Aloha, Larry Sakima
On January 14, about eighty of Larry's
coworkers and friends gathered at the Treetops Restaurant to wish him well in
his new career on Maui. Lauren Anzai (middle) and Jan Matsuura (right) presented
Larry with a Maui survival kit. Photos by Dave Au, PBRC.
In December, Larry Sakima, the Institute's assistant
director for administration since 1990, announced his intention to retire, effective
early in the new year. Larry's career at UH Manoa spanned nearly thirty years,
twenty of which have been at the IfA.
After obtaining his degree in accounting from UH, Larry
started work at the Social Science Research Institute in 1972. In April 1974,
the IfA's founding director, John Jefferies, hired him to help plan the NASA
Infrared Telescope Facility (IRTF). In 1975, Larry became the IfA's fiscal officer,
and in 1979, its chief administrative officer. This was a period of rapid development,
with the completion of the Manoa building in 1975, the Lunar Ranging Experiment
in 1976, and three major telescopes on Mauna Kea in 1979 (the Canada-France-Hawaii
Telescope, the IRTF, and the United Kingdom Infrared Telescope).
Larry realized that the Institute desperately needed
a way to match its human resources to the rapidly expanding and changing scientific
and technical demands. His solution, and his unique legacy to the IfA, was the
creation of three sophisticated recharge systems: the Job Order System, the
Administrative Recharge System, and Mauna Kea Observatories Support Services
(MKSS). Later, he created the Computer Services Recharge System. These systems
enable services provided by a wide variety of staff members to be charged to
the various projects or telescopes. Recently, the National Optical Astronomy
Observatories adopted the MKSS model for its operations in Chile.
From 1983 to 1990, Larry held a number of management
positions in the UH Systems Office, including director of the contracts and
grants management office. In July 1990, he returned to the Institute as assistant
director for administration, just in time for a second wave of major development
that included the Keck, Subaru, and Gemini telescopes, and the Submillimeter
Array on Mauna Kea; the AEOS, MAGNUM, and Faulkes telescopes on Haleakala; and
our new Hilo facility. Most recently, Larry played a major role in the transition
to the Institute's new organizational structure.
Although retired, Larry will maintain a close relationship
with the Universityhe has accepted a position as finance officer with
the Research Corporation of the UH at the Maui High Performance Computing Center.