HawCC Employee Updates

Administrative Team

  • Joni Onishi, Interim VC for Academic Affairs
  • Jim Yoshida, Interim Vice Chancellor for Administrative Affairs
  • Beth Sanders, Interim Director, UH Center at West Hawaii
  • Deborah Shigehara, Interim Director, OCET
  • Jason Cifra, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs (effective January 17, 2012)
  • Guy Kimura, Interim Dean, Liberal Arts & Public Services
  • Joyce Hamasaki, Interim Dean, Career & Technical Education

Introduction of New Appointments


  • Tambra Fry, Instructor in Nursing
  • Kathleen Giraud, Instructor in Nursing (W/H)
  • Misty Carmichael, Instructor in English
  • Donna Deluz-Marcelino, Instructor in Drafting Technology
  • Melanie Higa, Instructor in Electronics

Construction Academy

  • Timothy Oropallo, Instructor, Kealakehe High School
  • George Ribao, .50 Instructor, Laupahoehoe High School

Academic Support

  • John Witkowski, Information Technology Specialist, ACU
  • Lori-Ann Flores, Educational Specialist, Hale Kea Testing Center

Office of Student Services

  • Leslie Mahina Gronquist, Instructional & Student Support (Admissions & Records)
  • Melissa Yamanaka, Instructional & Student Support (Outreach Specialist)
  • Ivalyn Kawamae, Instructional & Student Support (Financial Aid)

Administrative Services

  • Keahilani Hirakawa, Janitor, Planning, Operations, & Maintenance
  • Nadine Kahumoku, Account Clerk
  • Sandra Tanaka, Personnel Clerk

Office of Continuing Education & Training

  • Graceson Ghen, Academic Support (Sustainability Center)
  • James Cain, Academic Support (Center for Agricultural Success Project Coordinator)

University of Hawaii Center at West Hawaii

  • Karen Au, Educational Specialist


  • Clyde Kojiro, Professor, Architectural Engineering & CAD Technologies (9/30/11)
  • Mike Leialoha, VC for Administrative Affairs (12/30/11)
  • Joni Rapozo, Office Assistant, Hawaii Life Styles (10/31/11)

Certificates of Service

  • Congratulations to Kenoalani Dela Cruz for her service of 10 years at HawCC



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