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Chancellor Irwin welcomes UH Alumni Board members to UH Hilo

Group stands for photo with kipaepae group.
UH Alumni board members are greeted to the UH Hilo campus with a kīpaepae welcoming ceremony on the Campus Center Plaza, July 25, 2023. At front right is Malu Dudoit, Uluākea facilitator, who led the kīpaepae. Back row second from left is Kalei Rapoza (vice chancellor for administrative affairs), Bonnie Irwin (chancellor), and UH Alumni Board members Jason Haruki (president), Amy Hennessey (first vice president), Sharene Urakami-Oyama (board member), and Arnold Kishi (assistant secretary). (Courtesy photo)

University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Chancellor Bonnie Irwin welcomed several members of the UH Alumni Board to campus on Tuesday, July 25. Jason Haruki (UH Alumni president), Amy Hennessey (first vice president), Sharene Urakami-Oyama (board member), and Arnold Kishi (assistant secretary) were greeted with a kīpaepae welcoming ceremony on the Campus Center Plaza, followed by a tour of campus and a visit to the UH Hilo Agricultural Farm Laboratory in Pana‘ewa. That evening at the Hilo Yacht Club, the group met with members of the former affiliate Alumni and Friends.

Members of the UH Alumni Board are making the rounds and visiting campuses throughout the statewide 10-campus UH System. They are familiarizing themselves with the campuses, experiencing some of the programs, and hearing about updates and plans. This will help them better support the mission of UH and support the interests of their members.

“I always enjoy having visitors to our campus,” says UH Hilo Chancellor Irwin. “There is so much to be proud of here. The UH Alumni Board members asked good questions and really made the most of their time with us.”

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UH Alumni Board members stand with UH Hilo Chancellor Bonnie Irwin in front of Edith Kanaka‘ole mural located at the classroom building named in her honor. From left, Jason Haruki, Bonnie Irwin, UH Hilo admissions staff, Amy Hennessey, Sharene Urakami-Oyama, and Arnold Kishi. (Courtesy photo)
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UH Alumni Board members meet with faculty and staff at the UH Hilo Farm Laboratory in Pana‘ewa. (Courtesy photo)
Large group stands on lawn for photo with ocean in background.
Group photo of UH Alumni Board members and members of the former local affiliate Alumni and Friends, Hilo Yacht Club. Jan. 25, 2023. (Courtesy photo)
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