HPU to Launch Global Lecture Series with $50,000 Grant from Hawaiian Electric Industries

August 22, 2014

Geoffrey Bannister and Connie Lau at Aloha Tower Marketplace
Geoffrey Bannister and Connie Lau at Aloha Tower Marketplace

HONOLULU — Hawai‘i Pacific University (HPU) announced today that it has been awarded a $50,000 gift from Hawaiian Electric Industries  to support the establishment of a Presidential Lecture Series on Global Leadership and Sustainability to be launched as part of HPU’s 50th anniversary in 2015.

HPU’s Presidential Lecture Series on Global Leadership and Sustainability will bring together students, educators, community leaders, innovators, and thought leaders for an inspirational, intellectual and interactive forum. The objective is to transform the way leadership and sustainability are taught, studied and practiced in order to bring positive benefits to Hawai‘i and beyond.

“We believe that achieving a vibrant future for Hawai‘i starts with a healthy dialogue on key community issues,” said Connie Lau, president and CEO of Hawaiian Electric Industries. “We commend HPU on its efforts to foster awareness of these issues and to highlight important themes, like resiliency, through the Presidential Lecture Series. As we’ve seen from the devastation following Tropical Storm Iselle, it’s critical for us to ensure our systems and infrastructure are resilient for our community now and for generations to come.”

Over the next two years, up to six nationally and internationally recognized speakers will be invited to take the lectern to stimulate conversation and promote leadership on critical topics related to environmental sustainability. Additionally, the series will address a range of topics, including the challenges of transitioning to a sustainable system in an island economy, food safety, energy production, and housing.

“As an island community, Hawai‘i is both ecologically and culturally positioned to address sustainability and resiliency issues that are of importance on a global scale. The Presidential Lecture Series will help the community better understand the connection between environmental sustainability and economic growth,” said Dr. Geoffrey Bannister, president of Hawai‘i Pacific University. “We are grateful for the generous support from Hawaiian Electric Industries and its shared commitment to build a strong community for Hawai‘i’s future.”

Admission to all lectures will be free and open to the public. A schedule and additional details will be released in December 2014. For more information about the Presidential Lecture Series on Global Leadership and Sustainability, please visit