University of Hawaiʻi President David Lassner shared a message on August 27 to students, faculty and staff of the UH campuses.
Aloha to all our UH students, faculty and staff:
I want to welcome you all here for the beginning of another academic year. Hurricane Lane gave us a very different first week of school than any of us had expected or planned for. But I hope you agree that the way everyone showed fortitude and pulled together in the face of adversity demonstrates the true sense of ʻohana that is unique to the University of Hawaiʻi and all our campuses.
Kudos to our facilities teams who went beyond the call of duty to safeguard our buildings and grounds and restore them to normal conditions as we resume classes and programming on Monday. And a special mahalo to our residence hall staff, who vigilantly watched over the safety of our residential students throughout the watches and warnings Hurricane Lane brought us.
Regardless of who we are, where we come from, or our personal beliefs, last week was a strong reminder of our shared commitments to care about and for one another.
Please remember that we remain in hurricane season through November. Whether you live on campus or off, please ensure you are personally prepared for the possibility of more storms to come.
And here’s looking forward to a rewarding, and hopefully less eventful, remainder of the fall semester for all of us!