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2016 Annual Veterans Conference: Transitioning Beyond

2016 Annual Veterans Conference

Wednesday, March 9, 2016
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

UH Mānoa Campus Center Ballroom

The 2016 Annual Veterans Conference is focused on transitioning from college to post-college life. This can range from going into graduate school, going into a career and returning to government service.

The conference will include guest speakers, student veteran panel, and information regarding current veteran initiative on the Mānoa campus.

Lunch will be provided for registrants. No cost to attend. Please register for the event.

Registration Deadline: February 26, 2016

Registration for the annual veterans conference is now closed,
however you're more than welcome to attend the conference on March 9th***

For inquiries regarding resource fair vendors, please email us at

***You may still attend the conference unregistered, but we will not be able to provide lunch to unregistered participants.

Download the 2016 Conference Agenda (PDF) *

Download the 2016 Annual Veterans Conference Flyer (PDF) *


Col. Ronald P. Han Jr (Key note speaker)

Col. Ronald P. Han Jr

Ronald P Han Jr is a retired Colonel who served in the United States Air Force for 28 years. Col. Han, a graduate from both Iolani School and the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, received his commission through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps at UH Mānoa and served on active duty for over eight years before entering the Hawaiʻi Air National Guard in 1992. It was through the HIANG, that Col. Han commanded various Squadrons, Groups and high level command positions.

Col. Han's honorable service has been met with various awards and military honors, to include to include the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, and the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with silver oak leaf cluster, among many other awards and distinctions throughout his years of service.

Col. Han retired from the Air Force on July 1, 2011 and was appointed as the Director of the State Office of Veterans Services under the Hawaiʻi State Department of Defense on November 7, 2011. Col. Han is also a member of the State Advisory Board on Veteran Services, Board Trustee and the Vice Chair for the Finance Committee for the Hawaiʻi Veterans Memorial Fund, and a member of the University of Hawaiʻi Task Force for Student Veterans.

Mr. Allen Kaleiolani Hoe (Plenary speaker)

Mr. Allen Kaleiolani Hoe

Mr. Allen Kaleiolani Hoe is a Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army for Hawaiʻi who has a lifetime of public service in the state of Hawaiʻi. Mr. Hoe is a graduate of the Hawaiian Mission Academy, Leeward Community College, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and William S. Richardson School of Law, earning numerous professional school certificates and awards.

Mr. Hoe is also a decorated US Army combat veteran who deployed to Vietnam with the 196th Light Infantry Brigade, 2nd Battalion 1st Infantry Regiment, Recon Platoon, 23rd Infantry. His awards include the Combat Medics Badge, Purple Heart, and the Bronze Star Medals.

Mr Hoe has been a licensed attorney in the state of Hawaiʻi since 1977, with a solid background in Government, Labor, Business and Private practice. His public service includes being the Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army, CASA, Department of Veteran Affairs, VA Advisory Committee on the Readjustment of Veterans, Member; the Vietnam Women's Memorial Foundation Board of Directors; Hawaiʻi State Land Use Commission, Chairman; Hawaiʻi State Ethics Commission, Chairman; Aloha Stadium Authority, Member and the Native Hawaiian Bar Association, to list just a select few.

Conference Agenda (subject to change)

Morning Session
8:00AM - 8:30AM Registration
8:30AM - 9:00AM Welcome Remarks / Posting of Colors / National Anthem
9:00AM - 10:30AM Plenary Speakers:
COL (ret) Ronald P. Han Jr.
Mr. Allen Kaleʻiolani Hoe
10:30AM - 11:30AM Breakout Session I
- The VA’s New Role in Promoting Veterans’ Academic Success (CC Executive Dining Room)
- Graduate Education at UH Mānoa (CC 307)
11:30AM - 12:30PM Lunch and Resource Fair
Afternoon Session
12:30PM - 1:00PM UH Mānoa Student Veteran Survey Results
1:00PM - 2:00PM Breakout Session II
- UH Mānoa Career Center (CC Executive Dining Room)
- UH Mānoa Bridge to Hope (CC 309/310)
2:00PM - 2:45PM Veteran Panel Presentation
2:45PM - 3:00PM Retirement of Colors/Closing

Breakout Sessions

Breakout session I - 10:30 am

Location: Campus Center Executive Dining Room

Title: The VA’s new role in promoting veterans’ academic success

Description: Widely known for its rigid policies that deter veterans from accessing services and care, the VA has recently implemented two very novel and exciting programs for student veterans. Known as VITAL and VSOC, VA is funding psychologists and Vocational Rehabilitation specialists to assist student veterans directly on campus. Learn what these programs have to offer you as a veteran and see how much the VA is striving to change in order to meet the current needs of student veterans.

Lynn Tokumine, PsyD (VITAL at HPU)
Claire Kusakabe and Gwen Dang (VSOCs LCC/UH and HPU respectively)
Nadine Shigezawa, PhD (VITAL at LCC/UHM)

Breakout Session I - 10:30 am

Location: Campus Center 307

Title: Graduate Education at UH Mānoa

Description: The Office of Graduate Education (OGE) will provide a brief overview of student support services we offer as well as the graduate degrees and certificates that are available. We will share the application process as well as tips on how to prepare and seek further information about your program of interest.

Dr. Krystyna Aune, Graduate Dean.
Dr. Julienne Maeda, Associate Graduate Dean.

Breakout Session II - 1:00 pm

Location: Campus Center Executive Dining Room

Title: Mānoa Career Center

Description: The Mānoa Career Center is a university resource that specializes in providing the tools for seeking employment from both on-campus and off-campus employers. Mānoa Career Center provides services such as career counseling, as well as workshops that helps students build a formidable professional profile.

Presenter: TBD

Breakout Session II - 1:00 pm

Location: Campus Center 309/310

Title: UHM Bridge to Hope

Description: As many may know, when VA-benefit recipients graduate they no longer receive the Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) which is very instrumental for living in Hawaiʻi. This session will explore methods and resources to help VA-benefit recipients to save and stretch their MHA stipends leading up to graduation and while looking for their next endeavors in life.

Presenter: TBD

More information, contact: Office of Veteran Student Services Email:

Campus child care for children ages 2-5 at University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Children's Center

Up to 50% direct child care subsides is available for student parents with our CCAMPIS (Child Care Access Means Parents In School) Program. Applications are being accepted. Priority given to military families.

For more info visit:
(Application for services are available for downloading on our website)
as well as our CCAMPIS Grant Application (under Enrollment Forms)

Phone: (808) 956-7963

Student Work-Study Allowance Program Application

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Student Work-Study Allowance Program:

The Work-Study Allowance Program offers an additional non-taxable allowance to students in return for performing VA-related activities. It serves as a supplemental VA education benefit and often provides the additional funding that allows a student to pursue and accomplish educational goals.

Download the VA Student Work-Study Application (PDF) *

Please include your email address with your application. You may also return the printed form to the Office of Veteran Support Services.

More information, contact:

VA's website:

Take part in a study of military families:

Ohana Heroes brochure

Download the Ohana Heroes Project brochure (PDF) *

More information, visit:

In the News: UH System News

UH seeks nominations for student veterans task force
Posted: Oct 01, 2013

University of Hawaiʻi Interim President David Lassner is looking for UH staff, faculty, community members, government officials, UH veteran students and graduates interested in working together to recommend how to improve services for the UH System student veterans.

Read the full UH System news article >>

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