Join Your Friends at the 4th Annual All Class Reunion Set for the Willows Restaurant on the Evening of Friday, September 28th; WSRSLAA to Honor Outstanding Alumnus Gary O. Galiher ’77 and Dean’s Awardee Hon. Colleen Hanabusa.
Mark your calendars now to join the Alumni Association for our 4th Annual All Class Reunion at the serene and picturesque Willows Restaurant in Moiliili, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on the evening of Friday, September 28, 2007.
A full Kama`aina Feast buffet dinner, libation, music by Kupa`aina and good company will abound —you should not miss this annual event. Guests are welcome, so bring along your pals, spouse or significant other. The buffet includes poke, lomi salmon, fruit, salads, desserts, and five ono entrees—the Willows Famous Chicken Curry, the Island Catch of the Day w/ Miso Butter Sauce, Teriyaki Chicken Kara'age, Hawaiian Lau Lau and Prime Rib Au Jus. (See attached flier for menu details.) Call some buddies and make it a party!
This year, the Alumni Association proudly recognizes as its Outstanding Alumnus, Gary O Galiher ’77, founding partner of the firm of Galiher DeRobertis Ono. Gary was recently recognized by Honolulu Magazine as one of Hawaiʻi’s Best Lawyers in the field of mass tort litigation. Dean Avi Soifer will be recognizing Gary’s classmate, Senate President Colleen Hanabusa, the first Law School Alum to serve as the head of either house of the State Legislature, for her service to the Law School and leadership in the greater Hawaiʻi community. Gary’s and Colleen’s classmates, co-workers and friends are encouraged to join the Association in recognizing them for their many accomplishments in the profession and their commitment to the community.
The full dinner buffet is only $45 for law students and alumni association members, and only $50 for other alumni and guests. Admission includes the full buffet dinner and one standard drink. ($3 valet parking is available with event validation.)
Personalized invitations will be mailed out soon, but don’t wait until then to decide to attend. Send in the enclosed event flier to reserve a spot for you and your friends. Alumni from all classes are welcome, and we will be especially recognizing the 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th, & 30th reunion classes of 2002, 1997, 1992, 1987, 1982 and 1977, respectively.
Ethical Lobbying Seminar Featuring National Expert Slated for 8:30-11 a.m. on Tuesday, November 13th at the State Capitol Auditorium.
The Alumni Association and the Law School will be co-sponsoring a program on ethical lobbying featuring Ann Bailey, the ethics expert for the California State Senate and a top national speaker in the field, Daniel Mollway, executive director of the Hawaiʻi State Ethics Commission, and Charles Totto, executive director of the Honolulu Ethics Commission. If you or any of your clients appear before the legislature for money, including your salary, you need to know about lobbyist registration and regulation.
The seminar will be held at the State Capitol Auditorium (chamber level) from 8:30 – 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 13th. The cost for the seminar will be $29 per participant. Send in the attached registration form if you would like to attend. Provide copies of the form to your lobbyist friends.
Ete Bowl Practices Begin September 2nd, Players & Coaches Needed, so Come Out.
Miss the camaraderie of Ete Bowls past, or want to learn the game of flag football? Come join the Bruzers as a player or coach. Questions? Please call Sharon Nishi ’87 or send an email to Sonja McCullen ’02 or Alison Kunishige ’03. Practices at Kamamalu Field (between Nuuanu YMCA and the Pacific Club) will start at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 2nd, and continue every Sunday thereafter through the game. Start jogging and we’ll see you in September. Check the Law School’s on-line Calendar of Events or our website in October to find out date of this year’s game.
New WSRSLAA Officers and Directors Announced at Annual Meeting; Aloha to Outgoing Boardmembers.
The Association’s annual meeting was held, as scheduled, at the Plaza Club in Honolulu on the evening of Friday, June 29, preceding Food & Wine Extravaganza III. President Jill Hasegawa and Treasurer Wendy Miki submitted their annual reports, and a copy of Jill’s annual report is attached.
Jill announced that the following will be the WSRSLAA’s officers for the coming year: President – Jill Hasegawa, ’04; V.P.-- Leilani Tan ‘02; Treasurer -- Wendy Miki, ’00; Corresponding Secretary – Rosemary T. Fazio, ’78; and Recording Secretary – Shawn Benton, ’05. Returning Directors representing the Classes of 1976-1991 for two-year terms are: Haunani Burns ’80; Alexa Fujise ’80; and Stuart Kaneko ’77, who will join Robyn Au ’80, Diane Hastert, ’78; and Jim Williston, ’78, who were elected last year to represent those classes. Returning Directors representing the Classes of 1992 - 2006 for two-year terms are: Ming Chi ’05, Summer Kupau ’04, and Wendy Yamamoto ’03. They will join Lori Hiraoka ’00; Steve Duck ’03; and Jody Kaulukukui ’98 who were elected in 2005 to represent those classes. We also welcome to the Board the Dean’s Class of 2007 appointees: Rebecca Dayhuff and Nam Phan. They join the Dean’s 2006 appointees, Levi Hookano and Trisha Nakamura.
The Association wishes to thank retiring boardmembers Malia Schreck ’05 and Della Au Belatti ’03 for their board service. Malia served for the past two years, co-chairing the Class of 2006’s highly successful Graduating Class Dinner and providing her valuable input on many issues. Della served for the past four years. She and some of her classmates initiated the Graduating Class Dinner in 2003, she worked actively to reinstitute our annual All Class Reunion after a several-year hiatus and, with Norm Cheng and Garrick Lau, she organized our first two Food and Wine Extravaganzas. We will miss Malia’s and Della’s positive energy on the Board, but hope they will continue their support for the Association and the Law School.
Over 80 Alumni & Friends Gather at the 3rd Annual Food & Wine Extravaganza.
Over 80 Law School alumni and friends gathered on the evening of Friday, June 29th at the Plaza Club for food, wine and camaraderie. Thanks to Mike and Terry Kakazu of HASR Wine Co., Sky Cameron of Chambers and Chambers Wine Merchants, Chris Muraoka and Garet Tanaka of Johnson Bros., John Romero and Mark Miyahira of Southern Wine and Spirits, and Mike Kido for their generous wine donations, including a number of fine European, domestic and other vintages. Thanks also to Mike Kakazu, Sky Cameron and Chris Muraoka for sharing their in-depth knowledge of the many wines with our guests.
A special “mahalo” to Gordon Arakaki ’84 for coordinating with the wine merchants and vendors and for sponsoring our event at the Plaza Club. Thanks also to Dean Soifer, who addressed the gathered multitude with a brief “state of the Law School” address and to Associate Dean Laurie Tochiki, Professor David Callies and Law School Chief Operating Officer Dale Lee for joining us for the evening.
2003 Law School Graduate and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Biologist Elizabeth Sharpe Passed Away in June.
We regret to report that Elizabeth Sharpe passed away on June 5, 2007. Elizabeth had a long career with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service before entering the Richardson Law School in 1999. After receiving her B.S. from the University of California at Davis, Elizabeth began her USF&WS career in Alaska at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, where she worked on a number of projects involving wolves, foxes, sea otters (including the cleanup in the wake of the Exxon Valdez disaster), Aleutian Canada geese, seabirds and bald eagles. Then after a number of years in the Service’s regional office in Portland, Oregon, Elizabeth came to Hawaiʻi, where she worked on a number of vertebrate recovery issues, including conservation efforts on the Big Island, U.S. Army consultations, communications tower evaluations, and eventually as a coordinator on the Service’s sea turtle recovery effort. In 2003 Elizabeth graduated from the Law School with, not surprisingly, a certificate in Environmental Law, and continued her life’s work with USF&WS.
An "Aloha Attire" memorial/tribute for Elizabeth was held on July 1 at the Keaiwa Heiau State Recreation Area in Aiea. Elizabeth’s husband, Bernard (“Bernie”) Fick, spoke and a PowerPoint photo collage reflecting Elizabeth’s life was presented at the gathering.
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1977 – Congratulations to Darwin Ching, whom Governor Lingle has named as the interim director of the State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. The appointment is subject to Senate confirmation in 2008. Darwin has served as a deputy prosecuting attorney and deputy attorney general, as a member of the State Board of Education and has been in private practice for many years. He is also the first Richardson Law School alum to be the father of two other alumni.
1988 – “Way to go” to Chuck Narikiyo, who topped all other sports trivia buffs in this year’s KKEA ESPN A.M. 1420 “Napa Ultimate Sports Trivia Challenge.” In the final round Chuck beat the 2006 champ Royden Murananka 5-1.
1990 – Hats off to Leslie H. Kondo, who leaves the Office of Information Practices to join the Public Utilities Commission as a Commissioner. Les will complete the six-year term of Wayne Kimura, who retired prior to the end of his term (July 30, 2008).
1993 -- Our best wishes to Hon. Tommy Waters, who has joined Dean Young in the law firm of Waters & Young, LLLC. The firm plans to emphasize criminal defense, DUI and license revocation matters, liquor licensing, and personal injury litigation. The new firm is located in Ste. 465 of the Pauahi Tower, 1001 Bishop St.
1995 & 1998 – The Pacific Business News recently named alumni Christopher Dang ’95 and Sharon Har ‘98(V) as among its “40 Under 40” list of rising stars in Hawaiʻi’s business community. In addition to his law practice, Christopher donates much of his time to help the Hawaiʻi Bone Marrow Registry, Catholic Charities of Hawaiʻi, Easter Seals Hawaiʻi and the Hawaiʻi Medical Center Foundation. Sharon, a Bays, Deaver firm associate and former adviser to then Lt. Governor Mazie Hirono, was recently elected to her first term in the State House, representing Makakilo-Royal Kunia-Kapolei.
1996 – Belated congratulations to Robert Piper, upon his appointment in January as Deputy Director of the State Department of Budget and Finance. Prior to the appointment, Robert had been serving as a key adviser to Lt. Gov. James “Duke” Aiona (’81). Robert had previously worked for the Paul Johnson and Tam O’Connor firms and at the Bank of Hawaiʻi in several capacities.
1999 – Kudos to Kai Wang, currently a partner at Carlsmith Ball LLP, upon her acceptance into Harvard’s LL.M. program beginning in the Fall of 2007. When her program is completed, she will receive her third law degree, following an LL.B. from her native China and her WSRSL J.D.
Golf Tournament Committee Looking for New Members.
The WSRSLAA Golf Tournament Committee is looking for some new members. Some of the Committee’s ancient members have been serving since the inaugural tournament 20 years ago, and would like to pass their knowledge on to the younger generation of go-getters. If you would be interested in joining the committee in preparation for our 2008 tournament, please contact Colin Kurata ’78 (co-chair) at 524-2900, Jim Williston ’78 at firstname.lastname@example.org, or any of our other committee members: David Arakawa ‘81, Sieu Che ‘05, Ming Chi ‘05, Levi Hookano ’06, Stuart Kaneko ‘77, Harlan Kimura ‘82, Sesnita Moepono ‘86, Carter Siu ‘99, James J. Stone ’76 (co-chair), Scott Suzuki ‘04, Michael Vieira ‘04, and Wendy Yamamoto ‘03.
20th Annual Golf Tournament at Hawaiʻi Prince a Great Success.
“Mahalo” to our hard-working tournament committee (listed in the preceding article) for a great 20th Annual Law School Alumni & Friends Golf Tournament at the beautiful Hawaiʻi Prince Golf Course in Ewa on May 17th. Although the Association did not have the required minimum of 144 golfers, thanks to the generosity of our tournament sponsors and donors we were still able to raise $5,000 for scholarships to law students committed to public service and for the Elder Law Clinic. We would also like to thank Dean Avi Soifer, Chief Justice (retired) William S. Richardson, and the U.H. Rainbow Dancers for coming out to Ewa and adding their positive energies to the tournament. We are also grateful to the McCorriston firm, Carnazzo Court Reporters, and Jim Williston for sponsoring law student teams in the tournament.
The tournament had a three-person team one-two best ball format, with one golfer’s score recorded for each odd-numbered hole and two scores recorded for each even-numbered hole. To encourage participation and discourage “sandbagging,” the best prizes (including some fabulous golf and travel packages) did not go to the lowest scoring teams, but to the teams finishing 10th, 20th, 30th and 40th in the tournament’s 45-team field.
Following the tournament, a sumptuous buffet dinner/awards banquet was held at the Bird of Paradise Restaurant on the grounds of the Hawaiʻi Prince Golf Course. Kudos to the Prince for a great spread and to Tournament Co-chair Colin Kurata for his jovial emceeing of the program and prize giveaway.
Winner of the Waihee Trophy for the best all alumni/student team was the team of Kaleen Miyasato (’00), Anne Lopez (’01), and Philip Miyoshi (’00).
Winner of the Richardson Trophy for the best mixed alumni and guest team (with the overall low net score) was the team of Dan Pagliarini (’87V), Blake Bushnell (’87) and Anthony Pace.
Winner of the Dean’s Trophy for the best all-guest team was the Goodsill Team of John Lacy, Randy Baldemor and Vince Baldemor.
Winners of the trophy for the best all-wahine team was the Galiher DeRobertis team of Diane Ono (’91), Andrea Dolim and Joyce Kimura.
Winners of the Nick Garcia putting contest and the Odyssey putters donated by Garcia Rosenberg & McKay was the team of Cathy Takase ‘89, Gerald Takase ‘82 and Craig Sadamoto ‘84.
Our thanks to the many volunteers, including law students, Law School staff, Elder Law Clinic staff and others who gave up their afternoon or evening to help make the tournament a success.
The following is a list of the tournament’s sponsors, prize donors and other donors. Without their kokua, the tournament would not have been the success that it was, so please show your aloha to these firms and businesses.
DONORS AND SUPPORTERS WE THANK AND ACKNOWLEDGE:
Please support all of our sponsors and donors!!
Cutter Automotive Team
Carlsmith Ball, LLP
Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel
Frank K. Goto, Jr.
Colin K. Kurata
Galiher DeRobertis Ono
Harlan Y. Kimura
McCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon
Chief Justice (Retired) William S. Richardson
Law Offices of Jim Stone
James S. Williston
Alexander Bros. Ltd
Cades Schutte Fleming & Wright
Carnazzo Court Reporting Company, Ltd.
Law Offices of Dan Colon
Dawn Pacific, Inc.
Emmanuel G. Guerrero
HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union
Lyle S. Hosoda & Associates, LLC
Kobayashi Sugita & Goda
Koshiba Agena & Kubota
Watanabe Ing & Komeiji
Wired Right, Inc.
Carnazzo Court Reporting Company, Ltd.
Winer Meheula & Devens, LLP
Galiher DeRobertis Ono
Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel
Ringler Associates Honolulu
Yummy’s Restaurant Group
Grand Prize and Contest Donors
Alan Wong’s Restaurant
Garcia Rosenberg & McKay
Law Offices of Jim Stone
Princeville Makai and Prince Golf Courses
Sheraton Hotels in Waikiki
Law Offices of Jim Stone
Other Prize Donors
3660 On The Rise
Agnes’ Portuguese Bake Shop
Bob’s Big Boy
The Chef’s Table
Ewa Beach Golf Club
First Hawaiian Bank/Gary Caulfield
Garcia Rosenberg & McKay
Gift & Gourmet
Emmanuel G. Guerrero
Hawaiʻi Prince Hotel and Golf Club
Hawaiian Electric Co.
Hawaiian Organics LLC/Body Mint & Pet Mint
Hy’s Steak House
I Love Country Café
Kapolei Golf Club
Ko Olina Golf Club
Colin K. Kurata
Mililani Golf Club
Pearl Country Club
Romano’s Macaroni Grill
Roots & Relics
Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Sansei Seafood Restaurant
Steven Shinn, Esq., in Las Vegas
Southern Wines & Spirits
Tanaka of Toyko
Wil Tungol/Filipino Chamber of Commerce
Wailea Golf, LLC
Yummy’s Restaurant Group
David Z. Arakawa
Dr. Albert T. Yamamoto, D.D.S., Inc.
Bird of Paradise Restaurant
Hawaiʻi Prince Golf Club
Ryan’s Graphics Corp.
Univ. of Hawaiʻi Rainbow Dancers
2007 Directories Distributed—Errata on Separate Attached Errata Sheet.
Thanks to our hard-working Directory Committee (Jim Williston (chair), Ming Chi, Rosemary Fazio, Jill Hasegawa, Diane Hastert, and Lori Hiraoka), and to Amy Wiecking and her crew at the Law School, the 2007 Directory was printed and distributed to alumni in May. The Directory includes listings of alumni sorted by last name (alphabetical listing), geographical location, area of practice emphasis and graduating class. Thanks to Dean Soifer and the Law School the Directory was distributed to all alumni in the U.S., rather than solely to dues-paid members.
Although we sought to be accurate, a number of alums have provided us with new directory information and corrections, which are listed on the Separate Errata Sheet attached to this newsletter. (In order to protect the privacy of these alumni, the contact information is not listed in the newsletter on-line.
Annual Report (For Term from July 2006 – June 2007), Presented by WSRSLAA President Jill M. Hasegawa to the Membership at the Association’s Annual Meeting June 29, 2007. (Edited.)
I would like to thank Dean Soifer, his administration, the Law School faculty and students, and the WSRSLAA membership and Board their support during the past year. This year, we attempted to revitalize our organization by focusing our energies on better serving our members and the community. We also attempted to involve more of our members in various activities, which proved to be very successful.
Our alumni returned to their roots of public service. In July 2007 we implemented the first of our semi-annual service projects, with over 25 volunteers helping to build a home with Habitat for Humanity. We continued on our path, with an even more successful volunteer day with the Waimea Valley Audubon Center, involving over 35 members, friends and family of our law school ohana. We will continue with this effort, returning back to Habitat for Humanity for a service project on July 21, 2007 [since completed]. We hope that you will be able to join us as we give back to the community and remember why many of us went to law school--to help others.
This year, we had many successful events that strengthened our relationship with the Richardson Law School. Our Third Annual All Class Reunion held in September of 2006 saw over 120 alumni and guests gather at the Moana Surfrider Hotel in Waikiki. At the event the Association recognized Jackie Mahi Erickson (’77) as its outstanding alumna for 2006-07, and Dean Avi Soifer recognized the Honorable Alexa Fujise (’80) for her long and unwavering support for the Law School and accomplishments in and contributions to the legal profession. This year, with the help of Greg Lui-Kwan (‘82) and Debbie Lee (‘82) we are planning an even bigger and better reunion, set for Friday, September 28, 2007 at the Willows. We hope to see you all there.
The Alumnae Bruzers won a spirited and closely fought 36-18 victory in Ete Bowl XXVIII in November of 2006. I would like to thank the coaches and the Bruzers for their efforts, despite the loss of several key team leaders to due to family tragedies. Mahalo to the Law School Etes for their sportsmanship, for a great pre-game pep rally, and for hosting a great luau after the game.
In April 2007, the Alumni Association hosted a wonderful Graduating Class Dinner due to the hard work of Levi Hookano (’06) and Trisha Nakamura (’06). Over 100 students, faculty, alums and guests attended the dinner, which was held in Waikiki. Mahalo to Judge Sabrina McKenna (‘82) for sharing her thoughts and experiences at the event, and for imparting her thoughtful advice to the new members of our alumni association as they go forward.
After several long years in the making, our 2007 Alumni Directory was published and distributed to members of our law school community in May. “Thank you” to our Directory Committee and the law school administration for all their hard work putting together the Directory. A special mahalo to Amy Wiecking, the Law School’s Director of Career Services, and Ming Chi, the Law School’s Assistant Director of Development, for all their assistance in putting together the 2007 Directory. Thanks also to the hard work of the Directory Committee Chair Jim Williston (‘78) and the rest of the Directory Committee, this directory, now in its fourth edition, was the best yet.
The Law School has also welcomed several people back as members of its administration and said farewell to another longtime supporter. In December 2006, Associate Dean Carol Mon Lee retired. Her support of the Law School and our alumni association was greatly appreciated. In recognition of all that she had done for our Law School and this association, Carol was named an honorary member of our association. The law school welcomed Dale Lee, former President of the Hawaiʻi State Bar Association and adjunct faculty member, as its new Chief Operating Officer/Senior Adviser. We look forward to working with Dale and wish him all the best. We have already seen benefits from Dale’s tenure, as he secured a generous donation of office furniture for our School. The Law School also welcomed back alumna Cynthia Quinn (‘88) as its new Director of Communications and External Relations. Cyndi’s efforts have already had notable effects, including reaching out to our neighbor island alumni at events that have been held on the Big Island, and are planned for Maui and Kauai. After a long vacancy, the Law School has also filled its Director of Development position with Jennifer Hee, who joined us in May 2007. She has done a fantastic job so far, meeting with many of our alumni and traveling with Dean Soifer and Development Associate Ming Chi (‘05) to various law firms in Honolulu. It’s wonderful to welcome them all as an integral part of our Law School.
We also wish to recognize Laurie Tochiki (’80), upon her recent promotion to Associate Dean status at the Law School. Laurie has been unstinting in her devotion to the law students, and has always shared her boundless aloha with the Alumni Association
The William S. Richardson School of Law
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Ethical Lobbying in Hawaiʻi
8:30 – 11 a.m., November 13, 2007
State Capitol Auditorium
Ann Bailey, Chief Counsel
California State Senate Legislative Ethics Committee
Daniel J. Mollway
Exec. Dir. & General Counsel
Hawaiʻi State Ethics Commission
Executive Dir., Honolulu Ethics Commission
R.S.V.P. by Nov. 1, 2007; Registration fee: $29; Please make checks payable to: William S. Richardson School of Law Alumni Association c/o 841 Bishop Street, Suite 1628, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi 96813. Questions? Call Melissa Pavlicek
Name of person(s) attending: ___________________________________
Email Address: ____________________________________
Last Chance to Join WSRSLAA for 2007
If you haven’t yet joined the Richardson School of Law Alumni Association for 2007, this will be the last newsletter solicitation for membership. If you are unsure of whether you are a member, please check our website or send us an email.
WSRSLAA MEMBERSHIP FORM - 2007
(SEND WITH $20 DUES CHECK TO WSRSLAA AT P.O. BOX 952 HONOLULU HI 96808)
Name: _______________________________ Graduating Class: _______________
Address _____________________________ Phone: ____________________
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Email address: ______________________
MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO “WSRSLAA”
Note: December 2006 and May 2007 graduates are automatically members of the WSRSLAA for 2007
ALL CLASS REUNION
THE WILLOWS RESTAURANT
(901 HAUSTEN STREET)
FOOD: FABULOUS KAMA`AINA FEAST (SEE BELOW)
DRINK: One Standard Drink Included; other drinks available on a no-host basis
PLACE: The Willows’ Kapa’akea Banquet Room, 901 Hausten St.
TIME: 6:00 – 9:00 P.M.
MUSIC: HAWAIIAN – Kevin Chang and Stan Tibayan of Kupa`aina
PRICE: $45 for Alumni Association Members, Law Students and Law Faculty
$50 for other alumni and guests. (Check you membership status at http://www2.hawaii.edu/~lawalum/)
PARKING: $3 Valet parking across Hausten St. from the Willows (with event validation)
HONOREES: Outstanding Alum Award – GARY O. GALIHER (1977)
Dean’s Award -- HON. COLLEEN HANABUSA (1977)
REUNION Class of 1977 (30th Reunion); Class of 1982 (25th Reunion); Class of 1987 (20th Reunion
CLASSES: Class of 1992 (15th Reunion); Class of 1997 (10th Reunion); Class of 2002 (5th Reunion)
THE WILLOWS’ KAMA`AINA FEAST INCLUDES:
COLD ITEMS: HOT ENTREES:
Fresh Salad with Choice of Dressings The Willows’ famous chicken curry w/ condiments
Fresh Pineapple & Melons Island Catch of the Day w/ Miso Butter Sauce
Ahi and Tako Poke Teriyaki Chicken Kara`age
Lomi Lomi Salmon Hawaiian Lau Lau
Prime Rib Au Jus (with horseradish available)
Steamed white rice, poi and breadbasket BEVERAGES:
Coffee, Hot Tea, or Iced Tea
DESSERTS: One Standard Drink included;
Assorted Pies and Cakes other libations available on a no host basis