West Winds

September 2014

There’s nothing like the sound of students chattering and laughing as they fill the halls and courtyard between classes. I love the energy around campus when school is back in session. There’s a buzz around campus generated by our students and it endorses why we choose to work in higher education. If you suspected that there are more students on campus – you are right. I’m happy to report that enrollment is up. Keep up the good work, as our campus becomes the University of choice for students. Rouel Velasco, the Student Life Director, did a great job greeting the students with a week’s worth of activities during Welcome Week.

Another group who I would like to recognize and thank for their hard work maintaining the campus as a source of pride is our general laborers and janitors. Led by Facilities and Auxiliary Services Manager Kimo Yamaguchi and Facilities and Auxiliary Services Assistant Manager Carlton Ho, janitors Mark Nakayama (Supervisor), Jose Dayanan, Reynaldo Habon, and Doug Sakai, and general laborers Erline Vasconcellos (Supervisor), Justy Kalilimoku, Mike Rivers, Edmund Paaoao, Don Nakatani, Diana Tobin, Chris Cacatian, Alvin Archey, and Kevin Matsumoto deserve a special thank you. It may seem like a thankless job, but your hard work and attention to detail is noticed and appreciated. Mahalo Nui.

Strategic Plan

I encourage you to provide feedback on the UH West Oʻahu Strategic Plan, Na Kākou e Hoʻomālamalama (Together We Enlighten). Students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend an open forum to discuss the draft UH West Oʻahu Strategic Plan on Friday, Sept. 5 at 1 p.m. in C225.

Your input is important, and the Senior Administration wants to hear from you. How can we work collectively and collaboratively to set the direction of our University? If our campus is to grow to about 5,000 students by 2020, the final year of the proposed Plan, what should we do to strategically prepare for our growth? This is your chance to speak about UH West Oʻahu’s path.

Da Spot

Don’t forget to check out the new food vendor on campus, “Da Spot.” Everything they make, from their smoothies to the acai and dragon fruit bowls, is terrific. Da Spot is open Monday through Thursday, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A Fond Farewell to Linda Maeno

Congratulations again to Linda Maeno, who was honored at Convocation/Professional Development Day for her 30 years of service at the University of Hawaiʻi. As Vice Chancellor Donna Kiyosaki noted when sharing the bittersweet news that Linda would be leaving us for a great opportunity with the state Department of Education, Linda’s service to the University is invaluable and she will be missed dearly. We wish her luck.

With Linda Maeno.
With Linda Maeno.


UH West Oʻahu students Shena Bocalbos, Ryoko Lung, and Mamina Tahara, national champions in the 2013-2014 Association of Government Accountants’ Finance Case Challenge competition, were honored by the City Council during the Council’s meeting at our campus in August.

With Shena Bocalbos, Ryoko Lung, Mamina Tahara, and Professor Franklin Kudo.
With Shena Bocalbos, Ryoko Lung, Mamina Tahara, and Professor Franklin Kudo.