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Makawalu Vortex sculpture dedication

man flanked by art David Lassner at the Makawalu Vortex

Here I am, flanked by the two pohaku at the dedication of the Makawalu Vortex at the UH Cancer Center.

We had a beautiful morning on June 19 for the dedication of some new artwork at the UH Cancer Center. About 120 people attended the dedication of the Makawalu Vortex—two large stone sculptures that are meant to create healing energy.

The themes of this piece of art also include scientific creativity and multiple perspectives. Thank you to local artist Jerry Vasconcellos, who created the Makawalu Vortex from rocks quarried in Kailua.

group shot of men

(L to R): Local artist Jerry Vasconcellos, Chancellor Tom Apple, Cancer Center Director Michele Carbone, Cancer Center Facilities Director Francis Blanco, JABSOM Dean Jerris Hedges, me and Executive Director of the State Foundation for Culture and the Arts Jonathan Johnson.

See more photos from the event on the UH Cancer Center Facebook page.

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.

Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

M.R.C. Greenwood speaking at a U.S. Coast Guard luncheon

I had a wonderful experience speaking to the Coast Guard Diversity and Women’s Leadership group on April 9. They invited me to speak at a luncheon celebrating Women’s History Month.

The theme was near and dear to my heart: “Women inspiring Innovation through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.” It was an honor to share my personal journey and perspective on being a woman in a leadership position in the scientific community.

Kalani High School and Sacred Hearts robotics teams with M.R.C. Greenwood at U.S. Coast Guard luncheon

I also really enjoyed the videos of the Kalani High School and Sacred Hearts robotics teams competing in the national championships. It was great to meet the students and I invited them to take a tour of our new Cancer Center so they can see, first hand, state-of-the-art, scientific and research laboratories.

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!

UH Cancer Center grand opening

We officially opened our University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center on Saturday, February 23. About 300 people attended the blessing and grand opening. UH Mānoa Chancellor Tom Apple emceed the program, which included remarks by Cancer Center Director Michele Carbone, Nobel Laureate and friend Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn, Chief Executive Officer at American Association for Cancer Research Dr. Margaret Foti and Immediate Past President of the American Cancer Society Dr. Phil Evans.

Following the program, Irene Hirano Inouye and I untied the maile lei, as UH Mānoa Chancellor Tom Apple, Ken Inouye, U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa, UH Cancer Center Director Michele Carbone and former UH Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw looked on. The untying of the the maile lei symbolized the official opening of our UH Cancer Center.

Many UH Cancer Center faculty and staff joined us for the grand opening, as did state lawmakers and the community. The self guided tours of the state of the art facility were quite popular, as was the science fair that featured health related exhibits and activities for the children. What a great day.

<p>From left, Irene Hirano Inouye, Ken Inouye, U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa and UH President M.R.C. Greenwood at the grand opening of the UH Cancer Center.</p>

University of Hawaii Cancer Center grand opening

From left, Irene Hirano Inouye, Ken Inouye, U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa and UH President M.R.C. Greenwood at the grand opening of the UH Cancer Center.

<p>The University of Hawaii Cancer Center is blessed and officially opened.  A dream realized.</p>

University of Hawaii Cancer Center grand opening

The University of Hawaii Cancer Center is blessed and officially opened. A dream realized.

<p>Irene Hirano Inouye helped University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood untie the maile lei at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center is blessing.  From left, UH Manoa Chancellor Tom Apple, Ken Inouye, Irene Hirano Inouye, UH President M.R.C. Greenwood, UH Cancer Center Director Michele Carbone, former UH Manoa Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw and U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa.</p>

University of Hawaii Cancer Center grand opening

Irene Hirano Inouye helped University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood untie the maile lei at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center is blessing. From left, UH Manoa Chancellor Tom Apple, Ken Inouye, Irene Hirano Inouye, UH President M.R.C. Greenwood, UH Cancer Center Director Michele Carbone, former UH Manoa Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw and U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa.

<p>University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood at the grand opening of the UH Cancer Center.</p>

University of Hawaii Cancer Center grand opening

University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood at the grand opening of the UH Cancer Center.

University of Hawaii Cancer Center grand opening festivities

University of Hawai‘i Cancer Center donor dinner

We are looking forward to a busy weekend with the long awaited grand opening of the University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center.

On Tuesday, February 19, the UH Foundation held a special dinner for its donors at the UH Cancer Center. Attendees had the opportunity to tour the state-of-the-art facility, and we had the opportunity to thank donors for their invaluable support of the university and our new UH Cancer Center.

The blessing/grand opening begins at 10 a.m. and will be followed by a science fair at the Sullivan Center and outdoor health exhibits by the Children’s Discovery Center, the American Cancer Society and many others. There will be self guided tours of the cancer center from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and hula and zumba lessons outside as well.

Hope to see you there!

University of Hawai‘i Cancer Center donor dinner

Attending the University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center
dinner, from left, Barry Weinman, Virginia Weinman,
University of Hawaii Cancer Center Director
Michele Carbone and Sheila Watumull

4-H livestock show

4h

I attended the 50th Hawaiʻi State Farm Fair’s 4-H Livestock Show at Kualoa Ranch on Saturday, July 7 with Maria Gallo, dean of UH Mānoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, which includes the 4-H program.

There were more than 60 competitors from Oʻahu, Maui, Hawaiʻi and Kauaʻi.  This year, there were also 10 young participants from New Zealand who were judged alongside Hawaiʻi’s 4-H members.

The competition animals included beef steers, lambs, market pigs, fancy poultry, dairy goats, rabbits and pygmy goats. I even made a purchase and donated the proceedings to the University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center.

Legislative tour of cancer center site

Group of people in orange vests and hard hats in front of multi-story building under construction

Lawmakers visiting the UH Cancer Center project with, from left, Regent Dennis Hirota, Mānoa Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw and UH Cancer Center Director Michele Carbone

A number of lawmakers joined us this week for a tour of the University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center construction project. The new center will help us improve health care for Hawaiʻi cancer patients, advance understanding of cancers that are prevalent in our island population and explore potential new cures found in our unique environment.

View more photos from the tour.

Cancer center construction underway

group in hardhats with Honolulu cityscape in background

AC Kobayashi and UH officials from left: Russell Young, Caroll Takahashi, Brian Minaai, M.R.C. Greenwood, Myles Ikeda, Kathy Inouye and Warren Leong

aerial shot of building construction

One of the major bright spots on the economic and construction horizon is our beautiful state-of-the-art UHCancer Center. I had a chance to tour the site recently and was impressed to see the progress of this on-schedule, on-budget exciting new piece of the economic fabric of our community.

Read more about the cancer center project.