The Associated Students of the University of Hawaii (ASUH), the undergraduate student government representing more than 11,000 students at UH Manoa, marks its 100th anniversary this year. In recognition of the event, the House of Representatives recognized some of the student organization's accomplishments and past officers.
Chartered by the Board of Regents in 1912, ASUH serves as an advocate for students and participates in the development of the Manoa Campus. Its activities throughout the years include the construction of the student union building in 1938, implementing a campus-wide shuttle system in 1990, a campus housing audit and the renovation of Frear Hall in 2006 and a reduced-fare student City Bus pass in 2010.
ASUH also manages a stock portfolio valued at almost $7 million which ballooned after the sale of the old Honolulu Stadium in 1975. Proceeds from the portfolio go toward the funding of several student organizations and student-driven projects.
The student government organization has served as a training ground for many of today's leaders in the community. It has provided them with the opportunity to become involved in the decision making process at the University, and enhance their leadership and management skills.
During a special floor presentation several former ASUH leaders were recognized as part of the 100th anniversary celebration:
· Richard Mizusawa, current ASUH President
· Jon Riki Karamatsu, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
· Gordon Ito, State Insurance Commissioner
· Gene Awakuni, Chancellor UH West Oahu
· Carl Takamura, former member of the House of Representatives
· Simeon Acoba, Associate Justice, Hawaii Supreme Court
· Lawrence Okinaga, partner in the law firm Carlsmith Ball
· Walter Kirimitsu, President, Headmaster and Chief Executive Officer of St. Louis School
Also, current Representatives Sylvia Luke (Makiki, Punchbowl, Nuuanu, Dowsett Highlands, Pacific Heights, Pauoa), K. Mark Takai (Aiea), Scott Nishimoto (Kapahulu, McCully, Moiliili), and Kaniela Ing (Makena, Wailea, Kihei) have also served as past ASUH presidents.