Two new leaders join the UH foundation

After a highly competitive national search, the University of Hawai‘i Foundation is very pleased to announce that Rebecca Tseng Smith and Tom Smith Tseng will be joining the UH Foundation executive team Dec. 10.0

“Rebecca and Tom bring great depth of experience working with donors, academic leaders and volunteers after serving in development, external relations, and alumni relations leadership roles during four successful billion dollar fundraising campaigns at some of the best universities in the country,” said University of Hawai‘i President David Lassner.

Rebecca Smith will join the team as the Vice President for Development and Campaign Co-Director focusing on the health sciences colleges and programs, and the 7 University of Hawai‘i System Community Colleges. Smith brings 30 years of university development experience. She is currently the Associate Dean for External Relations at the Stanford Graduate School of Education, Stanford University, California, a position she will be leaving when she joins the UH Foundation. Here she sets the vision, strategy and facilitates the execution of all aspects of external relations for the school. She also plays a leadership role in developing and executing fundraising strategy and working with major supporters of the university.

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Jess Da Best attracts a long line at HCC

IMG_8522 (2)Article by Ka La Staff Member Alyssa Baligad

Hi Cravings hit the main walkway at HCC this past Wednesday with its amazing acai bowls.

Students created a long line outside the Hi Cravings truck eager to order and receive the many acai creations that were offered. Many delicious toppings included healthy bananas, pineapple,  strawberry, papaya, grapes, almonds, and various berries. Hi Cravings also had non-fruit and non-nut items such as its famous cookie dough, sweetened condensed milk, caramel, chocolate drizzle, and other items.IMG_8518

Proud owner Jess Kamana’o, a.k.a. “Jess Da Best”, explains that she gives the choice to costumers to choose healthy or non healthy items because based on her belief of balance. (Paraphrased) “Everything is about balance” she says. She agrees with the concept of that one can have whatever he or she wants to eat, as long as it is in moderation. (Paraphrased) “People can eat non-healthy things as long as they balance it out with healthy food, you don’t have to cut out enjoyable non-healthy sweets completely, you just have to have your limitations.”

Kamana’o changes with the tides and provides fruit toppings that are in season to customers. By doing this she is able to always offer a variation of selections throughout the year. 

Kamana’o, her assistant, and co-owner husband Kalani, were able to drive away from HCC’s campus in good spirits after pleasing many of the college’s students taste buds. Hopefully HCC will see Hi Cravings again in the near future.


Photo taken by HCC student Shai RL

Other photos taken by student and Ka La staff member Alyssa Baligad


UH joins march against violence


University of Hawaii students, staff and faculty who joined more than 1,000 marchers  in the 21st Annual Men’s March Against Violence in Downtown Honolulu on Oct.
The theme of the march and rally was “Walk the Talk.”
“This is a great opportunity for UH to show our commitment to non-violence on our campuses and in homes throughout Hawaiʻi,” said UH President David Lassner.