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August 2011

APEC update

We hosted education ministers and officials from 20 of the 21 APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) economies at the APEC Symposium on Quality in Higher Education at the East-West Center early thismonth, attended by U.S. delegate Eduardo Ochoa, assistant secretary for the U.S. Department of Education, and other key education ministers.

As a member of the APEC Hawai‘i Host Committee, I’ve called upon our faculty, staff and students to help get ready for APEC in a myriad of ways. UH was selected to train the volunteer and hospitality staff for the November conference. We’ve been busy over the summer organizing manpower to service not only the official delegates and their entourages, but also the 2,000-plus international journalists expected to cover the conference. Thank you to Honolulu Community College and Windward Community College for opening their facilities for training. This Saturday’s training will be at themedical school, and two sessions in September will be at our Leeward and Manoa campuses.

Thanks to the support of Chancellor Clyde Sakamoto, our Maui, Kaua‘i, and Big Island campuses will start training airport employees and TSA personnel on their islands next month.

Last week, Vice President Rockne Freitas and I, along with other members of the host committee, participated in a protocol ceremony at Mauna‘ala, the Royal Mausoleum, to pay respect to the ancestral leaders of Hawai‘i on behalf of APEC. This event was sponsored by the Hawaiian Cultural Host Committee for APEC and we were happy to participate.

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UH West O‘ahu News

woman pointing to papers held by young man in wooded site

Students participate in field archaeology

UH West O‘ahu students are making exciting historical discoveries as part of the Field Archaeology course focusing on the excavation of the Honouliuli World War II Internment and Prisoner of War Camp in Kunia.

As the largest and longest lived of the internment sites in Hawai‘i, Honouliuli provides a tangible link to the World War II internment of American citizens and residents, and is one of the best preserved prisoner of war camps in the nation.

Led by West O‘ahu lecturer and lead archaeologist Mary Farrell, a team of researchers and students is working to uncover the mysteries of the historic site while learning the fundamentals of archaeological survey, mapping, excavation, site recording and photography.