Taupōuri Tangarō named director of Hawaiian culture and protocols engagement for UH Hilo and Hawai‘i CC

University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Chancellor Don Straney and Hawai‘i Community College Interim Chancellor Joni Onishi jointly announced today the appointment of Taupōuri Tangarō, PhD, as director of Hawaiian culture and protocols engagement for both campuses.

“The appointment of Dr. Tangarō to this important collaborative position shows the joint commitment of UH Hilo and Hawai‘i Community College to Hawai‘i Papa O Ke Ao, the systemwide plan for UH to become a model indigenous-serving institution,” said Straney.

Tangarō served on the UH System taskforce that developed the plan in 2012 and currently serves as a member of the systemwide Hawaii Papa O Ke Ao Committee.

“Dr. Tangarō is well qualified to advise the leadership of UH Hilo and Hawaii Community College on implementing our respective Hawaii Papa O Ke Ao plans and collaborating on goals and objectives that benefit both campuses,” said Onishi.

Tangarō received his bachelor of arts in Hawaiian studies from UH Hilo, his master in education from Heritage College at Toppenish, Washington state, and his doctor of philosophy in interdisciplinary studies from Union Institute and University, Ohio. He graduated as a hula instructor, with the title Uniki Kumu Hula, from Halau O Kekuhi in 2007. He is a professor of Hawaiian studies at Hawaii CC and delivers the associate of arts degree in Hawaiian studies with a hula focus.

By using the halau (formal Hawaiian education) foundation to teach the hula degree program, he established Unukupukupu, the halau hula of Hawai‘i CC, over ten years ago. Tangarō and Unukupkupu have performed worldwide including at the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, DC; the 2012 International Union for the Conservation of Nature Congress in Jeju, Korea; and at the World of Shadow Theatre in Stuttgart, Germany, this past December.

Tangarō serves as director of the Kauhale Academic Village, described as an ‘ohana (family) of administrators, faculty, staff, students, their families, and the Hawai‘i Island community that contributes measurably to the success of Hawai‘i CC’s mission and outcomes.

In collaborative initiatives between Hawai‘i CC and UH Hilo, Tangarō is founder and director of the Unuolehua Academic Success via Kumu Hula Program, the Kīpaepae Hawai‘i Protocols Committee, the Haʻakūmalae-Hawai‘i Protocols Training, the Kukuena Hula cohort of Hawai‘i CC and UH Hilo to increase transfer students, and the Unuiti hula program to introduce K-12 grades to Hawai‘i CC and UH Hilo. He is co-founder and director of Hawaii Pāmaomao Indigenous Exchange and Engagement Program, and co-founder and co-director of the Uluakea Indigenizing Academic Process and Services of UH Hilo with Gail Makuakāne-Lundin, Director of Kīpuka Native Hawaiian Student Center and Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.

Tangarō received the Native Hawaiian Education Association Educator of the Year in 2013, the UH Board of Regents Excellence in Teaching Award in 2010, the UH Frances Davis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in 2010, and the UH Hilo Distinguished Service Award in 2006.

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3rd Annual Hawai’i CC Day happening Friday, February 26

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Pālamanui Open House set for Saturday, February 27

The Pālamanui Open House is set for Saturday, February 27 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Stay tuned for more specifics on performers and other details of the event!

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Fire Science and Diesel Mechanics students benefit from fire truck donation

Hawai'i Community College Fire Science students and instructors from the Fire Science and Diesel Mechanics programs stand with the fire engine donated recently by the Honolulu Fire Department. Back row: Matthew Winters, left, and Jacob Smith. Front row, left to right: Fire Science Instructor Jack Minassian, Kawai Ronia, Jayce Ah Heong, Michael Rangasan, and Diesel Mechanics Instructor Mitchell Soares.

Hawai’i Community College Fire Science students and instructors from the Fire Science and Diesel Mechanics programs stand with the fire engine donated recently by the Honolulu Fire Department. Back row: Matthew Winters, left, and Jacob Smith. Front row, left to right: Fire Science Instructor Jack Minassian, Kawai Ronia, Jayce Ah Heong, Michael Rangasan, and Diesel Mechanics Instructor Mitchell Soares.

Students in the Fire Science and Diesel Mechanics programs at Hawai‘i Community College (Hawai‘i CC) will have new opportunities for hands-on learning thanks to the generosity of the Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) and Young Brothers, Limited.

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HFD has donated a surplus Type I fire engine that previously served the Pearl City community on O‘ahu. Now the engine will serve Hawai‘i Community College students, who will be able to use it during their coursework.

“We are very grateful to the Honolulu Fire Department for donating the engine and to Young Brothers for shipping the engine to Hawai‘i Island for free,” said Hawai‘i CC Interim Chancellor Joni Onishi. “This will provide new learning opportunities for our students as they prepare to enter the workforce.”

Hawai‘i CC began offering Fire Science classes in 2005, and the University of Hawai‘i Board of Regents granted the program permanent status in 2013. Since then Fire Science has become one of the most popular programs at the college. There are 102 students currently majoring in Fire Science.

“This fire engine will be a great teaching tool,” said Fire Science Instructor ­Jack Minassian. “For example, students in the fire hydraulics class will be able to practice providing proper water pressure and proper gallons per minute on a fire while using real equipment.”

Hawai‘i CC Fire Science graduates have found employment with federal, state and local fire service agencies, said Minassian. In addition, the college has a transfer agreement with Colorado State University (CSU) that allows Hawai‘i CC Fire Science graduates to easily enter CSU’s online Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Services Administration program. Students can complete the online Bachelor of Science program while living on Hawai‘i Island. Two Hawai‘i CC graduates have obtained their Bachelor of Science degrees through this program, and six are currently enrolled, said Minassian.

Diesel Mechanics students will provide upkeep and maintenance of the fire engine.

HFD also donated a similar engine to Honolulu Community College.

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‘Express Admissions Day’ happening Saturday, January 30 in Hilo

Hawai‘i Community College will host an Express Admissions Day on Saturday, January 30 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Manono Campus in Hilo.

Express Admissions Day is the fast and easy way to apply for the Fall 2016 semester. Prospective students can complete an application; receive their MyUH Student Number; learn about financial aid; schedule the next steps in the enrollment process, such as academic advising, orientation and placement testing; and have their questions answered by Hawai‘i CC representatives.

“Now is the perfect time to begin the enrollment process for Fall 2016,” said Hawai‘i CC Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Jason Cifra. “The financial aid priority deadline is March 1, so planning for college now is the best strategy for ensuring future success. Many scholarships also use Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) information to determine eligibility.”

For more information about Express Admissions Day, please call the Hawai‘i CC Information Center at (808) 934-2800.

 

 

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New Hawai‘i CC website design to launch January 25th

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The above screenshot shows a preview of what the top of the homepage will look like.

Hawai‘i Community College will soon have a new website that provides a cleaner look, a better platform for celebrating the success of Hawai‘i CC students, and easier navigation for prospective students and other visitors.

Hawai‘i CC web developer Daniel Fernandez has been developing the site in collaboration with members of the college Administration team, members of the college’s Strategic Enrollment Management team, the Office of External Affairs and College Relations, the University of Hawai‘i Community Colleges Marketing Committee, and others.

“A major new feature of this site is that it is ‘responsive,’” said Fernandez. “That means whatever device you are using – a desktop, tablet, or smartphone – the site will conform its layout to the device. Everyone is using so many different types of technology to access information, and we’re trying to make it easier for all those groups.”

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This screenshot shows the website’s “footer,” which will appear on every page and includes many institutional links for faculty and staff.

The site will use the Drupal content management system and Drupal’s “Scholarly” template that was designed specifically for colleges and universities.

The website redesign is part of a broader effort to bring a level of uniformity to the UHCC sites.

The main navigation tabs at the top of the page, including “How to Apply,” “Programs of Study,” and “Paying for College” were agreed-upon terms adopted by the UHCC system. The shared navigation terms are the result of a request by Vice President for Community Colleges John Morton that the UHCC campuses make it as easy as possible to visit our seven community college campuses online.

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The above screenshot shows the navigation tabs that will guide visits to some of the major sections of the website.

“Even after the new design is launched, the website will remain under continuous development,” said Fernandez. “It’s a living, breathing thing that we can continually improve and update based on the college’s goals and data about how the site is being used.”

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Pāʻina Aloha for Noreen Yamane and Rockne Freitas

Members of the Hawaiʻi Community College and University of Hawaiʻi ʻohana celebrated the retirement of Chancellor Noreen Yamane and former Chancellor Rockne Freitas on Friday, December 4 with a Pāʻina Aloha.

The event took place at Papaʻa Hale and Kapakapakaua Malae on the Manono Campus.  Chef Okuda and the culinary students prepared a Hawaiian dinner with Kalua-style Pig, Laulau, Lomi Salmon, Chicken Long Rice, Poi and all the extra dishes. Entertainment featured Hawai’i CC homegrown talent. Mahalo to Rockne and Noreen for their many years of service to the college and the university system!

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Fall 2015 ʻĀina Student Showcase

More than 170 students, faculty, and staff attended the Fall ʻĀina Student Showcase in the cafeteria on December 3rd. The event included student displays, presentations, and videos emphasizing the theme of ʻĀina (land).

Participating classes include History 151 & 152, Philosophy 120W, English 100 & Geography 122 Learning Community, Hawaiʻi Stewardship: Protocols 260, and Human Services 110.

If you would like your students to participate in the Spring ʻĀina Showcase or are interested in learning more, please email Sam Giordanengo at samuelg@hawaii.edu or Monica Burnett at mburnett@hawaii.edu.

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GIS students help map ancient trail at Hawai‘i Community College – Pālamanui

Hawai‘i Community College students who are studying global positioning systems (GPS) and geographic information systems (GIS) recently used their technology skills to help preserve part of an ancient Native Hawaiian trail.

The trail ­— which features petroglyphs, caves, and ancient lama trees — is next to the new Hawai‘i Community College – Pālamanui campus in Kona. Until recently the trail was overgrown with invasive fountain grass and forgotten.

Since June 2014, trail expert and Hawai‘i CC – Pālamanui humanities lecturer Dr. Richard Stevens has been leading an effort to restore the mauka-to-makai pathway. Many students and community volunteers have ripped out fountain grass and moved rocks to help reclaim the trail from nature.

Now the goal is to keep track of the trail, and that’s where the students enrolled in Introduction to GIS and GPS come in.

“The class’s work is hugely important,” said Stevens. “The trail won’t be lost again: It’s carved into cyberspace.”

On a hot Saturday morning on November 14, 2015, the Hawai‘i CC students used their handheld GPS devices to mark significant locations along the trail, including the petroglyphs and caves.

“Now we’re going to take that data and put it into a GIS map and basically create a base map of the trail and all the significant locations,” said Victor Rasgado, a geomatics lecturer at Hawai‘i CC. “So we’re preserving that trail, and we’re doing it with new technologies.”

The Introduction to GIS and GPS course is one of four classes Hawai‘i CC students take in order to earn a certificate in Geospatial Technology. The courses and the certificate are part of the Architectural, Engineering and CAD Technologies program at Hawai‘i CC, which offers three certificates and an Associate in Applied Science degree.

Sterling Chow, one of the students in the class, said he and his classmates gathered GPS data, took detailed notes, and snapped pictures in order to compile enough information to create a map.

“It’s a great learning tool, being out there, tying the information together, and accurately describing what you saw,” said Chow.

The trail is on land owned by Pālamanui, LLC, which is the private development company planning a mixed-use community next to the campus. Preservation of the trail is part of the company’s cultural resource management plan.

The GIS and GPS class’s excursion is just the latest example of college faculty using the trail as a classroom. Stevens has taken his writing and history students there, and the Hawai‘i CC – Pālamanui campus has plans to continue using it as an educational resource.

“Trails are cultural treasures, living artifacts showing the ingenuity and survivability of the ancient Hawaiians in nature,” said Stevens. “Recording those treasures on maps helps us not lose the lessons they have to teach us.”

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Pālamanui Hō‘ike 2015

On Wednesday, December 2, 2015 students at Hawai‘i Community College – Pālamanui demonstrated the knowledge they gained in their courses during the fall semester with performances, presentations, displays, and speeches. Family members, fellow students, and faculty attended the Hō‘ike, which was held at the new Hawai‘i Community College – Pālamanui campus in Kona.

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International Education Week mahalo and photos

The International Education Committee would like to thank everyone who participated in International Education Week 2015.

  • Special thanks to our International Fashion Show participants: Naifo Fuimaono, Desiree Agustin, Viliami Fahiua, Kano Fujiyama, Sun Mi Kim, Yonesia Paul and family.
  • Special thanks to Kealiʻi Lilly for his weaving demonstration.
  • Special thanks to our Intensive English Program students for their calligraphy demonstration.
  • Special thanks to our cultural ambassadors: Karla Robles, Yui Isogai, and Medea Yankova for teaching us about their cultures.
  • Special thanks to Chef Allan Okuda and our culinary students for a phenomenal international buffet.
  • Special thanks to those who prepared cultural exhibitions for World Culture Night: The Mubahay Club, Meidor Hu, D’Anna Asher, Yonesia Paul, Pamela Scheffler, Sharon Dansereau and family, Mieko Yajima and Rieko Kawamura, and Carrie Mospens.
  • Special thanks to the Fall 2015 Principles of Marketing Class for creating our International Display Window.

There was a tie for the photo contest, and the winners were: DʻAnna Asher and Mieko Yajima.

First place for the best dish contest went to the chicken marsala and runner up went to the vegetarian egg rolls.

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‘Fight the Bite’ information session happening Tuesday, Dec. 8

Aloha Hawai‘i CC Faculty, Staff and Students,

As of Thursday, December 3rd, there have been 130 confirmed cases of Dengue
Fever on Hawai‘i Island.  As the numbers are rising each day, we’re very
concerned about your health and safety!

Please join us on:
Tuesday, December 8th
9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Manono Campus Bldg. 379, Room 1 (Kaneikeao)
Palamanui Campus B-125 Classroom

A representative from the Department of Health will be on hand to provide an
information update, talk about efforts to minimize this  and to answer
questions about what we can do to “Fight the Bite.

Free mosquito repellent will also be provided to participants.

Faculty,  please encourage your students to attend, especially those who are
actively outdoors during your class times.

Let’s stay safe everyone!!

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Joni Onishi recommended for Hawai‘i CC interim chancellor

IMG_9481-editUniversity of Hawaiʻi Vice President for Community Colleges John Morton has recommended that Joni Onishi be appointed interim chancellor of Hawaiʻi Community College effective January 1, 2016.

The Board of Regents personnel committee has also recommended Onishi’s appointment and the full Board of Regents will take up the final approval at its meeting on Thursday, November 19.

Onishi is currently the vice chancellor for academic affairs at Hawaiʻi CC.

“I am grateful to Joni for assuming this additional responsibility and look forward to working with her as we continue working to move Hawai‘i CC forward,” said Morton. “Our goal is to have a new chancellor by July 1, 2016.”

More about Onishi

Onishi has been employed at Hawaiʻi CC since 1988 and is a tenured faculty member in business education. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from UH Hilo and master’s degree in education from UH Mānoa.

Onishi was interim dean for career and technical education from 2007 to 2010 before becoming vice chancellor for academic affairs.

As vice chancellor she has provided strong, consistent leadership in academic affairs. She has made substantial contributions to Hawaiʻi CC’s accreditation efforts, including playing a critical role in addressing recommendations from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges.

Search for a permanent chancellor

A 19-member screening and interview committee has been appointed that includes Hawaiʻi Community College faculty, staff and administrators, as well as community members. The chancellor position will be prominently advertised nationwide.

The committee will conduct the screening and interview process and submit a list of finalists to Morton.

After a series of campus interviews and public forums with the finalists, the vice president will conduct his own review of candidates and present his recommendation to the Board of Regents.

Link to UH News article: http://www.hawaii.edu/news/2015/11/16/joni-onishi-recommended-for-hawaii-cc-interim-chancellor/

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Express Admissions Day attracts Spring 2016 applicants

Hawai‘i Community College hosted its first-ever Express Admissions Day on Saturday, November 14, 2015. The event provided applicants an opportunity to visit the campus, apply for the Spring 2016 semester, receive their My UH Student Number the same day, and consult with Hawai‘i CC staff about the next steps in the enrollment process. Approximately 75 prospective students applied during Express Admissions Day in Hilo and the Hawai‘i CC – Pālamanui campus in Kona!

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Hawai‘i CC – Pālamanui lecturer featured in West Hawaii Today

Richard Stevens, a lecturer at Hawai‘i Community College – Pālamanui, was the subject of a West Hawaii Today article published on Veterans Day. You many find the article at the following link:

http://westhawaiitoday.com/news/local-news/vietnam-veteran-jungle-scout-used-life-war-fuel-writing-career

 

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Outstanding student to receive 2015 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship

Samantha Mowry, a student at Hawai‘i Community College, has been selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship from Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society as a 2015 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar.

Selected as 2015 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholars, 207 Phi Theta Kappa members have been awarded a total of $207,000 in scholarships. Chosen from more than 1,100 applications worldwide, the scholars receive scholarships of $1,000 each to further their associate degree studies. Independent judges evaluate the applications based on scholastic achievement, community service and leadership potential.

The Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program provides new Phi Theta Kappa members with financial resources to help defray educational expenses while enrolled in associate degree programs. Scholars are also encouraged to assume leadership roles by participating in Society programs.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation provides $200,000 in funding for the scholarships, with $25,000 set aside for members who are veterans or active members of the U.S. military. The remaining amount is supported by donations to the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation and provides Leaders of Promise Global Scholarships, earmarked for international students.

“The funds provided by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation not only aid college completion, but provide students with the opportunity to engage in Society programs and develop leadership skills to become future leaders in their communities,” said Dr. Nancy Rieves, CEO of the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation. “Research shows that Phi Theta Kappa members are four times more likely to complete a college degree than their peers.  The Leaders of Promise Scholarships recognize students for what they have achieved already and assure that financial need isn’t an obstacle to achieving their academic goals.”

“The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation has a long history of providing financial assistance to outstanding students at community colleges,” said J. Mark Davis, President of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. “We are proud to partner with Phi Theta Kappa and make it possible for more deserving students to achieve their educational goals. Phi Theta Kappa members are proven scholars, engaged students who want to use their abilities to make a difference. In designating $200,000 for Leaders of Promise, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation is supporting tomorrow’s leaders of the global community.”

Phi Theta Kappa, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,285 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, U.S. territorial possessions and eight sovereign nations. More than 3 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 134,000 students inducted annually.

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Human Services graduates help out at 75th Anniversary dinner

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Aunti Sandi with two of her Human Services graduates who became helpers by passing out the door prizes to the many attendees of the 75th Anniversary dinner on November 7th, 2015.

Pictured above are Courtney Harrison (left), who will be graduating with her Master’s in Social Work in May; Nicole Harrison (center), who is pursuing her Master’s in Education at UH Hilo; and Hawai‘i CC Assistant Professor, Sandra Claveria. Congratulations, and mahalo for supporting Hawai‘i Community College’s 75th Anniversary!

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Culinary Arts program receives $10k donation

The Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival has donated $10,000 from its annual culinary event at the Waikoloa to Hawai‘i Community College’s Culinary Arts program. The organization presented checks to Hawai‘i CC and the other recipients at an event held Tuesday, November 10 on O’ahu. This is the second consecutive year the Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival has made a donation to the college. Mahalo for the support! Please see the following article from the Honolulu Star-Advertiser about the donations.

$350,000 donation benefits 16 groups

This year’s Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival, a two-week culinary gala in September, benefited 16 organizations with a total of $350,000. Checks were presented Tuesday at Neiman Marcus’ Mariposa Restaurant.

The recipients were: Culinary Institute of the Pacific ($80,000), Hawai‘i Agricultural Foundation ($70,000), Imua Family Services ($50,000), Kapiolani Community College Culinary Arts Program ($30,000), Leeward Community College Culinary Arts Program ($25,000), Maui County Farm Bureau ($20,000), Hawaii Island Community College Culinary Arts Program ($10,000), Kapiolani Community College Hospitality and Tourism Program ($10,000), Paepae o He‘eia ($10,000), Papahana Kuaola ($10,000), Maui Culinary Academy ($7,500), Hawaii Seafood Council ($7,500), Honolulu Zoo Conservation Fund ($7,500), Aloha United Way Young Leaders Program ($5,000), Kako‘o ‘Oiwi ($5,000) and Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation ($2,500).

Over the past five years, the fest has given more than $1.3 million to local beneficiaries.

This year’s events featured 101 chefs, four master sommeliers, 35 top-tier winemakers and 16 mixologists. Students from the state’s various culinary programs worked alongside world-class chefs during events. More than 7,400 residents and visitors attended 21 events on Oahu, Maui and Hawaii island.

The 2016 festival is scheduled for Oct. 14 to 30. Visit hawaiifoodandwinefestival.com.

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Scholarship Fundraiser Dinner and 75th Anniversary Celebration a fun, successful event

Members of the Hawaiʻi Community College ʻohana, including alumni, faculty, staff, students, and community members celebrated the college’s 75th anniversary on Saturday, November 7 while also raising money to support student scholarships.

The Hawaiʻi CC Alumni & Friends Scholarship Fundraiser Dinner and 75th Anniversary Celebration attracted support from the community in the form of ticket sales and donations, and the proceeds will help students achieve their dreams of a college education.

Approximately 200 people attended the event, and other community members made donations. Hawaiʻi CC Alumni & Friends will use the proceeds from the fundraiser to create an endowment fund that will perpetuate and accrue in value. Alumni & Friends exceeded their goal of raising $25,000 with the event.

“Hawaiʻi CC Alumni & Friends is committed to helping students who may not otherwise be able to afford a college education,” said Robert Yamane, the President of Hawaiʻi CC Alumni and Friends. “Mahalo to everyone who donated. Your gift will make a difference in the lives of our students, their families, and our entire island.”

“As we celebrate Hawaiʻi Community College’s 75th anniversary, it is wonderful to see the community support for our students,” said Hawaiʻi CC Chancellor Noreen Yamane. “For 75 years we have helped students gain the skills and knowledge they need to lead successful lives, but it would not have been possible without such a strong community as our foundation.”

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Hawaiʻi CC was founded in 1941 as the Hawaiʻi Vocational School with five trades programs and 183 students. The college has continually evolved to meet needs of employers and students, and Hawaiʻi CC now offers 26 academic programs and has more than 3,000 students enrolled in Hilo and at the new campus in Kona named Hawaiʻi Community College–Pālamanui.

With programs such as natural science, auto mechanics and early childhood education, students can prepare to enter the workforce right after graduation or easily transfer to one of the other University of Hawaiʻi campuses, including the adjacent University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo.

In the last 23 years alone Hawaiʻi CC has awarded more than 10,000 degrees and certificates, and in the last two years the college has awarded a higher number of degrees and certificates than ever before: 685 in 2014 and 643 in 2015.

The fundraiser on Saturday featured speeches, a silent auction, a vintage fashion show and the recognition of an alumnus who enrolled the very first year the college opened in 1941.

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Hawaiʻi CC awarded Matthew Y.P. Chow an honorary certificate during the event.

Chow, an 89-year-old Hilo resident, enrolled in the welding program from 1941-1943. He never received his certificate, however, because a curfew imposed from sunset to sunrise as a result of World War II prevented a commencement ceremony from taking place, he said.

“It brings back a lot of memories, old time memories of my attendance at Hawai’i Vocational School back in 1941-43,” Chow said.

With his welding skills, Chow worked for two years at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard during World War II. After the war he obtained a bachelor’s degree in biology and worked for more than 20 years as a biology teacher at Hilo High School.

 

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Phi Theta Kappa Alpha Psi Epsilon Chapter Fall 2015 Induction

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Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society’s Alpha Psi Epsilon chapter in Hilo conducted its informal, Fall 2015 Induction. Chapter President Candace Wharton and Vice President of Membership Desiree DeCanto-Gardner presided over the event.

Congratulations to the following inductees: Kaitlyn Ashida, Keoki Baily, Charles Bauguess, Andrea Cabigon, Sebastian Callerec, Keiran Cardoza, Aramina Cascayan, Joshua Coston, Christian Fisher, Lehua Garcia, Moana Gates, Jasmine Granadosin, Maile Hanaoka, Ashlee Hollingsworth, Lonica Iliwa’alani, Luana Jones, Renzy Richard Josue, Shenicia Kahakua, Jessica Kolish, Isaiah Lavea, Lynell Liborio, Dustin Mastandrea, Kaleo Matthews, Abraham Medeiros, Jr., Michelle Nason, Kayla Okimoto, Jillian Perreira, Lucienne Reddell, Nicole Saito, Shayne Shinkai, Tahigwa Summers, Kayla Tano, Madeline Taomia, Chezare Torres, Jaunalyn Vickers, and Calla Weddington.

Chartered in 1993, Alpha Psi Epsilon and its 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. Alpha Psi Epsilon members participate in year-round activities that promote the organization’s four hallmarks: scholarship, leadership, service and fellowship.

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UH Mānoa Master of Social Work degree program available in West Hawai‘i

Are you interested in pursuing a graduate education in social work? Did you know the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Master of Social Work (MSW) degree program is available in West Hawai‘i through distance education technology?

Learn about the MSW program during an information session at Hawai‘i Community College Pālamanui in Kona on Wednesday, Nov. 18 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

The MSW Distance Education Option is a three-year program that includes classes delivered via interactive television, computer-based delivery, face-to-face onsite, and hybrid approaches, as well as completion of field practicum in your community.

The MSW program is currently recruiting applicants for its new cohort to begin in Fall 2016. The deadline to apply is Feb. 1, 2016. For more information, attend the upcoming informational session on Wednesday, Nov. 18 presented by representatives from the UH Mānoa Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work. Anyone is welcome to attend; no RSVP necessary.

Hawai‘i Community College – Palamanui is located at 73-1025 Kaiminani Drive in Kailua-Kona.

For more information, visit our website at www.hawaii.edu/sswork/de or contact the MSW Distance Education Option at (808) 956-9470 or by email at sswde@hawaii.edu. You may also contact Carrie Kuwada Phipps, Educational Specialist, at (808)969-8808, carriekp@hawaii.edu.

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Hawai‘i CC to host first-ever ‘Express Admissions Day’ on Nov. 14

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Express Admissions Day is the fast way to apply for the Spring 2016 semester. Prospective students can complete an application; receive their MyUH Student Number; schedule the next steps in the enrollment process, such as academic advising, orientation and placement testing; and have their questions answered by Hawai‘i CC representatives.

“Express Admissions Day is designed to make enrollment as easy as possible,” said Jason Cifra, the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at Hawai‘i CC. “Prospective students can fill out an application and immediately get their MyUH Student Number, which is a critical step in the enrollment process. In addition, Hawai‘i CC representatives will be on hand to answer questions and schedule next steps.”

The deadline to apply for the Spring 2016 semester is Dec. 1, and classes start on Jan. 11.

Attendees of Express Admissions Day can enter to win a scholarship, and current Hawai‘i CC students who bring a friend can also enter to win a scholarship.

For more information about Express Admissions Day please call the Hawai‘i CC Information Center at 934-2800 (Manono campus) or call the Hawai‘i CC – Pālamanui Student Services office at 969-8816. You can also visit hawaii.hawaii.edu for more information.

 

 

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Human Services students getting involved in the community

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Students from the Human Services Program, along with their families, take the time to walk in the Family Peace Walk Against Domestic Violence on Friday, October 30, 2015.

 

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Others take the time out after setting up for the YWCA Walk a Mile in Her Shoes fundraiser for the Sexual Assault Program on Saturday, October 24, 2015, to get a picture with Mayor Billy Kenoi, Prosecuting Attorney Mitch Roth and the Chief of Police, Harry Kubojiri.

 

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John Pearson, pictured with his daughters, proudly shows his patriotic side with the shoes he walked in for the YWCA Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Sexual Assault fundraiser held on October 24, 2015.

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Hawai‘i CC hosting International Education Week events

Hawai‘i Community College will host International Education Week 2015 during the month of November. The theme this year is “Indigenous Cultures Around the World.”

International Education Week is a national initiative sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to celebrate diversity, promote cultural awareness, and foster the development of global citizens. Hawai‘i CC has participated since 2011.

The events for this year are as follows:

Nov. 2 until Dec. 2:

  • A display case with artifacts from around the world will be presented at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Business Building.

Tuesday, Nov. 17 and Wednesday, Nov. 18:

  • International coffee talk with cultural ambassadors, 7:30 – 9:30 a.m. at the World Plaza behind the Kau Wa‘a Student Center.
  • Cultural art demonstrations and exhibitions, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the World Plaza behind the Kau Wa‘a Student Center.

Thursday, Nov. 19:

  • International coffee talk with cultural ambassadors, 7:30 – 9:30 a.m. at the World Plaza behind the Kau Wa‘a Student Center.
  • World Culture Night with international food, international fashion show, photo contest, best dish contest, and cultural exhibitions, 4 – 7 p.m. at the Hawai‘i CC Cafeteria.

All events are free, and all students, faculty, staff and family members are invited. IEW is sponsored by the Hawai‘i CC Student Council and Student Life Program, the Honda International Opportunity Fund, and the University of Hawai‘i Foundation.

 

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Haʻakūmalae announcements

Haʻakūmalae is the official orchestration of the Hawaiʻ i protocols leadership at Hawaiʻ i Community College and the University of Hawaiʻ i 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:

 SEPTEMBER 2015

  • September 10th, 2015

HawCC Faculty & Staff Kīhei Workshop               Kaneikeao

  • September 11th, 2015

Hawaiʻi Community College Leadership Champions 2015

Our HawCC Kauhale welcomed 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 were 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 was hosted by our campus and facilitated by KauaiCC Chancellor Helen Cox.

  •  September 18th, 2015

Wo Learning Champions

The Wo Learning Champions arrived on our campus 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 visited with various programs on campus and as a group ventured on a guided experience of the wahi pana of Hilo.

 OCTOBER 2015

  • October 6th, 2015

Samuel Kamakau PCS Visit

High school students, staff, & administration of Samuel Manaikalani Kamakau Public Charter School visited our campus on October 6th. The group spent time on campus visiting programs and spending time in one of the courses offered by Hawaiʻi Life Styles to get a taste of what the college experience is all about. They shared in the exchange of the kīpaepae and went home with new experiences and the affirmation that community and support can be found beyond their home institution.

  • October 12th, 2015

Hachiman of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

On Monday, October 12th, the Hachiman of Tsurugaoka Hachimangū of Kamakura, Japan visited our campus and participated in an exchange with our Kauhale & community thru the kīpaepae welina. As hosted by the college and the Hawaiʻi Life Styles Program the group conducted a workshop on Shinto practices, sharing a blessing, stories, flute playing & the temple Maidens’ dance.

  • October 16th, 2015

HawCC Faculty & Staff Kīhei Workshop               Kaneikeao

  • October 17th, 2015

Kīpaepae Welina – Mayor’s Health Fest and Blue Zones Project Kickoff Celebration

At the request of the office of Mayor Billy Kenoi, a kīpaepae welina was presented to open the Mayorʻs Health Fest and to help create a community consciousness in regards to the new Blue Zones Project.  The Blue Zones Project works towards bringing together citizens, schools, employers, restaurants, grocery stores, and community leaders to improve community living environments so that healthy choices are easily identifiable and ultimately become socially commonplace.

  • October 19th, 2015

Kīpaepae Hoʻonoho Hale Aloha

The Kīpaepae Hoʻonoho occurred this October for our newly renovated Hale Aloha and was attended by faculty, staff and students. This ceremony helped to mark the establishing of the residence of the Nursing & Allied Health Division into their home of Hale Aloha thru the ceremonial burying of the piko and symbolic planting of a lama tree on the premises.

  •  October 29th, 2015

Kīpaepae Welina – Lane Wilcken

Lane Wilcken is an author and cultural practitioner of the ancient arts of the Philippines with an emphasis on indigenous hand-tap tattoos as a spiritual practice. He provided a lecture on Wednesday on his studies & book –

Forgotten Children of Maui: Filipino Myths, Tattoos, and Rituals of a Demigod. On Thursday he shared about the foundations of his practice of batek (tattoo) as it is done as ritual and presented a live demonstration of this application with tools that are handcrafted by him made of wood, horn, bone, and thorns.

NOVEMBER 2015

  • November 7th, 2015

Hawaiʻi Community College Alumni Dinner – 75th Anniversary Celebration

In recognition of the 75th Anniversary of Hawaiʻi Community College the annual Alumni dinner will begin with a kīpaepae welina and include a hōʻike featuring Unukupukupu. Haʻakūmalae-Unukupukupu participation in this event will include Faculty & Staff of both campuses (HawCC & UHH) as well as current & former students of the Hawaiʻi Life Styles Hula program.

  •  November 10th, 2015

Kīpaepae Welina – Coastal Marine and Tourism World Conference          Waikoloa

The International Congress on Coastal and Marine Tourism (CMT) returns to Hawaii 25 years after its inaugural meeting there in 1990. Unukupukupu has been invited to present the opening protocols for this event, a kīpaepae welina to establish the foundation for all organizations and participants attending.

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

 

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Hale Aloha Blessing and Open House

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Led by the Kīpaepae Protocols Committee, Hawai‘i Community College held a Kīpaepae Ho‘onoho for the newly renovated Hale Aloha on Monday, October 19.

The Hale Aloha dormitory was constructed in the late 1960s to provide housing for students attending Hawai‘i Community College and UH Hilo. Opening in 1969, the co-ed dorm was designed to house 32 male students on the 1st floor and 22 female students on the 2nd floor each academic year. After the closure of the Hale Aloha dormitory in Spring 1996, the building was converted to offices for various UH Hilo programs and departments.

In September 2011, Hawai‘i Community College received funding to renovate the Hale Aloha Building for the Nursing & Allied Health Division. The building renovation includes offices for nursing faculty, two simulation labs, and a conference room on the 1st floor.  The 2nd floor was remodeled to accommodate the Nursing Division Office, two nursing labs, and two classrooms.

The renovation of the Hale Aloha building also includes a unique “green” rooftop on the third floor. The new open roof is available for students, faculty and staff at Hawai‘i Community College to enjoy.

 

 

 

 

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Lecturer to present talk on Irish culture and literature

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Culinary Arts students participate in annual events in Hilo and Kona

Hawai‘i Community College Culinary Arts students have been busy in Hilo and Kona the past few weeks working at major Hawai‘i Island culinary events: the Taste of Hilo and the Taste of the Hawaiian Range.

Anne Chung, Assistant Professor of Business Technology, attended both events and wrote about them on her “Living Hilo Style” blog. To read Anne’s take on these events and see some photos of culinary faculty and staff, visit the following links:

Taste of Hilo

http://livinghilostyle.com/2015/10/19/taste-of-hilo/

Taste of the Hawaiian Range

http://livinghilostyle.com/2015/10/10/mealani-taste-of-the-hawaiian-range/

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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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