the governor’s office. These included especially the Hawaii Graduation Initiative, which seeks to increase the “educational capital of the state,” and creation of a “21st century workforce for the research industry.” He praised the quality and vision of the university, saying that “everything I hope to be as governor, and in my life, has to do with the university. I came to Hawaii because of the University of Hawaii,” where he received “one of the best graduate educations available in the world.”

He stressed the value of education for a small state that must rely more on knowledge than it ever has. For Hawaii, which can no longer depend on revenues from sugar and pineapple, the UH can be the new driver to create new businesses in biofuels, geothermal, wind, and other alternative energies; continuing development of technologies of use to the military; and biomedical advances. “We are learning to work together here in Hawaii so we don’t have to look to outside sources,” he said in closing. “We have the entrepreneurs, the commitment, and the partners to do it. The UH is going to be in the lead in that effort, and I couldn’t be happier to make my total and complete commitment to it.”

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