Regarding Tuesday’s Moped Incident on Dole

Aloha kākou,

Tragedy befell our campus this week. Two young men riding on their mopeds were involved in a crash that led to a fatality of one of the riders outside the Richardson School of Law and Holmes Hall on Dole Street on October 25, 2016 around 1:45PM. As of writing this message, it has not been confirmed if either of the two young men were students of UH Mānoa, but they both lived within the surrounding community and were Honolulu residents.

We are deeply troubled by the university’s lack of communication and response regarding this incident. Emails were not sent out to the UH community about the accident and road closure until 4:02pm–over two hours after the incident occurred. You may have also woken up this morning to receive another moped theft alert email with recommendations on how to secure your moped or bicycle, but no such recommendations were sent regarding counseling and resources available on-campus to help students process tragedies such as these. We are very disappointed in the university.

Regardless of our administration’s failure to respond to this tragedy in a timely and thoughtful manner, on behalf of the Graduate Student Organization Executive Council, we want to offer our sincerest condolences to the two young men involved in the accident and their families.

Please remember to travel safely as you go to and from campus and other areas around the island. Please remember to obey all traffic and road signs, monitor your speed, be vigilant of other cars and pedestrians around you, and always wear a helmet when riding a moped, motorcycle, or bicycle. And please know that we have resources available on-campus to help students in these times of need.

The Counseling & Student Development Center (CSDC) provides FREE and confidential individual and group counseling for UH Mānoa students, and free urgent consultation for faculty and staff of UH Mānoa. To schedule an appointment, please call their office at (808) 956-7927 or visit them at QLC 312.

Again, we offer our thoughts, prayers, and consideration to all affected by this event and we encourage students to take advantage of the free university counseling resources.

– Amy McKee, President, UH Manoa Graduate Student Organization