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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.