Hawai‘i CC hosts Scholarship Donor Mahalo Breakfast

Hawai‘i Community College hosted a Scholarship Donor Mahalo Breakfast on Friday, September 25, 2015 to thank the donors who make student scholarships possible.

Student scholarship recipients, donors, Hawai‘i CC retirees and Hawai‘i CC faulty and administrators attended and enjoyed a breakfast buffet prepared by the Culinary Arts program, posed for photos, and heard from a student representative, a donor representative and others during the event.

This was the first Hawai‘i CC event of this type, but we look forward to continuing it as a way to celebrate the generosity of donors and to demonstrate the impact of giving.

Mahalo to all the donors whose generosity helps students reach their goals!


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UNUKUPUKUPU invited to perform in Europe

Hula_KauahleTen members of UNUKUPUKUPU, the hālau hula of Hawai‘i Community College and her partner UH Hilo, have been invited to do a series of performances and workshops in a number of European cities from Dec. 10-19, 2015.

The letter of invitation from the chairperson of the German Association Aremiti e.V. reads: “In close cooperation with our ethnological museum (Lindenmuseum Stuttgart), as well as the International Shadow Theatre Centre (Schwabisch Gmund), we ask you kindly to perform (and discuss) the HULA KI‘I KAPŌ‘ULAKĪNA‘U in the context of the exhibition “The World of Shadow Theatre” in Stuttgart as well as to present it at museums and cultural centers of Paris, Amsterdam and Vienna. We believe that these performances might shed light on the ritual origins of shadow ‘manipulations,’ (2) strategies of cultural survival under colonialist pressure and (3) the role of the dancer/performer between imitation (fictionality) and absorption/possession.”

The trip is in alignment with the University of Hawai‘i’s “Hawai‘i Papa O Ke A‘o” initiative, which is designed to make the University of Hawai‘i a model indigenous-serving institution. An important part of Hawai‘i Papa O Ke A‘o is not just the way the campus communities serve visitors to the campus but also how the campuses interface with the indigenous world beyond Hawai‘i.

This invitation is host-sponsored with no direct cost to the college.

The Hawaiʻi Papa O Ke Ao/UNUKUPUKUPU ambassadors are:

  • Pele Kaʻio – Hawai‘i CC & UH Hilo Alumni, Hawai‘i CC Lecturer
  • Ryan McCormack – Hawai‘i CC Instructor/Advisor
  • Noʻel Tagab-Cruz – Hawai‘i CC APT
  • Kāhealani Wilcox – Hawai‘i CC & UH Hilo Alumna
  • Keyra Tejada – Hawai‘i CC alumna, UH Hilo Student
  • Pōlanimakamae Kahakalau – Hawai‘i CC Learner
  • Ayako Onishi – Hawai‘i CC Learner
  • Dane Dudoit – UH Hilo and Hawai‘i CC Learner
  • Stacy Kaʻauʻa – Hawai‘i CC alumna, UH Hilo Learner
  • Dr Taupōuri Tangarō – Hawai‘i CC Professor, Hawaiʻi Papa O Ke Ao system’s task force member
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Tickets on sale for Alumni & Friends 75th Anniversary event!


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Window display offers glimpse into Hawai’i CC history


Old banners and historic photographs and artifacts are currently presented in the display window adjacent to Kaneikeao on the Manono Campus in Hilo. The display is presented to help celebrate Hawai’i CC’s 75th Anniversary. The display will be up until the end of the October…go check it out! A special mahalo to Jacqueline Van Blarcom, Monica Burnett and Keone Chin for putting up the display.

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UH Community College marketing group named UH Team of the Year

UH President David Lassner, far left, and UH Board Chair Randolph G. Moore, far right, presented from left, Kathleen Cabral, Billie Takaki Lueder, Susan Lee, Stephanie Kim, Louise Yamamoto, Paul Sakamoto, Bonnie Beatson, Thatcher Moats and Gary Ellwood their UH Team of the Year award.UH President David Lassner, far left, and UH Board Chair Randolph G. Moore, far right, presented from left, Kathleen Cabral, Billie Takaki Lueder, Susan Lee, Stephanie Kim, Louise Yamamoto, Paul Sakamoto, Bonnie Beatson, Thatcher Moats and Gary Ellwood their UH Team of the Year award.

The University of Hawaiʻi Community College (UHCC) marketing team was nominated as UH Team of the Year as part of the Governor’s Awards for Distinguished State Service. The award is designed to honor the state’s executive branch employees and managers who exemplify the highest caliber of public service and dedication to serving the people of Hawaiʻi.

The team consists of marketing and community relations personnel from each community college campus along with the UHCC marketing and communications director and web developer and UH System government relations director. The team was formed to create a public event to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the UH Community Colleges at the UHCC Day at the Capitol on March 18, 2014.

Team members

  • Bonnie Beatson, marketing and communications director, Windward CC
  • Nicole Beattie, marketing and community relations director, UH Maui College
  • Kathleen Cabral, marketing and communications director, Leeward CC
  • Gary Ellwood, enrollment and marketing specialist, Kaua’i CC
  • Susan Lee, UH Community College marketing and communications director
  • Billie Takaki Lueder, executive assistant to the chancellor and communications director, Honolulu CC
  • Thatcher Moats, external affairs/relations coordinator, Hawaiʻi CC
  • Louise Yamamoto, community relations director, Kapiʻolani CC
  • Paul Sakamoto, UH Community College web developer
  • Stephanie Kim, director of government relations, UH System

Most memorably, the team was responsible for designing the “open door access” display which consisted of eight doors each representing a UH community college. The display was a powerful visualization of UH Community Colleges System’s goal of welcoming all students to the opportunities of higher education.

The UH Community College’ marketing team was also awarded the prestigious Gold Paragon in the government and community relations category given by the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations for their work on the event.

The team planned activities, interactive displays and performances as a social media campaign in hopes of further promoting not only the 50th anniversary celebration but the overarching mission of the UHCC System. More than 50 hands-on activities and interactive displays were presented by faculty and students from all seven community colleges.

Said UH System President David Lassner, “This team exemplified the spirit of collaboration and working together as a system by sharing resources, budgets and talents in order to achieve a common goal.”

All the state nominees will be recognized at the Governor’s Awards for Distinguished State Service ceremony on Friday, October 2 at the State Capitol House Chamber.

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DMA lecturer organizes annual HawaiiCon event

GB Hajim, lecturer in the Hawai’i CC Digital Media Art Program, is the organizer of the annual HawaiiCon coming up next weekend.

About 10 Hawai’i CC faculty, staff and students volunteer at the event each year.  

HawaiiCon is a non-profit organization whose mission is to increase public awareness of science, the science fiction genre, and mythologies, past and present, which guide humanity.  HawaiiCon will emphasize education and uniquely Hawaiian contributions to science.

Here’s the announcement about the event:

HawaiiCon is next week on the Big Island!

There are $20 passes for their preview half day: Thursday, September 10th. The convention runs until Sunday night, September 13th at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel.

GB Hajim, HawaiiCon COO: “We totally understand that many people have never been able to go to a fan convention, so they don’t know what it is about. The low price for Thursday, even lower for kids ($10), allows them to get a taste. It also allows school groups to participate in both the fan panels and our science track.”

Thursday’s registration opens at noon, but most of the panels start at 3pm and run until 10pm.

Actress Patricia Tallman (Babylon 5, Night of the Living Dead, Jurassic Park), has joined the staff at HawaiiCon this year after her experience in 2014. “This is arguably the best convention on the planet and by far the best fan experience.” As an avid scuba diver and hiker, Pat, as she likes to be called, will be in charge of all the tour activities.

Friday begins three full days of panels and events that run from 7am each morning until 10pm each night. With over 50 celebrities, writers, artists, and scientists, there is a huge diversity of panels to choose from. The convention has more to do than all the conventions on O’ahu combined, but with no crowds.

The most popular day last year was Saturday night’s cosplay contest when hundreds of people showed up to root for their favorites from around the world. This year’s judges include Monika Lee, Riki Lecotey, and BelleChere – all three are arguably among the top 20 most famous cosplayers in the world.

For more information go to www.hawaiicon.com or follow them on Facebook www.facebook.com/hawaiicon or @HawaiiCon on Twitter.

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Hawai‘i CC welcomes new development director

AndreaChristiansen_KauhaleHawai‘i Community College is pleased to welcome Andrea Christensen to our Kauhale. Andrea is with UH Foundation and is the Director of Development for Hawai‘i Community College and the region. Her office is in Hale Aloha 119 on the Hawai‘i CC campus in Hilo.

She will primarily focus on raising money for Hawai‘i CC programs and projects from donors and prospects on Hawai‘i Island, which means she will be traveling between Hilo, Kona, Kamuela, and more as she makes those visits. In addition, as a regional director, Andrea will be sensitive to donors who want to support the university in other areas beyond Hawai‘i CC.

Andrea joins us with more than 20 years of extensive fund development experience in major gifts from high-net worth individuals, strategic planning, annual and capital campaigns, external communications, and working with volunteers. She has also worked in grant management, event planning and more. She was most recently managing director of Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance (for four years) and director of development for Grand Teton National Park Foundation for four years previous to that.

Welina mai, Andrea!

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Donala Kawa‘auhau earns PhD

kawaauhau-donalaMarketing professor Donala Kawa‘auhau earned her PhD in Applied Management and Decision Sciences this summer, and Bobby Yamane, Division Chair of Business Education and Technology wanted to make sure we said congratulations on his behalf in the Kauhale News.

Donala sends a big mahalo to the Hawai‘i CC ‘ohana for the support she received during her academic journey:

“This process has shown me multiple times what Kauhale really means. There are so many individuals working at Hawai‘i Community College that consistently took the time to lend me a hand, a hug, a word of encouragement, a much needed email, or all four.  There are also so many individuals that have celebrated this accomplishment with me, reminding me of how wonderful it is to have people in your life who value you and remind you of the importance of remembering to value yourself.  It would have been impossible to complete this without the support that I received from this amazing campus.  THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart.”

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Haʻakūmalae announcements

Haʻakūmalae is the official orchestration of the Hawaiʻi protocols leadership at Hawaiʻi Community College and the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. As an active member at our Hawaiʻi Community College and in the Hawaiʻi Island Community there are many opportunities and events for engagement in these activities.

Haʻakūmalae Activity & Announcements:

July 2015

  • July 1-8, 2015

Yurihama Cultural Exchange 2015         Japan

Unukupukupu has been fortunate to be invited to return to Yurihama: Tottori Prefecture, Japan for their 2015 Annual Hawaii Festival as participatory delegates and performers from Hawaiʻi. This week long event encourages the growth and sharing of hula, music & the culture of Hawaiʻi with Japan and its people. An event embraced and enjoyed by Japanese from far and wide.

August 2015

  • August 3rd-6th, 2015

Hawaiʻi Conservation Conference 2015 – Kīpaepae Welina & Cultural Protocol Orientations

All conference attendees were invited to participate in the Kīpaepae Kā Mauli Kuauli, the official opening ceremony of the 23rd Annual Hawaiʻi Conservation Conference. The theme, “Kā Mauli Kuauli”, was a common thread thru the week where cultural protocol training workshops and a Haʻakūmalae booth provided resources for participants to learn about this process and participate in the final closing ceremony of the week.

  • August 18th, 2015

Hawaiʻi Life Styles 2015 Welina

An annual event that celebrates the upcoming academic journey that the Hawaiʻi Life Styles Program faculty, staff, & students will begin together. This event starts with a kīpaepae welina and culminating with a program orientation, meet & greet with the faculty & staff of I Ola Hāloa sharing of a meal together.

  • August 27th, 2015

Hawaiʻi Community College New Student Welina

In recognition of the start of the new academic year a kīpaepae welina was presented with participation from faculty, staff and students of our campus.

September 2015

  • September 11th, 2015

Hawaiʻi Community College Leadership Champions 2015

Please join us to welcome the Hawaii Community College Leadership Champions on Friday, September 11, 2015, at 9:00 am. The current and next generation of leaders representing all seven campuses and the UH system office will be here for their monthly meeting.  The mission of the University of Hawai’i Community Colleges Leadership Champions (CCLC) is to identify, encourage, develop, and support the next generation of community college leadership. The meeting will be hosted by our campus and facilitated by KauaiCC Chancellor Helen Cox.

  • September 18th, 2015

Wo Learning Champions

Please join us to welcome the Wo Learning Champions on Friday, September 18, 2015, at 10:00 am. The Wo Learning Champions initiative focuses on professional development for faculty and staff in Hawai‘i’s two-year institutions. The group will then visit with various programs on campus and will experience the wahi pana of Hilo.

For additional information regarding Haʻakūmalae activities, please contact Uluwehi (Jacqueline Van Blarcom) at blarcom@hawaii.edu.

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Chancellor’s Message


Welcome to the fall 2015 semester. I look forward to a productive, successful and rewarding academic year.

This is an especially exciting year for Hawai‘i Community College because we have just opened our new branch campus in Kona: Hawai‘i Community College – Pālamanui.

Pālamanui has been in the planning, development and construction phase for many years, and on August 24, 2015 the first students took their first classes at the new facilities.

The sustainably designed, LEED Platinum certified buildings will be a valuable resource for the West Hawai‘i community for decades to come.

We are planning an official dedication and open house for late October to celebrate this accomplishment and to welcome the community to Pālamanui. We will keep you informed about this event.

75th Anniversary Celebration

In addition to celebrating the brand new Pālamanui campus, we are also celebrating the 75th anniversary of Hawai‘i Community College during this academic year.

In 1941 the college was founded as the Hawai‘i Vocational School with five academic programs and 183 students. Today, we are a comprehensive community college offering 26 programs and serving approximately 3,000 students.

We will be celebrating this milestone during our annual events, including at the Hawai‘i Community College Alumni & Friends Scholarship Dinner and 75th Anniversary Celebration.

The event will feature a silent auction, door prizes, a vintage fashion show and more.

More details about the event will follow, but if you are interested in purchasing tickects you may contact Bobby Yamane, President of Hawai‘i CC Alumni & Friends, at 934-2553 or yamaner@hawaii.edu.

Convocation Week

This is the first year Hawai‘i Community College has hosted Convocation Week to welcome faculty and staff back to campus. Events included new hire orientation, workshops for faculty advisors, workshops on Starfish/MySuccess, and more.

I hope the activities were productive and worthwhile and that by transitioning into the new semester this way faculty and staff became better prepared to help students succeed.

The New Kauhale News

We are changing the Kauhale Newsletter this year from a monthly format to more of “real-time” model. Members of our Kauhale will be able to submit a news item and have it posted within two or three days, or in certain circumstances even sooner.

We are making this change to reflect the ways we consume information today and to ensure the campus community is receiving news in a timely manner.

You can check the Kauhale News site periodically by visiting http://blog.hawaii.edu/kauhale/ to see if news has been posted. In addition, an email with links to news items will be periodically distributed. Each of these emails will include a reminder to submit articles and photos to kauhale@hawaii.edu and tmoats@hawaii.edu.


Chancellor Noreen Yamane

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Pālamanui is open!

Hawai’i Community College – Pālamanui opened and hosted its first classes on Monday, August 24, 2015. It was an exciting day!

Follow these links for the articles, photos and video showing the opening day of classes.

UH News: First day of classes at Hawai’i Community College – Palamanui

Flickr Photos: Hawai’i Community College – Pālamanui Opening Day

Big Island Video News: First day of classes at Pālamanui

West Hawai’i Today: New community college campus gets its first students

KFVE: New campus debuts in Kona

Pacific Business News: UH’s new Kona campus begins first classes


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Pālamanui trail restoration featured in Hana Hou! Magazine


The project to restore the ancient Hawaiian trail adjacent to the Pālamanui campus is featured in the current edition of Hana Hou! Magazine, the in-flight magazine of Hawaiian Airlines. The writer interviewed Hawai’i CC instructor Richard Stevens and students.

The magazine hasn’t posted the article online yet, but we’ve scanned the pages and they are available at the following Flickr link for those who are interested in reading it.


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Summer agriculture classes on tap at Hawai‘i Community College

Hawai‘i Community College Agriculture Instructor Chris Jacobsen (far right) works on a landscaping project with Hawai‘i CC students. Jacobsen will teach a series of non-credit agriculture classes this summer.

Hawai‘i Community C­ollege (Hawai‘i CC) is offering a series of non-credit agriculture classes this summer that cover topics like sustainable farming practices, pest and disease control, nursery management, irrigation, how to manage a farm business, and more.

The classes will be held at the Hawai‘i CC campus in Hilo, in Captain Cook, and at the University of Hawai‘i experimental agriculture farm in Pana‘ewa. Hawai‘i CC Agriculture instructor Chris Jacobsen will teach the courses.

The following are the class subjects, times and fees:

  • Sustainable Production Practices, Thursday, 6-8 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., May 21-June 6. Cost: $59
  • Home and Community Food Security, Friday, June 5 and Friday, July 24. Cost for each one-day class is $59.
  • Farm Management, Thursday, 6-8 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., June 11-27. Cost: $59.
  • Integrated Pest Management, Tuesday, 6-8 p.m. and Thursday, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., June 30–July 16. Cost: $59.
  • Irrigation Repair and Theory, Thursday, 6-8 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., July 23-Aug.8. Cost: $59.
  • Horticultural Operations (HOP), Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., July 27–Aug. 13. Cost: $67.

The classes are part of the C3T-1 program that Hawai‘i CC and other University of Hawai‘i Community Colleges are participating in.

C3T Hawai‘i is a $24.6 million grant awarded to the University of Hawai‘i Community Colleges through the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration. The grant will fuel the development of education and training curriculum and student academic/career coaching, which targets certificate and degree programs specific to the needs of agriculture, energy and health industries. These industry-focused, employer-driven programs are designed to increase college completion rates and provide job opportunities to the C3T participants.

The non-credit courses funded by the grant aim to provide training leading to jobs in agriculture for the unemployed, professional improvement for those already employed in agriculture, and instruction for those who want to work in the agriculture field.

For more information on how to register for these classes and about the course contents, call Linda Burnham Larish, C3T-1 Sustainable Agriculture Coordinator at Hawai`i CC, 934-2687 or email llarish@hawaii.edu. Or you can also contact Jan, at the Workforce Development Division Office, 981-2860 ext. 226.


Hawai‘i CC does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, sex, color, national origin, or disability or other protected classes in its programs and activities. For inquiries or complaints concerning our non-discrimination policies, please contact: Disabilities Counselor, Section 504 Coordinator (808-934-2725, Hawaii CC Bldg. 388-Room 106) or Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Title IX Coordinator (808-934-2509, Hawaii CC Bldg. 378).

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2015 Earth Fair facepainting

Young Earth Day Fair participants enjoy being face painted by Hawai’i CC Students.

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Wahi Pana o Pālamanui connects faculty, staff and families to new campus site

In anticipation of the move to Pālamanui, twenty-two Hawai‘i Community College & UH Center, West Hawai‘i faculty, staff, and families walked the ancient trail of Pālamanui into the new campus on Sunday, March 1st, in a Wahi Pana o Pālamanui led by Hawaiʻi Life Styles instructor Pualani Lincoln Maielua.

After Pua chanted, asking permission of the ancestors to walk the ancient trail, the group walked in silence along the beautiful restored path, stopping to hear traditional stories of the area from Pua, cultural, historical and biological information from history lecturer Richard Stevens, and tales of ranch life from cattleman and kupuna Karin Haleamau, who worked on this land for most of his life as part of Huʻehuʻe Ranch.

Richard’s efforts to restore the trail have been facilitated by a number of West Hawai‘i students, two of whom spoke about their experiences on the trail and what they have learned by being part of the restoration efforts.

The walk finished up at a tent overlooking the new construction, where the walkers cooled off and enjoyed lunch and the view of the nearly completed campus.

Comments from faculty and staff confirmed that the goal of the Wahi Pana was met: they unanimously felt that they were connected to the sacred landscape and the people who lived there so that they can carry the spirit and knowledge of this into the classrooms and offices of the new facility.

“It has (actually, literally) grounded me more fully in our academic community and its future location, which will profoundly affect my teaching there if I’m sufficiently fortunate to continue doing it in that place,” said one faculty member in the evaluation.  Another reflected, “It reminded me that we need to connect students, and ourselves, to the place where we live and work.”

Other comments:

“I feel excited for the potential of Pālamanui, and thrilled about the evident wisdom from ancient Hawai’i that is still on the landscape there represented by the trees, and other plants, the Trail, and it’s many side trails leading to places that show the human/nature experiences that happened there. The thought that it will just get better and better as more caring hands and feet cover the trail is like a good dream of restoration coming true.”

“Traveling with this special group of trail walkers who’s specific purpose was to hear the stories and learn some of the lessons that the landscape had to offer was very special, and I am honored to have been able to be in the company of that day. I feel happy for the place, Pālamanui, that it has a core group of people/teachers/administrators that will be coming soon to teach it’s lessons, and other important lessons of life. The place itself must feel very happy for all the wonderful things that will be learned there. Thank you for helping make this possible.”

“Love and appreciation of this landscape and a sense of value for the wisdom of old should continue to be promoted. By continuing to restore the trail, and to clean the forest along the trail of invasive species, enhancing the growing capability of the natives, and that more native species should be planted once the trail is in top shape, this bonds students to the land and enhances the chances that they will always return to this special place of learning.”

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Hōʻike in West Hawaiʻi celebrates a semester of learning

The Hawai’i Community College & UH Center, West Hawai’i campus in Kealakekua exploded with song, dance and live presentations on April 23rd, as it held its second Hōʻike, attended by nearly 150 students, faculty and staff, and family members.

(To view video of the event, CLICK HERE.)

The small courtyard was set up with tables for student work from history, English, anthropology, social sciences, philosophy, speech and Hawaiʻi Life Styles.

Chants, hei, and hula were followed by presentations on the Olympics, war and peace, positive self-talk, the ethics of the death penalty, Asian religion, and restoration of the ancient Hawaiian trail of Pālamanui. Two students regaled the crowd with musical numbers that outlined the history of music and the importance of self-acceptance and love. The presentations were introduced by student MC Ian Shortridge.

Aided by the West Hawai’i media team, faculty was able to display on large screens Powerpoints of student work or pictures of class events from the semester.  Lecturer Betsy Morrigan produced fresh Native American fry bread in the spirit of a book taught in her Multi-cultural Literature class.

In a magnificent show of cooking and baking prowess, culinary students shared what they had learned throughout their program with a delicious array of pupus and patisseries.

Spirits were high with the celebration of a semester of learning and sharing from all corners of the campus. At the end of the event, 300 native plants were given away as a gift to the community.

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Chancellor’s Message


Hawai‘i Community College and Hawai‘i Community College – Pālamanui have begun a spring/summer advertising campaign, so you may see or hear advertisements on the radio, in the newspaper, in the Prince Kuhio Mall, and maybe even on your mobile phone.

In consultation with the Strategic Enrollment Management Committee, we started advertising earlier than normal this year to give prospective students more time to complete the steps required to enroll.

In many of the ads, we are featuring successful Hawai‘i CC students and graduates, because they are the best advocates for our excellent programs and services and because their stories and successes deserve to be celebrated and shared with our Hawai‘i Island community.

Our radio ad for Pālamanui also features the voice of Donala Kawa’auhau, Hawai‘i CC Assistant Professor of Marketing, who kindly agreed to record the ad.

If you have feedback on the advertisements, I would love to hear it.

End-of-the-Year Breakfast

The End-of-the-Year Breakfast on Thursday, May 7 will be a celebration of innovation at Hawai‘i CC. Faculty and staff from the West Hawai‘i campus will join us at the Manono Campus Cafeteria as we share some of the new and innovative things that have been happening on our campuses. This is a chance for faculty and staff to see new developments at the college they may not be aware of. The breakfast begins at 7:45 a.m. I hope to see everyone there.

Convocation Week

The Faculty/Staff Development Committee is planning a Convocation Week for Fall 2015 that will expand upon typical start-of-the-semester activities. This will be a week of activities and workshops that begins Monday, August 17. The week will include orientations, a “talk story” session with administrators, tech workshops, the All-College Meeting, and more.

Hawai‘i CC Celebrates 75 Years

During the 2015-2016 Academic Year we will celebrate the 75th anniversary of Hawai‘i Community College, which was founded in 1941.

We will celebrate by expanding on the events that already occur throughout the year, such as the Alumni and Friends Dinner, Hawai‘i CC Day, the Merrie Monarch Parade float, Graduation, and others. We will make all these events bigger and better than ever and use them as our opportunity to celebrate 75 years of serving our community.

Pālamanui Construction on Track

Hawai‘i Community College – Pālamanui, our new branch campus in North Kona, is on schedule, and we look forward to celebrating the opening of the campus in Fall 2015.

Strategic Directions

During the summer a group will convene to create the campus-level Strategic Directions for Hawai‘i CC based on the University of Hawai‘i Strategic Directions recently approved by the UH Board of Regents. Here is a link to the UH Strategic Directions.


Chancellor Noreen Yamane

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Kauhale Message

The Tradition of Commencement Regalia… and Invitation to Wear Tradition in Our at Commencement 2015…

The regalia of commencement are inclusive of a robe/gown, mortarboard (square cap) and tassel.  We wear them only at commencement. Ever wondered why? Letʻs take a brief look into this long-standing tradition and celebrate itʻs historical origins as we continue this tradition of wearing commencement regalia at the commencement ceremony:

The Gown/Robe: The origin of the modern academic gown/robe is from dates back to medieval universities of Europe.  As most of the scholars were priest and monks, and as most instruction were conducted in large stone monasteries that were both cold and drafty, the use of near floor-length and full-sleeve woolen robes served a practical purpose for keeping instructors warm, naturally evolving into a symbol of academic status.  Here is some humor in the color black of the gown: some believe it signifies the blank ink that stained clothes and skin of a scholar, therefore a mark of academic distinction.

Hoods: Although the modern academic hood is separate from the gown itself, it was at one time an extension of the gown.  As most medieval clerics were marked by a particular head shave called the tonsure, the hood was used to keep the head warm.  It has currently evolved into a separate article and whose colors identify the university/college and degree.  It is not used on the head anymore, rather left to fall at the back of the gown.

Mortarboard: Because its look is similar to a hawk used by bricklayers to hold mortar, the four-cornered board attached to a skullcap is called a mortarboard and is a requisite wear for commencement.  Skullcaps were originally worn by clerics to keep their “skull” warm in cold monasteries. Just as the robe originates from the traditions of medieval universities, it is said that the ancestor of the modern mortarboard is the biretta, a similar-looking cap worn by Roman Catholic clergy; others say, however, medieval scholars carried their books on their head and this mortarboard signifies this practice.  So if the latter of the two were so, the practice of throwing the mortarboard into the air upon conferring of degree would make sense! Mortarboards were first used to identify holders of master’s degree (carrying many books on their head, one would surmise?); currently it identifies all levels of the academic process from pre-school to terminal degrees.

Academic Tassel: Very little printed resource describing the academic tassel is available. Some note that it is a modernization of the tufts used on the biretta caps. However, having learned that the mortarboard itself may signify the books carried on the head, could then the tassel represent the tassels or ribbons still used today used as a page marker? The practice of moving the tassel from the right to the left, could this signify marking the start and then completion of a book, a metaphor for completed study?

Kīhei: The traditional torso-wraps of  Hawaiʻi are called kīhei. Itʻs origin, like the robes of medieval universities, was to keep warm from inclement weather.  It has since evolved into a wear signifying a formal occasion. It is used at commencement on the request of Chancellor Yamane to celebrate the origins of the academic process as delivered from this geography we call Hawaiʻi.  The kīhei of Hawaiʻi Community College is marked with the wings of the ʻIo, Hawaiian Hawk.

So do come to commencement, reach into your closets and shake out your regalia, iron your kīhei and letʻs celebrate together this momentous moment of our profession…the re-entrance of our learners back into their respective communities.

See you there,


Acting Director of Kauhale Academic Village


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Hawai’i CC and UH Hilo 2015 Earth Fair and Conservation Day a success!

Aloha Kakou,

I would like to say mahalo nui loa on behalf of the HawCC and UHH 2015 Earth Fair and Conservation Career Day Planning Committee for making this year’s Earth Day Fair and Conservation Career Day a great success! This year the Fair hosted over 1,500 keiki, teachers and chaperones with over 50 presenting organizations, live entertainment and a multitude of engaging activities. Without the collaboration, partnership and spirit of volunteerism for all involved, events like Earth Fair and CCD are not possible.

Again mahalo nui loa for your commitment and dedication to mālama ʻāina and our community. We look forward to working with you on Earth Fair next year.

Mālama pono.

Here’s a Flickr link to the photos. Click the link to view photos

 — Claudia Wilcox-Boucher, Assitant Professor, Social Sciences

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26th Annual Food Drive Mahalo!

HawCC Kauhale staff with food donations: from l-r Joel Paula, August Kubo, Kehau LeeHong-Mauga, Keahi Hirakawa and Kesha Kubo.

Aloha Kakou,

Mahalo! Mahalo! Mahalo! Thank you all so much for your support and participation of this year’s 26th Annual Food Drive!! Because of your tremendous generosity we are able to provide food and assistance to numerous families here in Hawai`i.

The Food Basket is Hawai`i island’s food bank and its mission is to feed the hungry in Hawai`i County while attending to the root cause of this critical social problem. You helped make a difference!

Hawai`i Community College has raised a total of 219 pounds of food and $30.00 was collected in monetary donations. WAY TO GO! Our HawCC Kauhale donation amounts will be included with the University of Hawai`i System’s total tally. The University of Hawai`i is part of the Hawai`i State Employees team, which is the largest contributor to this annual event.

This year’s annual goal/ challenge was to raise food and dollars for one million meals.

You may continue to donate non-perishable items like canned meats/ tuna, canned meals, canned soups, canned vegetables and canned fruits as well as monetary donations throughout the year at our Hawai`i Island Food Basket.  For online donations go to: www.hawaiifoodbasket.org   See You All Next Year**

We would especially like to thank our Food Basket staff from Hilo who came by to pick up our donations and got it weighed in at 219lbs.

– Kehau LeeHong-Mauga, 2015 Hawai’i CC Food Drive Coordinator, Office of External Affairs and College Relations

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Fulbright scholar to give climate change lecture at Hawai‘i CC, May 7

The Hawai‘i Community College (Hawai‘i CC) International Education Committee is pleased to present a climate change lecture by Fulbright Visiting Research Scholar Dr. Tzvetan Spassov.

The lecture is titled, “The Impacts of Climate Change in the Agricultural Sector: U.S. Policies for Adaptation to a Warmer Climate.”

The event, which is free and open to the public, takes place on Thursday, May 7 in Kaneikeao (Building 379, Room 1) at Hawai‘i CC’s Hilo campus. Admission is free and open to the public.

Participants can meet the speaker during a social hour with light refreshments from 10:30-11 a.m. The lecture, which will include a question and answer period, is from 11-12 p.m.

In Sofia, Bulgaria, Tzvetan Spassov is an Adjunct lecturer in Sustainable Development at the Faculty of Industrial Technology, Technical University of Sofia, http://www.tu-sofia.bg and the Department of National and International Security, New Bulgarian University, Sofia, http://www.nbu.bg.

Currently, Dr. Spassov is a Fulbright Visiting Research Scholar at the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at Iowa State University for the academic year 2014-2015.  There he is conducting research that analyzes various climate change impacts on the agricultural sector, and he is looking at rational and efficient uses of available
resources, renewable energy resources, new business and employment opportunities in the U.S., especially in the Midwest states.

For questions please contact Dr. Pamela Scheffler at pamela.scheffler@hawaii.edu, or 934-2622.

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The celebrities are lining up for the Big Island’s HawaiiCon 2015


– A Message from Digital Media Arts Lecturer GB Hajim

With over 20 celebrity guests and capped attendance at 1200, HawaiiCon has the highest guest to fan ratio of any convention on the planet!

The most recent addition is Chris Judge who played Teal’c on Stargate SG1. He joined cast members Tony Amendola (Bra’tac) who is currently on Once Upon a Time and Teryl Rothery (Dr. Fraiser) who now stars on Cedar Cove.

HawaiiCon is bringing stars from a dozen TV shows including top voice actors like Janet Varney who voices Korra on Legend of Korra and Steve Blum who has the Guinness World Record for most video games voiced.

There will be workshops in acting, writing and cosplay with top people from those fields as well as some of the cutting edge discoveries in space science and Mars exploration.

HawaiiCon is September 10-13 at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel

For tickets and info: www.hawaiicon.com

Follow HawaiiCon on FaceBook at: facebook.com/HawaiiCon and Twitter: @HawaiiCon

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Old photos and artifacts wanted for upcoming Hawai’i CC 75th Anniversary!

Aloha! Throughout the 2015-2016 academic year we will be celebrating the 75th Anniversary of Hawai’i Community College! To help commemorate this important milestone we hope to gather old photos and identify interesting artifacts that speak to the history of our campus and the people who have served here.

If you have old photos, we can scan them and return the original photo to you, or you can scan them and email them to kauhale@hawaii.edu. If you want to drop off old photos or send them using the campus mail, you may direct them to the Hawai’i CC Information Center.

If you know of interesting old artifacts that are on campus (such as the old desk pictured above), let us know what they are and where they are located, and we can either take photos, find a way to display them, or they can be part of a campus Wahi Pana, campus tour of significant sites and artifacts.

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27th Annual Earth Fair happening April 17th

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HawCC to host 17th annual Hilo Culinary Classic

The 17th Annual Hilo Culinary Classic is Friday, April 10th, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and it promises to be the largest display of culinary technical skill, creativity and knowledge since the Hawai’i Community College Culinary Arts Program began the food competition 17 years ago.

Entries created by second-year Culinary Arts students from HawCC will be on display, along with those of adventurous first-year student chefs. Graduates and professionals will square off in the guest competition.

The culinary displays will run the gamut from savory multi-course meals, inventive desserts, hors d’oeuvres, celebration cakes for that special event and edible art pieces.

The event will feature food to eat as well as food meant exclusively for viewing as first-year HawCC students present a heavy  pūpū buffet.  Foodies, families of student chefs, and all members of the public are invited to savor a tasty feast while enjoying the technical heights HawCC culinary students have reached.

The Hilo Culinary Classic is large this year because of recent growth of HawCC’s Culinary Arts Program. More students, more instructors and more equipment mean a richer program and a more robust competition.

The Hilo Culinary Classic is the capstone project for culinary students and is the culmination of their studies.  They begin the culinary program as first-year students learning basic cooking techniques, knife skills, and sanitation, and they practice those skills by running the Manono Campus cafeteria, which is open to the public.

Students then advance to the on-campus restaurants. ‘Ohana Corner Café and Bamboo Hale, where they spend their third and fourth semesters learning restaurant management, international cuisine, timing, and advanced cooking techniques.  Students also take field trips to farms, orchards, aquaculture operations and other producers where they learn about island products and create lasting bonds with farmers.

HawCC Culinary Arts Program is an American Culinary Federation Accredited College which follows its teaching competency and standards.  Students graduating from our program are hired at a higher standard throughout the United States.

Professor and Chef Allan Okuda said the competition format “really tests the knowledge and skills of our students.”

“It demands not only correct technical knowledge, but students must also execute these techniques perfectly,” Okuda said.

Okuda has set high standards for the show, which gives each student the opportunity to prepare their most elegant, innovative and technically challenging creations.

“The students are working very hard to showcase their talents in the culinary arts,” said Okuda.  “To become successful, these students must sacrifice their time and their efforts.”

The students have the guidance of a growing instructional staff: Chef Instructors Brian Hirata, Karen Daniels, and Shawn Sumiki, and interim kitchen manager Tori Hiro.

A team of accomplished chefs will judge the entries in accordance with American Culinary Federation rules.

Captain of the team and returning judge, Jim O’Keefe, formerly of O’Keefe and Sons Bakery, will bring his years of knowledge and practice in the culinary realm to the table. Chef Casey Halpern, of the venerable Café Pesto and a long-time supporter of the HawCC Culinary Arts Program, rounds out the panel of judges. Also, Chef Arron Anderson, of the Hilo Bay Café, is a new judge, and He will bring new ideas and insights to the competition.

The student displays will be evaluated on presentation, nutritional balance, thematic balance, workmanship, practicality, creativity and composition.  Awards will be presented during the public exposition.

“Please join us for a look into our island’s culinary future,” said an event spokesman.  The event takes place at the HawCC cafeteria in Hilo.  Tickets are $9.50, and are available at the HawCC Cafeteria, Bamboo Hale and from culinary students on campus.  Tickets will also be available at the door.  Call 934-2559 for more information.

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HawCC’s Alpha Psi Epsilon Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society wins at regionals!

Alpha Psi Epsilon members are pictured above. Bottom row, L-R: Vice President of Fellowship, Candace Wharton and Nicholas Eisen.  Top row, L-R: LyronJean Lee, Vanessa Villesca, Lead Advisor Kenoalani Dela Cruz, Ulu Kailianu, Advisor Donala Kawa‘auhau,  Advisor Karen Crowell, Johnie Judd, Melissa Costa and VP of Membership Desiree DeCanto-Gardner.

Hawai‘i Community College’s Alpha Psi Epsilon Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society recently attended the 2015 Pacific Regional Convention held at Honolulu Community College where they received awards for service completed in the 2014 calendar year. The chapter received the Pacific Region Coordinator’s Award and tied for 2nd place in the region’s annual Pineapple Bowl competition. Former Chapter President Helen Tak received the Distinguished Pacific Region Officer Award and member Johnie Judd received the Distinguished Pacific Region Member Award.

Conference attendees learned more about Phi Theta Kappa’s Honors Study Topic, “Frontiers and the Spirit of Exploration” and about Phi Theta Kappa’s various programs and initiatives.  Keynote Speaker Ka‘iulani Murphy spoke on her experiences training and sailing with the Hōkūle‘a on its Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage.





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New members inducted into Phi Theta Kappa Alpha Psi Epsilon


On Saturday, March 28, 2015, Phi Theta Kappa’s Alpha Psi Epsilon chapter in Hilo conducted its formal Spring 2015 Induction Ceremonies. Vice President of Membership Desiree DeCanto-Gardner served as Induction Chairperson and Chapter President Sean Kirkpatrick served as the Master of Ceremonies. Speech and Communications Lecturer Clayton Kua delivered the Keynote Address. Chancellor Noreen Yamane, Vice Chancellor Jim Yoshida, Vice Chancellor Jason Cifra and OCET Director Debbie Shigehara celebrated with the inductees and their families.

Chapter Officers: President Sean Kirkpatrick, Vice-President of Membership Desiree Decanto-Gardner and Candace Wharton display the Pacific Region Coordinator’s Award for Distinguished Service.

Founded in 1918, Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society recognizes scholars and develops leaders. There are 1,285 chapters on two-year and community college campuses in all 50 states, Canada, Germany, the British Virgin Islands and U.S. territorial possessions.  Approximately 134,000 students are inducted annually.

Helen Tak accepts the Pacific Region Distinguished Chapter Officer Award from Lead Advisor Kenoa Dela Cruz.

The HawCC Alpha Psi Epsilon chapter members represent the top 10 percent of students enrolled at Hawai‘i Community College. Students must earn a 3.5 minimum, cumulative grade point average and 12 credits toward an associate’s degree prior to being invited by the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs to join the society. Members participate in year-round activities that promote the organization’s four hallmarks: scholarship, leadership, service and fellowship.

Johnie Judd receives the Pacific Region Distinguished Chapter Member Award from Pacific Region Coordinator Charlotte Toguchi.

Congratulations to the following 2014-2015 inductees:

Fall 2014 Inductees                                                                                                                             

Tyler Amaral, Nessa De Lima, Nicholas Eisen, Asa Glendon, Charles Haasenritter, Jelyn Heaster, Nyree Hulme, Melissa Jacinto, Tyla Kalvaitis, Zena Kiyota, Nicole Kuratsu, LyronJean Lee, Maria-Teresa Madali, Reed Mahuna, Asuncion Meneky, Samantha Mowry, Ailene Navarro, Napua Neves, Maria Ogle, Jet Proctor, CristinLee Spencer, Vanessa Villesca, Candace Wharton, Jeremy Wilson, Shayne Wusstig and Rain Yempuku.

Spring 2015 Inductees                                                                                                                      

Dexter Acasio, Rhonda Akano, Jorji Akiona-Oden, Kahealani Andrews, Sarah Balcita, Anya Benavides, Chrissie Brown, Jeffrey Cabanatan, Jeffery Campbell, Aldyn Dalere, Sherry Fox, Martabella Freedman, Lenny Fujimoto, Neil Gorospe, Chansen Haili, Sina Hanohano, Angel Caitlin Hess, Taylor Ignacio, Sandy Jardine, Pōlanimakamae Kahakalau, Kapualani Kalani-Maskell, Michelle Kobayashi, Luana Lavata‘i, Piadora Mana, Hanna Michaud, Melanie Morrison, Yu Natsume, Matt Okuno, Maela-Naira Padamada, Jarrett Pang, Henry Sanborn, Elisha Sevareid, James Smith, Cherisse Souza, Ira Jenina Tablatin, Jeff Tanaka, Schantell Taylor, Kori Todd, Bradley Tsugawa, Raquel Ventura, David Vera Cruz, Nathan Wong, Serena Wright, and Mieko Yajima.


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Diesel Mechanics students visit and tour Pacific Biodiesel

The Hawai’i Community College’s Diesel Mechanics Program got to visit and tour the Pacific Biodiesel plant. The facility provided the students with important information and a clearer picture about biodiesel production and what it takes to  maintain a sustainability cycle in a localized community. The tour took them through the biodiesel plant as well as the crushing mill.

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HawCC expands certificate programs; information sessions scheduled in April

Following the successful launch in fall 2014 of new accelerated online Business certificates, Hawai‘i Community College has added two new certificates in Geospatial Technologies and Sustainable Lot Design and Site Preparation.

The Geospatial Technologies and Sustainable Lot Design and Site Preparation “course bundles” consist of four classes that begin the week of May 18 and continue into the fall 2015 semester. These programs feature online classes with some face-to-face labs.

The Business certificates will continue to be offered in fall 2015. New students can apply now to begin the enrollment process.

“These certificate programs are perfect for those who want to quickly boost their skills and become more valuable in the workplace, or for those who want to gain the skills they need to begin a new career,” said Hawai‘i CC Chancellor Noreen Yamane. “The flexibility of the online learning makes them highly convenient. In addition, these are for-credit classes, so students who want to continue their studies can count the classes toward certain associate degrees.”

Hawai‘i CC will host eight information sessions around Hawai‘i Island in March and April for residents interested in the certificate programs. The times and locations are as follows:

  • Pāhala, Ka‘ū High Bandroom, Friday, March 27, 5 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Ocean View, Hawaiian Ocean View Estates Community Center, Tuesday, March 31, 5 – 7 p.m.
  • Hilo, Hawai‘i Community College Cafeteria, Thursday, April 2, 5 – 7 p.m.
  • Waimea, Waimea Civic Center, Tuesday, April 7, 5 – 7 p.m.
  • Kohala, Kohala High Cafeteria, Thursday, April 9, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
  • Puna, Church on a Sure Foundation, Tuesday, April 14, 5 – 7 p.m.
  • Kona, West Hawai‘i Civic Center, Thursday, April 16, 5 – 7 p.m.
  • Honoka‘a, North HI Education and Resource Center (NHERC) Conference Room, Friday, April 17, 5 – 7 p.m.

The eight-week classes in Business lead to as many as five different certificates: Business Foundations, Retail Foundations, Business Essentials, Entrepreneurship, and Virtual Office Assistant.

The online Business certificates programs quickly became popular after they were first offered last fall. Currently, 77 students are enrolled, and 52 are expected to graduate in May.

According to one student who has completed the Business Foundations certificate, the customer services skills she gained have helped her family business.

Geospatial Technology courses will teach students to use technology such as Global Positioning Systems (GPS), Geographical Information Systems (GIS), and Remote Sensing (RS) to visualize, measure, and analyze the earth’s features. Geospatial technology is widely used for military and homeland security applications as well as land use, floodplain mapping, and environmental protection. Geospatial Technology students will also learn land surveying, geomatics, and computer aided drafting (CAD). This industry is expected to experience 20 percent job growth during the next 10 years.

The Sustainable Lot Design and Site Preparation students will study sustainable environmental design, sustainable design and site preparation, geomatics, land surveying, and computer aided drafting (CAD).

For more information, call (808) 934-2689 or email myfuture@hawaii.edu.


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Students and faculty collaborate on HSI presentation

On March 6, the fourth Hawai’i Strategic Institute was held at Leeward Community College on O’ahu. With an emphasis on showcasing strategies for student success, two faculty members and three students from Hawai’i Community College collaborated to present: “Hawai’i Papa o Ke Ao: Student Success Through Hawaiian Cultural Components in Assignments and Curriculum.”

Assistant Professor in Human Services, Sandi Claveria, introduced the session by explaining the new 3 R’s in education: “Relationship, Relevance, and Rigor.” Research has shown that if you establish a personal relationship with students, they will engage with the material you are presenting more readily. Moreover, if you create assignments which have relevance for their families and communities, you further their engagement and depth of learning. With increased engagement and motivation comes the ability of the instructor to “raise the bar” and “increase student achievement.”

Increased achievement leads to greater student retention and graduation rates. Sandi brought students, Jaysha Mauga-Kaili and Emma Villanos who took her HSER. 110 class as entering freshmen in the fall 2014 semester. This class was part of the OneCollege, OneTheme initiative which explored “wai (water)” in different assignments in different classes taught in the 2014-15 academic year. This assignment sparked Jaysha to research the preservation of the Keanalele underground spring located on her family’s ancestral lands in the Pu’uwa’awa’a area. The spring has been faced with pollution by visitors swimming in the water with sunscreen.The spring is fed directly by water from Mauna Kea which flows underground.

Emma Villanos shared her research project about the drying up of the Na Wai ‘Ehā waterways in east Maui due to diversionary actions by the Wailuku Water Company. The privitization of the life-giving resource of water is becoming an important concern for our local communities. Emma talked about how her children and grandchildren have become activated around this issue because of the necessity of access to water for survival.

The last part of the session was introduced by Professor Trina Nahm-Mijo who is Social Science and Public Services Department Chair. She also teaches WS151: introduction to Women’s Studies as a writing intensive course. She invited Kuki Alapai who took her WS 151W class to share her Identity Essay with the workshop attendees. Nahm-Mijo encourages students, especially those familiar with ʻŌlelo Hawai’i, to integrate selected Hawaiian words.

Into their essays in which they select a metaphor to describe their identity.

This workshop will be repeated on Thursday, April 16 from 3-4 pm in Bdng. 379, Rm. 6A for the HawCC Kauhale in conjunction with the April Professional and Personal Development Month.





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