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November 2010

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.

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New Pacific Islander Student Center

UH Hilo recently celebrated the grand opening of its new Pacific Islander Student Center, which is located on the third floor of the Hilo Campus Center. It is designed to increase retention and graduation rates by providing a welcoming space for students to engage more deeply in the campus community. The center will draw upon the Pacific tradition of wayfinding to assist students to navigate their way through the university and beyond.

Pacific Islander students make up 3.3 percent of the total UH Hilo student body. The center will also be a place for the entire campus community to celebrate the contributions of Pacific Island peoples. It will house a library of Pacific-related books and films, and film showings, workshops, presentations and performances will be held throughout the year.