Students Awarded Prestigious 2014 Chancellor’s Scholarship by UH Hilo

Twelve students from public and private high schools in Hawaiʻi have been awarded the prestigious 2014 Chancellor’s Scholarship by the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo.

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The award, valued in excess of $26,500, covers four years of tuition for students graduating from a Hawaiʻi high school who earned either a GPA of at least 3.5, a combined 1800 SAT (reading, writing, math) or a composite score of 27 on the ACT while demonstrating leadership and/or community service.

All Chancellor’s Scholars are required to enroll as full-time students and earn a minimum of 24 credits each academic year. They must also maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and participate in leadership activities and/or community services with other Chancellor Scholars.

The 2014 Chancellor’s Scholarship recipients and their respective high schools include:

  • Adam Onishi, Waiakea High School
  • Casey Chow, Hawaii Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Chrisovolandou Gronowski, Pahoa High School
  • Dustin Tacdol, Kamehameha High School-Maui
  • Jhoanne Domingo, Farrington High School
  • Melialani Agcaoili, Pahoa High School
  • Melissa Mizuguchi, Waiakea High School
  • Micah Carter, Kamehameha High School-Hawaiʻi
  • Noelle Lovesy, Kauai High School
  • Tori Nakagawa, Roosevelt High School
  • Vernon Warnock, Hilo High School
  • Zayin Minia, Waimea High School

2nd Annual Jimmy Yagi Summer Hoops Camp Information

The Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation invite Hawai‘i’s keiki basketball players to the 2nd Annual Jimmy Yagi Summer Hoops Camp that will be held July 21-24 in Hilo.

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Open to boys and girls 9 to 17 years old, the Jimmy Yagi Summer Hoops Camp is named in honor of the legendary former University of Hawai‘i at Hilo basketball coach who helped guide the Vulcans-Hawai‘i Basketball School for 37 years. It will be held at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium and the Pana‘ewa Covered Play Courts.

Teenage campers will receive personalized instruction from a team of coaches as they practice agility, ball-handling and other drills from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily. Then, the youth players will showcase their skills by competing in full-court games from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Campers age 9 to 12 years old will receive similar instruction from 9 a.m. until noon. Kids in this younger age group will play four-on-four games between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Early registration is $60 per child. The cost will rise to $70 for players registering after Monday,

July 14. All participants will receive a camp shirt and group photo.

Bill O’Rear, a former Vulcan star and UHH Hall of Fame inductee who coached at the Vulcans school for more than 30 years, is returning as lead clinician. Daphne Honma, Division II coach of the year following her first season at the helm of the Honoka‘a girls basketball program, also will assist.

UHH women’s head basketball coach David Kaneshiro and his staff has graciously agreed to share their basketball expertise during the four-day skill-development camp.

Registration forms are available during normal business hours at the Department’s Recreation Division Office located within Aunty Sally Kaleohano’s Lu‘au Hale at 799 Pi‘ilani Street in Hilo and online at: http://www.hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation. Checks should be made payable to the Director of Finance and include the note “Jimmy Yagi Summer Hoops Camp.”

Additional coaches are also welcomed. Those interested in volunteering are asked to contact Darrell Yamamoto, Recreation Specialist, at 938-2012, or dsyamamoto@co.hawaii.hi.us.

UH Hilo Students Awarded Hollings Scholarship

Two students from the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo majoring in Marine Science have been named to the Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program’s Class of 2014 by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Education.

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Katherine “Kate” Carroll and Emily Wallingford will both be juniors this fall. Carroll has concentrated her studies on marine debris and micro plastics, while Wallingford’s independent Marine Option Program (MOP) project has focused on shark ecology.

The Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program provides awards that include academic assistance (up to $8,000 per year) for two years beginning in September and running through May 2016, with a full-time summer internship position in 2015 ($650 per week) at a NOAA facility, subject to academic performance.

Carroll hopes to attend graduate school to earn a masters degree and possibly a Ph.D. She also plans to conduct research and is considering careers in teaching at a university or working in a conservation-related field.

“This is one of the best opportunities to happen to me,” Carroll said. “I plan to use this scholarship to gain research experience.”

Wallingford plans to use the scholarship to gain field experience with NOAA, career networking, and to narrow the area of marine science she’ll study in graduate school.

“Receiving this scholarship is very exciting,” Wallingford said. “I’m especially looking forward to the 10-week internship with NOAA, which will help me become a more experienced and knowledgeable marine scientist.”

Both students will attend a mandatory, one-week Orientation Program this month at NOAA Headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland where they will meet the agency’s administrator, senior program managers, and scientists from NOAA’s organizations.

For more information about the Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship Program, visit http://www.oesd.noaa.gov/scholarships/hollings.html#page=program.

UH Hilo Announces Teaching Awards

Members of the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo faculty, including two from nursing, were presented special teaching awards at this year’s spring commencement held on May 17.

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“Teaching is one of the most significant components of any university,” said Chancellor Don Straney. “The awards presented to these faculty members are a recognition of outstanding accomplishments in teaching.”

Señora Monica Minnitt, instructor in Spanish, received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Minnitt’s nominators described her as “an extraordinary, exceptional, talented and gifted educator,” who manages to challenge her students academically and creates a creative and nurturing environment.

The Board of Regents Excellence in Teaching Award was presented to Alice Davis, associate professor of nursing. Her nominators describe Davis as someone who cares “professionally and personally” for her students, who is filled with passion for the field of nursing and always makes herself available for private tutoring.

Receiving the Frances Davis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching was Lisa Tostenson, assistant professor of nursing. Described by her nominators as possessing a “passion for nursing,” Tostenson’s teaching incorporates humor and real-life situations to skillfully guide her students toward critical thinking assessments relative to the evidence-based nursing process.

Jacquelyn Pualani Johnson, professor of drama, received the 2014 Chancellor’s Certificate of Recognition. This award recognizes faculty and staff whose accomplishments and contributions exemplify the vision of UH Hilo to prepare students to thrive, compete, innovate and lead in their personal and professional lives.

“Jackie is a leading exemplar of what our faculty and staff do best,” Straney said. “She is a person of remarkable achievement—both on our campus and in the local community—with her teaching, research, and community outreach. Most importantly to the mission of UH Hilo, Jackie is an exceptional teacher, creating scholars and performers of her students, who go on to have successful careers of great impact on our communities, our island, and our State.”

UH Hilo Announces Ka Lama Ku Awardees

Several University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo students and a pair of student organizations have been awarded 2014 Ka Lama Ku Certificates of Leadership for their contributions to the University and the community.

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The presentations were made during the recent UH Hilo Campus Leadership Program with the Ka Lama Ku Certificate of Leadership awarded to students in the following leadership categories:

Alaka`i Certificate of Leadership:

• Kamalani Johnson

Kuleana Certificate of Leadership – Being Responsible and Accountable:

• Kealaka`i Matsumoto
• Keani K Santa-Isabel
• Marcy Martinez

Mālama Certificate of Leadership – Taking Care of Others:

• Tracy Ng
• Mary Ann Kalei Baricuatro

Laulima Certificate of Leadership – No Task is Too Big When Done by All:

• Kapuaonaona Roback

Certificate of Appreciation:

• Koa Rodrigues

Two student organizations were also recognized for their leadership contributions with a Ka Lama Ku Certificate of Leadership.

Mālama Certificate of Leadership:

• Hawaiʻi Island Pre-Vet Club. Students presented with the Mālama Certificate of Leadership were Alexandra Doi, Carrie Nakagawa, Diana Kitiona, Gema Cobian, Kealaka`i Matsumoto, Kerstyn Au, Krystal Yamamoto, Meilani Jose, Santana Soria and Suluama Faaiuaso.

Laulima Certificate of Leadership:

• The Minority Access & Achievement Program Peer Assistant Linkages and Support (MAAP – PALS) Program with Peer Assistant Students. Students members receiving the Laulima Certificate of Leadership were Amy Horn, Ashley Kennedy, Austin Awana, Katrease Torres, Kellie Miyazu, Lashauna Wilson, Lindsey Muranaka, Mariah Potts, Mark Bigler, Rose Ann Navalta, Saengthong Douangdara, Sarah Amber Wakana, Shaylyn Fujii, Sheryl Visitacion, Zachary Tman and Zion Apau.

The Ka Lama Ku Certificate of Leadership is sponsored by the Campus Center Student Leadership Development Program and the Campus Center Fee Board.

Parker Ranch and UH Hilo Presents “Happy”

Parker Ranch, in collaboration with the University of Hawaii at Hilo, produced a remake of the music video “Happy” by Pharrell Williams to showcase the uniqueness of Hilo and as a tribute to the university’s Spring 2014 graduating class.

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Neil “Dutch” Kuyper, President and CEO of Parker Ranch, was the keynote speaker at the Spring 2014 commencement. The overarching theme of his speech—happiness—is a reminder for all to live a life rooted in happiness because life is too precious to live otherwise.

A special mahalo to the wonderful people of Hilo for dancing with incredible enthusiasm and to the video crew—Brett Wagner of Wagnervision (Director), George Russell (Cameraman), Ashley Kierkiewicz of Hastings & Pleadwell (Executive Producer) and Shawn Pila of ENA Media Hawaii (Assistant Producer) for making production awesome.

The song used in this music video is “Happy” by Pharrell Williams—Courtesy of Universal Pictures & Columbia Records.

UH Hilo Students Want Answers on UHHSA Senate Meeting

Aloha UH Hilo ​A​dministrators,

​We have ​attended​ and/or watched the Youtube video on​  the so called ‘UHHSA Senate meeting’ in Campus Center ​last Friday May 9th ​where Campus Center Director Ellen Kusano announced the unofficial election results.

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We have many questions we would like to address to UH Hilo:

1) Ellen Kusano sent out an email saying:

Please come to an UHHSA Senate meeting tonight, in Campus Center, 2nd floor lobby at 5:30pm.

1a) how could there be an “UHHSA Senate Meeting” when the new UHHSA was supposed to take office on May 1, 2014?

1b) was this an official UHHSA Senate meeting?

2) We were told by Dr. Oaks in an email  (see #2 below) that: Only myself, Mr. Walker, and possibly Interim VC Makuakane-Lundin will have access to the votes. The access we have in VCSA does not allow us to change anything only to view. I will be responsible for communicating the results.

2a) Why were the ​ ‘new election’​ unofficial election results communicated by Campus Center Director Ellen Kusano?

2b) Wasn’t the director of student affairs responsible for the UHHSA ‘new election’ process?

2​c​) We communicated to UH Hilo our concerns of having Ellen Kusano, after the numerous complaints of her mishandling of the first 2014 UHHSA election, involved in the ‘new election.’ Why was she involved in the process?

​2d) Why wasn’t Kelly Oaks or Gail Makuakane-Lundin present when the ‘new election’ unofficial election results were read​?

3) on the UH Hilo website “www.hilo.hawaii.edu/vote as of 7:17pm Friday, May 10th that ‘results will be announced by the Dean of Students’

3a) again, why were the results announced by Campus Center Ellen Kusan​o?​

4) UH Hilo students have yet to receive any information about the 1st UHHSA election​ vote counting process​. Many of us have sent in complaints and questions as to the handling of the 1st election by Ellen Kusano and the UHHSA Election Committee. There has been no response other than the election was ‘nullified.’ Mrs. Kusano said prior to releasing the results said that:

​There were 417 ballots cast in the first election, ​141 invalid ballots (1:45 on youtube video)

She also referenced “We don’t have the number of Senator at Large votes but it was more that it was in the first election.” (video 5:05) ​

Will there be an investigation into the botched election handling? ​

UH Hilo students have yet to receive any information about the 1st UHHSA election. Many of us have sent in complaints and questions as to the handling of the 1st election by Ellen Kusano and the UHHSA Election Committee. There has been no response other than the election was ‘nullified.’

4b​)​Since it is evident that Ellen Kusano and likely that other former election officials have handled the original ballots, we demand that the original ballot results be released to the public; and our previous list of questions regarding the handling of the original ballots be answered.​

5) Ellen Kusano referenced that she will be suggesting that an interim senate come together while the election complaint hearings are being conducted over the next 2 weeks.

5a) Will Mrs. Kusano be acting as faculty adviser once again for UHHSA?​

​6​) We would like to request all available information as to how the 2nd electronic UHHSA election was conducted.

​6a) ​What program was used?

​6b) Is there a paper trail?

​6c) ​What security measures were utilized?

​6d) How can we be assured no questionable activity on behalf of UH Hilo administrators was taking place similar to the first UHHSA election?

We feel like we have been discriminated against and treated unfairly by Ellen Kusano, the UHHSA Election Committee, and UH Hilo. ​We, again, request an investigation into the handling of the first botched election process and for the results of that election. We respectfully request that Campus Center Ellen Kusano not be involved in the organization or structure of UHHSA due to her mishandling of the last election.

Mahalo for addressing our concerns,

These students have filed an ethics complaint against the UH Hilo Election Committee.

These students have filed an ethics complaint against the UH Hilo Election Committee.

Glenn Aanstoos          Ryu Kakazu
Josh Boranian             Chantelle Mashreghy
Jarod Campbell           Ardena Saarinen

 

UH Hilo Implementing Interim Policy on Speech and Assembly After Students File Lawsuit

The University of Hawai’i at Hilo is implementing an interim policy on speech and assembly while the university explores permanent changes to the policy.

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“UH Hilo is committed to the free and open exchange of ideas. The interim policy will ensure our students have that right while we continue our review of campus policies,” said UH Hilo Chancellor Don Straney.

The review of policies follows a lawsuit filed in federal court by two students, against the University of Hawai’i and four individuals. The students allege various federal claims, mostly relating to First Amendment issues.

Since the filing of the lawsuit, the university and the students, through their respective attorneys, have engaged in productive discussions to resolve the lawsuit, including exploring possible permanent changes to university policy and practices regarding speech and assembly on campus. The university hopes to resolve the lawsuit with the students.

UH Hilo affirms the rights of its students to engage in free speech and other expressive activity guaranteed by the First Amendment. In this spirit, UH Hilo has adopted the interim policy, effective May 15, 2014:

1) UH-Hilo will implement Section 20-13-6 of the Administrative Rules for the University of Hawai‘i and Sections 10 and 11 of the Facilities Use Practice and Procedures, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo (July 1995) in a manner to permit student speech and assembly without first having to apply for or obtain permission from the University in all areas generally available to students and the community, defined as open areas, sidewalks, streets, or other similar common areas.

2) UH-Hilo will implement the solicitation policy as set forth in Section 20-13-7 of the Administrative Rules for the University of Hawai‘i and in Section 13 of the Facilities Use Practice and Procedures, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo (July 1995) in a manner to permit students to approach others on campus and to distribute non-commercial literature at UH-Hilo in all areas generally available to students and the community.

3) Notwithstanding the above, persons speaking, assembling, and/or distributing material shall not impede the progress of passersby.

4) Notwithstanding the above, no event, speech, demonstration, or other expressive activity on campus shall interfere with or disrupt the educational process or other scheduled activities of the campus or its facilities. This includes the use of any means of amplification that creates a noise or diversion that substantially disrupts the orderly conduct of the campus or classes taking place at that time.

UH Hilo and County of Hawaiʻi Offer Sustainable Farming Forum

The College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management (CAFNRM) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo and the County of Hawaiʻi will host a free public forum on “Building Momentum Toward a Resilient and Sustainable Local Farming Culture” on Thursday, May 22, 9-4:30 p.m., in UH Hilo’s UCB Room 100. The forum aims to share collective knowledge and brainstorm ideas about the future of Hawaiʻi Island agriculture, beginning with how to improve soil health.

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Dr. Hector Valenzuela of the UH Manoa College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) and Dr. Norman Arancon of CAFNRM will be the lead presenters with discussion facilitation by Interim CAFNRM Dean Bruce Mathews and County Councilwoman Margaret Wille, chair of the County Council’s Committee on Agriculture, Water, Energy, and Sustainability.

Morning presentations and panel discussions focus on eco-friendly agro-ecological models, integrated crop-livestock systems and feed options, improving soil health, and increasing economical options for high quality compost. The afternoon sessions includes a discussion on red fire ant control strategies and facilitated breakout sessions to follow up on the morning topics.

For further information, call CAFNRM at 932-7036.

Individuals Honored at UH Hilo Awards and Recognition Celebration

A faculty, staff , student and volunteer were recently recognized with special honors during the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo 2014 Awards and Recognition Celebration.

UH Hilo MonikerThe Distinguished Service Award for Improving Student was presented to Dr. Tom DeWitt, director of the Office of Applied Learning Experiences (ALEX).

Emily Tarring, a counselor in the Office of Financial Aid, received the Pulama `Ike Award, which recognizes a significant contribution to developing and promoting the spirit and mission of the University.

The Excellence in Service Award, given to a faculty or professional staff for service-related professional skills to UH Hilo and the community went to Gary Nekoba, an IT specialist in the Office of Technology and Distance Leaning.

The Excellence in Building and Ground Maintenance Award, which recognizes significant contributions to UH Hilo by a building or ground maintenance employee, was awarded to Building Maintenance Supervisor Neal Nagao.

Receiving the Chancellor’s Special Campus Recognition Award was Danny Kosora, a community volunteer contributing his skills in landscaping toward improving the campus grounds.

Keani Santa-Isabel from the Office of the Registrar was honored as Student Employee of the Year.

The event also recognized retirees and employees receiving various years of
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UH Hilo Students Receive 2014 Droste Awards for Writing

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo English Department presented six students with the Spring 2014 Howard and Yoneko Droste Awards for outstanding writing.

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They include:

  • Freshman Cassidy Dixon’s paper, “A Change Beneath the Waves,” won the $250 award for Outstanding Freshman Composition Paper
  • Senior Timothy Parent was awarded Outstanding 200-Level English Paper for “Character Conflict with Society at Large”
  • Junior Michael Lovell’s short story, “The Robed Shisa,” won the $250 award for Outstanding Work in Fiction
  • Senior Katlin Chesney’s short story, “Haole,” received the $250 Honorable Mention in Fiction in Memory of English senior Matthew Therrien, who passed away in Spring 2014
  • Senior Daniel Paul won the $250 award for Outstanding Work in Poetry
  • Senior Asia Howe received the $500 award for Outstanding Upper-Division English Paper for her research paper, “The Oedipus Complex and Écriture Féminine As Seen in Mau”

In addition, two English majors, Britni Schock and Ashley Spencer, received $250 book vouchers to the UH Hilo Bookstore.

The awards are made possible by a bequest by the estate of the late Howard and Yoneko Droste, longtime faculty members who taught a combined total of 45 years at UH Hilo.

Hawaii Public School Students Continue to Increase Readiness for College and Careers

A greater number of Hawaii public school students are getting a head start on higher education by earning college credits while in high school and taking advanced placement courses, according to a new College and Career Readiness Indicators report.

DOE ReleaseThe report, released today by Hawaii P-20 Partnerships for Education and the Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE), indicates improvements by public school students at every step of the college-readiness pipeline.Among the highlights:

  • The percentage of students enrolled in dual credit courses (earning college credit while in high school) increased by 7.7 points to 723 students from 671 students. Waipahu High School showed the biggest gain with 65 students participating in dual credit, up from 23 students a year ago.
  • Advanced Placement exam participation increased to 27 percent from 24 percent.
  • The percentage of students who enrolled in a University of Hawaii campus in college-level math rose to 26.7 percent from 24 percent, while the percentage of students requiring remedial math classes dropped to 32 percent from 36 percent.
  • The college enrollment rate remained steady at 54 percent. Enrollment in four-year post-secondary institutions increased by two percentage points over two-year institutions. The report now also accounts for college enrollment numbers at Hawaii Pacific University, in addition to the University of Hawaii.
  • The top five college enrollment rates by high schools were Kalani (78 percent), Mililani (71 percent), Roosevelt (70 percent), Moanalua (68 percent) and Kalaheo (65 percent).
  • Of the high school graduates who enrolled in postsecondary education in the first fall semester following graduation, 70 percent attended one of the University of Hawaii’s 10 campuses.
  • Hawaii’s class of 2013 graduates are attending college in every state in the nation and the District of Columbia, with the exception of South Dakota and Vermont.

Despite progress in many areas, the data reveals many students are graduating from high school without college- and career-ready skills. One-third of DOE graduates who enroll at the University of Hawaii take remedial courses in math or English. Outcomes are even worse for those who took less than Algebra 2 in high school.

“This report provides more evidence that there is much work to be done to help students transition to college-level studies,” said DOE Deputy Superintendent Ronn Nozoe. “At the center of our Strategic Plan is the focus on improving teaching and learning in every classroom. The report shows we are making progress and our educators, students and communities deserve to be commended for those successes.”

“The information provided by the annual College and Career Readiness Indicators reports is essential to gauge the readiness of Hawaii’s students as they transition from high school to post-secondary education,” said Karen Lee, executive director of Hawaii P-20 Partnerships for Education. “Using this data, educators and school administrators can identify strategies that are most effective in preparing students for college and the workforce.”

“To achieve Hawaii’s education goal of 55 percent of working age adults having a 2- or 4-year college degree by 2025, students must be prepared early, and this data helps us understand what it takes to prepare students and help them to succeed,” Lee added. “We are very pleased to see increases in college preparation over the past four years.”

The College and Career Readiness Indicators (CCRI) reports are an annual collaboration between the Hawaii State Department of Education and the University of Hawaii, coordinated by Hawai‘i P-20 Partnerships for Education, to present information on how well Hawaii public school graduates are prepared for college. Hawaii’s CCRI reports are continuously recognized by national organizations, including the Education Sector, the Data Quality Campaign, Achieve, and the National Governors Association, as a leading example of both collaboration between K-12 and higher education and for providing useful information on college readiness. The full reports can be found at:

http://www.p20hawaii.org/resources/college-and-career-readiness-indicators-reports/2013-ccri-data/

Open Letter to UH Hilo Regarding the UH Hilo Student Government Election and Election Process

Aloha Dr. Oaks and UH Hilo,

This is an open letter to UH Hilo regarding the UH Hilo student government election and election process. We have not had a clear response from UH Hilo as to why the past election results were ‘nullified.’ We contest that decision and call for the past election results to be made public. We will sign the necessary paperwork to participate in the upcoming ‘new election,’ but we do this in protest.

​We are ​​ greatly concerned as to the way this ‘new election’ is already being handled by UH Hilo staff. Please see the individual complaint made by previously disqualified student candidate Ardena Saarinen below.

We have requested that the ‘new election’ will be fair and transparent. Dr. Oaks responded to our requests as to the handling of the ‘new election’ by saying,

Our campus IT person, Mr. Sunny Walker, has set up a secure system with firewalls and also included measures to protect against hacking and fraud. Only myself, Mr. Walker, and possibly Interim VC Makuakane-Lundin will have access to the votes.

We formally request that information technology specialist, Mike Purvis, be allowed to confirm the accuracy and security of the new voting process. From the handling of the last UH Hilo student government election we do not have confidence that UH Hilo will run a fair, secure, and transparent ‘new election.’

We emailed you a list of questions on April 30, 2014 (attached) regarding questions we have about the last election, and the overall election process . Please answer those questions. We are paying students at UH Hilo, and we have a right to know why we were disenfranchised.

Respectfully submitted,

Disqualified UH Hilo Student Candidates:

Glenn Aanstoos          Ryu Kakazu
Josh Boranian             Chantelle Mashreghy
Jarod Campbell           Ardena Saarinen

These students have filed an ethics complaint against the UH Hilo Election Committee.

These students have filed an ethics complaint against the UH Hilo Election Committee.

Complaint from formally disqualified UH Hilo student candidate on ‘new election’ process:

On Sat, May 3, 2014 at 4:56 PM, Ardena Saarinen <ardena@hawaii.edu> wrote:

Aloha Dr. Oaks, Ms. Makuakane-Lundin, and fellow candidates,

Again I am writing out of great concern for the way this ‘new’ election is already being handled by UHH staff. My previous email to you pointed out that there was supposed to be an email sent out on behalf of UHHSA on Friday 5/2/14 with the attached fair campaign election code to be signed and returned. I did not hear back from you regarding my concern and the promised email was never sent. In fact, no candidates received an email with this promised information.

Seeing as that my confidence in, UHH, UHHSA and Ellen Kusano has already been greatly diminished, I replied to that ‘candidates meeting’ email and requested that UHHSA send me the documents ASAP so that I could sign and return them.

Ms. Kusano then sent me (and only me) all of those documents. I read them, signed the code of conduct as required, and then scanned it and emailed it back yesterday evening 5/2/14. I was then told via email by Ms. Kusano that I still needed to bring in the original copy to her office by Noon on Monday 5/5/14, or if I could not to have someone else do it.

I feel that this is completely inappropriate in today’s technological world, does campus center not utilize their own computers and printers? This is not a legal document for which an original signature would even matter. I wonder why I must spend even more time on this disaster of an election to meet the demands of

Ms. Kusano. There is nothing ANYWHERE that states I must bring in the ORIGINAL document. This, I believe is another tactic to potentially disqualify either myself or even some of the other candidates. And I absolutely feel that there in nothing FAIR or ETHICAL about the unequal treatment we (candidates) are being subjected to especially during the last week of classes and when we are ALL working on final projects and papers.

Mahalo,

Ardena Saarinen,

Student Intern – Land and Property Management, Office of Hawaiian Affairs

 

UH Hilo Faculty Honored by Hawaiʻi Book Publishers Association

Three faculty members from the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo were honored at the 2014 Ka Palapala Poʻokela Awards held recently at the East-West Center in Honolulu and presented by the Hawaiʻi Book Publishers Association (HBPA). The competition included 48 entries from 37 separate book projects representing a spectrum of local publishers who were nominated in 10 categories.

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Hawaiʻi: A Novel, by Mark Panek, professor of English, won the Award of Excellence for Excellence in Literature. Kerri Inglis, chair and associate professor in History, earned honorable mention for Excellence in Hawaiian Language, Culture, and History for her book Mai Lepera. Alohalani Housman, associate professor, Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language, won honorable mention for Excellence in Illustrative or Photographic Books for Ke Ao Nani: He Puke Huaʻōlelo 1000.

The event marked the 21st year for the awards, which recognize the finest books published in Hawaiʻi during the previous year and honor the individuals and companies involved in their creation.

Nine Hawaiʻi Island Students Awarded Dorrance Scholarships

Nine Hawaiʻi Island students who will begin their studies at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo in fall 2014 have been awarded Dorrance Scholarships.
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The Dorrance Scholarship is an innovative, four-year award designed to benefit local students who are the first in their family to attend college. Each year, the program awards up to 10 students need-based scholarships of $8,000 per year to attend UH Hilo. The 2014 recipients include:

• Kapuanani Arsiga, Christian Liberty Academy
• Kawena Case, Kealakehe High School
• Tifaine Crivello, Hilo High School
• Kamrie Koi, Ka`u High School
• Melissa Mizuguchi, Waiakea High School
• Kodie Solis-Kalani, Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi
• Kalena Spinola, Kealakehe High School
• Tara West, Hilo High School
• Turfa Zaman, Kealakehe High School

This year’s awardees are the third cohort to receive the prestigious scholarship. Prior to the start of fall classes, the students will take part in a custom-designed summer bridge program to help them transition from high school. They will also participate in international travel and employment preparation in subsequent summers, bringing the total estimated value of each award for the entire four-year period to more than $60,000.

“The Dorrance family has become a valuable partner in UH Hilo’s effort to help more students shatter that proverbial ‘glass ceiling’ by becoming the first member of their family to obtain a college education,” said Chancellor Donald Straney. “Their gift to the past, present and future cohorts will have a profound impact on the lives of those students.”

UH Hilo’s program is an extension of the highly successful Dorrance Scholarship Programs that have operated in Arizona for the past 14 years. The program is credited with opening the doors of higher education while boosting graduation rates for more than 600 first-generation college students.

For more information about the Dorrance Scholarship Programs, contact Maria Martin at (808) 557- 6268 or email mmartin@azfoundation.org.

​Disenfranchised UH Hilo Students Respond ​to Nullifying Elections

Aloha UH Hilo,

We have just received notice from the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs office and the UH Hilo Student Association (UHHSA) Election Committee that the recent UH Hilo student election was nullified. We have also learned that a new electronic election has been implemented for May 6 and 7th.

It is unfortunate that it has to come to this. Many students put in a lot of work legitimately campaigning and running for office only to have the election nullified by an elections committee acting unethically being advised to discriminate by Campus Center Director Ellen Kusano. The, at least, 7 disqualified student candidates have had their name dragged in the mud by the elections committee, and have yet to receive a response to their alleged offense. This is unacceptable behavior at UH Hilo and any institution of higher learning and we would like to file an ethics complaint against UHHSA adviser Ellen Kusano. We would also like our ‘Open questions for UH Hilo’ answered (see www.uhhilowithaloha.com).

We ask the office of Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs to assist in making the new election fair and transparent. From our previous complaints (see website) we maintain that we have no confidence in the UHHSA election committee or in UHHSA faculty adviser Ellen Kusano who appear to be, once again, governing the UH Hilo student election.

We make the following requests to the UH Hilo office of Student Affairs and UH Hilo as a whole:

  1. we call for the new electronic election process to be 100% transparent and untamperable,
  2. we call for the current UHHSA election committee to not be involved with the new election process,
  3. we call for the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs office to take over the duty of the election with ample oversight,
  4. we request that Campus Center Director Ellen Kusano not be involved with the election process,
  5. we call for a date to be set for when the new UHHSA is to take office,
  6. we call for equal access of all elected UHHSA members to the UHHSA office once in office,
  7. we call for autonomy from campus center once in office,
  8. we call for the opportunity to select a new adviser upon taking office,
  9. we call for the option to move the UHHSA office away from Campus Center,
  10. we call for an UHHSA executive senator to be established upon taking office,
  11. we call for fair and equal access for all UHHSA members to the rights and privileges of UHHSA,
  12. we call for a summer schedule to be established upon taking office (who’s present for the summer, who’s not),
  13. we call for the new UHHSA to establish quorum,
  14. we call for a fair and transparent process regarding campus room reservations,
  15. we call for authority, oversight and handling of the UHHSA budget to be governed solely by UHHSA,
  16. we call for a fair and reasonable timetables and deadlines to submit UHHSA related paperwork,
  17. we call for the opportunity to hire a professional student government adviser,
  18. we call for the opportunity to hire a professional financial clerk,
  19. we call for a definitive date an UHHSA member can expect to have his/her stipend checks for the summer, fall, and spring semester,
  20. we call for a non-hostile institutional environment for the new incoming UHHSA,
  21. we call for more administrative oversight of campus center,
  22. we call for more administrative attention to complaints made by UHHSA

Respectfully submitted,

Disqualified UH Hilo Student Candidates:

These students have filed an ethics complaint against the UH Hilo Election Committee.

These students have filed an ethics complaint against the UH Hilo Election Committee.

Glenn Aanstoos          Ryu Kakazu
Josh Boranian             Chantelle Mashreghy
Jarod Campbell           Ardena Saarinen

 

Disqualified UH Hilo Student Candidates Asking Questions Regarding Unfair Election Process

On April 24, 2014 at least 7 of the 17 student candidates for UH Hilo student government were ‘disqualified’ by the UH Hilo Student Association Election Committee consisting of Yuri Zhuraw and Joyce Pulega Auau under the advice of Campus Center Director Ellen Kusano.

These students have filed an ethics complaint against the UH Hilo Election Committee.

These students have filed an ethics complaint against the UH Hilo Election Committee.

We feel that we have been treated unfairly. We ran a campaign on a platform of reform and transparency at UH Hilo. We believe we are being falsely accused and unfairly treated as a result. Because Ellen Kusano and the Election Committee have been unwilling to answer questions previously from student candidates we will again ask these questions to UH Hilo, students, and to the public:

1)  UNFAIR PROCESS

You claim 5 of us were disqualified for violating the following the election code:

‘SECTION 3. LIMITATIONS.

Candidates and/or their supporters shall neither actively campaign nor allow campaign posters to be displayed within 200 feet of the polling area during the election on April 22 – April 23, 2014 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

1a) Why don’t you give specifics as to how we violated the election code?
1b)  Why were no students running for office warned that they might be in possible violation of the election code?

2)  VOTE COUNTING/ BALLOT BOX HANDLING

The voting ended at 5pm on Wednesday.
2a) Where did the ballot box go at that time?
2b) Who had access to it?
2c) Did anybody have access to it alone?
2d) Where is it now?
2e) Have the votes been counted or handled in any other way?
2f) If the results have been counted what is the result?
2g) Were the votes counted before or after you decided to disqualify the UHHSA candidates?

3) WHO WAS DISQUALIFIED?

As far as we know, you disqualified 7 of the 17 candidates running for UHHSA office, 2 of whom were running unopposed.

3a) Was anybody else outside of the 7 people disqualified?
3b) If so for what reason?

4) UNFAIR DISQUALIFICATION

One student candidate, Ardena Saarinen, was disqualified the day after the election. She had been confirmed via email on April 10, 2014 as a candidate prior to her notice of disqualification. The Election Committee claims that was that she had not completed her initial paperwork correctly. She claims to have filled out her paperwork correctly and asked for what specific paperwork she did not fill out properly and you do not respond to her.
4a) Why are you not responding to her?
4b) Do you think it is fair to disqualify a confirmed candidate the day after the election after they were previously confirmed?

5) PRIVACY AT THE POLLING PLACE

From the UHHSA Election Code:

SECTION 2. BALLOTING.

Voting shall be done by secret ballot.

5a) In past years at UH Hilo students were given a voting booth of sorts to vote in private. Why weren’t students given a private place to vote this year?
5b) Why were election officials verbally influencing students to vote by telling the students they could not reference their private handouts?
5c) Why did election officials encourage students that they “don’t have to mark a vote for a candidate who is uncontested because it doesn’t matter?”

6) LEGITIMATE HAND OUTS

In the election packet it states,

 ‘Consider making hand outs or stickers for campaigning on the VOTING days.’

6a) Why were students being told they could not reference the handout?
6b) Why did Yuri Zhuraw physically grab the handout out of students’ hands?
6c) Why did Ellen Kusano tell Chantelle Masreghy that Chanetelle was acting ‘unethically’ by handing out handouts over 200ft from the poll on election day?
6d) Why did Ellen Kusano advise the election committee initially to tell student voters they could not use the election handout? When candidates objected to Mrs. Kusano arbitrary rule she went to the election table and said (recording available),

‘’If a student comes with one of these[candidate hand outs] please ask them if they will throw it away because it is improper in the voting area, if they don’t want to they don’t have to.’
– UHHSA Adviser Ellen Kusano

6e) Why did Ellen Kusano advise the UHHSA election committee to tell students something that is not in the election code as if it is a rule?

7) UNFAIR TREATMENT

You disqualified one person, Melinda Alles, who was running unopposed for Treasurer. Melinda was on our handout but wasn’t actively campaigning.
7a) Why did you disqualify her?

 CONCLUSION

We believe a hostile working environment is being created by Campus Center Director Ellen Kusano. We believe we are being treated unfairly by the UHHSA Election Committee consisting of Yuri Zhuraw and Joyce Pulega Auau under the advice of Ellen Kusano.

In conclusion we ask:

1) that the votes be counted fairly,
2) that the Election Committee be censured for their unfair behavior,
3) that Ellen Kusano be censured for fostering a hostile and unfair institutional environment,
4) that Ellen Kusano not be allowed to have influence over students in the future,
5) that the legitimate UHHSA be allowed to take office May 1, 2014,
6) that the new UHHSA have the right to:
a) hire a professional student government adviser,
b) hire a professional financial clerk,
c) be allowed autonomy from Ellen Kusano and Campus Center.

Respectfully submitted,

Mahalo,

Disqualified UH Hilo Student Candidates:
Glenn Aanstoos          Ryu Kakazu
Josh Boranian             Chantelle Mashreghy
Jarod Campbell           Ardena Saarinen

 

Nobel Prize Winners in Medicine to Speak at UH Cancer Center Monday

Co-recipients of the 2011 Nobel Prize in medicine will headline a roster of experts focusing on bridging the U.S. and Asia in the fight against cancer during this year’s Weinman Symposium at the University of Hawai’i Cancer Center.

The Symposium takes place on May 5 in the Sullivan Conference Center at the Cancer Center in Kaka’ako, and is free and open to the public. The speaker roster includes Ann Chao, PhD, who grew up on the Big Island and today serves as Director of Cancer Research Programs, East Asia, with the Center for Global Health of the National Cancer Institute.

Dr. Ann Chao

Dr. Ann Chao

“This year’s theme highlights cancer as a global health issue, and shows the pivotal role Hawaii plays in the international efforts to prevent, detect, and treat cancer,” said Dr. Michele Carbone, director of the Cancer Center. “Researchers in Hawai’i collaborate with scientists across the U.S. and the Asia-Pacific region, and that benefits everyone.”

Dr. Jules A. Hoffmann

Dr. Jules A. Hoffmann

The Nobel laureates speaking at the symposium are Jules A. Hoffmann, PhD, professor of Integrative Biology at the University of Strasbourg Institute for Advanced Studies and an Exceptional Class Research Director (emeritus) at the National Center of Scientific Research (CNRS) in Strasbourg, France, and Dr. Bruce A. Beutler, Regental Professor and director for the Center for the Genetics of Host Defense, and holder of the Raymond and Ellen Willie Distinguished Chair in Cancer Research, in Honor of Laverne and Raymond Willie, Sr., at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

Dr. Bruce A. Beutler

Dr. Bruce A. Beutler

Drs. Hoffmann, Beutler and Ralph M. Steinman won the 2011 Nobel Prize in medicine or physiology for their work on discovering underlying mechanisms that trigger activation of innate immunity. The Nobel committee cited their work for opening up new fields of research that could improve vaccination and treatment against infection, cancer and inflammatory diseases.

The Weinman Symposium is supported by the generosity of the Weinman Foundation. In 2010, Barry and Virginia Weinman of Honolulu created the Weinman Foundation Fund for Innovation at the UH Cancer Center with a $1.7 million gift. This fund makes it possible for the Center to invite prominent leaders in cancer research to Hawaiʻi every year. These globally-recognized experts are selected for their work in cancer research and its successful translation into therapy and care. While here, they work with the Cancer Center and establish research collaborations with the faculty.

The Cancer Center faculty winner of the $50,000 Weinman Innovator Award, which recognizes researchers developing innovative diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to treating cancer, will be announced at the event.

The UH Cancer Center is one of 68 research institutions designated by the National Cancer Institute. Affiliated with the University of Hawai`i at Manoa, the center is dedicated to eliminating cancer through research, education, and improved patient care. Learn more at www.uhcancercenter.org. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/UHCancerCenter. Follow us on Twitter @UHCancerCenter.

UH Hilo Students File Ethics Complaint Against UHSA Election Committee

A group of seven University of Hawaii Hilo students have filed a group ethics complaint against the University of Hawaii Student Association Election Committee alleging the university has an institutional environment that fosters unfair practices.

These students have filed an ethics complaint against the UH Hilo Election Committee.

These students have filed an ethics complaint against the UH Hilo Election Committee.

WHAT HAPPENED

We, students of UH Hilo have been wrongfully discriminated against by the University of Hawaii Student Association Election Committee consisting of Yuri Zhuraw and Joyce Pulega Auau under the advice of Campus Center Director Ellen Kusano. We were informed on Thursday, April 24, 2014 that the 7 of us running for student government have been ‘disqualified’ for violating the Election Code. No specifics were given, no warnings, no appeal process, no response. This is an example of an institutional environment that fosters unfair practices.

Numerous complaints were made against the election committee and the unfair advice of Ellen Kusano (see individual complaints below). One student had a piece of paper grabbed from his hands by an election official. Another student with a disability was told he could not use a piece of paper with endorsed candidates, became discouraged, and did not vote. Another student was disqualified to run for office the day after the election, after she had been confirmed as a candidate weeks prior. UH Hilo students deserve better. We are the shareholders of the university and we call for UH Hilo to be fair, open, and transparent.

SOLUTION

We call for the UH Hilo Student Association Election Committee to rescind their decision of ‘disqualification.’ We call for an open, fair, and transparent vote count. We call for a censure of Ellen Kusano, and ask that she be removed from any position where she has influence over students. We call for UHHSA to select and pay for a professional student government adviser and clerk and allow student government autonomy.

Mahalo,

UH Hilo student candidates:

Glenn Aanstoos          Ryu Kakazu
Josh Boranian             Chantelle Mashregry
Jarod Campbell           Ardena Saarinen

Election Complaints:
1.

UHHSA Election Complaint

April 25, 2014

At 9:49pm on April 24, 2014 I received a notification from UHHSA stating that I was disqualified from the campaign.

I filled out all of the paperwork that I was given in the election packet.

In the packet it states ‘candidates would be notified of eligibility by April 11.’

I received an eligibility confirmation on April 10.

In the packet it states, ‘Failure to attend mandatory meeting would be disqualified if not provided a alternate.’ Ryu Kakazu attended the meeting for me as my alternate and as my paperwork reflected, recorded the meeting for me, and I then listened to that recording.

I feel that my disqualification is outrageous and deceptive practice of the organization where they tell us their philosophy is fair open and honest is certainly questionable and I do not feel this is fair treatment. I feel like the UHHSA Election Committee changed the rules as they wanted.

Ardena Saarinen

UH Student

ardena@hawaii.edu

2.

Election Complaint

April 25, 2014

On 11am Wednesday, April 24, 2014 I went to vote in the student government elections. I had a paper with me with the names of the people I wanted to vote for. I was told at the table that I could not use the paper. I have a disability that limits my short term memory. I left the table discouraged. My caretaker, Stephen Paulmier approached the table and told them that I had a disability and should be allowed to use my paper to vote. The election official agreed that I could use the paper. By that time I was discouraged and left without voting. I hope the election process can be improved in the future for disabled people.

Thank you,

Keola Benjamin

UH Student

keolai@hawaii.edu

3.

Attn: UHHSA

Re: Election Complaint

April 24, 2014

Hello, my name is Joshua Boranian and I am running for the senator seat of the CAFNRM. Over the past two days I was actively campaigning. Spending meager amounts of money to print my ideals I was willing to work for and my name on a small piece of paper to hand out to students. Not just passing out paper but asking for a minute to explain my platform and if they agreed I expressed the importance of voting for me. I was shocked to learn that they were turning students away from the voting table for holding this piece of paper, or straight snatching the paper out of students hands under the claim that this was unethical campaigning. How is that unethical campaigning? In fact, on the last page of the election packet I received from UHHSA says to “consider making handouts or stickers for campaigning on the voting days.” I feel that not only I was being discouraged from participating in a democratic process but the student body was too.  Many students complained to me about their voting experience ranging from no privacy, no signage, being told to throw away the paper before voting, having the paper taken away from them forcefully, etc. What I want to know is why the workers of the voting table were following these rules and who handed them these guidelines? I feel student rights were being violated on multiple levels and now distrust me and the organization I am trying to be elected into. Whoever is in charge needs to express why they felt this was the right thing to do and apologize. I hope that this distrust that has developed doesn’t continue as it will only hinder student and student government relations.

Thank you for your time to review my concerns.

Sincerely,

Joshua Boranian

UH Hilo Student College of Agriculture

josh2008@hawaii.edu

4.

Formal Election Complaint UHHSA

April 24, 2014

I, Ryu Kakazu, hereby make a formal complaint to the UH Hilo Student Association Election Committee, The UH Hilo Student Association, Campus Center, and the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs office.I called the UHHSA office today, Thursday, April 24th, at 9:21am, the day after the UHHSA elections, and was told by Johan that the ballot box location was confidential. Johan went on to say that only the two members of the UHHSA Election Committee has access to the ballot box. Johan told me that he got his information from Yuri, who is on the Election Committee. I asked to speak to Yuri and Yuri refused to speak with me. I told Johan that I would like to make a formal complaint about the lack of transparency with the election process. From actions demonstrated throughout the UHHSA election process over the past two days I do not have confidence that the ballots will remain untampered. I request that the location of ballot box be made public, that its security is verified, and that observers be allowed to participate in the counting process.

Aloha,

Ryu Kakazu
UH Hilo student CAS

5.

Election Complaint
April 24, 2014

At around 2:30pm on Tuesday, April 22 at the election area I was told by the people working at the election table that I would have to put my endorsement ticket away. They told me that I wasn’t able to look at it. I was shocked that I was told this like I don’t have the right to access my own private property. I have friends who were told they were not able to access their endorsement list while voting and they became discouraged and never ended up voting. The next day I witnessed Ellen Kusano telling the people working at the election table that, ‘If a student comes with one of these [endorsement tickets] please ask them if they will throw it away because it is improper in the voting area, if they don’t want to they don’t have to.’ I was surprised to hear her advising UHHSA members to knowingly discourage students to do something that is within their rights.

Thank you,
Jarod Campbell

Student- University of Hawaii at Hilo

jarodc@hawaii.edu

6.

UH Hilo Election Complaint
April 24, 2014

Aloha UHHSA,

I am running for Senator at Large for UHHSA. I was told by Ellen Kusano on Wednesday, April 23, the second day of the UHHSA elections that it was unethical for me to hand out endorsement papers. I was outside of the voting area, employing my democratic rights. I was insulted that Mrs. Kusano, an authority figure on campus, called my legitimate actions unethical.

The same day I witnessed a student with a learning disability being told that he wasn’t able to have his endorsement ticket with him while voting, and that he would have to remember the names on the ticket away from the table, and then return to vote. The student suffers from a learning disability affecting his short term memory. He was embarrassed from having this highlighted and ultimately discouraged from voting.

Many people were discouraged from voting because of the aggressive attitude demonstrated by UHHSA senators working at the election table. It was clear that they were being instructed by Ellen Kusano.

Thank you for hearing my complaint,

Chantelle ​Mashreghy

UH Hilo student

csm74@hawaii.edu

7.

Election Complaint

April 25, 2014

I went to vote in the UHHSA elections around 12:30pm on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. I had my endorsement list in my hand that was given to me by a trusted friend. I wanted to

vote for the people on the list. Yuri Zhuraw physically grabbed the paper from out of my hand and told me that there is no campaign material in the election area. I was not campaigning nor do I consider the endorsement ticket ‘campaign material.’ I felt assaulted. I told Yuri that I thought it was disrespectful that he had done that. He could

have simply told me something without taking my property. I hope in the future the UHHSA election process could be run with more respect for students.

Aloha,

Nathan Clark

UH Hilo Student

natclark108@gmail.com

You can view their group complaint here: group ethics complaint

Governor Abercrombie to Sign Industrial Hemp Bill

On Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 3 pm, in the Office of the Governor, Governor Abercrombie will officially sign SB2175 into law. SB2175 authorizes the University of Hawaii at Manoa to establish a two-year industrial hemp remediation and biofuel research program.

Click to view bill

Click to view bill

This year, the United States Senate approved the Agriculture Act of 2014, also known as the “Farm Bill,” and industrial hemp is now allowed to be grown for research purposes. According to the National Farm Bill, any university can now grow industrial hemp without obtaining a Drug Enforcement Agency permit. Twenty-two other states, including Colorado and Oregon, have passed legislation relating to industrial hemp similar to Hawaii’s SB2175.

State Representative Cynthia Thielen has long been a proponent of industrial hemp because the economic capabilities of the crop will be a great asset for the State and will promote self-sustainability. In addition to hemp being used to decontaminate soil, hemp can also be processed into building materials.
“Hempcrete, a hemp and lime composite, is termite proof, making it an excellent choice for the construction industry,” declared Representative Cynthia Thielen.

Representative Thielen notes, “There is a huge global market for hemp and the U.S. is the largest consumer at nearly $500 million per year. The passage of SB2175 is the first step for Hawaii to become a national and global player in the hemp market. We could profit hugely off this environmentally friendly crop.”