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Legislative Testimony by the Chancellor on HCR 197/HR 170 supporting workforce pipeline program of Thirty Meter Telescope

Testimony Presented Before the
House Committee on Higher Education
March 24, 2011 at 2:00pm
by
Donald O. Straney
Chancellor, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo

HCR 197/HR 170 – SUPPORTING THE WORKFORCE PIPELINE PROGRAM OF THE THIRTY METER TELESCOPE PROJECT.

Chair Nishimoto, Vice Chair Nakashima and Members of the Committee:

The University of Hawai‘i at Hilo and Hawai‘i Community College are major developers of the trained workforce needed in Hawai‘i County. We place a priority on meeting workforce needs of our community and state. We welcome, therefore, efforts such as those described in this resolution, to stimulate and sustain a broad range of activities to prepare our citizens for rewarding careers in the County.

We are pleased to support the resolution and thank you for the opportunity to testify.

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Legislative Testimony by the Chancellor on HRC 180 urging reauthorization of the Native Hawaiian Education Act

Testimony Presented Before the
House Committee on Hawaiian Affairs
March 23, 2011 at 8:30am
by
Donald Straney
University of Hawai‘i at Hilo

HCR 180 – URGING HAWAII’S CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION TO SUPPORT THE
REAUTHORIZATION OF THE NATIVE HAWAIIAN EDUCATION ACT

Chair Hanohano, Vice Chair Lee and Members of the Committee:

The University of Hawai‘i System, and the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo in particular, have benefited from the Native Hawaiian Education Act. Under this program, our faculty have developed programs that benefit Native Hawaiian students throughout the state. Programs such as Na Pua No‘eau and the indigenous teacher preparation programs have been very effective.

There remains, however, considerable work to do to ensure that Native Hawaiian children have access to an effective and responsive educational system. Continuation of the native Hawaiian Education Act will ensure that we are able to develop and provide the education that our citizens require.

Thank you for the opportunity to testify on this measure.

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All UH Hilo students studying in Japan are safe after tsunami

MEDIA RELEASE- The University of Hawaiʻi has been in constant contact with its nearly three dozen college students currently in Japan, either through study abroad and exchange programs or graduate studies. Eight are from UH Hilo and 27 are from UH Mānoa. None of them is in the vicinity of the most seriously damaged areas; they are all in other parts of the country and, based on our most current information, indicate they are safe and not in any immediate danger.

In light of the updated advisory from the U.S. State Department “strongly urging” all Americans to “consider departing” Japan, the University of Hawaiʻi System is in the process of helping our students follow this recommendation from the State Department. We are in communication with them, and are actively assisting them in abiding by this Travel Warning from the U. S. State Department.

See the State Department’s website for more information on the Travel Warning.

Statement by the Chancellor on supporting Japan disaster recovery efforts

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of Japan’s earthquake, tsunami and nuclear reactor disaster. Our concerns deepen each day as we learn more about the breadth of the triple disaster and the ensuing humanitarian crisis. This crisis is close to home for us because many members of our university ‘ohana have family, friends and colleagues in Japan, and many of us know the UH Hilo students currently studying in Japan. We also have students from Japan studying here with us in Hilo this semester.

Given the close and historic connection between Hawaii and Japan, many people and organizations in our state are already working together collaboratively to support the Japanese people in their time of need. On behalf of the university community, I encourage you to please support Japan disaster recovery efforts.

Here are some ways you can help:

Event

To convey our aloha and in keeping with Japanese tradition, you can help fold and personalize origami cranes at the UH Hilo Center for Global Exchange, PB9 Rm6, March 18, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. All donations made at the event will go to the Japan Red Cross.

Donations

Aloha for Japan, a local organization convened by Hawaii business leaders, members of the Japanese American community, Lt. Governor Brian Schatz and Japan Consul General Yoshihiko Kamo to coordinate statewide efforts to collect donations for victims. Aloha for Japan T-shirts can be purchased from several retail outlets. Contact for t-shirts: grphomehi@gmail.com. Donation checks can be mailed to: Aloha for Japan, 2454 South Beretania Street, Suite 201, Honolulu, HI 96826.

American Red Cross

Red Cross Hawaii Chapter

Donald Straney
Chancellor

“Aloha for Japan”: A statewide effort to send relief

Hawaii business leaders, members of the Japanese American community, Lt. Governor Brian Schatz and Japan Consul General Yoshihiko Kamo convened to organize a coordinated, statewide effort to collect donations for victims of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan.

Aloha  for Japan

HONOLULU – Hawaii business leaders, members of the Japanese American community, Lt. Governor Brian Schatz and Japan Consul General Yoshihiko Kamo convened to organize a coordinated, statewide effort to collect donations for victims of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan. Lt. Governor Schatz, who was asked by Governor Neil Abercrombie to help coordinate Japan relief efforts, also consulted all four county mayors by telephone.

Hawaii’s largest banking institutions, including American Savings Bank, Bank of Hawaii, Central Pacific Bank, Finance Factors, First Hawaiian Bank, Hawaii National Bank, HomeStreet Bank, Pacific Rim Bank, and Territorial Savings Bank, have all agreed to serve as collection points for monetary donations. This coordinated, statewide effort, entitled “Aloha for Japan,” builds upon programs already initiated by individual banks to accept donations.

Gary Fujitani, Executive Vice President of the Hawaii Bankers Association, stated, “The Hawaii banks are pleased to support this humanitarian effort to assist the people of Japan. Hopefully, the public will find it convenient to be able to make a donation at almost 275 bank branches statewide. We are asking customers to make a contribution in any amount to help Japan recover from this tragic disaster.”

Those wishing to contribute to this relief effort can make donations directly with branch tellers at participating banks. Checks should be made payable to “Aloha for Japan.”

This is the first of many initiatives being launched by the Aloha for Japan committee. Musical concerts and TV programs are also being developed.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims. We stand in support and solidarity with Japan as they begin to recover from this tragedy,” Lt. Governor Schatz stated. “I am so pleased with the generosity, cooperation and compassion of so many people throughout Hawaii. In this time of great crisis across the Pacific, it’s time for all of us to show our aloha for Japan.”

Donation checks can also be mailed to: Aloha for Japan, 2454 South Beretania Street, Suite 201, Honolulu, HI 96826.

The Aloha for Japan committee was inspired in part by the collaborative efforts of local designers who formed a joint venture, GRP (pronounced “group”) HOME Company. This group designed an “ALOHA” t-shirt, incorporating the rising sun, emblematic of the Japanese flag.

These “ALOHA” t-shirts, which are already in high demand, can be purchased at the following stores: Hi-Life/Buti-Groove Hawaii, Fitted Hawaii, In4Mation, Aloha Army, and Barefoot League. All proceeds will go towards relief efforts in Japan. For more information, visit www.alohaforjapan.com/.

Some of the business and community leaders who are part of the Aloha for Japan committee are listed below. Please note that many other organizations and individuals throughout Hawaii continue to do their part in supporting and providing aid to disaster victims in Japan. While the list below continues to grow, this is certainly not an exhaustive list of people who have demonstrated aloha for Japan.

  • Lenny Yajima Andrew, Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii
  • James Kimo Apana, Maui Japanese Chamber of Commerce
  • Rick Blangiardi, HawaiiNewsNow
  • Betty Brow, Bank of Hawaii
  • Karleen Chinen, Hawaii Herald
  • Gary Fujitani, Hawaii Bankers Association
  • Kay Fukumoto, CPA
  • Robyn Furuya, KZOO
  • Robert Harrison, First Hawaiian Bank
  • Ed Hawkins, Japan-American Society of Hawaii
  • Peter Ho, Bank of Hawaii
  • Al Hoffman, Hawaiian Airlines
  • Don Horner, First Hawaiian Bank
  • Austin Imamura, Pacific Rim Bank
  • Wayne T. Ishihara, Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce
  • Phyllis Kihara, KIKU-TV
  • Kyoko Kimura, Hotel Wailea, Hawaii Tourism Authority, JCCH
  • Wayne Kirihara, Central Pacific Bank
  • Gary Kobashigawa, Hawaii National Bank, United Japanese Society of Hawaii
  • Randy Kurohara, Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Hawaii
  • Akemi Kurokawa, The Breakers Hotel
  • Constance Lau, Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc.
  • Coralie Matayoshi, American Red Cross, Hawaii State Chapter
  • Richard Matsu, Marukai Wholesale Mart
  • Colbert Matsumoto, Island Insurance Companies
  • Mike McCartney, Hawaii Tourism Authority
  • Joe McNamara, KHON2
  • Wayne Miyao, Hiroshima Hawaii Sister State Committee
  • Kazuo Nakamine, Hawaii Pacific Press
  • Norman Nakasone, Hawaii United Okinawa Association
  • Naobumi “Ned” Nomura, Sony Hawaii & Nippon Club
  • Stephanie Ohigashi, Maui Japanese Chamber of Commerce
  • Darren Ota, Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce
  • Kaulana Park, American Savings Bank
  • Mark Platte, HawaiiNewsNow
  • Brian Schatz, Hawaii Lt. Governor
  • Jane Serikaku, Hawaii United Okinawa Association
  • Pono Shim, Enterprise Honolulu
  • Akira Shimmyo, Hawaii Hochi
  • Lori Silva, KHON2
  • Yukilei Sugimura, Connect LLC
  • Cyrus Tamashiro, Hawaii United Okinawa Association
  • Barry Taniguchi, KTA Superstores
  • Donna Tanoue, Bank of Hawaii
  • Tyler Tokioka, Island Insurance Companies, Japanese Chamber of Commerce Hawaii
  • David Uchiyama, Hawaii Tourism Authority
  • Richard Wacker, American Savings Bank
  • Terry Wheelock, HawaiiNewsNow
  • Hoyt Zia, Hawaiian Airlines
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