Aloha Kauhale Kākou!
Merrie Monarch is really an exquisite opportunity to inform the world of the spirit that makes Hawaiʻi Community College a special place. HawCCʻs Kīpaepae Committee and Haʻakūmalae Protocols Program, together with community partners, facilitates a Kīpaepae Welina, a Welcoming Protocols ceremony to bless this world event. This year the kīpaepae facilitators numbered greater than 400 individuals and their supporters from numerous local communities as far as Miloliʻi! This yearʻs Kīpaepae was even more special because our Oceanic cousins of Aotearoa (New Zealand) joined us in the blessing ceremony.
Hawaiʻi Papa O Ke Ao’s Goal 2 Community encourages all community colleges to create avenues through which our community becomes familiar with the college way in advance of their senior year in high school. This annual Kīpaepae provides an opportunity for our community at large to glimpse into HawCC. For many of our community members, this Kīpaepae is the first glimpse/impression they have of HawCC. Thanks to the support and advocacy of Chancellor Noreen Yamane, HawCC is a feature of the Merrie Monarch, involving hundreds of community members, bringing our community one step closer to considering HawCC as a destination for higher education. Yes, let’s celebrate the fact that our humble college is contributing to the well-being of our local and global community profoundly.
To whom do we say mahalo?
- Keaukaha Elementary School
- Kaʻumeke Kaʻeo Public Charter School
- Keanalaʻahana Public Charter School
- Saint Joseph School
- Kamehameha Corporation
- ʻOhana of Kahaluʻu and Keauhou, Kona
- Miloliʻi Fishing Village
- Kanuokaʻāina Public Charter School
- HawCCʻs Kīpaepae Committee
- HLSʻs Haʻakūmalae Protocols Program
- All cohorts of UNUKUPUKUPU
- University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo
- Kīpuka Native Hawaiian Student Center
- The Offices of Chancellor Noreen Yamane and Donald Straney
- The Merrie Monarch Office of Planning
And a special Mahalo to Te Waka Huia, our Maori Cousins!
Working here at HawCC is truly an honor to the spirit that connects all!
Dr. Tangarō, Kauhale Academic Village