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Kalei Rapoza named interim vice chancellor for administrative affairs; Annette Sugimoto to serve as acting director of human resources

Aloha UH Hilo ‘Ohana,

Kalei Rapoza
Kalei Rapoza

The University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Office of the Chancellor is pleased to announce that Kalei Rapoza will be the interim vice chancellor for administrative affairs, effective September 1, 2017.

Most of you know Kalei as director of human resources. He oversees all human resources for the UH Hilo campus, assists in development of system human resources policies and procedures, develops campus policy and procedures, conducts investigations and provides advice and counsel to executives in all matters related to personnel.

He also serves as deputy Title IX coordinator, chair of the Chancellor’s Professional Development Committee, chair of the Campus Crisis Management Team, member of the UH Hilo Diversity Committee, member of the System Conflicts of Interest Committee, and is on the negotiating team for Bargaining Units 7 and 8.

Kalei came to UH Hilo in 2013 when he was appointed as associate director of human resources. Before joining UH Hilo, he was employed at the State of Hawai‘i Department of Education as a personnel specialist serving in the areas of labor relations and classified personnel on both O‘ahu and Hawai‘i Islands.

Kalei is a graduate of the 2014 President’s Emerging Leaders Program, and currently serves as an employee member on the State of Hawai‘i Deferred Compensation Plan Board of Trustees.

He received his undergraduate degree from UH Mānoa, and his juris doctor degree from the William S. Richardson School of Law.

Annette Sugimoto
Annette Sugimoto

During the interim appointment, Annette Sugimoto will serve as acting director of human resources. Annette has been an integral member of the UH Hilo human resources team for nearly twenty years. She brings a wealth of knowledge to the position along with a history of exceptional customer service.

Join me in welcoming Kalei and Annette into their new roles and functions.


Marcia Sakai
Interim Chancellor

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