A pay-as-you go dinner was held on June 10 with President Lassner updating the group on continuing efforts and future plans at the University.
As in past years, UHAA-NCRC represented UH at the lei-draping ceremonies for both Saint Damien de Veuster and King Kamehameha I. Alumni attending the event joined UHAA-NCRC members in the presentations. President Lassner led the delegation and were joined by Congressional alumni, such as Senator Hirono, and OHA members.
Ten to eleven foot Leis were made to presented to the statues of King Kamehameha and Saint Damien de Veuster the day after. This was also an opportunity to demonstrate Hawaiian lei-making techniques to the public at the U. S. Botanic Garden.
NEW STUDENT/NEWCOMER’S WELCOME, August. 4, 2018.
A welcoming party was held at the home of Byron and Tawndra Shorter for incoming UH students and their families. In attendance were members from the UH Office of Admissions.
UHAA-NCRC participated in this first-year celebration of a new business, Ono Brewery, and used the opportunity to advertise UHAA and its programs, as well as receive donations for its scholarship. Lei-making demonstrations, using ribbon, yarn, paper and kukui nuts, as examples, were held with public participation. Members also provided some of the live entertainment in a spirit of Hawaiian camaraderie.
UHAA-NCRC members provided free live entertainment at the UH-Army Football Pre-Game at West Pont NY. UHAA worked together with UHAA-NCRC and assisted with the costs of the bus rental. This was a great example of how local chapters could work together with UHAA. Game ticket packages were provided by West Point.
* Support for UH interns spending a semester in the Hawai`i Congressional offices and at the Smithsonian Institution. Support includes providing items from a “lending closet” consisting of linen (bedsheets, towels, pillows, comforters) and kitchen appliances. Students are welcomed to DC on their arrival, invited to participate in Hawai`i-associated events and assisted and wished a “bon voyage” on their departure.
* Participation in regularly scheduled activities of the Hawai`i State Society of Washington, DC, to include DC Cherry Blossom Festival events; the annual Kamehameha Lei-Draping Event in Emancipation Hall (Visitor’s Center of the Capitol); and various other gatherings and celebrations through the year.
* UHAA-NCRC represents the University of Hawai`i at the Kamehameha Lei-Draping Event by having members make a 11-12 ft. lei at the U.S. Botanic Garden at least a day prior to the Lei-Draping event. A second lei is also made to adorn the statue of Saint Damien de Veuster in Statuary Hall. All UH graduates and current and former students of the UH System are invited to join UHAA-NCRC members in the lei-draping.
* Participation in area High School College Fairs in the area with personnel from the UH Office of Admissions. UH student interns also participate in such events, sharing their personal experiences with potential students.
* Participation in special receptions involving the University of Hawai`i schools and colleges and courtesy visits to the offices of Hawai`i’s Congressional representatives.