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Statement by the Chancellor on supporting Japan disaster recovery efforts

Red UH Hilo log with the words UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII AT HILO UA MAU KE EA O KA AINA I KA PONO Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of Japan’s earthquake, tsunami and nuclear reactor disaster. Our concerns deepen each day as we learn more about the breadth of the triple disaster and the ensuing humanitarian crisis. This crisis is close to home for us because many members of our university ‘ohana have family, friends and colleagues in Japan, and many of us know the UH Hilo students currently studying in Japan. We also have students from Japan studying here with us in Hilo this semester.

Given the close and historic connection between Hawaii and Japan, many people and organizations in our state are already working together collaboratively to support the Japanese people in their time of need. On behalf of the university community, I encourage you to please support Japan disaster recovery efforts.

Here are some ways you can help:

Event

To convey our aloha and in keeping with Japanese tradition, you can help fold and personalize origami cranes at the UH Hilo Center for Global Exchange, PB9 Rm6, March 18, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. All donations made at the event will go to the Japan Red Cross.

Donations

Aloha for Japan, a local organization convened by Hawaii business leaders, members of the Japanese American community, Lt. Governor Brian Schatz and Japan Consul General Yoshihiko Kamo to coordinate statewide efforts to collect donations for victims. Aloha for Japan T-shirts can be purchased from several retail outlets. Contact for t-shirts: grphomehi@gmail.com. Donation checks can be mailed to: Aloha for Japan, 2454 South Beretania Street, Suite 201, Honolulu, HI 96826.

American Red Cross

Red Cross Hawaii Chapter

Donald Straney
Chancellor

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“Aloha for Japan”: A statewide effort to send relief

Hawaii business leaders, members of the Japanese American community, Lt. Governor Brian Schatz and Japan Consul General Yoshihiko Kamo convened to organize a coordinated, statewide effort to collect donations for victims of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan.

Logo with the word ALOHA

HONOLULU – Hawaii business leaders, members of the Japanese American community, Lt. Governor Brian Schatz and Japan Consul General Yoshihiko Kamo convened to organize a coordinated, statewide effort to collect donations for victims of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan. Lt. Governor Schatz, who was asked by Governor Neil Abercrombie to help coordinate Japan relief efforts, also consulted all four county mayors by telephone.

Hawaii’s largest banking institutions, including American Savings Bank, Bank of Hawaii, Central Pacific Bank, Finance Factors, First Hawaiian Bank, Hawaii National Bank, HomeStreet Bank, Pacific Rim Bank, and Territorial Savings Bank, have all agreed to serve as collection points for monetary donations. This coordinated, statewide effort, entitled “Aloha for Japan,” builds upon programs already initiated by individual banks to accept donations.

Gary Fujitani, Executive Vice President of the Hawaii Bankers Association, stated, “The Hawaii banks are pleased to support this humanitarian effort to assist the people of Japan. Hopefully, the public will find it convenient to be able to make a donation at almost 275 bank branches statewide. We are asking customers to make a contribution in any amount to help Japan recover from this tragic disaster.”

Those wishing to contribute to this relief effort can make donations directly with branch tellers at participating banks. Checks should be made payable to “Aloha for Japan.”

This is the first of many initiatives being launched by the Aloha for Japan committee. Musical concerts and TV programs are also being developed.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims. We stand in support and solidarity with Japan as they begin to recover from this tragedy,” Lt. Governor Schatz stated. “I am so pleased with the generosity, cooperation and compassion of so many people throughout Hawaii. In this time of great crisis across the Pacific, it’s time for all of us to show our aloha for Japan.”

Donation checks can also be mailed to: Aloha for Japan, 2454 South Beretania Street, Suite 201, Honolulu, HI 96826.

The Aloha for Japan committee was inspired in part by the collaborative efforts of local designers who formed a joint venture, GRP (pronounced “group”) HOME Company. This group designed an “ALOHA” t-shirt, incorporating the rising sun, emblematic of the Japanese flag.

These “ALOHA” t-shirts, which are already in high demand, can be purchased at the following stores: Hi-Life/Buti-Groove Hawaii, Fitted Hawaii, In4Mation, Aloha Army, and Barefoot League. All proceeds will go towards relief efforts in Japan.

Some of the business and community leaders who are part of the Aloha for Japan committee are listed below. Please note that many other organizations and individuals throughout Hawaii continue to do their part in supporting and providing aid to disaster victims in Japan. While the list below continues to grow, this is certainly not an exhaustive list of people who have demonstrated aloha for Japan.

  • Lenny Yajima Andrew, Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii
  • James Kimo Apana, Maui Japanese Chamber of Commerce
  • Rick Blangiardi, HawaiiNewsNow
  • Betty Brow, Bank of Hawaii
  • Karleen Chinen, Hawaii Herald
  • Gary Fujitani, Hawaii Bankers Association
  • Kay Fukumoto, CPA
  • Robyn Furuya, KZOO
  • Robert Harrison, First Hawaiian Bank
  • Ed Hawkins, Japan-American Society of Hawaii
  • Peter Ho, Bank of Hawaii
  • Al Hoffman, Hawaiian Airlines
  • Don Horner, First Hawaiian Bank
  • Austin Imamura, Pacific Rim Bank
  • Wayne T. Ishihara, Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce
  • Phyllis Kihara, KIKU-TV
  • Kyoko Kimura, Hotel Wailea, Hawaii Tourism Authority, JCCH
  • Wayne Kirihara, Central Pacific Bank
  • Gary Kobashigawa, Hawaii National Bank, United Japanese Society of Hawaii
  • Randy Kurohara, Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Hawaii
  • Akemi Kurokawa, The Breakers Hotel
  • Constance Lau, Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc.
  • Coralie Matayoshi, American Red Cross, Hawaii State Chapter
  • Richard Matsu, Marukai Wholesale Mart
  • Colbert Matsumoto, Island Insurance Companies
  • Mike McCartney, Hawaii Tourism Authority
  • Joe McNamara, KHON2
  • Wayne Miyao, Hiroshima Hawaii Sister State Committee
  • Kazuo Nakamine, Hawaii Pacific Press
  • Norman Nakasone, Hawaii United Okinawa Association
  • Naobumi “Ned” Nomura, Sony Hawaii & Nippon Club
  • Stephanie Ohigashi, Maui Japanese Chamber of Commerce
  • Darren Ota, Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce
  • Kaulana Park, American Savings Bank
  • Mark Platte, HawaiiNewsNow
  • Brian Schatz, Hawaii Lt. Governor
  • Jane Serikaku, Hawaii United Okinawa Association
  • Pono Shim, Enterprise Honolulu
  • Akira Shimmyo, Hawaii Hochi
  • Lori Silva, KHON2
  • Yukilei Sugimura, Connect LLC
  • Cyrus Tamashiro, Hawaii United Okinawa Association
  • Barry Taniguchi, KTA Superstores
  • Donna Tanoue, Bank of Hawaii
  • Tyler Tokioka, Island Insurance Companies, Japanese Chamber of Commerce Hawaii
  • David Uchiyama, Hawaii Tourism Authority
  • Richard Wacker, American Savings Bank
  • Terry Wheelock, HawaiiNewsNow
  • Hoyt Zia, Hawaiian Airlines
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Statement by the Chancellor on Japan earthquake and tsunami

Aloha,

UH Hilo red logo with the words UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII AT HILO US MAU KE EA O KA AINA I KA PONOLast night was an anxious time for us all and today brings an opportunity to give thanks that the UH Hilo ‘ohana has come through this latest challenge in good shape.

On behalf of the entire campus, I’d like to thank the staff, students and faculty who worked throughout the night to meet the needs of people on campus, plan for every eventuality, secure our facilities and coordinate with Civil Defense. It was work most people didn’t see, but it was done with professionalism and care. Mahalo for your efforts. A special thanks to those who helped our students from Japan contact family and who checked that our students studying in Japan were safe.

In our gratitude for the outcome in Hilo, though, we must not forget the people on this island, in other parts of the Pacific and especially in Japan who suffered much more from this earthquake and tsunami. The wave connects us and makes their plight part of our concern. The victims and their families are in our thoughts and prayers. They should have our support however we can give it.

Donald Straney
Chancellor

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Please support Japan disaster relief efforts:
Aloha for Japan
American Red Cross
Red Cross Hawaii Chapter

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Radio interview with the Chancellor

Chancellor Donald Straney of University of Hawai‘i at Hilo says it’s the attitude of Hawai‘i’s university system that attracted him.

Logo with the words Hawaii Public Radio, ocean in backgroundFebruary 22, 2011: Hawai‘i Island reporter Sherry Bracken from Hawaii Public Radio spoke with Chancellor Donald Straney about why he made the move from California.

February 23, 2011: University of Hawai‘i at Hilo’s new Chancellor, Donald Straney, has been at the helm for nearly nine months. He says the UH Hilo campus is very different from the 20,000-student UH Mānoa campus.

(Update: Interviews no longer available online.)

 

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UH Hilo College of Hawaiian Language breaks ground

The new building to house the College of Hawaiian Language promises to be both functional and extraordinarily beautiful, with profound symbolic and spiritual elements.

Large group of students coming down dirt drive, headed by Kalena Silva.
UH Hilo students, faculty, staff, administrators and members of the community walk to the piko or central point of the parcel for the groundbreaking of UH Hilo’s new College of Hawaiian Language building. At left is Kalena Silva, director of the college.

A bilingual blessing and groundbreaking was held on Saturday for permanent facilities for University of Hawai‘i at Hilo’s Ka Haka ‘Ula O Ke‘elikōlani College of Hawaiian Language.

The opening ceremonies were conducted in Hawaiian. A genealogical presentation acknowledged native speakers who assisted in Hawaiian language teaching at UH Hilo and Hawai‘i Community College dating back to 1960. Lydia Makuakane, the eldest living of those native speakers, led a procession to the groundbreaking site, where she turned the soil at the piko or central core of the parcel. The event concluded with remarks by representatives from the UH and elected officials.

UH Hilo Chancellor Straney at podium speaking to crowd at groundbreaking ceremonies.
UH Hilo Chancellor Donald Straney addresses the audience at groundbreaking ceremonies. Seated at left are Hawai’i County Mayor Billy Kenoi, and to his left, UH President MRC Greenwood.

“This building promises to be both functional and extraordinarily beautiful, with profound symbolic and spiritual elements,” said UH Hilo Chancellor Donald Straney. “It’s a building to match the quality of the programs offered by the College of Hawaiian Language.”

Gerald De Mello, director of university relations, said the project enjoyed widespread support, but it took a coordinated team effort to secure the funding.

“This was a major accomplishment since very few initiatives were funded this past session,” De Mello said. “Our Big Island delegation led by House Higher Education Chairman Jerry Chang in concert with his Senate counterpart Jill Tokuda really came through for us. We were also fortunate to have the strong support of UH President M.R.C. Greenwood and then-Governor Linda Lingle.”

Kalena Silva, director of the college, says the new building will not only address the college’s growing pains but lay a foundation for the future.

“With this building we can expand both our graduate and undergraduate programs, which are key to taking the college to the next level,” Silva explained. “We also look forward to raising our profile on the international stage by hosting gatherings with indigenous people who look at our programs as potential models for language revitalization in their communities.”

The building already has won critical acclaim by capturing the 2010 American Institute of Architects Honolulu Design Award in the category of “Commissioned Work to be Built.” The design by WCIT Architects of Honolulu features spectacular landscape, mountain and ocean views, and designs which reflect Native Hawaiian culture and the Big Island’s natural resources.

The college awarded UH Hilo’s first master’s and PhD degrees as it gained national prominence as a leader in indigenous language and cultural revitalization, added new programs like linguistics, and witnessed a surge in enrollment.

Link to full press release.

Link to video of the event.

Photos of the event by Walter Dudoit.

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