“This is a great example of how the smallest things in an ecosystem really matter. Participation in the beehive program is a down payment on food security.” -Chancellor Straney
Chef Alan Wong has teamed up with University of Hawai‘i at Hilo to build awareness of the critical plight of honey bees and to promote local solutions to sustaining the honey bee industry. You can help by adopting a beehive at UH Hilo and supporting the research and development of healthy beehive practices in Hawaii!
UH Hilo’s North Hawai‘i Education and Research Center in Honoka‘a now offers Hamakua residents access to 38 state agencies.
HONOKA‘A – Hamakua residents will now receive state outreach services from 38 agencies through a new project located at UH Hilo’s North Hawai‘i Education and Research Center in Honoka‘a. The community gathered on Thursday to celebrate the launch of the new project. The Rural Outreach Services initiative is a partnership between federal, state, county governments, and private non-profit agencies. The wide range of services include, among other issues, job training, health care, housing, and agriculture.
“Rural Outreach Services is an initiative that will turn lives around,” said Rep. Mark Nakashima, a member of the initiative’s coordinating committee, who also sits on the advisory board for NHERC. “Because of the long distances that people need to travel on the Big Island, many residents have not been getting the services they need, whether it is job-related, housing, or even health care.”
The Rural Outreach Services initiative is a public-private partnership of agencies supported by the DLIR Workforce Development Division, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, Hamakua Partners in Eldercare, Hawai‘i County’s Kapulena Lands project, and the Department of Education’s East and West Hawai’i Community School for Adults.
“We are creating an opportunity to better serve the rural communities of North Hawai‘i, which will be a model for other rural areas across the state,” said DLIR Director Dwight Takamine, also a member of the coordinating committee for Rural Outreach Services. “This is a truly community-driven effort to address barriers to services by empowering rural communities.”
Services will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis, with no appointments necessary.
During the month of July, one agency will be available at the center on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Agency availability will increase beginning August. For more information and a schedule of upcoming services, workshops and conferences, contact the North Hawai‘i Education and Research Center at 775-8890. A calendar of events is posted at: http://goo.gl/fS9T3.
The first workshop on entrepreneurial opportunities will take place at the center on July 27, 2011. It is being provided by Hawai‘i County’s Department of Research and Development and the Small Business Development Center West Hawai‘i and will include one-on-one consultations on-site.
The following agencies are participants in the Rural Outreach Services initiative at UH Hilo’s outreach center in Honoka‘a:
Arc of Hilo
Arc of Kona
Center for Agricultural Success
County of Hawai‘i—Aging & Disability Resource Center
County of Hawai‘i—Coordinated Services for the Elderly
County of Hawai‘i—Office of Housing & Community Development
County of Hawai‘i—Human Resources
County of Hawai‘i—Research & Development
Department of Defense (Hawai‘i), Office of Veterans Services
Department of Education, Hilo & Kona Community School for Adults
Department of Labor & Industrial Relations—Disability Compensation Division, Hawai‘i District Office, Unemployment Insurance Division, Workforce Development Division, Wage Standards Division, Occupational Safety & Health Division, Veteran Employment & Training Service
Department of Human Services, Vocational Rehabilitation Division
Hawai‘i Center for Independent Living
Hawai‘i Community College, Office of Continuing Education & Training
Hawai‘i County Economic Opportunity Council
Hawai‘i Island Beacon Community
Hawai‘i Disability Rights Center
Hawai‘i First Federal Credit Union
Hawai‘i Home Ownership Center
Hawai‘i Island Adult Care, Inc.
Hawai‘i Island Workforce & Economic Development Ohana
Hawai‘i Small Business Development Center
Hope Services of Hawai’i
Five Mountains Hawai’i
North Hawai‘i Drug Free Coalition
University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, North Hawai’i Education & Research Center
Together, these three functional areas will support and advise our international students as well as UH Hilo students who are involved in exchange programs. The team will also develop and implement initiatives that promote intercultural fluency and the globalization of our campus.
Starting July 1, Jim Mellon will be the contact person for issues related to international students. Carolina Lam remains the contact person for UH Hilo students wishing to study abroad, Todd Shumway for global exchange programs, and Zach Street for national student exchange programs.
Until the new Student Services Building is completed, all offices will remain in their current locations.
As a result of the reorganization, existing faculty and staff will be better able to share expertise, coordinate services, and achieve efficiencies in time and resources as they support the success of international students and prepare our students for study abroad.