July 2014

“Ku ka puʻali” (1894): His forces are ready (He is ready to get to work).
~ ʻŌlelo Noʻeau

I hope that you are enjoying your summer. The Fall 2014 semester begins on Monday, August 25, so as the campus gears up for the start of another great year, I’d like to provide the UH West Oʻahu community with some updates.

The good news from the 2014 Legislative Session was the appropriation of $4.1 million in operating funds and $31 million in Capital Improvement Projects ($29.3 million for the construction of an Administration and Allied Health Facility, and $2 million for the design of a Science, Technology, and Creative Media building).

The Governor has requested that all state departments impose a 10 percent restriction in spending, so please keep in mind that although it was a very successful Session for our campus, we must remain financially prudent.

Other campus updates include:


The PV array project for UH West Oʻahu was awarded to Betsill Brothers, a Maui-based company for approximately $1.5 million. The construction of the PV project is being handled by the University’s Office of Capital Improvements. The project, which includes the installation of the PV system, infrastructure connections to the various campus facilities, grading, fencing, and other ancillary work, is estimated to be completed in a little over a year.

Food Vendor

Hawaiian Grown Kitchen, who has been UH West Oʻahu’s food vendor since our campus opened, has decided not to continue food service operations for Fall 2014. Kimo Yamaguchi, manager for campus services, and John Murakami, director of food services, are actively seeking a food vendor for the Fall 2014 semester. They have contacted various companies and will be making a final determination within the next couple of weeks. Beyond the upcoming fall semester, UH West Oʻahu will be procuring a longer-term contract with a food vendor via an open bid process.

I’d like to say a special mahalo to Vice Chancellor for Administration, Donna Kiyosaki, for providing the updates for the July West Winds.