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Thirty Meter Telescope reception

<p>University of Hawai‘i President M.R.C. Greenwood, Sen. Daniel Inouye, UH Institute for Astronomy Director Gunther Hasinger and Irene Inouye.</p>

TMT Reception at Washington Place

University of Hawai‘i President M.R.C. Greenwood, Sen. Daniel Inouye, UH Institute for Astronomy Director Gunther Hasinger and Irene Inouye.

<p>From left,UH Manoa Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw, UH Hilo Chancellor Donald Straney, Dilling Yang, University of California System President Mark Yudof, UC Berkeley Professor Steven Beckwith, Senator Daniel and Irene Inouye, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan Director General Shoken Miyama, UH System President M.R.C. Greenwood, UH Institute for Astronomy Director Gunther Hasinger, UC Santa Barbara Chancellor Henry Yang, California Institute of Technology President Jean-Lou Chameau.</p>

TMT Reception at Washington Place

From left,UH Manoa Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw, UH Hilo Chancellor Donald Straney, Dilling Yang, University of California System President Mark Yudof, UC Berkeley Professor Steven Beckwith, Senator Daniel and Irene Inouye, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan Director General Shoken Miyama, UH System President M.R.C. Greenwood, UH Institute for Astronomy Director Gunther Hasinger, UC Santa Barbara Chancellor Henry Yang, California Institute of Technology President Jean-Lou Chameau.

<p>IfA Director Hasinger and President Greenwood welcome Steven Beckwith, University of California, Berkeley vice president of research and graduate studies.</p>

TMT Reception at Washington Place

IfA Director Hasinger and President Greenwood welcome Steven Beckwith, University of California, Berkeley vice president of research and graduate studies.

<p>From right, UH Regent Jan Naoe Sullivan, Governor Abercrombie and UH Vice President Howard Todo welcome from the international TMT consortium.</p>

TMT Reception at Washington Place

From right, UH Regent Jan Naoe Sullivan, Governor Abercrombie and UH Vice President Howard Todo welcome from the international TMT consortium.

<p>Governor Abercrombie talks with UC President Mark Yudof, center, and California Institute of Technology President Jean-Lou Chameau.</p>

TMT Reception at Washington Place

Governor Abercrombie talks with UC President Mark Yudof, center, and California Institute of Technology President Jean-Lou Chameau.

<p>U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye addresses a reception for officials associated with the proposed Thirty Meter Telescope.</p>

TMT Reception at Washington Place

U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye addresses a reception for officials associated with the proposed Thirty Meter Telescope.

<p>Ricard Ellis, CIT; Gary Sanders, TMT; Mike Bolte, UC; Suijian Xue, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Shoken Miyama, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan; Hawai&#699;i Governor Neil Abercrombie; Hideki Takami and Masanori Iye, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan; Henry Yang, UC Santa Barbara; Ray Carlberg, University of Toronto; A. N. Ramaprakash, University of Pune.</p>

TMT Reception at Washington Place

Ricard Ellis, CIT; Gary Sanders, TMT; Mike Bolte, UC; Suijian Xue, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Shoken Miyama, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan; Hawaiʻi Governor Neil Abercrombie; Hideki Takami and Masanori Iye, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan; Henry Yang, UC Santa Barbara; Ray Carlberg, University of Toronto; A. N. Ramaprakash, University of Pune.

<p>University of California Observatories Director Michael Bolte, left, and Governor  Abercrombie greet Hawai‘i Congresswoman Mazie Hirono while Masanori Iye, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, waits in front of TMT backdrop.</p>

TMT Reception at Washington Place

University of California Observatories Director Michael Bolte, left, and Governor Abercrombie greet Hawai‘i Congresswoman Mazie Hirono while Masanori Iye, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, waits in front of TMT backdrop.

<p>Hilo businessman Barry Taniguchi and Debbie Goodwin of the Keck Observatories were among the guests, who included representatives from Big Island and astronomy communities; federal, state and university officials;  and benefactors.</p>

TMT Reception at Washington Place

Hilo businessman Barry Taniguchi and Debbie Goodwin of the Keck Observatories were among the guests, who included representatives from Big Island and astronomy communities; federal, state and university officials; and benefactors.

Governor Abercrombie joined me in hosting partners and benefactors for the Thirty Meter Telescope project at Washington Place on Veteran’s Day.

TMT will be the most advanced and powerful optical telescope on Earth when completed in 2018 on Mauna Kea. It will allow astronomers to look back 12 billion years to watch the formation of the first stars and galaxies; probe the turbulent regions around supermassive black holes, including the one at the center of our Milky Way galaxy; and reveal details of planets around nearby stars.

Guests at the reception included officials from TMT partners California Institute of Technology, University of California and the Association of Canadian Universities for Research in Astronomy and participating institutions including the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Department of Science and Technology of India.

We were also delighted to see representatives of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, which is providing significant funding for the project, as well as local, state, national and international leaders.

UH scientists will have guaranteed observing time on the new telescope, and the partnership has pledged $1 million a year to support education on the Big Island.

APEC, Hawaii and Vietnam

UH President Greenwood addressing APEC workshop in Hanoi

In addition to meeting alumni and addressing preliminary meetings and workshops to the APEC summit in Honolulu next month, my trip to Vietnam has afforded opportunities to remind our Vietnamese hosts of Hawaiʻi’s unparalleled position bridging East and West, both culturally and geographically. Above, I am addressing an APEC workshop in Hanoi. Below, Shidler College of Business Professor Tung Bui showed UH Foundation President Donna Vuchinich and me around the college’s popular Vietnam Executive MBA program, which was featured recently in Mālamalama magazine.

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UH President Greenwood promotes Hawaii in Vietnam

Parvin Fellows observe PBS Hawaiʻi panel

Group of people standing

Parvin Fellows, from left, Guo Likun, Zhao Lina, Hu Yongqi, Cai Muyan, Peng Yining and, far right, Nie Xiaoyang with President Greenwood and Professor Kato

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Associate Professor of Journalism Gerald Kato brought six visiting Chinese journalists, the 2011–12 class of Parvin Fellows, to the PBS Hawaiʻi studio recently. Insights on PBS Hawaiʻi, with host Dan Boylan, featured a live, one hour call-in dialogue focusing on the University of Hawaiʻi and the latest exciting activities on our 10 campuses. Joining me as Dan’s guests were UH West Oʻahu Chancellor Gene Awakuni, UH Hilo Chancellor Don Straney and Hawaiʻinuiākea College of Hawaiian Knowledge Dean Maenette Benham, and it was a lively and engaging hour! You can watch the show online at www.pbshawaii.org (the show was on at the same time as Wahine Volleyball!). The journalists from China are here to learn more about American media and culture, and they sat in on our live program to see how U.S. television works. It was a pleasure to meet them and to have the live studio audience as well!

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.

Annual CTAHR banquet

Sylvia Yuen, MRC Greenwood, Robert Paull

It is always a pleasure to attend an event hosted by the college that works with Hawaiʻi growers to bring us tasty and beautiful plants to enjoy at home and export abroad.

The College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources’ annual banquet honored one of those community partners. Harold Tanouye, president and owner of Green Point Nurseries on Oʻahu, received the 2011 Ka Lei Hano Heritage Award for his leadership in strengthening Hawaiʻi’s tropical flower industry.

The college’s floral handiwork was evident in the centerpieces like that held by Department of Tropical Plant and Soil Science Chair Robert Paull, pictured chatting with me and CTAHR Dean Sylvia Yuen.

The college is involved in so much more, of course, as evidenced by the work of 2011 Outstanding Alumnus PingSun Leung (MS and PhD ’77). An international expert on aquaculture and fishery economics and regional economics, PingSun remains with the college as professor and chair in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management.

The May 6 banquet at the Ala Moana Hotel honored exceptional students, faculty, staff and alumni and community partners in other fields as well, from my own discipline of human nutrition to product design and merchandising and from natural resource management to bioengineering.

Visiting Pacific Command HQ

Visit to Pacific Command HQ

Visit to Pacific Command HQ

Visit to Pacific Command HQ

Visit to Pacific Command HQ

Visit to Pacific Command HQ

For a modest-sized state, Hawaiʻi has what is almost an embarrassment of riches in natural resources and location. Two of our islands’ most important institutions, the University of Hawaiʻi and the U. S. Pacific Command, have linked arms to work together on sustainability in energy, water resources and ability to withstand natural disasters. This is a direct result of a conference in January 2011, exploring how we can enhance our activities in these areas.

I was honored recently to sign a memorandum of agreement with Admiral Robert F. Willard, Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, headquartered at Camp Smith, along with UH Mānoa Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw, formalizing our commitment to collectively work toward increased stability, security and resiliency for the state and the Asia-Pacific region.

This partnership is especially significant as we continue to plan for the APEC meeting in Honolulu in November, and as we continue to respond to natural disasters in the region such as the Japan earthquake and tsunami. Nursing students participating in humanitarian missions and internships at PACOM are just a couple of examples of how we can pool our resources and support each other. Check back for updates on more specifics as this partnership takes form in the coming months and years!

Mahalo nui to the U.S. Navy and the staff at PACOM for a dignified and extremely well-organized singing ceremony!

View photos from the ceremony in the slideshow and thumbnails below.