Community and International Outreach
In the past month, I’ve had the opportunity to share the university’s goals and objectives and some of the good things that we’ve been working on with a number of community groups and business organizations, including the Hawaii Economic Association, the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce and the Organization of Women Leaders.
I also participated in the East-West Center’s very successful 50th Anniversary International Conference where I was a panel presenter and part of a great discussion on the challenges and opportunities in higher education with a global perspective. It was a wonderful conference, and I extend my congratulations to the East-West Center for putting it together and on celebrating its 50th anniversary.
I also recently traveled to Japan, where I was invited to speak at a symposium of the National Women’s Education Center of Japan focused on advancing women scientists in Japan. I had the opportunity to meet with our ambassador to Japan and with officials from the Japanese Ministry of Science and Technology. These opportunities help us lay the groundwork for strategic alliances with Japan, and I look forward to more discussions on collaborative efforts.
Campus news from my July report
- 2011 APEC Hawaii Host Committee Update
- Funds for West Oahu and Hawaii CC
- Construction Procurement Advisory Committee
- Kudos to UH administrators
- Hilo telescope captures first images
- National honors for Manoa faculty and staff
- Senator Inouye recognizes UH West Oahu
- Ocean exploration with the Hokulea
- Respiratory therapy students lobby
- New environmental challenges course
- Pumping energy into Maui campus
Community College News
Ocean exploration with the Hokulea
Honolulu Community College, in partnership with the Polynesian Voyaging Society, hosted Ocean Hawaii Marine Exploration Day, a free public event for students at the Marine Education and Training Center in celebration of the college’s 90th anniversary.
Students toured the Hokulea, learned how traditional and modern canoes are built and how ancient Hawaiians used stars to navigate to their destinations and rode a 12-person canoe.
Honolulu Community College’s partnership with the Polynesian Voyaging Society began in 2003. The college will play an important role in training more than 2,000 people for the 2012 World Wide Voyage of the Hokulea, led by master navigator and Polynesian Voyaging Society Executive Director Nainoa Thompson.