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History & Mission
The University of Hawaii at Hilo - College of Pharmacy Alumni Association became an officially recognized chapter of the University of Hawaii Alumni Association in March 2011. The mission of this chapter is to support the interests of the College of Pharmacy, advance the interests of alumni and promote the profession of Pharmacy by:
- Promoting effective communication between the School of Pharmacy and its alumni.
- Developing a network within the UHH COP Alumni.
- Promoting fund-raising for the UHH COP
- Involving alumni in student recruitment, mentorship, and placement programs.
- Fostering communication among the alumni, administration, faculty, and student body.
- Serving as a training ground to help develop leaders in pharmacy.
- Promoting social activity among alumni of the College of Pharmacy.
Message From The President Of The Alumni Chapter
To Alumni and Friends:
I offer my congratulations to the pharmacists who are graduates of the UHH College of Pharmacy Inaugural Class of 2011 and invite all to become members of the UHH
COP Alumni Association. I want to emphasize that it is never too early to get involved. Many graduates wait until much later in their careers to play a role in
the alumni association. The impact that recent UHH COP graduates can have on prospective and current students is significant. The UHH COP Alumni Association
promotes fellowship among members of the association, the pharmacy profession, pharmacy students, and members of all recognized allied health care professions.
To the entering first year pharmacy students, congratulations and welcome to the UHH College of Pharmacy. Over the next four years, the College of Pharmacy will
help you develop skills and obtain the knowledge that you will need to become a valuable member of the health care team. During this time, you will be challenged
academically. You will also have the opportunity to develop relationships with those around you and network with pharmacy leaders and health care specialists in the
Every great profession passes on its core principles through mentorship, which is the key to building and sustaining our profession. I invite all alumni to
increase your participation by getting involved in the UHH COP Alumni Association. Your input on the board or on one of its committees would be indispensable in
helping us to accomplish our mission.
It is emphasized that one does not have to be a graduate of the University of Hawaii to be a friend and member of the UHH College Alumni Association. By becoming a
member, you will have the opportunity to reunite with your classmates, network with pharmacists in the community and of course interact with your former faculty members.
I encourage all friends of the UHH COP to become members of the UHH COP Alumni Association.
Pharmacy alumni are an integral component of the College of Pharmacy’s success. Their philanthropic support is also essential to maintaining the outstanding education
and clinical preparation that the College of Pharmacy provides to current students.
For those of you who are members, I thank you for your commitment, support and dedication. For those who have not yet joined us, we look forward to your support. I
eagerly anticipate a year of service as your president. Please join with me to make it a memorable year for the UHH College of Pharmacy Alumni Association. You have the
unique opportunity this year to become a charter member of the COP Alumni Association.
Please contact us if you would like to attend an alumni meeting, assist with alumni or UHH COP activities, contact classmates, share information or simply ask a question.
We look forward to connecting with you. Each alumnus is an important member of our organization and our pharmacy community.
Current Officers and Directors
Pualei Santore, Pharm.D., President, Class of 2011
Ku'upua Akana, Pharm.D., Vice-President, Class of 2011
Elissa Kahahane, Pharm.D., Secretary, Class of 2011
Cari Niimi, Pharm.D., Treasurer, Class of 2011
Board of Directors:
Forrest Batz, Pharm.D.
Robert Borris, Ph.D.
Gerry Fujii, Pharm.D.
Elwin Goo, Pharm.D.
Roy Goo, Pharm.D.
Kathy Hirano, R.Ph.
Valerie Matsunaga, Pharm.D.
Joy Matsuyama, Pharm.D.
Lois Nash, R.Ph.
Kristine Onaga, Pharm.D.
Ronald Okamura, Pharm.D.
Jared Prudencio, Pharm.D.
Ronald Taniguchi, Pharm.D.
Sheri Tokumaru, Pharm.D.
Jessica Toyama, Pharm.D.
Roy Yamauchi, R.Ph.
Learn more about the College of Pharmacy
Here is our chapter bylaws document (Word format).