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Adopt-A-Beehive program to support research and development of healthy apiary practices in Hawai‘i

Participation in the beehive program is a down payment on food security, says UH Hilo Chancellor Straney.

Alan Wong and Donald Straney
Alan Wong and Donald Straney at UH Hilo’s Agriculture Farm Laboratory in Pana’ewa on Saturday.

Chancellor Donald Straney welcomed renowned chef Alan Wong to the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo’s Agriculture Laboratory Farm in Pana‘ewa on Saturday to promote the Adopt-A-Beehive program. The program is a partnership between Wong and UH Hilo to raise awareness of the critical plight of honey bees and to promote local solutions to sustaining the local honey bee industry.

The public is invited to help by adopting a beehive at UH Hilo’s farm lab to support research and development of healthy beehive practices in Hawai‘i. Adopters of hives will receive periodic reports and photos of the assigned bee colony from the UH Hilo student taking care of the hive. Supporters donating $300, $500, or $1,000 also will receive a personal supply of honey and honey products, along with invitations to join Chef Wong at bee-and agriculture-related activities held on campus or at the UH Hilo farm.

“This is a great example of how the smallest things in an ecosystem really matter,” says Chancellor Straney. “Participation in the beehive program is a down payment on food security.”

Learn more from the poster about the Adopt-A-Beehive program:

Click here for pdf of poster.

Use this form to send in your support.

More info in the video below.

Chef Wong sits with UH Hilo’s Professor of Entomology Lori Tsutsumi in a previously recorded video to explain the plight of our island’s apiary and food industries if urgent beehive problems are not addressed.

Keith Miser retiring

Aloha,

Keith Miser
Keith Miser

Dr. Keith Miser will be retiring from his position as Special Assistant to the Chancellor for International Programs as of June 30.

For the last three years, Keith has led the Center for Global Education and Exchange into new areas and increased the awareness on campus of the many benefits of international study.

After serving for seven years as the UH Hilo Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and three years in international programs, Keith leaves behind a legacy of countless students and administrators who have benefited from his encouragement, support, and endless energy. He represents what is best in education — the desire to give others the opportunity to benefit from new opportunities.

Although Keith hails from Indiana, his selflessness and kindness are a true reflection of the aloha spirit. He will be greatly missed although never forgotten at UH Hilo.

Donald Straney
Chancellor

Seventeen students named UH Hilo Chancellor’s Scholars

Seventeen Hawai‘i high school graduates are recipients of Chancellor’s Scholarships from the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. The incoming freshman come from high schools located on Hawai‘i, Maui and O‘ahu. The prestigious award, estimated to be worth more than $22,000, is presented annually to outstanding graduates from Hawai‘i high schools.

“These graduates have distinguished themselves in two ways, by placing in the top 10% of their graduating class, and by demonstrating leadership abilities,” said Chancellor Donald Straney. “We’re very pleased that these outstanding students will be attending UH Hilo.”

In addition to receiving the scholarship, the students also will be called upon to work with other Chancellor Scholars in numerous leadership and community service activities. The 2011 Chancellor Scholarship recipients and their respective high schools are as follows:

  • Richard Abbley, Lanikila Baptist High School, O‘ahu
  • Goody Cacal,Waipahu High School, O‘ahu
  • Matt Chen, McKinley High School, O‘ahu
  • Erik Ferreira, St. Anthony High School, Maui
  • Carrie Ip, Waiakea High School, Hawai‘i
  • I‘inimaikalani Kahakalau, Kanu o ka ‘Aina, Hawai‘i
  • Christopher Kluzak, St. Joseph High School, Hawai‘i
  • Anjulie Larson, Ka‘u High School, Hawai‘i
  • Nicole Preston, Mililani High School, O‘ahu
  • Ethan Souza, Honoka‘a High School,Hawai‘i
  • Tristan Yoshida, Waiakea High School, Hawai‘i
  • Kadi Igawa, Waiakea High School, Hawai‘i
  • Blaine Luiz, Konawaena High School, Hawai‘i
  • Micha Rhobelyn Ramos, Kea‘au High School, Hawai‘i
  • Shelby Tanaka, Hawai‘i Baptist Academy, O‘ahu
  • Chelsea Sato, Waiakea High School, Hawai‘i
  • Taylor Escalona, Hilo High School, Hawai‘i

Chancellor accepts final draft of 2011-2015 Strategic Plan

The University of Hawai‘i at Hilo’s Strategic Planning Committee* announced today that Chancellor Straney has accepted the final draft of UH Hilo’s 2011-2015 Strategic Plan. The chancellor will outline processes to support its implementation at the start of the fall semester. The plan will be sent to the UH system Board of Regents this coming academic year.

The plan was endorsed by the three governance/advisory bodies represented on the Strategic Planning Committee: Faculty Congress, Hanakahi Council, and UH Hilo Student Association. From those people who completed the endorsement surveys, there was an indication of 88% endorsement from faculty and staff, and 84% from students.

The final draft is the culmination of many months of work and significant input from UH Hilo stakeholders. The Strategic Planning Committee’s final progress report summarizes the activities of the committee and next steps on approval and implementation of the plan.

For more information: email uhhplan@hawaii.edu

*Strategic Planning Committee:

  • Maria Haws (College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management)
  • Errol Yudko (College of Arts and Sciences: Social Sciences Division)
  • Mazen Hamad (College of Arts and Sciences: Natural Sciences Division)
  • Jackie Johnson (College of Arts and Sciences: Humanities Division)
  • Kelly Burke (College of Business and Economics, and Committee Chair)
  • Karen Pellegrin (College of Pharmacy)
  • Pila Wilson (Ka Haka ‘Ula of Ke‘elikōlani College of Hawaiian Language)
  • Thora Abarca (Non-Instructional Faculty, Library)
  • Kainoa Ariola (Non-Instructional Faculty, Advising)
  • Harry Yada (Staff, Real Property)
  • Jim Cromwell (Staff, Admissions)
  • Marcia Sakai (Executive Representative, Committee Vice-Chair)
  • Elizabeth Stacy (Faculty Congress Representative)
  • Gail Makuakane-Lundin (Hanakahi Council Representative)
  • Dee Drozario (Student Representative)
  • Tracey Niimi (Student Alternate)
  • Barry Mark (Community Member)
  • Siān Millard (Strategic Planning Coordinator, Non-Voting Member)
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