Chancellor’s Mahalo

HawCC Administrative Team

Mahalo nui loa to Joni Onishi, Beth Sanders, Jim Yoshida, Jason Cifra, Debbie Shigehara, Guy Kimura and Joyce Hamasaki.

Thank you for your continued support!

HawCC College Council and Academic Senate

I wish to extend my thanks to Monica Burnett for serving as College Council chair and to Manai Kalua for serving as the Interim Academic Senate chair.

Mahalo to Sandra Kama, Janice Watanabe, Melany Ayudan, Cathy Arita, Joeanne Losalio-Watson, Luane Ishii, Paula Medeiros, April Nakagawa, Kanani Yamada and Doris Chang for taking the minutes for the College Council meetings.

Accreditation Liaison and Self-Evaluation

Mahalo to Kate Sims for serving as the HawCC Accreditation Liaison.  Kudos to self-evaluation co-chairpersons Gwen Kimura and Joel Tanabe for overseeing the ongoing self-evaluation process.  We also want to thank the Standard committees chairpersons, Raynette Haleamau-Kam and Mike Saito (Standard I), Sherri Fujita and Annie Maeda (Standard II), Wilton Watanabe (Standard III), Pamela Scheffler (Standard IV), our editors Caroline Naguwa and Jeanne Ryan,  and archivist Ellen Okuma.

We look forward to the accreditation visit in October.

Hawai‘i Island United Way

Thank you, co-chairs Marla DeMarco and Betty Jane Saiki (WH) for coordinating the Hawai‘i Island United Way Fundraiser.  And, most importantly, mahalo nui loa to all of you who contributed.

Academic Scholarship Committee

The purpose of the Academic Scholarship Committee is to select student nominees for national scholarship competitions.  Mahalo to Mai Wong for chairing this committee; and committee members: Joel Peralto, Larissa Leslie and Laurel Gregory.

HawCC Achieving the Dream Core Team

Achieving the Dream provides participating colleges with support to implement strategies designed to help more students–particularly our Native Hawaiian and low-income students earn degrees, complete certificates or transfer to other institutions to continue their studies.  Achieving the Dream emphasizes building a culture of evidence to identify effective practices, improve student success rates and close the achievement gaps.

Mahalo to HawCC’s AtD Core Team:  Sam Giordanengo, team leader and members Shawn Flood, Joyce Hamasaki, Lucy Jones, Guy Kimura, Jim Yoshida, Melanie Marciel, Trina Nahm-Mijo, Joni Onishi, Christine Quintana, Jeanne Ryan, James Schumaker, Deborah Shigehara, and Taupouri Tangaro.

I want to extend a special mahalo to Dr. Tangaro and members of the HawCC Kauhale for representing HawCC at the national AtD conference in Dallas, Texas.  Dr. Tangaro delivered a remarkable presentation that made a positive impact as well as touched the hearts of many.

Student Academic Grievance Committee

This committee hears student grievances that were unable to be resolved at the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs’ level.  There were no cases during this academic year.  Thank you Christine Quintana, Melanie Marciel and Joel Peralto for volunteering to serve on this committee.

Student Conduct Committee

My thanks to the Student Conduct Committee:  Kaleopono Quintana, chair, and members Samuel Giordanengo, Manai Kalua, Donala Kawa‘auhau, and student representatives Nestor Cacho, Lucia Fapiano and Orianna Sanborn.

Faculty/Staff Awards and BOR Excellence in Teaching Award

The Faculty/Staff Award Committee reviews the nominations for the Outstanding Lecturer, Outstanding Staff Member, Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Service, Innovation Award, and Mahalo Award.  Serving on the committee were chair, Nozomi Kanoho and members Renee DelaCruz, Ellen Okuma and Doris Chang.  Mahalo!

The recipient of the BOR Excellence in Teaching Award will be announced at the 2012 Spring Commencement.  I want to thank Jodi Mine, chair, and the committee members Laurel Gregory, Doris Chang, Gene Harada, Luane Ishii, and student representatives Hauoli Viritua and Josh Fuentes for serving on the committee.

Faculty/Staff Development Committee

“The function/purpose of this committee is to create and present programs to promote organizational development, professional and personal development of college personnel; provide opportunities for social networking…”   We extend our appreciation to chair Annette Maeda and committee members Lisa Adams, Roberta Brashear-Kaulfers, Monica Burnett, Sandra Claveria, Kenoa Dela Cruz, Sherri Fujita, Raynette Haleamau-Kam, Meidor Hu, Mike Saito, Joel Tanabe and Leanne Urasaki.

International Education Committee

This committee supports the HawCC Strategic Plan (B1) on global issues including seeking opportunities to infuse cultural/global awareness into the curriculum, creating and enhancing international exchange opportunities for faculty; developing study abroad opportunities, providing opportunities for intercultural interaction between domestic and international students including International Education Week.  This year, Pamela Scheffler traveled to the Honduras and established a study abroad agreement with the University of Zamorano for HawCC TEAM and agriculture students.

Safety Committee

This committee’s function and purpose is to report all safety and security issues concerning Hawai‘i Community College including the UH Center at West Hawai‘i.  Mahalo goes out to chair William Affonso and members Paul Heerlein, Karen Kane, Jack Minassian and Kaleopono Quintana.

Hawai‘i Protocols Committee

As described by Dr. Taupouri Tangaro, “the practice of Hawai‘i Protocols at Hawai‘i Community College is integral to our collective role as stewards of things Hawaiian.  Hawai‘i protocols remind us of our profound and significant connection to the dynamic world in which we live.”  This committee prepared for several kipaepae ceremonies this past year to welcome “yours truly” as Chancellor,  for Vice Chancellor Mike Leialoha,  Joyce Tsunoda,former Chancellor for Community Colleges, instructor Fred Soriano, and many others.  Mahalo to Tangaro, Kekuhi Kealiikanakaoleohaililani, Manai Kalua and members: Monica Burnett, Doris Chang, Sam Giordanengo, Dorinna Manuel-Cortez, Sean Naleimaile, Toni-Ann Samio, Jacqueline Ulu Vanblarcom, Noe Noe Wong-Wilson, our Kukuena and our entire Kauhale.


The Wala`au Talk Story Sessions are intended to generate campus wide discussions and ideas of how to sustain the philosophy we call Kauhale.  Mahalo to Dr. Tangaro for accompanying me on this journey.  Thank you to all who participated in these Wala`au Sessions.

Mahalo to all of you for a terrific year.  Have a great summer.  Be safe and we’ll see you in the Fall.

Noreen Yamane


Chancellor Noreen Yamane

This entry was posted in Message from the Chancellor. Bookmark the permalink.