APEC 2010 Yokohama
I just returned from Yokohama, Japan, site of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation 2010 meeting. It was an amazing experience to be there in person. As a member of the APEC 2011 Host Committee, I attended the APEC Business Advisory Council dinner and the National Center for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation’s annual lunch where our own Sen. Daniel Inouye spoke about the importance of APEC and how it promotes stability in the Asia-Pacific region, and he welcomed the APEC economies to Honolulu in 2011.
In preparation for the meeting in 2011, Honolulu will host the APEC Symposium and Informal Senior Officials’ Meeting, Dec. 8–9. The symposium brings together APEC officials with business and community leaders from throughout the Asia-Pacific region to discuss APEC’s progress and key issues likely to be on its agenda the next year.
The informal meeting of senior officials is held the next day to discuss outcomes of the symposium. Meetings will take place at the East-West Center. We are recruiting volunteers to assist with various duties for the symposium and senior officials’ meeting and will be providing training for them prior to the meetings. This will be great practice for our volunteers for the APEC meeting next November.
University and campus news
- Holiday Campus Closures
- Advanced Technology Solar Telescope Update
- New Pacific Islander Student Center
- Shidler business student scholarships
- CTAHR anthurium, staff win honors
- West Oahu hosts high school counselors
- International Education Week celebrations
- MELE program unveils new studios
- Kauai opens One Stop Center Phase II
- Maui’s Noble Chef raises $60,000
UH System News
Advanced Technology Solar Telescope Update
The Advanced Technology Solar Telescope will be the largest solar telescope in the world when it is built on Maui atop Haleakala. Groundbreaking for the $298-million National Science Foundation-funded telescope is expected in June 2011, and it should become operational in 2017, providing clues to the origin and development of solar storms that can affect life on Earth.
NSF has committed $20 million over 10 years for an education program at the University of Hawaii Maui College to cultivate and reinforce the intersection of Hawaiian culture and knowledge with science, technology, engineering and math.
The Board of Land and Natural Resources is expected to take action on the university’s conservation district use application later this month.
Read more about the telescope.