Water Main Break

Thanks to the extraordinary efforts of UHM Facilities Management and the Board of Water Supply, water service has been restored to UH Mānoa. The campus will be OPEN and OPERATIONAL on Friday.  Traffic advisory: Continue to avoid driving on Dole Street near the School of Hawaiian Knowledge, near the site of the water main break, if possible.

4:30 p.m.
Due to the water main break on Dole Street impacting water service and air-conditioning to Upper Campus, UH Mānoa Upper Campus is closed. Monitor email for updates on the status of repairs. There is a possibility that, if water service cannot be restored by Friday morning, that the UH Mānoa Upper Campus may be closed on Friday. An announcement will be made early Friday morning. Please check your email.

3:55 p.m.
Water and air-conditioning to buildings on Upper Campus and at Student Housing (except for Johnson Hall) are being affected by the water main break on Dole Street. Lower Campus is reportedly not affected.

The Board of Water Supply is working on the problem.

3:00 p.m.
There is a water main break on Dole Street near the Wa'ahila Faculty Housing and School of Hawaiian Knowledge.  Dole Street is closed in both directions near the point of the water main break.

The Board of Water is assessing the situation, but it is unknown what the cause is or when it will be fixed.

If you are exiting campus via East-West Road onto Dole Street, vehicles may only turn right.

In order to alleviate traffic congestion exiting campus, the entryway at Metcalf and University Avenue near Sinclair Library is temporary opened for exiting only.

Safety Education and Helmet Giveaway on Nov. 19

Two free presentations with evocative photos, stories, and facts about motorcycle and moped helmet safety will be offered on Tuesday, November 19 in Business Administration lecture hall A-102.  Speakers include former patients who crashed with and without helmets.
Seating at each presentation is limited to the first 200 people who show legal proof of ridership (see items to bring below) and who agree to complete a survey. Thirty audience members from each presentation will be chosen at random to receive free Scorpion helmets.

PRESENTATION TIMES (attend ONE, registration at the door required):
  • 4 - 5pm (register starting at 3:30pm*)
  • 6 - 7pm (register starting at 5:30pm*)
*Register early to get the best picks of helmets, if selected as a winner

valid Driver's License showing Class 2 (motorcycle/scooter) endorsement OR moped registration card plus photo ID.

The Queen's Medical Center's Trauma Center, Hawai'i State Department of Transportation, with UHM's Commuter Services and Campus Security.

Charles Noffsinger Named New Chief of Campus Security & Emergency Management


The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa has named Charles Noffsinger as its new chief of Campus Security & Emergency Management. Noffsinger brings with him 24 years of experience on the University of Michigan Police Department, where he played a substantive role in helping the department grow from a small security unit to a full-service police department, one of the largest and most respected in the region. He was one of Michigan’s five original police officers in 1990 and subsequently rose through the ranks to deputy chief. Noffsinger states “I’ve been privileged to have had many professional opportunities and feel I have much to offer in a chief’s role. After spending almost two and half decades with the University of Michigan, I was looking for the right opportunity to continue my career in campus law enforcement. I knew I wanted to remain in a vibrant, diverse, research university setting. I have also always dreamed of living on an island – preferably a warm one. This opening at UH Mānoa was ʻthe right place at the right time’.”

For ten years of his tenure with the University of Michigan Police Department, Noffsinger was the staff services bureau commander and was directly responsible for all personnel matters, budget and purchasing, the E-911 communications center, data services unit, strategic planning and policy development, and CALEA Accreditation. He planned and managed the Department’s presence at athletics and other special events activities and functions, and served as the incident commander for Michigan’s home football game operations, which have seen the largest crowds in a college stadium in the country. Noffsinger has also overseen dignitary protection details for VIPs including the Dalai Lama, governors, congresspersons, and U.S. presidents.

For UH Mānoa, Noffsinger’s relates his goals for Campus Security and Emergency Management: “In the short term, I hope to establish a cohesive and supportive work environment, one that encourages innovation with an emphasis on customer service. Community-oriented policing will serve as the foundation of our operating philosophy and eventually be reflected in specific programming. Long term, we will continue to explore both the need and the process for becoming a full-service police department serving the Mānoa campus.”

Deborah Huebler, Director of Campus Services, said “We were extremely impressed with Chief Charlie’s credentials and are excited that he will be bringing his knowledge of community policing and professionalized campus law enforcement to our University. Since joining the department a month ago, he has already won the confidence of our staff and is proving to be a good fit. Under his guidance, the UH Mānoa community can look forward to a Security department that is an integral part of campus life.”

Noffsinger assumed the role of chief on September 30, 2013, after a three-month national search conducted by Campus Services management and the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Administration, Finance and Operations. The position was formerly held by the late Wayne K. Ogino. Security Captain Alberta J.K. Pukahi served as acting chief in the recent interim.

Noffsinger has a BA from Michigan State University in Criminal Justice and a Master of Liberal Studies Degree from Eastern Michigan University. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Class #226, as well as the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command. Noffsinger is a member of the FBI National Academy Associates, International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police.  

Security Officer Trojacek Named "Top Cop"


Officer John D. Trojacek of University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Campus Security & Emergency Management Department has been recognized as one of Hawaiʻi’s “Top Cops.” The award is presented annually to law enforcement and security professionals who, nominated by their superiors and peers, have gone beyond the call of duty and met the highest standards of their field. Officer Trojacek and other 2013 “Top Cops” were honored at the Law Enforcement and Security Appreciation Luncheon on Thursday, October 24, in the Mānoa Grand Ballroom at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaiʻi.

Officer Trojacek earned his Top Cop nomination through his life-saving actions during the First Hawaiian Bank Troy Barboza Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics on May 24, 2013. At that event, Trojacek was part of a team of UH Mānoa Campus Security officers assisting Honolulu Police Department personnel with traffic control when he noticed a runner lying on the roadway and immediately went to investigate. Trojacek's competent demeanor was noted by a witness and had a calming effect on other race participants who had gathered at the scene. With the assistance of some of those surrounding individuals, Officer Trojacek – a trained First Aid, CPR (cadiopulmonary resuscitation), and AED (automated external defibrillator) instructor for Campus Security – performed CPR on the runner in distress until the arrival of emergency medical services and an AED.

Trojajeck shares his knowledge of these life-saving techniques with others at the University of Hawaiʻi, where he has served on the University’s Security force for nearly a year. He is assigned patrol of the Mānoa campus on the “graveyard” shift.

In his off-duty hours, Trojacek is pursuing a graduate degree at UH Mānoa in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance. He is also an avid cyclist and Ironman finisher.

Walk A Mile in Her Shoes

Campus security officers participated in “Walk A Mile In Her Shoes,” an internationally recognized men’s march to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence on Wednesday, March 7, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Varney Circle side of the Hawai‘i Hall lawn. Photos below:




UH Mānoa recognizes its ‘Top Cop’ on campus

stacks_image_10Sergeant and Senior Investigator Alberta J.K Pukahi of University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Campus Security and Emergency Management Department has been recognized as one of Hawaiʻi’s “Top Cops.” The award is presented annually to law enforcement and security professionals who, nominated by their superiors and peers, have gone beyond the call of duty and met the highest standards of their field. Sgt. Pukahi and other 2011 “Top Cops” will be honored at the Law Enforcement and Security Appreciation Luncheon on Thursday, October 27, in the Mānoa Grand Ballroom at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaiʻi.

A 24-year veteran of UH Mānoa’s Campus Security unit, Pukahi is currently assigned some of the most sensitive and complex cases. She led this past summer’s special task force to prevent further burglaries at cash-handling locations on campus. For the last ten years, she has worked closely with the University’s Women’s Center, Judicial Office, and Student Affairs on sexual assault cases. According to Campus Security Chief Wayne K. Ogino, “Sergeant Pukahi has a special ability to patiently gain the trust of the most reluctant victims and, because of her close rapport with them, solve incidents.” Pukahi herself deflects credit to the Women’s Center, “a place that takes excellent care of women in crisis” and sees the work of Campus Security as “creating a bridge with students and the Womenʻs Center.” She states, “In the end, we all just want the students to succeed.”

Pukahi does not limit her counseling skills to students, however, and is recognized as a role model by her Campus Security department peers. She takes special interest in mentoring her fellow female Officers, as well as training her male counterparts to be more aware of their role as campus peacemakers and problem-solvers. She has also served as an instructor in a variety of programs, including LGBT Safe Zone Awareness, Domestic Non-Violence, and First Aid/CPR. “It’s all about making a positive change on campus,” Pukahi says.

Originally from Kahuku, Sergeant Pukahi holds a Bachelorʻs degree in Public Administration from University of Hawaiʻi West Oʻahu. She is an active member of community organizations the National Coalition Building Institute and the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation.

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