I want to apologize again to our campus community for the malfunctioning of our air conditioning system this week.
To our students, who dealt admirably with the uncomfortable conditions, and showed your resilience through the heat; To our faculty, who were extremely flexible, understanding, and accommodating in changing lesson plans and finding new and inventive ways (and locations) to teach the students; To our staff, who were resourceful and responsive to the loss of cool air by thinking about the students before themselves, all while maintaining a positive attitude, I am sorry.
I thank you again for your patience during this time. We will look into the cause of the malfunction to avoid this situation again in the future.
UHWO Conceptual Land Use Plan
The Board of Regents visited our campus on September 26 for its monthly meeting. Our Administrative Team was fortunate to present a Conceptual Land Use Plan for the University of Hawaiʻi – West Oʻahu, which was approved by the Board of Regents. The development of the Conceptual Land Use Plan was influenced by the opportunity to create synergistic relationships with the campus and its academic programs to foster a student-centered learning environment, as well as address economic and environmental sustainability, all key points in UH West Oʻahu’s proposed Strategic Plan.
Projecting the needs of our campus in anticipation of an enrollment of 20,000 students in 20 to 30 years, the Conceptual Land Use Plan calls for approximately 300 acres for the campus (the existing campus is currently 76 acres). This includes an expansion of academic and administration buildings as well as housing for students. The proposal includes a mixed-use campus-oriented community to support UHWO’s vision for a student-centered learning environment with amenities for students. This fits in with the proposed UHWO Strategic Plan, which speaks of a kauhale, or place of community, which would include “bookstores, boutiques, copy centers, coffee shops, specialty food item and sundries stores side-by-side with local produce stands and local craft shops where students, faculty, staff, and the community gather, mingle, and enjoy the vibrant exciting energy as they partake of cultural activities, art, music, aesthetics, festivals, athletics, and sporting events within and around the complex.” The expansion would also allow for as much as 60 acres of athletic facilities to serve the recreation needs of UHWO’s students as well as for any future competitive athletic programs.
The Conceptual Land Use Plan also addresses UH West Oʻahu’s 991-acre parcel referred to as the Mauka Lands, which is located mauka of the H-1 Freeway. A majority of the lands, the Conceptual Use Land Plan proposes, can be leased for a number of uses including a photovoltaic (PV) farm to serve all UH campuses, open space/drainage, agriculture, and university/university-related uses.
Following the Board’s approval, the Administration will start to work on updating the Long Range Development Plan, with the Conceptual Land Use Plan as a guide.
Chancellor Freitas presenting to the Board of Regents.
Vice Chancellor Donna Kiyosaki speaking to the Board of Regents and UH Administrators about the campus lands.
Students Presenting at BOR Meeting
Thank you to Gino Paulino and Julie Ioane, an alum and current student, respectively, who spoke at the Board meeting. They spoke about their experience at UH West Oʻahu, and how their respective programs, the Noʻeau Center for Gino and Maʻo Farms for Julie, have made an impact on their lives. They made UH West Oʻahu proud.
Noʻeau Center Director Lokelani Kenolio; Gino Paulino; Julie Ioane; Kamuela Enos of Maʻo Farms; Vice Chancellor Lui Hokoana; Chancellor Freitas.
You may have noticed the purple ribbons around campus. They help to promote October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. To address this topic, UH West Oʻahu is holding an event called “What’s Love?” on Wednesday, October 15, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event calls on the campus community of students, faculty, and staff to foster healthy relationships, safe spaces on campus, and inclusion of all people.
I encourage UH West Oʻahu faculty and staff to participate in training workshops on the aforementioned topics, hosted by the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence, throughout the month of October; and request that faculty, instructors, and lecturers spend 5 to 10 minutes at the start of class talking about domestic violence, healthy relationships, and creating safe spaces and being inclusive/welcoming.
I was asked by UH Mānoa football coach, Norm Chow, to serve as the honorary captain for the Rainbow Warriors for their game against Oregon State, my alma mater, on September 6. I’m not saying who I was cheering for.
Prior to the game, Aloha Stadium observed a moment of silence for my OSU teammate and dear friend, Skippa Diaz.
Chancellor Freitas at the coin toss prior to the UH Football game against Oregon State.