī and Ryan Manaut of the Oʻahu Country Club whipped up delectable dishes with ingredients that included whole ducks, abalone, kampachi and locally grown fruit and vegetables. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to stay for the entire event, but I offer my congratulations to all three talented chefs.

I understand the competition was so close that it took a tie-breaking taste testing before Ryan Manaut was declared the winner. He will go on to New Orleans for the national competition in May. If he wins that contest, he’ll go on to the international competition in Berlin in September.

We are very grateful to the Chaîne Foundation, which donated $5,000 for culinary arts scholarships at Kapiʻolani, as a token of their appreciation for Kapiʻolani’s hospitality.

Every year, 10 regions in the U.S. hold these competitions for young chefs. In Hawaiʻi, they are held annually at either Kapiʻolani or Maui College.