UHAA Chapter News

May 31st, 2009  |  by  |  Published in UHAA News

UH alumni chapters held events from Honolulu to New York this spring.

Colleges of Arts and Sciences reunion brings alumni back to Mānoa

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George Higa, ’58, right, strikes a pose with Men’s Basketball Coach Bob Nash

Colleges of Arts and Sciences alumni revisited their alma mater May 22 to see what’s new around the Mānoa campus.

The all-day event included a musical performance by Aaron Sala (BA ’00 Mānoa), a talk on Killer Asteroids by Robert Jedicke and a panel discussion on Hawaiʻi sense of place.

Alumni who have made in the Big Apple shared their experiences with local and other visiting alumni. Talking about their New York lives and careers were Penny Bergman (MFA ’81), who is stage manager for daytime serial All My Children; Harold Koda (BA ’72), the curator-in-charge of the Costume Institute at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art; and Patrice Tanaka (BA ’74), co-chair and chief creative officer of public relations firm CRT/tanaka.

Participants had lunch at Campus Center. A campus trolley tour visited sights of interest across campus, including lower campus athletics facilities, followed by dinner under the stars on the Hawaiʻi Hall lawn.

Architecture alumni award scholarship

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Lauren Kamei

The University of Hawaiʻi School of Architecture Alumni Association awarded its 2009–10 endowment scholarship to freshman Lauren Satoko Kamei.

The $3,000 scholarship was presented during the UHSAAA 16th Annual Golf Tournament at the Hoakalei Country Club Golf Course designed by Ernie Els in ʻEwa Beach on May 22.

Kamei graduated from Waiakea High School on the Big Island.

Famous architects visit UH School of Architecture

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Architects, from left, Wright, Arahuete, Kimbal Thompson and Cunningham

Three renowned Taliesin Fellows architects were featured in a presentation sponsored by the UH School of Architecture Alumni Association and University of UH Mānoa School of Architecture on March 7.

Presenters were Erick Lloyd Wright, architect and founder of Wright Way Organic Resource Center in Malibu, Calif., and grandson of Frank Lloyd Wright; Helena Arahuete, principal of Lautner Associates-Helena Arahuete Architect; and San Diego architect Wallace Cunningham.

Alumni gather in the Big Apple

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Alumni enjoy NYC event

Sixty people attended a UHAA-East meeting and dinner reception April 3 in midtown Manhattan. Alumni from the tri-state area welcomed UH Mānoa College of Social Sciences Dean Dick Dubanoski and Colleges of Arts and Sciences Director of Community and Alumni Relations Karin Mackenzie.

Among those in attendance was television stage manager Penny Bergman (MFA ’81) and museum curator Harold Koda (BA ’72).

The meal was catered by a UH alum’s business, Hawaiian Island/Hakata Grill.

Executive Vineyards raises $20,000 for Shidler scholarship

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Shidler alumni enjoy wine event

Wine enthusiasts sipped the night away at the Shidler College of Business Alumni Association’s ninth annual Executive Vineyards wine tasting and silent auction on March 12. Nearly 300 alumni, friends and members of the Hawaiʻi business community gathered at the Stan Sheriff Center to enjoy the impressive array of wine, champagne and sake donated by Better Brands and M&S Brokerage.

The evening was complemented by live entertainment, mouth-watering appetizers and a silent auction featuring items ranging from hotel accommodations to surfing lessons to sports memorabilia. Approximately $20,000 was raised for an endowed scholarship fund benefiting the students of the Shidler College of Business. Proceeds were matched, dollar for dollar, by the Shidler matching gifts program.

TIM International elects three new board members

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TIM alumni in Waikīkī

Good eats, tasty margaritas and great company were all part of the 2009 TIM International alumni association’s annual general membership meeting on April 9 at Jimmy Buffett’s restaurant in the ʻOhana Waikīkī Beachcomber Hotel. The fun-filled night featured live entertainment compliments of Jimmy Buffet’s and a hotel tour, mahalo to General Manager Dean Nakasone (BBA ’79 Mānoa).

During the evening, TIMI elected three new board members—Clyde Min (BBA ’71 Mānoa), vice president of asset management for Kingdom Hotel Investment in Singapore; Naile “Nyla” Brennan (BBA ’85 Mānoa), senior marketing manager for Kāhala Hotel and Resort; and Wilson Chan (AS ’98 Kapiʻolani; BS ’01 Mānoa), owner of the new restaurant, Zenshu.

A big mahalo to Laszlo Ravasz (BBA ’69 Mānoa), and Paul Peralta (BS ’97 Mānoa), for their service and dedication to TIMI.

TIM International Awards of Excellence

More than 150 industry leaders, alumni, faculty, staff and students attended TIM International’s Na Kukui 2009 on April 23 at the Ala Moana Hotel. The mentorship/awards event allows students to network with travel industry leaders and showcases their academic achievements.

The TIMI Award of Excellence was presented to Dexter Choy, a senior faculty member, and Roland Kam, a senior in the TIM School.

Na Kukui 2009 is TIM’s first student-planned event since 2006. A class project for TIM 316 Events Planning and Marketing, it gave students valuable, hands-on event planning experience.

Library alumni reunite while in Seattle for conference

Happy group outside in evening

At Seattle’s Il Fornaio Restaurant, front row from left: Carol Kellett (AA ’85 Windward; BA ’91, MLISc ’92 Mānoa), Murphy, Junie Hayashi (MBA ’84, MLISc ’05 Mānoa), Sharon LePage (BA ’81, MLISc ’01 Mānoa); back row: Hussong, Becky Rathgeber (MLISc ’05 Mānoa), Hanson, Leslie Wood (MLISc ’05 Mānoa) and Megan Radomski (MLISc ’06 Mānoa)

Several UH Mānoa Library and Information Science Program alumni group members attended the Association of College and Research Libraries 14th National Conference in Seattle in March.

Some UH alumni attendees came from as far as Connecticut; others lived in Washington. Amidst Starbucks and snow, the LIS graduates got together several times during the four-day conference.

They attended conference sessions by fellow alumni Joe Murphy (MLISc ’06 Mānoa), Margot Hanson (MLISc ’07 Mānoa) and Uta Hussong (MLISc ’05 Mānoa); listened to keynote speakers; and visited Seattle hot spots including the Experience Music Project|Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame.

LIS alumni are planning a similar reunion July 11 during the American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago.

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