Kauhale Message: Celebrating our Kauhale graduates

Auhea ʻoukou e nā ʻohua kauhale!

It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that we share this with you at the close of this academic year. As we know, our community members come to our Kauhale to enter into a process of skills and content acquisition through our academic certificates and programs that will contribute to their quality of life and of living. What is not highlighted enough is the fact that the college process is really about opening up the learners’ multiple senses to interact with their immediate community and the world.  We have some numbers for you that will help us celebrate the fact that this academic year we are expected to witness the passage of 595 learners, returning them back to their communities as enlightened citizens.

Here are the numbers that show where on our island (by district) our students come from, plus the other islands and the mainland.

  • Hilo: 273
  • Ka‘ū: 16
  • Puna: 157
  • Kona: 89
  • Kohala: 21
  • Hāmākua: 23

Other islands/mainland…­

  • Maui: 2
  • Kauai: 4
  • Oahu: 6
  • Mainland: 4

As you can see, most of these students come from communities around this island, and most of them will likely stay in the towns they now live in or other ones close by. That’s why the education and values we give them are so important; it affects not just our students themselves, but their families, their individual communities, our island, our state.

And the interactions between our students and the other members of our Kauhale — faculty, administrators, custodians, financial aid personnel — have a lasting impact on students.

This can come in many forms. Porsha Jarneski plans to receive her certificate of completion in Human Services this spring. She plans to continue at Hawai‘i Community College in pursuit of an associates in Administration of Justice and Liberal Arts.

She said Sandra Claveria is the professor who has had the most impact during her time here.

“Sandra Claveria, hands down,” said Porsha. “Because of her I know where I want to go and what I want to do. She helps me understand myself and what I really want to get.”

Cody Fujimoto plans to receive an associates degree in Liberal Arts and intends to continue his education at either UH Hilo or UH Mānoa.

He said Violet Murakami had a big impact on him as he studied Digital Media Arts.

“She helped me a lot when doing our projects,” said Coty. “She was always willing to help and always had the answers.”

In closing, please do come to commencement and enter into the Kīpaepae Puka Kula so that we, as a Kauhale, can celebrate the success of our learners and of our college, our Kauhale Academic Village!


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