Chancellorʻs December 2010 Message

Noreen Yamane

Aloha HawCC Faculty and Staff,

Kauhale – Kauhale is an‘ohana of administrators, faculty, staff, students, their families, and the Hawai‘i Island community that contributes measurably to the success of our college’s mission and outcomes. Kauhale maximizes the “community” in our mission through dialogue, planning, innovation, and assessment across traditional college divisions and units.

In the August 2010 Kauhale Newsletter, I mentioned the launching of Kauhale. I have already scheduled Wala‘au Talk Story Sessions with several units as well as with the UH Center at West Hawai‘i. The purpose of the Wala‘au Sessions is twofold:

➢ Sustaining Kauhale: These discussions are intended to generate campus wide discussions and ideas of how to sustain the philosophy we call Kauhale.

➢ College Initiatives: These discussions relating to Remedial Development Initiatives and Grant Initiatives will allow for an open dialogue among like-initiatives that impact our college.

For detailed information, please see Dr. Taupouri Tangaro’s article “Wala‘au Talk Story Sessions with the Chancellor” in this newsletter.

UH Center at West Hawai‘i – On November 19, 2010, The University of Hawai‘i signed an agreement that clears the way for construction of the West Hawai‘i campus at Palamanui. The agreement allows for the university to build a $4.7 million access road to the site, and Palamanui Partners, LLC, developers of the Palamanui community to commit to an equal amount toward the building of the first phase which will include one complete 20,000 square foot building and a stand-alone portion of a second building, to be extended during phase two.

This agreement enables the University of Hawai‘i to provide educational opportunities to one of the state’s most underserved areas with one of the most energy-efficient college campuses in the U.S. The Leadership in Energy Efficiency Design (LEED) Platinum designation means the complex will utilize the most advanced technology to conserve resources.

Groundbreaking for the access road construction is expected in late 2010 or early 2011. The first phase of construction is expected to begin by Fall 2011, with completion anticipated by fall 2012. The UH Center at West Hawai‘i will be relocated from its current 12,500 square foot rented space in Kealakekua.

CCSSE: Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) Reports on the CCSSE Benchmarks of Highest Student Engagement and the 2010 CCFSSE Student and Faculty Frequency Distributions have been and will continue to be included in the Kauhale newsletter.

I also invite you to visit the link below for the Strategic Outcomes Performance Measures at

The campus closure will be observed by the HawCC faculty, staff and administrators for the winter break (December 18 through January 2) with the exception of a few units. Faculty and staff located on the UH Hilo campus will be required to follow the UH Hilo campus closure policy.

The Spring 2011 All- College Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 6, 2011, 7:45 to 9:45 a.m. at the Manono Cafeteria. The West Hawai‘i Campus will be participating via videoconference in B4, Rooms 1 and 2. You are all encouraged to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

Mahalo nui loa,

Noreen Yamane, Interim Chancellor

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