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Message from the Chancellor: Annual Hawai‘i Island United Way Campaign is underway

Aloha UH Hilo ʻOhana,

Logo: United Way Hawaii IslandFor more than 50 years, Hawai‘i Island United Way, Inc. (HIUW) has been the cornerstone of our island’s health and human service community. Your annual monetary donation to HIUW helps those less fortunate or down on their luck in our community; nurtures individuals and families; identifies specific needs and fills them; and helps to build a safer and healthier community through agencies here on Hawai‘i Island. Additional information is available on their website.

If you are able to, please consider donating or pledging your support through payroll deductions. Send the completed form you received today via email directly to Lei Kapono, Office of the Chancellor, by Monday, November 15, 2021.

Pūpūkahi I Holumua – Unite to Move Forward.


Bonnie D. Irwin

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Message from the Chancellor: Dean Ma to retire February 2022

Aloha Kākou,

Carolyn Ma is pictured.
Carolyn Ma

Carolyn Ma, dean of the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy, will retire on February 1, 2022. Please join me in congratulating Dean Ma on her well-earned retirement and wishing her a joyful, fulfilling next chapter!

Dean Ma came to UH Hilo in 2007 as a founding faculty and clinical education coordinator for the College of Pharmacy in the interest of building the future of pharmacy in Hawai‘i, her home state. She became the chair for pharmacy practice in 2009, interim dean in 2015, and permanent dean in 2016.

Among her accomplishments in these years are the completion of the long-awaited permanent building, Hale Kiho‘iho‘i; the start of renovations for analytical and pharmaceutical science research labs; the establishment of philanthropic opportunities including the Legacy Path for alumni engagement; the Building a Future campaign for naming opportunities for Hale Kiho‘iho‘i; and student success and faculty development funds.

Dean Ma is the recipient of the Bowl of Hygeia, the lifetime pharmacy service award and in March 2021 was inducted as a Distinguished Fellow to the National Academy of Practice.

Her passion for legislative and health care advocacy, especially for inter-professional health care has resulted in the passing of legislative bills that include pharmacy intern law licenses, medication take back, pharmacist immunization, HPV vaccination, and the preceptor tax credit bill.

An announcement regarding interim leadership for the college will be forthcoming.

Bonnie D. Irwin

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Message from Chancellor Irwin: Strategic Plan is updated and available to view; comments welcome for initial draft of Action Plan

Papahana UH Hilo Strategic Plan

 July 29, 2021

Aloha UH Hilo Students, Faculty, and Staff,

Bonnie Irwin
Bonnie D. Irwin

As the new academic year nears, I am pleased to share with you our Strategic Planning progress.

The UH Hilo Strategic Plan has been updated and available in its final form on our Strategic Planning website. Mahalo for all of your input gathered through various venues.

The initial draft of our Action Plan is now available for your review and we encourage all of you to participate in the online interactive discussion forum through August 31, 2021. Each strategy is listed in the discussion forum to focus comments and discussion around the following leading questions:

Are there action items or deliverables that you would like to recommend be included for this strategy?

Which of these actions are you (or your unit) choosing to sponsor (lead) or actively participate and collaborate with the sponsor?

In making comments and suggestions, please adhere to our UH Hilo Social Media Policy.

This multi-year action plan was developed in consultation with input from the Chancellor’s Executive Council, the Student Success Leadership Team, the Strategic Doing Groups with community and alumni representation, the UH Hilo Hawai‘i Papa O Ke Ao Plan recently updated by the Hanakahi Council, and based upon our campus ‘ohana and community feedback collected throughout this Strategic Planning process.

This is an initial draft of the action plan. As described on page 18 of the Strategic Plan, the action plans for year 1 and subsequent years will be developed based upon feedback from forums like this one.

During this Fall semester, each Action Plan document will be refined. An implementation plan for each action item will be developed that will include a list of collaborators, timeline, resources needed, goal, and expected impact. These implementation plans will assist in determining the action plan year or years for that action as well as the measurable outcomes, so we can regularly report progress to campus.

Mahalo for your commitment to UH Hilo and all members of our campus community.

Bonnie D. Irwin


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