On election day, I was delighted to see that a majority of
voters recognized what a vital role private schools play in
the creation of amore prosperous Hawai‘i. Private colleges and
universities throughout the state employ hundreds of people
and enroll thousands of students, all of whom contribute to
our economy by paying for local goods and services.
A university such as HPU strengthens the entire system of higher
education in the state by offering competition to public sector
schools such as the University of Hawai‘i. A university system
comprised of both public and private institutions will foster
a local economy that provides well-paying professional careers
and slows the brain-drain that lures more and more of the best
and brightest away from the islands every year.
Growth states such as California, Massachusetts, and Texas
have a strong public/private mix that helps fuel their prosperity
as well as their prominence in the global economy. For Hawai‘i
to thrive in a globalizing world, it is essential that we encourage
a vibrant system of higher education.
I know just how many of you went the extra mile to spread the
word, telling your friends, relatives, and neighbors about the
benefits of Question 2, not just for HPU but for all of Hawai‘i.
Because of your support, HPU will continue to holomua, as our
motto urges, to move forward!