Chancellor’s Message


Our effort to indigenize Hawai‘i Community College through the Hawai‘i Papa O Ke Ao initiative will take important steps forward with wala‘au sessions in January and February.

Earlier this year, we held wala‘au sessions to introduce our campus to the concept of Hawai‘i Papa O Ke Ao and to solicit feedback from our Kauhale about actions we are already taking to fulfill this mission and where we may be lacking.

Using that information, our Ho‘olulu Council has composed a draft Hawai‘i Papa O Ke Ao plan for HawCC. All members of our Kauhale will be invited to participate in wala‘au sessions between January 27 and February 12 to discuss and comment on the plan. I look forward to your participation and input.

A Taste of Hilo

The 15th Annual “A Taste of Hilo” sponsored by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Hawai‘i was held on October 20 was another sold out event featuring 36 local vendors. This signature event would not have been possible without the dedication and hard work of the two co-chairs – Russell Arikawa and Craig Shiroma, members of JCCIH, and community partners. A Taste of Hilo featured some of the best food and beverages available in our community and unique items donated for the silent auction. HawCC Culinary Arts Program prepared some onolicious samplings for our taste buds and the student volunteers from the Human Services Program helped keep our hands free and plates thrown. Funds raised from A Taste of Hilo have been used for student scholarships, staff development and college-wide benefits. We thank JCCIH for their continued support of Hawai‘i Community College.

John Morton’s Visit

Please hold the date for a visit from Dr. John Morton, Vice President for Community Colleges. VPCC Morton will be conducting his Fall 2013 visit to HawCC on Friday, November 15, 2013, from2 to 4 p.m. in the Manono Cafeteria Main Dining Room. Videoconferencing will be available to our West Hawai‘i campus in Building 4, Room 2.

VPCC Morton is planning to share information and updates with our Kauhale regarding UHCC initiatives, state and national initiatives, as well as respond to any questions you may have.


The Accreditation Follow-up Report was submitted to the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges on October 15. We are now awaiting the dates for the follow-up visit from the accreditation team.

Have a safe and happy Halloween!

Chancellor Noreen Yamane

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