Chancellor’s Message


Hawai‘i Community College and UH Foundation recently announced that Suisan Company has established an endowed scholarship at HawCC with a $35,000 gift in honor of Rex Y. Matsuno.

The Suisan Company, Limited/Rex Y. Matsuno Culinary Scholarship Endowment will support students who are graduates of a Hawai‘i Island high school and are enrolled as full-time students in the Culinary Arts program.

We are thankful for Suisan’s generosity and for helping our students ease their financial burdens, achieve success and become productive citizens in our community.

For more on the scholarship and the history of Mr. Matsuno and the Suisan Company, click here.


The University of Hawai‘i seven community colleges collectively experienced a 3.5% decline from 34,118 in Fall 2012 to 32,939 in Fall 2013.  At Hawai‘i Community College, our official opening enrollment is 3,442.  As compared to Fall 2012, this represents a decrease of 244 students, or -6.6%.

This is not unexpected. The decline comes after record growth in enrollment. As Linda Johnsrud, UH System Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, pointed out: “Enrollment in higher education typically runs counter to economic growth. Students often leave college when the economy provides more jobs. This is particularly true of the community college students.”

HawCC will be working very hard to attract and retain students in order to keep our enrollment healthy and growing. 

Click here to see enrollment figures for all UH campuses. 


We have had a successful launch of the Agree to Degree initiative at HawCC and the other UH Community Colleges this fall.

At HawCC, 569 students in East and West Hawai‘i have signed the pledge so far, which is 16.5% of enrolled students. That exceeds the goal of 15 percent that was set by the UHCCs, and at this point HawCC is the only campus to meet that goal!

We also had 125 faculty, staff and administrators sign the pledge. It is important to stay focused on helping students graduate, so I encourage anyone who hasn’t signed the Agree to Degree Faculty/Staff pledge to do so.

We will continue to encourage students to sign the pledge, and we will host follow-up events to keep students focused on graduating. We are off to a great start with Agree to Degree!


The HawCC Long Range Development Plan (LRDP) Planning Advisory Committee has met several times with the consultants, PBR Hawai‘i & Associates, Inc. as part of a process to develop an LRDP to build a new campus for HawCC on the Komohana site.  The Planning Advisory Committee includes administrators, faculty, staff, and representatives from the UH Community College system.

On September 17 PBR conducted a charrette with the advisory board to craft a conceptual layout of the property so that our vision of a new campus incorporates site assessment, functional relationships between programs and units, and culture considerations that reflect a respect for our Hawaiian culture.  Three potential layouts of buildings and areas of activities on the new site emerged as an outcome of the charrette.

At the next meeting the Advisory Committee will focus on architectural concepts and designs for the Komohana campus.


Chancellor Noreen Yamane

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