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Hamakua celebrates launch of rural outreach program at UH Hilo’s North Hawai‘i Education and Research Center

UH Hilo’s North Hawai‘i Education and Research Center in Honoka‘a now offers Hamakua residents access to 38 state agencies.

Hamakua celebrates the launch of new rural outreach services now available at UH Hilo's North Hawai‘i Education and Research Center in Honoka‘a.

HONOKA‘A – Hamakua residents will now receive state outreach services from 38 agencies through a new project located at UH Hilo’s North Hawai‘i Education and Research Center in Honoka‘a. The community gathered on Thursday to celebrate the launch of the new project. The Rural Outreach Services initiative is a partnership between federal, state, county governments, and private non-profit agencies. The wide range of services include, among other issues, job training, health care, housing, and agriculture.

“Rural Outreach Services is an initiative that will turn lives around,” said Rep. Mark Nakashima, a member of the initiative’s coordinating committee, who also sits on the advisory board for NHERC. “Because of the long distances that people need to travel on the Big Island, many residents have not been getting the services they need, whether it is job-related, housing, or even health care.”

The Rural Outreach Services initiative is a public-private partnership of agencies supported by the DLIR Workforce Development Division, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, Hamakua Partners in Eldercare, Hawai‘i County’s Kapulena Lands project, and the Department of Education’s East and West Hawai’i Community School for Adults.

“We are creating an opportunity to better serve the rural communities of North Hawai‘i, which will be a model for other rural areas across the state,” said DLIR Director Dwight Takamine, also a member of the coordinating committee for Rural Outreach Services. “This is a truly community-driven effort to address barriers to services by empowering rural communities.”

Services will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis, with no appointments necessary.

During the month of July, one agency will be available at the center on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Agency availability will increase beginning August. For more information and a schedule of upcoming services, workshops and conferences, contact the North Hawai‘i Education and Research Center at 775-8890. A calendar of events is posted at:

The first workshop on entrepreneurial opportunities will take place at the center on July 27, 2011. It is being provided by Hawai‘i County’s Department of Research and Development and the Small Business Development Center West Hawai‘i and will include one-on-one consultations on-site.

The following agencies are participants in the Rural Outreach Services initiative at UH Hilo’s outreach center in Honoka‘a:

  • Arc of Hilo
  • Arc of Kona
  • Catholic Charities
  • Center for Agricultural Success
  • County of Hawai‘i—Aging & Disability Resource Center
  • County of Hawai‘i—Coordinated Services for the Elderly
  • County of Hawai‘i—Office of Housing & Community Development
  • County of Hawai‘i—Human Resources
  • County of Hawai‘i—Research & Development
  • Department of Defense (Hawai‘i), Office of Veterans Services
  • Department of Education, Hilo & Kona Community School for Adults
  • Department of Labor & Industrial Relations—Disability Compensation Division, Hawai‘i District Office, Unemployment Insurance Division, Workforce Development Division, Wage Standards Division, Occupational Safety & Health Division, Veteran Employment & Training Service
  • Department of Human Services, Vocational Rehabilitation Division
  • Hawai‘i Center for Independent Living
  • Hawai‘i Community College, Office of Continuing Education & Training
  • Hawai‘i County Economic Opportunity Council
  • Hawai‘i Island Beacon Community
  • Hawai‘i Disability Rights Center
  • Hawai‘i First Federal Credit Union
  • Hawai‘i Home Ownership Center
  • Hawai‘i Island Adult Care, Inc.
  • Hawai‘i Island Workforce & Economic Development Ohana
  • Hawai‘i Small Business Development Center
  • Hope Services of Hawai’i
  • Five Mountains Hawai’i
  • North Hawai‘i Drug Free Coalition
  • University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, North Hawai’i Education & Research Center
  • Services for Seniors
  • UH Hilo, College of Pharmacy
  • Unites Stated Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Workforce Solutions

Invitation to attend dedication of UH Hilo Science and Technology Building

UH Hilo Science and Technology Building

University of Hawai‘i President M.R.C. Greenwood


UH Hilo Chancellor Donald O. Straney

Cordially invite you to the Blessing and Dedication of the

UH Hilo Science and Technology Building

Special Guest Governor Neil Abercrombie

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

10:00 a.m.

Science and Technology Building at the corner of Nowelo Street and W. Lanikaula Street

Program of event in pdf

Announcing the reorganization of UH Hilo international programs


Todd Shumway
Todd Shumway

I’m pleased to announce that the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo is in the process of reorganizing its various international programs and services under the umbrella of the Division of Student Affairs.

Carolina Lam
Carolina Lam

International Student Services and Intercultural Education currently resides in the Division of Student Affairs and includes National Student Exchange; it will shortly be joined by Global Exchange Programs, directed by Todd Shumway, and Global Education Programs, directed by Carolina Lam.

Jim Mellon
Jim Mellon

Together, these three functional areas will support and advise our international students as well as UH Hilo students who are involved in exchange programs. The team will also develop and implement initiatives that promote intercultural fluency and the globalization of our campus.

Zach Street
Zach Street

Starting July 1, Jim Mellon will be the contact person for issues related to international students. Carolina Lam remains the contact person for UH Hilo students wishing to study abroad, Todd Shumway for global exchange programs, and Zach Street for national student exchange programs.

Until the new Student Services Building is completed, all offices will remain in their current locations.

As a result of the reorganization, existing faculty and staff will be better able to share expertise, coordinate services, and achieve efficiencies in time and resources as they support the success of international students and prepare our students for study abroad.

Donald Straney

UH Hilo’s College of Pharmacy receives full accreditation

The college now becomes the first school of pharmacy in the State of Hawai‘i and the Pacific region to become fully accredited by the prestigious Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.

Graduates of UH Hilo PharmD program are all smiles at 2011 Spring Commencement.

After five years of intensive reviews, the College of Pharmacy at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo has been granted full accreditation by the national agency that regulates pharmacy schools.

At a meeting this week, the Board of Directors of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education voted to award the college full accreditation for a period of two years. Continuation will be determined at a future ACPE board meeting, following a site visit to assess the ongoing progress of the program.

“Faculty and staff at the College of Pharmacy have worked extremely hard to get to this point,” said UH Hilo Chancellor Donald Straney. “But we all know we can’t stop now. We’re doing everything we can to help improve their chances of becoming one of the top 25 schools of pharmacy in the nation.”

John Pezzuto, dean at UH Hilo’s College of Pharmacy

According to John Pezzuto, who was appointed dean of the college in 2006, receiving full accreditation at this time was a close call.

“We are able to provide a first-rate education for our students, but we will not be able to realize our dream of being a top-ranked college of pharmacy until permanent facilities are completed,” he said. “I believe ACPE took a leap of faith in extending full accreditation as a result of strong commitments for our future development. So our work is not nearly done. They will be continuously checking on our progress.”

The college now becomes the first school of pharmacy in the State of Hawai‘i and the Pacific region to become fully accredited by the prestigious agency.

“I am very proud of the university’s accomplishment, having been personally involved in the planning for this college from the beginning,” said U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI) in a letter to the ACPE board. “Throughout the years since UH Hilo began its quest, I have been consistently and enthusiastically joined in supporting the college by my colleagues in the Hawai‘i congressional delegation.”

Schools of pharmacy become eligible to be considered for full accreditation after they meet certain standards set aside by ACPE and have graduated their first group of students. The first group of 84 doctors of pharmacy (Pharm.D.) graduated from UH Hilo last month.

“We began the process of accreditation before any students were aware we were here,” Dean Pezzuto said. “That was necessary in order to meet ACPE’s rigorous review process, which has been a constant reminder that what we do and how we do it is worthwhile. Even more importantly, it’s gratifying to know we did not let the students down. All graduates of the college are eligible for professional licensure after passing a national board exam.”

The board granted the college pre-candidate status in June 2007, and each year the college was required to satisfy a review board during a site visit to Hilo that it met 30 standards of excellence. Key points of evaluation include areas such as curriculum and facilities.

ACPE is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the national agency for the accreditation of professional degree programs in pharmacy.