On February 17, 2011 Hawaii Community College held a mahalo luncheon in honor ofthe Hawaii Island Japanese Chamber of Commerce for their generous donation of $10,000. The college is pleased to share that this is the twelfth year that the HIJCC has donated funds from its very popular annual Taste of Hilo event, and is grateful for the Hawaii Island Japanese Chamber of Commerce’s continued support of its students, programs, and services.
This year’s Taste of Hilo event, which was held at the Sangha Hall, featured a number of well known restaurants and vendors, and showcased for the first time sturgeon, locally raised on the Big Island. Hundreds of hungry guests were able to sample local treats created by some of their favorite restaurants as well as aspiring chefs from Hawaii Community College’s own Culinary Arts program. Student volunteers from both the Culinary Arts and Human Services programs were there to assist vendors and HIJCC members, making this truly a collaborative event.
At the luncheon, the college reported that the funds would be used to continue many worthwhile projects such as student scholarships and achievement awards, the ‘Ohana Student Emergency Fund, college-wide benefit and program improvements, and faculty/staff development. As in years past, awards and scholarships would be given to qualified students in Hawaii Community College’s many outstanding liberal arts and career and technical programs.