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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

Statement by the Chancellor on Japan earthquake and tsunami

Aloha,

Last night was an anxious time for us all and today brings an opportunity to give thanks that the UH Hilo ‘ohana has come through this latest challenge in good shape.

On behalf of the entire campus, I’d like to thank the staff, students and faculty who worked throughout the night to meet the needs of people on campus, plan for every eventuality, secure our facilities and coordinate with Civil Defense. It was work most people didn’t see, but it was done with professionalism and care. Mahalo for your efforts. A special thanks to those who helped our students from Japan contact family and who checked that our students studying in Japan were safe.

In our gratitude for the outcome in Hilo, though, we must not forget the people on this island, in other parts of the Pacific and especially in Japan who suffered much more from this earthquake and tsunami. The wave connects us and makes their plight part of our concern. The victims and their families are in our thoughts and prayers. They should have our support however we can give it.

Donald Straney
Chancellor

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Please support Japan disaster relief efforts:
Aloha for Japan
American Red Cross
Red Cross Hawaii Chapter

Call for nominations for 2010-2011 UH Hilo awards

Nominations are still being accepted for the following UH Hilo awards:

KOICHI AND TANIYO TANIGUCHI AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE AND INNOVATION: Recognizes creativity in teaching, scholarship, and artistic production at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. Any full-time UH Hilo faculty or staff member is eligible. Teams consisting of two or more faculty or staff may also be nominated. (Students may be part of teams led by faculty or staff).

AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN SCHOLARLY/CREATIVE ACTIVITIES: Presented to a member of the tenure track faculty or a full-time BOR-classified professional staff member for outstanding achievement in scholarly and/or creative endeavors, including publication of well-reviewed books, publication in refereed journals, or performances or exhibitions at the state or national levels

PROFESSIONAL STAFF AWARD: Presented to a professional staff member who has made major professional contributions to his/her unit and to the university as a whole, and has made a positive impact on the welfare of students and colleagues.

OUTSTANDING UNIVERSITY SUPPORT EMPLOYEE AWARD: Presented to a University support service employee who has made significant contributions to the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo.

Click here for nomination instructions and forms. The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 11, 2011.

3/10 UPDATE: Deadline for nominations is extended to March 16.

Learn more about prior award recipients.

Column by the Chancellor in Hawai‘i Island Chamber of Commerce Newsletter: March 2011

Message from UH Hilo Chancellor Donald O. Straney
Chamber Connection Newsletter
Hawai‘i Island Chamber of Commerce
March 2011

Growing our campus strengthens our island’s economy

The University of Hawai‘i at Hilo is more than an institution of higher education, it has a major impact on the island’s economy. A recent estimate is that UH Hilo contributes about $240 million to the economic activity of the state. Here at home, the university employs 610 people and stimulates an additional 3,900 jobs in our local communities. UH Hilo’s University Park of Science and Technology has $900 million in investments and creates 400 jobs.

In these challenging economic times, an effective way to address both job growth and higher education needs is through capital improvement projects on our campus, and we have some exciting projects in the works.

Our new Science and Technology Building is nearing completion. The physics, astronomy, and chemistry departments will move into the $28 million structure that will feature new classrooms, laboratories, and research space. The top-notch facilities and technology will provide UH Hilo students and faculty with state-of-the-art laboratory and research facilities rivaling any in the country, bringing our university’s science disciplines into the 21st century and enabling our graduates to be highly competitive at the graduate school level and in the work force.

We broke ground on our new Student Services Building in January. The three-story structure will house programs to support student success: admissions, registration, financial aid, advising, career development, disability services, counseling, women’s center, and health promotion. Capital improvements like this bring UH Hilo in line with national trends in student services and allow staff to meet the needs of our diverse student population from initial admission to graduation and beyond.

In February, we celebrated the groundbreaking of our award-winning College of Hawaiian Language building. Our island is the best place in the world to study indigenous language and culture revitalization, and we are committed to strengthening and growing the college. The beautiful building already is earning accolades: the Honolulu chapter of the American Institute of Architects gave WCIT Architects the design award for this building in the “Commissioned Work to be Built” category. Both the building and landscape will reflect the Hawaiian culture and our island’s natural resources.

Plans are underway for a permanent building for our College of Pharmacy to be located at the entrance to the University Park of Science and Technology. Now awaiting legislative approval for construction, the facility will give UH Hilo pharmacy students access to state-of-the-art technology in the classroom, affording them an exceptional educational experience that will prepare them well for the job market. With this building, the College of Pharmacy will meet its full potential to educate the health care work force of tomorrow, serve the health care needs of our citizens, and stimulate the economy through grants and research.

Construction is scheduled to begin this summer on a new UH Hilo College Campus Store, which will be an addition to the Campus Center building. We’re excited about this new store because, not only will it be a place for students to buy books, but it will also be a welcoming place to shop, eat, hang out and just enjoy. Serving both UH Hilo and Hawai‘i Community College, the store’s ultra-modern design will contribute greatly to a lively and inviting sense of community for our students.

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