Chancellor’s Message


I am pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Kenneth “Marty” Fletcher to fill the director position at the UH Center, West Hawai‘i.  The UH Board of Regents will meet on February 20, and is expected to confirm his appointment effective March 10, 2014.

Dr. Fletcher has a wealth of administrative experience, and I am excited to welcome him to the HawCC Kauhale.

I ask that you give him a warm HawCC welcome when he arrives!

Hawai‘i Papa O Ke Ao

The Hawai‘i Papa O Ke Ao (HPOKA), University of Hawai‘i system task force was formed to develop a plan for the university to become the model indigenous-serving institution in the state and the nation. HPOKA completed their task and submitted their report to the UH Board of Regents. The UH campuses are asked to use this plan as a “framework to create individual plans that are respectful of each campus and the communities they serve.”  HPOKA encouraged the Chancellors to work with their Hawaiian councils to develop a plan aligned to the HPOKA plan.

I have asked our HawCC Ho‘olulu Council to assist in formulating a plan for our college using the HPOKA report and information gathered from the Wala‘au sessions we conducted on our campus during the 2012-2013 academic year.  Ms. Kamaka Gunderson, Ho‘olulu Council chair, and her members attended a retreat for the purpose of implementing a plan for our Kauhale. Kamaka will assist me in hosting the next series of wala‘au sessions in February and March. We will be sending invitations to all faculty, staff and administrators to attend one of the sessions to discuss the plan for our campus..

We value your input and highly encourage you to attend.


Work has been underway since November at Hawai‘i Community College — Pālamanui in Kona. Construction crews have been grading the site and developing other infrastructure. Now I am happy to report that the building permit is in hand, which means work can begin on the actual buildings. It’s an exciting step, and I’ll keep you updated on the project as work progresses.

Calling Campaign

The annual University of Hawai‘i Foundation Spring Calling Campaign will begin in February. We appreciate the efforts of the UH Foundation in soliciting donations to support our various programs and activities.

We believe it’s important to promote cultural and environmental awareness in our students, particularly through emphasizing an appreciation of our unique Hawaiian culture and values.  It is in the spirit of E ‘Imi Pono, or seeking excellence, that I ask you to consider DONATING to Hawai‘i Community College. By investing in us and in our students, our entire community will earn dividends for decades to come.

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Chancellor Noreen Yamane

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