Chancellor’s Message

Noreen Yamane, Chancellor


The College started the 2011-2012 academic year with only two permanent administrators.  In January 2012, Jason Cifra was appointed as the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Mr. James Yoshida was appointed as the Vice Chancellor for Administrative Affairs in April 2012.  The search for the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs is currently in progress and I expect to schedule the open forums to meet with the finalists sometime during the month of September.

To be able to continue moving forward effectively and efficiently and, more importantly, to trigger that spark of enthusiasm coupled with a deeper sense of responsibility within our College in achieving the goals of the UHCC and HawCC Strategic Plan and Performance Measures, Achieving the Dream, Perkins Core Indicators, Accreditation Standards of accrediting bodies, it is apparent that our success would be dependent upon working as a team and demonstrate to the College ‘Ohana that we, as administrators, embrace the concept of Kauhale to allow the spirit of Kauhale to permeate throughout the College. With the key administrators appointed permanently or as interim, the College experienced a very productive and successful year.

As Chancellor at Hawai‘i Community College, I have made a strong commitment to implementing Hawai‘i Papa O Ke Ao through working with our campus’ Ho‘olulu Council and believing in the idea that HawCC can be and is the model for other campuses to follow.  During this Fall semester, I will be hosting Wala‘au sessions to introduce the System plan and the campus plan to our programs and units for college-wide feedback/input.

This summer, the University of Hawai‘i had the opportunity to showcase its value to the community at the nation’s capitol.  The Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage Association for Public Land Grant (APLU) invited the University of Hawai‘i to be one of only 20 universities featured in the highly popular annual Smithsonian APLU Folklife Festival from June 27 to July 8 at the National Mall in Washington, D.C.  The University of Hawai‘i featured and celebrated the best in indigenous culture and modern science, and demonstrated that the two worlds can and are being bridged through education and community outreach. The university is world famous for its excellence in the fields of astronomy, earth and ocean sciences, and marine biology. It serves as an incubator and teaching resource in perpetuating the Hawaiian culture and is fast becoming the “model indigenous-serving university” in the country, increasing access to higher education for Hawaiians and leading the effort to preserve Hawaiian culture, language and practices.  In that spirit, 60 delegates from the University of Hawai‘i and the community it serves traveled to the nation’s capitol to showcase their projects and programs.  Some of the exhibits included traditional health and healing practices, lomi lomi demonstrations, traditional Hawaiian makahiki games, culinary arts, and various other activities.

Under the direction of Dr. Taupouri Tangaro, Hawai‘i Community College was represented by 25 Unukupukupu members of faculty, staff, students and administrators who conducted various workshops and hula auana and kahiko performances throughout the festival.  Some of the workshops included lauhala weaving, lei hulu (feather-lei), kalai (wood carving) demonstrations as well as hands-on workshops for ukeke (stringed instrument), hei (string and chants) and basic hula lessons.  Hawai‘i Community College’s Unukupukupu was also invited to the Library of Congress and performed in front of a packed audience.  Congratulations to all the participants on a job well done!

Dr. Jay Siegel, is our consultant to develop the Hawai‘i Community College-Palamanui 2013-2015 Academic Master Plan.  Dr. Siegel will be meeting with key stakeholders that will include the College’s division and department chair, faculty and staff at the UH Center at West Hawai‘i, appropriate University of Hawai‘i at Hilo administrators, representatives from the University of Hawai‘i campuses with current broker agreements for educational services provided by the UHCWH, University of Hawai‘i administrators, and representatives from the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce and other members of the community.  These meetings and interviews will enable him to identify strengths and weaknesses of the College’s current planning processes as they relate to the academic programmatic offerings of the college as well as other UH campuses that are provided by the UHCWH.

The final version of the Self Evaluation of Educational Quality and Institutional Effectiveness Report in Support of Reaffirmation of Accreditation is posted on our website at  The team roster for the accreditation visiting team members is listed in this Kauhale issue.  They will be on campus from October 15 to 18 and will be requesting meetings with various units.

To support the local economy and our efforts in sustaining our environment, UHH and HawCC jointly launched a “Local First” campaign in May featuring locally grown products served by Sodexho and HawCC Culinary Programs in East and West Hawai‘i.  We will continue to jointly participate in celebrations of achievements on both campuses.

I am pleased to announce that Hawai‘i Community College has launched our first-ever matching campaign for student scholarships.  The Gladys Sonomura Matching Fund for Educational Opportunity was recently established with a very generous gift of $50,000 and will match new donations on a dollar-for-dollar basis, effectively doubling the amount of support available for students with financial need who are enrolled in courses or programs that require practical experience outside the classroom.  For more information on matching scholarship opportunities at HawCC, please contact Margaret Shiba at 933-0829 or  You can also make a gift online at

The UH Foundation will also be conducting a Giving Campaign for HawCC during the fall semester.  We hope to build the Chancellor’s Advancement account to a level where we can better support our various programs on our campus that would not otherwise be supported through our tuition and fees.  We appreciate your contribution large or small.


Noreen Yamane



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