Chancellor’s Message: Accreditation, Taste of Hilo, Komohana plan, Palamanui Campus


The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges Self-Evaluation Team completed their review of Hawai‘i Community College and briefed us on their commendations and recommendations.

I would like to extend my appreciation and heartfelt thanks to our Accreditation Steering Committee who guided and carried out the Self Evaluation process.

A big mahalo to Chairs, Raynette Haleamau-Kam and Mike Saito (Standard I), Annette Maeda and Sherri Fujita (Standard II), Wilton Watanabe (Standard III), Pamela Scheffler (Standard IV), who diligently conducted meetings and worked with their committee members to gather information and evidence to address their standards, as well as to each and every one of you who served on these committees.

Under their leadership, the Self-Evaluation Co-chairs Joel Tanabe and Gwen Kimura ensured that the process flowed smoothly, smoothed the rough edges, and provided guidance, stability, encouragement, and a helpful hand.

And to Kate Sims, our Accreditation Liaison Officer: extraordinary job showing the highest level of commitment and dedication to our college and showing that we are indeed a student-centered college. Your work touched each and every one of us throughout this process.

Mahalo to Tangaro for the Kipaepae that not only welcomed our visitors, but made them feel a part of our ‘ohana.

To each and every one of you, thank you for participating openly and honestly with the team members during your meetings. It is in the spirit of Kauhale that we at Hawai‘i Community College “promote student learning by embracing our unique Hawai‘i Island culture and inspiring growth in the spirit of ‘E `Imi Pono.’

Mahalo nui loa!

Over the planning months and up to the last day of the team visit, Doris provided her assistance in an extraordinary manner. She took care of all the logistical arrangements, including airfare, hotel reservations and support services, along with arranging places to eat for the Accreditation Team and our team leaders.

There were many nights that she stayed late into the evening taking care of the last minutes changes and ensuring that the following day would run smoothly.

Challenges were plentiful, but she handled each of them superbly and professionally. Without her help, our days would have been a nightmare and our nights sleepless. Mahalo to Doris for all of your hard work making this visit welcoming and successful for our accreditors!

A Taste of Hilo

The 14th Annual Taste of Hilo – “Big Island Grown” sponsored by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Hawai‘i was a tremendous success. This was a sold-out event featuring Big Island Grown products to promote sustainability on Hawai‘i Island.

The event featured Chef Ippy Aiona, finalist on the Food Network Challenge, who specially prepared a few dishes to showcase products that are locally grown. Students from our own Culinary Arts Program offered an assortment of delectable dishes for us to sample and enjoy.

I’d like to thank Chef Allan Okuda, Chef Sandra Rivera, Sandra Dubczak, Shawn Sumiki, Brian Hirata, and the students of the Culinary Arts Program for doing an excellent job representing Hawai‘i Community College.

In addition to our Culinary Arts Program at the event, Sandra Claveria’s students in her Human Services courses offered a friendly hand to discard used paper/recycled products so that the participants could sample and enjoy all the many varieties of food and drinks from the vendors.

The proceeds from A Taste of Hilo will go to Hawai‘i Community College to support professional development, student scholarships and the college as a whole. Last year, JCCIH donated $10,000 to HawCC.

Komohana Long Range Development Plan

With the release of  $500,000 by Governor Abercrombie, the University of Hawai‘i has contracted PBR Hawai‘i & Associates, Inc. to develop a Long Range Development Plan (LRDP) to build our campus on the Komohana site. The “new” site is located at the corner of Komohana and Mohouli extending up to Kukuau.

Palamanui Campus Construction Bidding Begins

The first step in the construction of a new campus in Kona has begun. The University of Hawai‘i’s Office of Procurement and Real Property Management (OPRPM) has posted a notice to bidders for construction of the Hawai‘i Community College – Pālamanui campus in West Hawai‘i.

The bid notice includes construction of Pālamanui’s Culinary Arts Building and the Health Science and Student Services Building.

Construction will cover approximately 24,000 square feet and will include new classrooms, learning kitchens and science laboratories. These buildings will house functions servicing the Culinary Arts, Nursing, and Allied Health programs, and Student Services Administration.

It is anticipated that construction will begin in Spring 2013.

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