UH Hilo/Thai University Agreement Expands Pharmacy Research, Education

A new agreement between the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy (DKICP) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo and Rangsit University (RSU) in Thailand will allow students and faculty more freedom to exchange ideas and experiences.

UH Hilo Moniker

The U.S.-THAI Students and Pharmacists/Faculty Members Exchange Program will give students in the fourth year of pharmacy school a chance to go to RSU for their Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences and bring Ph.D. students to Hawaiʻi to work in DKICP labs. It also will allow faculty to collaborate on pharmaceutical sciences research and to work with professional pharmacists on pharmaceutical care and medication therapy management.

RSU is part of the Bangkok metropolis, located in the Pathum Thani province, directly north of Bangkok. This is the second Thai university to enter an agreement with DKICP. The first one with Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok was signed in 2011.

Rangsit University

Rangsit University

“I am very proud of our faculty for developing this relationship,” DKICP Dean John Pezzuto said. “This is a prime example of how we are extending our reach to every corner of the globe in order to give our students a first-class education while investigating approaches to discovering new drugs.”

Supakit Wongwiwatthananukit, associate professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, began talks about the exchange program with the administration at RSU last July when he was invited to be a visiting professor/scholar.

“Students can gain international perspectives of Thailand public health, roles and responsibilities of pharmacists in various settings and develop interprofessional relationships,” Wongwiwatthananukit said. “In addition to giving our students a wider range of exposure, this is a great opportunity for international collaboration for our Ph.D. program.”

An example of possible joint projects might be working with RSU faculty at their Herbal Medicinal Products Research and Development Center, called Sun Herb Thai Chinese Manufacturing facility. The building is a joint venture between the Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine, China and Rangsit University Faculty of Pharmacy.

“This building enables the research and clinical trials of many Thai and Chinese traditional remedies,” Wongwiwatthananukit said. “I believe we can make significant contributions to this facility through our own work in natural products and Hawaiian traditional medicine.”

Video: Brian Schatz is Sworn in as Hawaii’s New U.S. Senator

With Senator Akaka at his side, Vice President Joe Biden formally swore in Brian Schatz as Hawaii’s United States Senator, filling the seat left open by the passing of Senator Daniel K. Inouye.

Schatz Confirmed

After the swearing in, Senator Akaka made remarks in support of Senator Schatz.

RIP Sen. Dan Inouye – Big Island Memorial Services Being Held Now

The memorial services on the Big Island of Hawaii for Senator Dan Inouye have begun at the Hilo Afook Chinen Civic Auditorium.

Inouye Ceremony

Viewing started at 12:00 noon and then at 1:00 the service began.

Inouye Cover

Here is what the program consisted of:

Inouye Program

Here is a look at the inside of the program:

Inouye Inside

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And this is the back of the cover with his famous last words:

Inouye Back

Remembrance Ceremony for Senator Daniel K. Inouye

The people of Hawaii are invited to pay their final respects to a national hero.

Senator Inouye visited the F-22 compound to meet and greet with Airmen from the 199th and 19th Fighter Squadrons

Senator Inouye visited the F-22 compound to meet and greet with Airmen from the 199th and 19th Fighter Squadrons

On Saturday, Dec. 22, Senator Inouye will lie in state from 5 p.m. to midnight in the State Capitol Rotunda. A short program will commence with the arrival of the senator’s casket. Public viewing will begin after the program for all to show their aloha to Senator Inouye with respect and quiet dignity.
accept the Congressional Gold Medal on behalf of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, the 100th Infantry Battalion and the Military Intelligence Service.

Senator Inouye accepts the Congressional Gold Medal on behalf of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, the 100th Infantry Battalion and the Military Intelligence Service.

The family has requested no flowers. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Daniel K. Inouye Fund, care of the Hawaii Community Foundation. The fund was created at the request of the senator’s widow, Irene Hirano Inouye.
There will be a condolence book available for people to sign from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, in the Governor’s Office. Condolence books will also be available at the Lying in State service on Saturday.
Sen. Daniel Inouye places soil in an umeke bowl

Sen. Daniel Inouye places soil in an umeke bowl during a dedication ceremony for the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Test Complex to be constructed at two sites at PMRF. The Hawaiian blessing site dedication was conducted by noted Waimea kupuna Aletha Kaohi, with assistance from Sherri “Puni” Patrick. Rear Adm. Dixon Smith, Commander, Navy Region Hawaii, Rear Adm. Joseph A. Horn, Missile Defense Agency’s (MDA) program director for Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense, and other dignitaries were in attendance. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jay C. Pugh.

We anticipate a very large crowd and encourage motorists to carpool or use public transportation. There will be no public parking at the State Capitol, but the public can park at the following locations:
  • LOT G, 1151 Punchbowl Street (Kalanimoku Bldg), enter from Beretania or Punchbowl Streets
  • LOT L, 1250 Punchbowl Street (Kinau Hale), enter from Punchbowl Street, Makai-bound ONLY
  • LOT D, 465 S. King Street, enter from King or Punchbowl Street
  • City Civic Center, located at Alapai and Beretania Streets
  • City Joint Traffic Management Center, located at Beretania and Alapai Streets
  • Only handicap parking will be available at Lot F, 364 S. King Street (Iolani Palace). Motorists should enter from King Street, the driveway between Iolani Palace and the Hawaii State Library.
Olelo Community Media will cablecast live the lying in state ceremony from 5 p.m. through midnight on Channel VIEWS 54. The program will also be streamed live at www.olelo.org.

 

Share Your Aloha for Sen. Daniel K. Inouye at Mayor Kenoi’s Offices

The late U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye touched many lives through his five decades of service in Washington, D.C., leaving behind a legacy that will touch countless more lives through the years.

US Senator Daniel Inouye and Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi

US Senator Daniel Inouye and Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi

Mayor Billy Kenoi invites the public to share their memories, their thoughts, and their aloha for Senator Inouye. Memorial books will be available through the end of next week (Dec. 28) at the Mayor’s Offices at the Hawai‘i County Building and the West Hawai‘i Civic Center.

The public is invited to come in to sign the books and remember a man who did so much for the people of Hawai‘i for so long. At the end of next week, the books will be sent to the Inouye family.

The Mayor’s Office is open weekdays from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The offices will be open regular hours on Christmas Eve, and closed on Christmas Day. For more information, call the Mayor’s Office in Kona at 323-4444 or in Hilo at 961-8211.

Hawaii Community Foundation Announces Memorial Fund in Honor of Late Senator Daniel K. Inouye

Hawai’i Community Foundation announced today that the family of the late U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye have established a memorial fund in his honor. The fund was created at the request of Irene Hirano Inouye, and will continue to help the organizations and causes that the Senator supported over the years. Contributions can be made to the Daniel K. Inouye Fund, Hawai’i Community Foundation, 827 Fort Street Mall, Honolulu, Hawai’i 96813 or online at www.hawaiicommunityfoundation.org.

Hawaii Community Foundation

“All of us here at the Hawai’i Community Foundation had the privilege of working closely with the Senator and his staff and witnessing the tremendous leadership and inspiration he provided to so many,” said Kelvin H. Taketa, Hawai’i Community Foundation president and CEO. “Beyond the legacy of what he did for our community, we will miss his courage, grace and humor.”

Inouye passed away on Monday, Dec. 17, 2012 at the age of 88 from respiratory complications. He was the longest-living serving member of the U.S. Senate prior to his death, with 49 years of service.

 

RIP Senator Daniel Inouye

Senator Daniel Inouye has passed away at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, his office confirms.

Senator Daniel Inouye passed away this morning

Senator Daniel Inouye passed away this morning

United States Senator Daniel K. Inouye, World War II veteran, Medal of Honor recipient and Hawaii’s senior Senator, passed away from respiratory complications at 5:01 p.m. Eastern Standard Time today at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

His wife Irene and his son Ken were at his side. Last rites were performed by Senate Chaplain Dr. Barry Black.

He is survived by his wife, Irene Hirano Inouye, his son Daniel Ken Inouye Jr., Ken’s wife Jessica, and granddaughter Maggie and step-daughter Jennifer Hirano. He was preceded in death his first wife, Maggie Awamura.

Senator Inouye’s family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for the extraordinary care he received.

The story of Dan Inouye is the story of modern Hawaii. During his eight decades of public service, Dan Inouye helped build and shape Hawaii.

Senator Inouye began his career in public service at the age of 17 when he enlisted in the U.S. Army shortly after Imperial Japan attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. He served with ‘E’ company of the 442 Regimental Combat Team, a group consisting entirely of Americans of Japanese ancestry. Senator Inouye lost his arm charging a series of machine gun nests on a hill in San Terenzo, Italy on April 21, 1945. His actions during that battle earned him the Medal of Honor.

Following the war he returned to Hawaii and married Margaret “Maggie” Awamura, and graduated from the University of Hawaii and the George Washington University School of Law.

After receiving his law degree, Dan Inouye, returned to Hawaii and worked as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for the City and County of Honolulu. He recognized the social and racial inequities of post-war Hawaii, and in 1954 was part of a Democratic revolution that took control of the Territorial Legislature.

Following statehood in 1959, Dan Inouye was privileged to serve as Hawaii’s first Congressman. He ran for the Senate in 1962 where he served for nearly nine consecutive terms.

Dan Inouye spent his career building an enduring federal presence in Hawaii to ensure that the state would receive its fair share of federal resources. He worked to expand the military’s presence on all major islands, stabilizing Pearl Harbor, building up the Pacific Missile Range and constructing a headquarters for the United States Pacific Command.

He has worked to build critical roads, expanded bus services statewide and secured the federal funds for the Honolulu Rail Transit project. He championed the indigenous rights of Native Hawaiians and the return of Kahoolawe.

He fought for the rights and benefits for veterans. Senator Inouye has left an indelible mark at the University of Hawaii, including support for major facilities and research assets. He has long supported local agriculture and alternative energy initiatives.

Dan Inouye was always among the first to speak out against injustice whether interned Japanese Americans, Filipino World War II veterans, Native Americans and Native Hawaiians.

A prominent player on the national stage, Senator Inouye served as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, the Senate Commerce Committee and was the first Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

After developing a reputation as a bipartisan workhorse, who always would put country above party, he was asked by the Senate leadership to chair the special committee investigating the Iran Contra Affair. This was after a successful tenure as a member of the Watergate Committee.

When asked in recent days how he wanted to be remembered, Dan said, very simply, “I represented the people of Hawaii and this nation honestly and to the best of my ability. I think I did OK.”

His last words were, “Aloha.”

Kauai, Molokai, Lanai and East Hawaii Receive Grants for Veterans Cemeteries

The State of Hawaii will receive a federal grant totaling $1,591,789 for veterans cemeteries on the neighbor islands announced Senator Daniel K. Akaka (D-Hawaii), Senator Daniel K. Inouye (D-Hawaii), and Congresswoman Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) today.

East Hawaii Veterans Cemetery

East Hawaii Veterans Cemetery

“Our veterans dedicated their lives to serve our country in times of need.  Without their sacrifices, we would not be able to enjoy the rights and freedoms we do today.  We honor the actions of these brave men and women through the continued upkeep and preservation of these memorial parks,” said Senator Akaka, former Chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee.  “The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Office of Veterans Services have worked hard to ensure these cemeteries are worthy of those who rest there, and these funds will help them continue their important work.”

The funds will be used toward the expansion and improvement of the Kauai Veterans Cemetery, Lanai Veterans Cemetery, Molokai Veterans Cemetery, and East Hawaii Veterans Cemetery.

“I am very pleased that we continue to invest in the expansion, maintenance and appearance of these memorial parks that serve as the final resting place for our fallen heroes.  These parks provide families and loved ones a place to convene to honor the memory of our brave veterans.  Maintaining clean, safe, and dignified memorial parks for those brave enough to put on the uniform and defend our great nation is the very least we can do to honor their sacrifice,” said Senator Inouye.

“This funding helps us honor our veterans and their families for their years of service and sacrifice,” said Congresswoman Mazie Hirono. “Their final resting place should be a lasting tribute to the men and women who defended our country.”

Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Test Complex Receives Site Dedication

The Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) conducted a cultural site dedication today for the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Test Complex (AAMDTC) to be constructed at two locations on PMRF.

The Hawaiian blessing site dedication was conducted by noted Waimea kupuna Aletha Kaohi, with assistance from Sherri “Puni” Patrick. U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, Rear Adm. Joseph A. Horn, Missile Defense Agency’s (MDA) program director for Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense, and other dignitaries were in attendance.

Sen. Daniel Inouye places soil in an umeke bowl

Sen. Daniel Inouye places soil in an umeke bowl during a dedication ceremony for the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Test Complex to be constructed at two sites at PMRF. The Hawaiian blessing site dedication was conducted by noted Waimea kupuna Aletha Kaohi, with assistance from Sherri "Puni" Patrick. Rear Adm. Dixon Smith, Commander, Navy Region Hawaii, Rear Adm. Joseph A. Horn, Missile Defense Agency's (MDA) program director for Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense, and other dignitaries were in attendance. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jay C. Pugh.

The AAMDTC will be a test and evaluation center in the development of the second phase of the Phased Adaptive Approach (PAA). The PAA was announced by the president in September 2009 to provide flexible, adaptable ballistic missile defense for our deployed troops, friends, and allies.

The test complex at PMRF is critical to the development of the Aegis Ashore capability. It is essential for verifying requirements and validating design capability prior to deployment at the first of two planned sites in Europe in 2015.

Aunty Aletha Kaohi hands Capt. Nicholas Mongillo, Commanding Officer, Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF)

Aunty Aletha Kaohi hands Capt. Nicholas Mongillo, Commanding Officer, Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF), an umeke bowl during a dedication ceremony for the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Test Complex to be constructed at two sites at PMRF. The umeke held soil from both sites. The Hawaiian blessing site dedication was conducted by noted Waimea kupuna Kaohi, with assistance from Sherri "Puni" Patrick. U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye, Rear Adm. Joseph A. Horn, Missile Defense Agency's (MDA) program director for Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense, and other dignitaries were in attendance. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jay C. Pugh.

After initial certification, the AAMDTC will remain at PMRF as a Missile Defense Agency test asset and will be operated by the Missile Defense Agency.

Deployment of Aegis Ashore to Europe will greatly enhance coverage of defense of Europe as part of the overall Ballistic Missile Defense System.

Senator Inouye to Tour Highway and Interpretive Center on the Big Island Wednesday

U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye will tour portions of the $32 million Ane Keohokalole Highway and the adjoining cultural interpretive center Wednesday, Aug. 31 starting at 4 p.m. Participants will gather at Kamakaheha Avenue.

U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye

U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye

The $1 million interpretive center focuses on the culture of the ahupua‘a of Keahuolu through a 16th century farm, or kauhale. The center will also be a repository for artifacts found in the area, and offer a resting place for Native Hawaiian remains. The interpretive center in this culturally rich area is expected to be completed by the end of the year, and was designed by Kari Kimura, a Kona native who attended MIT. The center helps perpetuate assets of the Queen Liliuokalani Trust, which is mandated to oversee the welfare of orphaned and destitute children.

Construction of the Ane Keohokalole Highway is on time and on budget as the contractor nears the paving phase of this project. Underground utilities are essentially completed and sidewalks are about halfway completed. The roadway is graded, and paving should start in early December. Paving is expected to last about eight weeks.

Landscaping has started, along with efforts to protect a dryland forest. Biologists are already propagating native Hawaiian plants to replace those taken in the construction.

Senator Inouye Awards Largest Transit Grant to Hawaii County

Media Release:

U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye presented a check for $7.2 million to the County of Hawai’i for seven new 45-passenger buses and major improvements to the county’s Mass Transit Agency facilities on Saturday, October 16, 2010.

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grants represent the largest amount ever provided to a Neighbor Island for public transportation improvement projects.

Hawai’i County Mayor Billy Kenoi and Mass Transit Agency Director Tom Brown accepted the check from Senator Inouye in a brief ceremony outside the County building at 25 Aupuni Street , Hilo .

 

Fourth District County Councilman Dennis “Fresh” Onishi receives a grant check for $7.2 million on behalf of the County of Hawai‘i from U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye to fund mass transit improvements.

 

Also attending were Hawai’i Island Council members Guy Enriques (6th District), Emily Naeole -Beason (5th District) and Dennis “Fresh” Onishi (4th District).

 

Sixth District Councilman Guy Enriques accepting a grant check for $7.2 million on behalf of the County of Hawai ‘i from U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye to fund mass transit improvements.

 

Council members Enriques and Naeole-Beason praised Senator Inouye for his efforts to improve transportation for the residents of their rural districts. ” In Ka‘u we come the longest way to drive to Kona and Hilo . We are going to need these buses desperately. I thank-you, this is a dream come true for Ka‘u.” said Councilman Enriques. “This shows that our County’s efforts to work in partnership and collaboration with our Congressional delegation and federal agencies provide invaluable services and benefits to our community.”

 

Fifth District Councilwoman Emily Naeole -Beason accepting a grant check for $7.2 million on behalf of the County of Hawai‘i from U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye to fund mass transit improvements.

 

Senator Inouye said the safe and timely transportation of our residents and visitors is critical to maintaining a healthy economy. “These funds will help people on the Big Island get to and from work while reducing traffic congestion and limiting the impact fossil fuels have on the environment.”

A $5 million State of Good Repair Grant from FTA, a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation, includes $4 million for new administration offices and base yard for the County’s Mass Transit Agency in Hilo .

The new County mass transit offices will provide easy access to a central location where the public can visit or call to obtain transit services and information. The base yard will enable the county to better house and maintain the transit agency’s growing fleet of buses.

The State of Good Repair Grant also includes $1 million for the purchase of three new 45-passenger buses with wheelchair access, bicycle racks and passenger security features that will continue to improve the County’s free, island-wide bus services for island residents.

An additional $2.2 million federal earmark from the FTA’s transit capital investment program will be used to purchase four additional new 45-passenger buses for the County’s transportation fleet. The grant will also used to purchase bus stop and bus shelter materials.

“This $7.2 million grant is a huge appropriation for our County and recognizes our efforts at building and enhancing the largest transportation system in the State of Hawai’i ,” said Mayor Kenoi. “We are very grateful for the help provided by our senior Senator Inouye and his staff in obtaining this valuable assistance for our residents.”

The county’s free, island-wide bus system is rapidly growing. In Fiscal Year 2009-2010, 1.1 million passengers boarded Hawai’i Island’s Hele-On buses, an 18 percent increase from the previous year.

“The new buses and the administrative and base yard improvements will have a tremendous positive impact on our mass transit system, allowing more people to use the system and to help us address increasing demand for our services,” said Tom Brown, Mass Transit Agency director.

“The growing demands of our residents traveling between East and West Hawai’i, connecting the Ka`u and Ocean View districts with Hilo and Kona, North Kohala and Kona, and between upper and lower Puna to Hilo, will be addressed with the new buses,” Brown said.

“With the generous support from Senator Inouye,” said Mayor Kenoi, “we are continuing to follow through on our commitment to expand our transit system.”

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Video: Hawaii Status of Federal Stimulus Funds

Behind the scenes of the Hawaii Status on Federal Stimulus Funds meeting that was held on August 24th:

Linda Lingle:

Hawaii Department of Transportation Director Brennan Morioka: