Message From The Dean


With a few diversions for work and/or school, Hawai`i has been my home my entire life. As the 50th state that happens to be a thriving economic engine for the Pacific region, in the year 2000 there remained no University for training pharmacists in the entire region. Thus, I was thrilled when the College of Pharmacy was created by the late Senator Daniel Inouye to represent the center of excellence for the Big Island of Hawai`i. I had the honor to be a part of the inaugural group of administrators when the College began in 2007, and now we are proud to be named after the senator who gave us our beginning.

It’s been an auspicious ride as our College transitioned from “fledgling” to a fully accredited, highly regarded educational experience for more than 300 student pharmacists every year. Through the miracle of technology and a lot of sweat equity, we have been able to expand our faculty and student presence from the Big Island to O`ahu, Kaua`i and Mau`i, and even down to the South Pacific in Guam, American Samoa and Saipan. I have been delighted to take the lead in that growth, and look forward to future developments.

I was appointed Dean as the Class of 2020 began their new journey to becoming professional pharmacists, and I am fully committed to the duties of this role. The Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy is solidly positioned to move forward as we stay the course on our quest to become a top-25 school of pharmacy. Our students’ enthusiasm and dedication are mirrored in the spirit of our faculty, post-docs and pharmacy residents who continue their notable work in busy research labs and at patient care sites. Through their exceptional work, we continue to manifest our mission to provide excellent pharmaceutical healthcare, education and research within the State of Hawai’i and the Pacific Rim.

I pledge to work to my highest capability and look forward to making new professional contacts, new friends and new beginnings for improved health in the State of Hawai`i.

Mahalo for your support.

Carolyn Ma

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