College Council

The College Council is a college-wide organization with representatives from all major campus constituencies.  The College Council serves as the kauhale’s forum to facilitate dialogue on college-wide issues; and advises the Chancellor on issues that affect the entire College and that are not exculsively governed by another body, such as the Academic Senate, ASUH-HawCC, etc.

Chair 2016-17: Mari Giel,

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Thank You For a Great Year!

Aloha HawaiiCC Faculty and Staff,

Thank you for allowing me to serve as your College Council Chair for the past 2 years.  There have been many changes, some welcomed and others not so welcomed, in these past 2 years.  I hope that you’ve found the College Council to be your source of up-to-date information on the important issues that impact our college, and the venue for your voice to be heard on these issues.

It has been a great privilege to serve you, and I hope that we’ll all continue to work together toward making our College Council the comprehensive and viable “voice” of the college that it can be.  Please continue to support Mari Giel, our incoming College Council Chair for 2016-17 and consider applying for College Council Vice-Chair role if YOU want to take a leadership position that can help to guide our college.

To review our accomplishments this past year, please see my College Council End of Year Report:  End of Year Report 2015-16

I hope everyone has a safe and rejuvenating summer and I look forward to seeing everyone back in the Fall!

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College Council Endorses Strategic Directions 2015-21!

At the December 2015 College Council meeting, we received and voted to endorse the new Hawaii CC Strategic Directions document for 2015-21.  This will guide our initiatives and priorities over the next 5 years.  Thank you to the many members of our Kauhale who took the time to review, edit, and provide feedback regarding this document.  We appreciate the hard work and effort you put forth in preparing this important document!

Here’s the final document:  HawCC Strategic Directions 2015-2021-FINAL 2015-12-08

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Welcome to Academic Year 2015-16!

Aloha HawCC Faculty and Staff!

What an exciting year this will be for all of us!  As we celebrate 75 amazing years of teaching, learning, service and transformations, all in the spirit of “E Imi Pono”, we invite all of you to celebrate and reflect on where we’ve been, how far we’ve come and the future that lies ahead.

As you probably know, our Palamanui Campus is now open and servicing students on the west side of the island!  It came down to the wire trying to get everything ready for the start of the fall semester, but we’re thankful that many hands and hearts came together to make it happen.  The transition to full functionality will still take some time, but we appreciate the patience and dedication of the faculty, staff, and administrators who are making this a reality.   This beautiful new facility will carve a new path for higher education opportunities for students, and I’m excited to watch this campus blossom in the next few years!

Another huge change is right around the corner, as our Chancellor Noreen Yamane retires at the end of the year.   Vice President for Community Colleges John Morton announced at the all college meeting that he will initiate a national search for our next Chancellor beginning this fall.  But we need to, as a campus, come to consensus on what we’re looking for in our next leader.  Please be thinking about this, as we will be seeking your input in the next weeks to come.

Finally, thank you to all the hard working administrators, faculty, staff and even students who work tirelessly to make Hawaii Community College an amazing place to learn, work, and even play.  I see everyday people working so hard to make this a better place and to be as student centered and helpful as possible.  Cheers to all of you for your great work…keep it up!

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Long Range Development Plan – Komohana Campus

Last week Chancellor Yamane, along with the developers for the proposed Komohana Campus, shared with the HawCC Faculty/Staff and local community members the proposed plans for a new campus to be located off of Komohana St.  Although there are still a lot of unknowns about the proposed campus (how much will it cost, when will it be built, what timeframe are we looking at for full development, etc.), the process by which the plans were developed, along with a look at the final outcomes are now available for everyone to see.  So exciting!

The developers will work through the end of the year to finalize all the details of the new campus before proposing this plan to the Board of Regents.  Lets keep our fingers crossed that all moves smoothly along.  The future of HawCC is looking bright and shiny at our new campus!

Community Meeting 4 Mar 2015-final

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UH System Strategic Plan Announced

The UH System Strategic Plan is now posted online at:

Our Admin team will be meeting over the summer to discuss HawCC’s  goals and strategies in alignment with this new plan.  Sessions in the Fall will be planned to dialogue about the HawCC 2015-2021 Strategic Plan with our kauhale.

Happy reading!

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Congrats to HawCC!!

In a recent letter received by the College, the ACCJC has indicated that we have addressed all of the concerns (except one that is still lingering throughout the UH system) through our follow-up report on accreditation.  Congrats everyone, for a JOB WELL DONE!  We should be celebrating this accomplishment and thank each of you for your great effort and diligence in achieving this goal!

To see a copy of the letter:  ACCJC Follow-Up Ltr 2-6-15

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College Hour Schedule 2015-16

At today’s College Council meeting, the College Hour schedule for 2015-16 was approved.  To view the schedule:

College Hour 2015-16


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Looking for volunteers!

Are you interested in getting involved?  We’re looking for volunteers to assist with the planning of the upcoming HawCC 75th Anniversary Celebration and planning for the End of the Year Breakfast! If you’re interesting in lending your time and skills, please contact Grace Funai at  Mahalo!

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The First College Council Mtg

Welcome to the 2014-15 Academic Year!  The first College Council meeting will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 29th in Conf Room 6A (Hilo)/Conf Room B5 (WH).  Everyone is welcome to attend!

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2013-2014 College Council Chair

Congratulations to Instructor Manai Kalua elected as College Council Chair for 2013-2014.

Manai Kalua with Chancellor Yamane

Manai Kalua with Chancellor Yamane

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