This is the time of year to give thanks for our many blessings, and I especially want to thank our administrative team, faculty, staff and students for being “custodians” of our campus academically and otherwise. Your dedicated efforts on behalf of UH West Oʻahu helps to maintain the quality of our programs and campus environment.
A little-known gem here at UH West Oʻahu is the Honouliuli Internment Camp, a World War II site adjacent to our campus that was one of five internment camps in Hawaiʻi.
It was great to be with faculty and staff members at UH West Oʻahu at a Thanksgiving Day lunch on November 22. Special thanks to Cindy Vinluan, Wendy Tatsuno, John Murakami and Lynn Reyes, who went above and beyond in the planning and preparation of this event, and the always-outstanding Hawaiian Grown Kitchen, which prepared the meal.
UH West Oʻahu welcomed State House Finance Committee members in late November. They toured the Giugni Archives, library, and computer labs. We hope that they went away impressed with the hard work of our students, faculty and staff.
Lieutenant Governor Shan Tsutsui stopped by for a visit and to discuss the potential of utilizing campus lands for a sports training facility for a Division II athletics program at UH West Oʻahu. I recently updated my vision for the future to the Board of Regents’ Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics for a Division II athletics program and will keep you posted on the progress.