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July 2012

Kuali update, Innovation Initiative and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Kuali update

The university successfully transitioned to the Kuali Financial Management System on July 1, 2012. In only 12 months, the university staff and our consultant team installed and made operational, a new systemwide financial management system.

I applaud and thank all involved for their hard work and dedication to this project, which is an amazing accomplishment.

Hawai‘i Innovation Initiative

We have been actively engaging business and community leaders to advance our important research initiative, the University of Hawai‘i Innovation Initiative or HI2. The initiative aims to build a research industry with a pipeline of trained individuals to sustain business and industries across the state.

HI2 seeks to double the university’s research enterprise from $500 million to more than $1 billion by hiring more than 50 world-class scientists over the next five to eight years.

Smithsonian Folklife Festival

The University of Hawai‘i had a hugely successful run at this year’s Smithsonian Folklife Festival, where students, faculty and staff shared the Hawaiian culture with more than a million visitors from around the world.

Highlights included performances by Hawai‘i Community College’s hula halau Unukupukupu at the festival’s opening ceremonies and the Library of Congress. UH Manoa’s Tuahine performed at the Kennedy Center.

Our delegates were featured in the Washington Post and media outlets on the mainland and Hawai‘i, where nearly 3 million people saw 114 stories generated by the UH System, according to Dateline Media.

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Ching field groundbreaking

We broke ground for UH Manoa’s new Clarence T.C. Ching Athletics Complex this month. This project would not have been possible without The Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation and its generous gift toward the project.

Construction on the new, three-story complex begins in July on the mauka side of the UH track. The facility will include grandstand seating for 2,500 people and offices and locker rooms for the women’s soccer, cross country, track and field and sand volleyball teams. There will also be a sand volleyball venue with 800 seats.

Jack Tsui, chairman of the Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation says the complex is a fitting addition to Clarence Ching’s amazing legacy. He was an athlete, boxing champion at Saint Louis School and he loved academics and the University of Hawai‘i.

The facility is scheduled for completion in the winter of 2013.