NEWS RELEASE: UH West O’ahu first in Hawai’i to offer degree concentration in Facilities Management this fall

Contact: Julie Funasaki Yuen/Public Information Officer
(808) 689-2604

UH West O‘ahu first in Hawaiʻi to offer degree concentration in Facilities Management this fall

KAPOLEI — This fall, the University of Hawaiʻi – West Oʻahu will offer a new Bachelor of Applied Science concentration in Facilities Management, the first of its kind in Hawaiʻi, and will join a group of just nine universities across the country to address the growing need for qualified facility management professionals.

UH West Oʻahu’s Facilities Management concentration was created to educate future professionals in the evolving facility management industry that is increasingly characterized by computerized, electronic systems, and modern energy-efficient facilities as well as aging building infrastructures. According to the International Facility Management Association Foundation, 50% of the existing Facility Management workforce will retire in five to 15 years. UHWO Facilities Management students will graduate into a field filled with high-demand, high-paying, local and national career opportunities in facilities planning and maintenance, building management and operations.

“We are thrilled to add this innovative academic concentration to our Bachelor of Applied Science program,” said UHWO Interim Academic Program Officer and Director of Strategic Initiatives, Sherry Proper. “It is a great example of UH West Oʻahu’s attention to workforce needs in Hawaiʻi and of our collaboration with both private and public industries. We are extremely grateful to have government organizations and private businesses supporting this initiative that will prepare future professionals for exciting careers as facilities managers.”

The UH West Oʻahu Bachelor of Applied Science in Facilities Management was developed in partnership with the Office of Naval Research that provided the University with funding for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs including Facilities Management where students take courses in science, pre-engineering, facility operations, energy efficiency, and business.

“The new Facilities Management concentration will provide a tremendous opportunity for students interested in a career that combines the STEM related field of sustainable buildings with elements of business management,” said Dr. Richard Carlin of the Office of Naval Research.

The UHWO Facilities Management concentration is also sponsored by the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), the world’s largest and most widely recognized international association for facility management professionals, and Hawaii Energy, the ratepayer-funded energy conservation and efficiency program serving Hawaiʻi, Lānaʻi, Maui, Molokai and Oʻahu, that supported the inception of the Facilities Management program and provided funding for curriculum development, training and education for UHWO instructors, and development of industry support.

Through the UHWO Bachelor of Applied Science in Facilities Management, students and current professionals will have the opportunity to earn the following facility management certifications:

  • Building Operator Certification
  • IFMA Facility Management Professional
  • IFMA Sustainable Facility Management Professional
  • IFMA Certified Facility Manager

    Established in 1976, the University of Hawaiʻi – West O‘ahu offers quality education, small classes and personalized attention with academic programs that emphasize the exploration of interdisciplinary and cross-cultural studies. UH West O‘ahu serves approximately 2,700 students at its brand new, state-of-the-art campus that opened in the City of Kapolei in 2012. For more information, visit, call (808) 689-2800 or toll-free (866) 299-8656. Find us on Facebook and Twitter.

  • Organizations interested in supporting the UH West Oʻahu Bachelor of Applied Science in Facilities Management may contact UHWO Interim Academic Program Officer and Director of Strategic Initiatives, Sherry Proper at
  • For more information about the UH West Oʻahu Bachelor of Applied Science concentration in Facilities Management, visit To apply to UH West Oʻahu, visit, call (808) 689-2900 or email The fall 2015 application deadline is July 1.

Ka Huli Ao LSAT Prep Classes for the October 2015 LSAT

From: The William S. Richardson School of Law/UH Manoa

Please find below information about LSAT prep classes offered by Ka Huli Ao Program at the Richardson School of Law. __________________________________________________________________

​ The Ka Huli Ao Program offers support for prospective applicants to the William S. Richardson School of Law who are preparing for the Law School Admissions Test. We plan to offer a LSAT preparation course scheduled to coincide with the October 3, 2015 administration of the LSAT.

To be eligible to enroll in the LSAT preparation course, you must complete an application packet and take at least one diagnostic test.

There are two diagnostic tests scheduled before the next LSAT course. The first diagnostic test is scheduled for Saturday, May 23rd (RSVP here). Another diagnostic test is scheduled for Saturday, June 27th (RSVP here). Both diagnostic tests will be held at the William S. Richardson School of Law. You may RSVP for one or both diagnostic tests.

Please contact Liam Skilling via email at if you are interested in complete information about the application process and requirements.  Enrollment in the courses is limited; completing all application requirements does not guarantee admission. Although we do the best to keep the cost of the course as low as possible, there is an administration and materials fee to enroll in the course.

HDOT News Release: Traffic Safety Advocates Remember Victims Of Fatal Crashes



Traffic Safety Advocates Remember Victims of Fatal Crashes

HONOLULU – Approximately two people are killed every week in a traffic crash in Hawaii. * It’s a shocking statistic that motivated over 100 government and community stakeholders from traffic safety, law enforcement, judiciary, highway design and data management to work together to develop and implement the Hawaii Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP).

It is a comprehensive five-year plan that prioritizes strategies to focus efforts and resources in eight emphasis areas, such as impaired driving, speeding, pedestrian safety and occupant protection.

Key members of this group, including the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT), Federal Highway Administration, county police departments, the Hawaii State Department of Health and other traffic safety partners, gathered at the State Capitol on May 12, 2015 to remember the victims of fatal traffic crashes and unveil the SHSP as their solution to these preventable deaths and serious injuries.


A total of 535 flags bearing the SHSP logo were placed on the Capitol lawn to represent each life lost in a traffic crash from 2010 through 2014.  They are a visual reminder of how many people would still be here today if not for a careless error.

“We have all heard stories of people dying because they chose not to wear their seat belts, or people who were killed by drivers who were intoxicated, speeding or distracted,” Governor David Ige said.  “A lot of these victims were just in the wrong place at the wrong time and paid the ultimate price for someone else’s mistake.” “In addition to the pain felt by the victims’ families and friends, there are economic costs to taxpayers, as well,” Ige said.  “The cost of traffic crashes in Hawaii is $73,059 every hour.  That’s $1.8 million a day and $640 million a year. “Because of all of these impacts on the people of Hawaii, we fully support the SHSP and its goal of reducing yearly fatalities from 100 to 80 or fewer by 2018,” Ige added.  “And we encourage all traffic safety advocates to use the SHSP as a guide to effect change on and off Hawaii’s roadways.”

In 2014, there were 95 traffic fatalities in Hawaii, the lowest in 39 years. “We are heading in the right direction, but we have a long way to go to reach our ultimate goal of zero deaths,” HDOT Director Ford Fuchigami said.  “The valued work of our traffic safety partners, such as the police departments’ enforcement efforts play an essential role in changing behaviors and making a difference toward our vision of having all Hawaii’s road users arrive safely at their destinations.”

At the event, HDOT and the four county police departments also launched the annual “Click It or Ticket” campaign, which started on May 11 and runs through May 25. 

Police statewide will be strictly enforcing Hawaii’s seat belt and child restraint laws during the national mobilization and throughout the year, day and night.

To download a copy of the Hawaii SHSP, please visit

*Based on 365 days divided by an average of 107 fatalities per year from 2010-2014.
Media Contact: Tim Sakahara Public Information Officer Hawaii Department of Transportation 808-587-2160

UPDATE Schofield prescribed burn wrapped up WED MAY 15

From: Bugala, Amy L CIV USARMY USAG (US) []
Sent: Wednesday, May 13, 2015 4:22 PM
Subject: UPDATE Schofield prescribed burn wrapped up WED MAY 15.

Aloha – we have an additional update on the prescribed burn at Schofield Barracks.

 Army fire officials have announced that WEDNESDAY (May 13) was the last day of active burning. They have a team conducting aerial reconnaissance to assess the amount of smoke in the area. Area residents should see diminishing smoke as they begin mop up efforts and firefighters monitor for any lingering hot spots.

Your assistance helping us spread the word is appreciated.


Amy L. Bugala
U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii and U.S. Army Hawaii
Public Affairs, Chief, Community Relations