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UH President David Lassner and other administrators attend Hilo baseball game, also discuss engineering pathway

Group of UH administrators stand for photo with baseball field in background.
From left, UH Mānoa College of Engineering Dean Brennon Morioka, Ned Huston (Chancellor Irwinʻs spouse), Chancellor Bonnie Irwin, Hawaiʻi Community College Interim Chancellor Susan Kazama, UH President David Lassner, Mānoa Athletic Director Craig Angelos, and UH Hilo Athletic Director Pat Guillen. Feb. 28, 2024, Hilo. (Courtesy photo)

Last night, the UH Hilo Vulcan baseball team played the UH Mānoa ‘Bows at Francis Wong Stadium, Hilo.

Joining Chancellor Bonnie Irwin at the game were her husband Ned Huston, UH President David Lassner, UH Mānoa College of Engineering Dean Brennon Morioka, Hawaiʻi Community College Interim Chancellor Susan Kazama, Mānoa Athletic Director Craig Angelos, and UH Hilo Athletic Director Pat Guillen.

It was also an opportunity for Chancellor Irwin to connect with UH administrators regarding the engineering pathway between UH Hilo and UH Mānoa College of Engineering. The Mānoa engineering program hosted a pau hana for alumni and friends in East Hawaiʻi.

Read more about the day: When a baseball game fosters interisland camaraderie.

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UH Hilo Chancellor Irwin and HawCC Interim Chancellor Kazama meet with JCCIH education committee

Group gathered at table with Chancellor Irwin and Interim Chancellor Kazama.

On Monday, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Chancellor Bonnie Irwin and Hawaiʻi Community College Interim Chancellor Susan Kazama met with the education committee of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Hawaiʻi.

“We provided updates from our two campuses, and had a great conversation about pathways from high schools and how we might increase the college-going rate for Hawaiʻi Island,” says Chancellor Irwin.

Three member of the education committee sit at a table.

A group of five stand for photo outside Georgina and William Gimbel Building in Hilo.

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UH Hilo Chancellor Bonnie Irwin and Hawaiʻi CC Interim Chancellor Susan Kazama give joint presentation to UH Board of Regents

Susan Kazama pictured.
Susan Kazama
Bonnie Irwin pictured
Chancellor Bonnie D. Irwin

University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Chancellor Bonnie Irwin and Hawaiʻi Community College Interim Chancellor Susan Kazama gave a joint presentation to the UH Board of Regents on Feb. 16 at the UH Hilo campus.

The chancellors updated the board on enrollment, the way the two campuses share resources, and how the two campuses serve Hawaiʻi Island.

Here is their PowerPoint presentation:

Title Page University of Hawai‘i at Hilo and Hawai‘i Community College Serving Hawai‘i Island UH Hilo Chancellor Bonnie Irwin HawCC Interim Chancellor Susan Kazama February 16, 2024 UH Board of Regents Meeting UH Hilo

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Lively audience attends showing of documentary film on history of Peace Corps

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At the documentary film showing of A Towering Task: The Story of the Peace Corps, Feb. 5, 2024 at UH Hilo, are from left, Charlene Iboshi of the East Hawai‘i Rotary Action Group for Peace, Jon and Julie Countess who are both returned Peace Corp volunteers, Chancellor Bonnie Irwin, film director Alana DeJoseph, film production assistant Isabella DeJoseph, and Joseph and Diane Theroux who are both returned Peace Corps volunteers. (Courtesy photo)

The University of Hawai‘i at Hilo hosted a showing of the documentary film, A Towering Task: The Story of the Peace Corps, on Feb. 5 at the Performing Arts Center. The event was free to the public.

The documentary is directed by filmmaker Alana DeJoseph, a former Peace Corp volunteer who attended Monday’s screening. A Q&A with a lively audience followed showing of the film.

The Peace Corps has historical significance to UH Hilo. Hawai‘i Island was chosen as a primary training location for thousands of Peace Corps volunteers in the 1960s and the university’s precursor—UH-Hilo Branch—contributed greatly to the training program.

Many who attended Monday’s showing are return Peace Corps volunteers who returned to Hawai‘i Island to settle down and build their careers, becoming productive members of island communities.

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Two families honored at Vulcans Legacy Dinner

University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Athletics and the Vulcan Booster Club honored two Hilo families at the Vulcans Legacy Dinner on Friday at the Hilo Yacht Club.

Steve and Emma Handy, and Joe and Diana Hanley, and their families, have been ardent supporters of not only UH Hilo and Vulcans Athletics, but also the entire Hawai‘i Island community for decades.

The Handy family, Steve and Emma and son Steve Jr., owned and operated East Hawai‘i Subway franchises up until recently. “They have supported Vulcan Athletics as corporate sponsors and boosters since the late 1990’s,” says UH Hilo Chancellor Bonnie Irwin.

The Hanley family owns Orchid Isle Ford, and the family has made numerous contributions to the community. “Father, Walsh Hanley (now deceased), was one of the original Vulcan Boosters and a proud supporter of UH Hilo Athletics,” says Chancellor Irwin. “His legacy of support for Vulcan Athletics has continued to this day through the Hanley Ohana and Orchid Isle Ford.”

“Through their vision and generosity, these families have made our community a better place,” says Pat Guillen, director of UH Hilo athletics. “Whether through generous donations and sponsorships to fund operating needs and scholarships for athletics, or working on clean water projects in Fiji or founding the Children’s Justice Center for East Hawai‘i, the impact that the Handys and Hanleys have made are immeasurable and truly inspiring. I am proud to call them my friends and I am a better person for knowing them.”

Proceeds from the event benefit the Vulcan Booster Club in support of Hawai‘i Hilo Athletics’ 12 sports teams and their student-athletes.

“This Vulcans Legacy Dinner honors those who have done so much for this community, our university and our athletics department,” says Keene Fujinaka, president of the club. “Our honorees this year epitomize the values and sense of giving, which makes Hawai‘i Island so special. These families have a legacy of generosity while asking for nothing in return. We are honored to recognize both the Handy and Hanley families and are so grateful for their continued support over many years.”

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