University of Hawaiʻi — West Oʻahu

May 2017

A Bright Mind. A metaphor for a mind eager to learn, be filled with knowledge, and to shine from within.

Advancing a community of skilled professionals and leaders is a vital mission of UH West Oʻahu (UHWO). To ensure that we meet this mission our faculty and staff continue to cultivate unique and differentiated learning opportunities through advancing an integrated and interdisciplinary curriculum of dynamic learning and teaching, discovery and innovation, and engagement with community partners. Indeed, we believe that “Learning, Discovering, and Engaging is the pathway to 21st Century leadership!” This is our value proposition! We know that if we live into these values, if we do it well, 30 years from now, our legacy will be one of great prosperity! Prosperity born from investing in people who do extraordinary things!

May 2017

This month we celebrate the service of Dr. Joyce Chinen who will be retiring after more than 40 years of service to the University of Hawaiʻi. As an expert in the field of Okinawan studies, she specialized in the study of the intersection of race, class and gender in various sites of work including employment, household work, carework, volunteer work, and consumption work. That expertise led her to embrace dual roles - along with serving as a professor here at UHWO, she was also the Director at UH Mānoa's Center for Okinawan Studies. She has served as the Social Sciences Division Chair and Faculty Senate Chair. She contributed to Breaking the Silence: Lessons of Democracy and Social Justice from the World War II Honouliuli Internment and POW Camp in Hawaiʻi, a collection of articles featuring research from nine University of Hawaiʻi – West Oʻahu faculty members and community partners. We wish Dr. Chinen all the best as she transitions to new life adventures!

Mothers and musicians at the 2017 Lullaby Project

We also celebrate the great work of our faculty and students! Recently, Dr. Jon Magnussen and students presented the Lullaby Project bonds families through song. We also highlight our ʻIke Mauli Ola nursing simulation lab offers students opportunity for hands-on learning. We also would like to recognize the work of our faculty and staff who work with our regional high schools through early college programs. They are award winning -- Early College students win Silver Award at 2017 Pele Awards. And, did we mention a medal winning marathon runner? Dr. Joseph Bariyanga places third in age division at 2017 Boston Marathon. Finally, we are proud of our own Dr. Garyn Tsuru named to Pacific Business News’ 40 Under 40.

A happy UHWO graduate with her family.

Happy Graduation to ALL our Graduates! We are all proud of each of you as we know you will be Pueo Strong! As a member of the UHWO ʻOhana we know that wherever you go, our core value of Poʻokela – Educational Excellence will guide your good work!

E mālama pono!

Chancellor Maenette K.P. Ah Nee – Benham, Ed.D.