To UH ʻohana,

Thank you first for your expressions of concern and offers of assistance to the University of Hawaiʻi Financial Management Office personnel following Sunday’s destructive fire in portable building 171D. We are extremely grateful it occurred at a time when no employees were at work and no personal safety was jeopardized. Buildings and materials can always be replaced.

In that vein, we ask your patience as we work through the immediate needs and requirements in the coming days and weeks so that we may get back up and running to support your operating needs. We’ll try to post timely updates on this UH News website as warranted and circulate email reports and instructions when available.

We are working very hard to relocate employees in useable and available space, and get them properly equipped and connected so that they may be online and responsive. We ask for your patience as we accomplish these substantial tasks. Please know that we’re moving ahead as rapidly as possible to return to normal business. As soon as we’re able to start processing transactions again, we’ll alert you and your fellow university employees.

Director of Financial Management and Controller Paul Kobayashi and his staff have been working around the clock since Sunday to assess damage, determine what can be salvaged, and relocate staff to temporary work places as soon as humanly possible. Your patience and understanding as we navigate these uncharted waters is most appreciated.

Again, we were lucky in that there was no injury or loss of life, and that most if not all of our critical financial data is secured on servers and systems in protected and safe spaces. We can reconstruct the paper documents from their points of origin and from these undamaged resources. Thank you for bearing with us as we work through the logistics of getting back to normal.