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quote from MRC Greenwood

May 2013

Polynesian Voyaging Society partnership and news about Palamanui,Hawai‘i CC and Windward CC

Polynesian Voyaging Society

The University of Hawai‘i is honored to be the educational partner for the Hokule‘a Worldwide Voyage, which will take its crew to 28 countries and 62 ports during its 2013-2015 voyage of Hawai‘i and the Pacific.

Hawai‘i CC—Palamanui

We are very excited to be breaking ground on our new Hawai‘i Community College Palamanui campus on May 28. The first phase of construction will include Palamanui’s culinary arts building, the health and science and student services buildings, covering about 24,000 square feet. There will be new classrooms, learning kitchens and science laboratories to service the culinary arts, nursing and allied health programs, as well as the student services administration.

Hawai‘i CC

Students at Hawai‘i CC just designed and built another new home in Hilo. It’s the 46th home built by Hawai‘i CC students since the campus launched its Model Home Program in 1965. More than 70 students from a wide range of programs including drafting, carpentry, electrical, agriculture, welding and diesel mechanics worked on the home. Work on home number 47 begins in the fall.

See Hawai‘i CC turn to key over to the new homeowners.

Windward CC

Windward CC Chancellor Doug Dykstra proved he’s a man of his word.

Doug pledged to shave his head if Windward raised 7,000 pounds of food or dollars for the 2013 food drive for Foodbank Hawai’i. Faculty and staff surpassed that goal, raising $9,000 and two tons of food.

See Doug getting his head shaved.

Top News



UH Hilo wins U.S. Imagine Cup

A team of students from the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo received national recognition for winning the prestigious 2013 Imagine Cup Finals in San Jose, California. The Imagine Cup is sponsored by Microsoft, and is considered the world’s premier student technology competition honoring technology innovations that address the world’s toughest problems.

The winning team included Mike Purvis, Ryder Donahue, Kayton Summers and Wallace Hamada from UH Hilo’s computer science department. They created an app called Help Me Help, which focuses on community involvement in disaster relief efforts. The app allows users to share photos and information about hazards they encounter during emergency situations like fires and floods.

UH Hilo’s team now advances to the world competition in St. Petersburg Russia in July.

There were approximately 500 entries from across the U.S. this year. Congratulations to UH Hilo for an amazing performance and for bringing home an academic national championship.

Watch a video for more about the Help me Help app.