Shaping Public Policy: A UHPA Priority

Public higher education in Hawaii plays a critical role in preparing people for quality jobs and fostering a life-long commitment to learning.  Traditional students and adults returning to school to retool for new careers all benefit from the University of Hawaii system. Yet we are all painfully aware that many of our elected officials have not given higher education and faculty their proper due respect.

In an economic environment in which revenue generation and related cost cutting continue to be the order of the day, the quality of public higher education continues to be threatened.  The UH has become a target from which to take away funds.  Accessibility and affordability of public higher education will begin to emerge as key concerns among Hawaii students unless we intervene and begin to take action now.

After two years of contract negotiations, we have come a long way.  We have a six-year agreement now in place, but the battle is far from over. We must now boldly engage in shaping public policy to ensure the terms of the contract can be effectively honored with adequate funding for the UH system. This heightened emphasis on public policy may be new for many UHPA members, but circumstances demand our undivided attention and involvement in this arena to ensure public higher education remains a priority.

In the coming weeks, watch for our new web pages on the UHPA website devoted to helping you stay abreast of the latest public policy issues.  Since this is a pivotal election year, be sure to visit these pages frequently for information on issues, candidates and other information to help you stay informed and make informed choices in the polls.

Pre-Tax Transportation Benefits Program

Reminders on the Pre-Tax Transportation Benefits Program:

  1. Employees wishing to cancel their June 2010 bus pass must submit the cancellation form to their personnel representative by April 22, 2010.
  2. Employees canceling their bus pass in June and wishing to reenroll in August must complete a new enrollment form during the Transportation Program Open Enrollment scheduled for May – June 2010.  The enrollment form may be submitted with the cancellation form in April, or during the Open Enrollment period.  More information on the Open Enrollment will be available soon.
  3. Effective July 1, 2010, TheBus Company will be increasing the price of the monthly bus pass from $50 to $60.  Employees wishing to cancel their July 2010 bus pass must submit the cancellation form to their personnel representative between May 1, 2010 and May 21, 2010.
  4. Once an employee cancels his/her bus pass enrollment, he/she may only reenroll during Open Enrollment.
  5. New employees have 60 days from the date of hire to enroll in the bus pass program.
  6. Employees already enrolled in the bus pass program need not re-enroll each year.  Participation will continue in the program unless the employee requests a cancellation.

Copies of the participant guide, flyer, processing schedule, and enrollment instructions are available at the OHR website.

Should you have any questions, please call Clifford Shinchi, Human Resources Specialist, at 956-8607.

2010-2013 UH Academic Calendar


The calendar conforms to the Board of Regent’s policy 5-5c and is in accordance with the Article V of the UHPA Agreement 2009-2015.

All campuses are required to begin each semester on the same date and to observe the same holidays.  As in the past, each campus establishes dates and deadlines for registration, advising, commencement and other academic activities.  These dates are usually set prior to each semester and are published with registration materials.

Summer session dates listed on the calendar are for the UH Manoa Outreach College.  Each campus schedules summer sessions according to the individual campus objectives.




Meetings re Impact of 2009-2015 Contract Settlement on Faculty Retirement

Notice of Faculty Meetings re Impact of the 2009-2015 Contract Settlement on Faculty Retirement 

UHPA Executive Director J. N. Musto and Robert W. Borek, Certified Financial Planner from Pacific Wealth Management, LLC, will be doing a presentation for faculty members who may be anticipating retirement or would like more information.  Noted below is the schedule of meeting times and places.  If you are unable to attend the meeting scheduled for your campus, you may attend any of the other scheduled meetings.

Date & Time                                       Meeting Site

Tuesday, March 2, 2010                      University of Hawaii at Manoa
3:30 – 5:00 p.m.                                 Architecture 205, 2410 Campus Rd., Honolulu

Wednesday, March 3                          University of Hawaii at Manoa
3:30 – 5:00 p.m.                                 Architecture 205, 2410 Campus Rd., Honolulu

Monday, March 8                                 Kapiolani Community College
12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m.                      Ohia 118, 4303 Diamond Head Rd., Honolulu

Tuesday, March 9                                Leeward Community College
3:00 – 4:30 p.m.                                 GT 105, 96-045 Ala ‘Ike, Pearl City

Wednesday, March 10                         University of Hawaii at Hilo
1:00 – 2:30 p.m.                                  UCB 127, 200 West Kawili St., Hilo

Wednesday, March 10                         Hawaii Community College
3:00 – 4:30 p.m.                                  Hale Kea Electronic Rm., Bldg. 387
Manono Campus
200 West Kawili St., Hilo

Wednesday, March 10                         West Hawaii Campus
3:00 – 4:30 p.m.                                   Vidcon Room, Building 1

Thursday, March 11                             University of Hawaii Maui College
3:00 – 4:30 p.m.                                  Library 101, 310 Ka’ahumanu Ave., Kahului

Friday, March 12                                  Windward Community College
3:00 – 4:30 p.m.                                  Akoakoa 105, 45-720 Kea’ahala Rd., Kaneohe

Monday, March 15                               Kauai Community College
3:00 – 4:30 p.m.                                 Technology Room 114, Electronics Bldg.
3-1901 Kaumuali’I Hwy., Lihue

Tuesday, March 16                              Honolulu Community College
3:00 – 4:30 p.m.                                 Norman Loui Center
Bldg. 2, Room 201
874 Dillingham Blvd., Honolulu