Chancellorʻs Message

Aloha HawCC Faculty & Staff,

Thank you to those in Hilo and West Hawai‘i (via polycom) who attended Dr. John Morton’s presentation , “Access and Success: Planning, Tracking and Innovating.”  The presentation has been posted on our HawCC website at

Some of our IEP students, under the guidance of Sherri Fujita, have been very instrumental in coordinating efforts at HawCC by organizing the “fold a crane and send a prayer” to Japan.  This project provided an opportunity for our college ohana to send well-wishes, sympathies and concern to the people of Japan.  This idea developed into a huge project that spread to UH Hilo via the Office of Global Exchange.  To date, HawCC has 3,000 origami cranes and countless pages of signatures, warm wishes and monetary donations.  Kudos to Sherri, our IEP students and others who have taken an active role in supporting the Japan “relief” efforts.  We send our hopes to the people of Sendai for a fast recovery in rebuilding their community.

The HawCC Student Recognition Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, May 4, 2011, 6:00 p.m. at the UH Hilo Campus Center Dining Room. This is an excellent time for faculty and staff to congratulate our students on their academic achievements and to thank our donors for the various awards. Please make every effort to attend.

The End-of-the-Year Breakfast is scheduled for Thursday, May 5, 2011, 7:30 to 9:00 a.m., Manono Campus Cafeteria.  Recognition of faculty and staff for various awards will be announced at this event. Hope to see you there!

This coming Spring 2011 Commencement will be the capstone event celebrating our 70th anniversary!  I encourage all of you to attend this significant event with our graduates and their families.  Commencement is our opportunity to recognize our students for the accomplishment of their educational goals and to celebrate a milestone in their lives.  I truly hope you will be able to participate this year.  It takes a “village” to operate an institution of higher learning.  We all have our responsibilities to make this college function efficiently.  By your participation at this year’s commencement, we will be displaying an important message to our community in realizing what it takes to educate their children.  Please come and be recognized as our Kauhale.

Noreen Yamane, Interim Chancellor

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