Chancellor’s Message


Graduation is coming soon, and I encourage all of you to attend our HawCC Spring 2014 Commencement with our graduates and their families. Commencement is our opportunity to recognize our students for the accomplishment of their educational goals and to celebrate a milestone in their lives. I truly hope you will be able to participate this year.

It takes a “village” to operate an institution of higher learning. We all have our responsibilities to make this college function efficiently. By your participation at this year’s commencement, we will be displaying an important message to our community in helping them to realize what it takes to educate their children. Please come and be recognized as our Kauhale. Wearing of kihei is optional and will be provided if you don’t have one. Following are the details of the events.


Friday, May 16, 2014 at Edith Kanaka‘ole Multipurpose Stadium

6:00 p.m., Seating and 7:00 p.m., Ceremony

Faculty, please arrive by 6:15 p.m. at Aunty Sally’s Lu‘au Hale to dress into your regalia if you plan to march in the processional.

You are also invited to attend a reception following the graduation ceremony to be held at Aunty Sally’s Lu‘au Hale.

West Hawai‘i

Saturday, May 17, 2014 at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Kohala Ballroom

3:00 p.m., Seating and 4:00 p.m., Ceremony

Faculty, please arrive by 3:30 p.m. if you plan to wear regalia and march in the processional.

A simple reception will follow the ceremony. 

Reduced $5 parking with validation will be available.

If you have any questions regarding graduation, please contact Kenoa Dela Cruz ( or Christine Quintana ( in Hilo and Raynette Haleamau-Kam ( or Laurel Gregory ( in Kona.  I look forward to seeing you at this year’s graduation ceremonies.


The JCCIH presented HawCC with a generous check at a recent luncheon. This donation was made possible through the “A Taste of Hilo” fundraising event held in October.

These funds provide student scholarships and academic achievement awards; program and facility improvements; and faculty/staff development activities. Requests for Proposals for Collegewide Benefits are now being accepted for the 2014-2015 academic year.

John Morton’s Visit

On Friday, April 11, 2014 Vice President John Morton will make his spring visit to HawCC from 2 – 4 p.m. at the Manono Cafeteria with videoconferencing to West Hawai‘i in Building 4, Room 2.

VPCC Morton is planning to share information and updates with our Kauhale as well as respond to any questions you may have. I encourage everyone to attend.

Food Drive

Ms. Claudia Wilcox-Boucher has been appointed as HawCC’s coordinator for the 2014 Hawai‘i Food Bank. The University of Hawai‘i is part of the Hawai‘i State Employees team, which is the largest contributor to this annual event that runs through the month of April.

You can help by donating non-perishable items as well as monetary donations made payable to The Food Basket. Drop-off stations will be available at all division/department offices, including UH Center, West Hawai‘i.

2014 Coca-Cola New Century Scholar

I am pleased to announce that a student in our Forest TEAM Program, Edward Bufil, has been named the 2014 Coca-Cola New Century Scholar for the state of Hawai‘i. Edward was one of 51 community college students from the United States, Canada and American Samoa to receive the award from a pool of more than 1,700 nominees.

Mr. Bufil, a Pepe‘ekeo resident, will receive a $2,000 scholarship at the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Convention in Washington, D.C. in April.

In naming the New Century Scholars, judges considered grades, leadership, activities, and the ways in which students extend their intellectual talents beyond the classroom.

Mr. Bufil, who aspires to be a park ranger, plans to graduate from HawCC in May with his Associate in Science degree from the Forest TEAM program as well as an Environmental Studies Academic Subject Certificate. He plans to continue his education at the University of Hawai’i at Hilo, majoring in Biology: Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation track.

Congratulations, Edward!

End-of-the-Year Breakfast

The-End-of-the-Year Breakfast will be held on Thursday, May 8 at 7:45 a.m. at the Manono Cafeteria with videoconferencing to West Hawai‘i in Building 4, Room 2. A full breakfast will be prepared by our East Hawai‘i Culinary Arts Program. I hope to see you there.

Award Nominations

There is still time to nominate your Hawai‘i Community College peers for awards as a way to recognize their talent and hard work. The awards are:

  • Outstanding Lecturer
  • Outstanding Staff Member
  • Outstanding Service
  • Innovation Award
  • Frances Davis
  • Requests for Proposals for Collegewide Benefits

The deadline to submit is April 4. The nomination forms for the HawCC 2013-2014 awards are available at (


Chancellor Noreen Yamane

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