Chancellor’s Message


I would like to extend a big mahalo to everyone who contributed to Hawai‘i Community College’s float entry in the Merrie Monarch Parade, which placed second in the float competition out of dozens of entries.

The theme “Sail to Success” featured an outrigger canoe riding a wave of flowers. Numerous academic programs and units participated to showcase our college.

Nice work, everyone!

Pālamanui Fundraiser

The 6th Annual Pālamanui Golf Tournament Fundraiser was held at the Club at Hōkūli‘a on April 14th. The proceeds from the tournament continue to build the UH Foundation fund for Pālamanui.

Interim UH President David Lassner, Hawai‘i County Mayor Billy Kenoi, and Seattle Seahawks All-Pro Center and Super Bowl Champion Max Unger were among the special guests to play at the tournament.

A big mahalo to all participants for their support of our future site at Pālamanui!


The 2014 World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education (WiPC:E) will be held at Kapi‘olani Community College from May 19-24.

We are proud to announce that Hawai‘i Life Styles Professor Taupōuri Tangarō has been invited to deliver the opening address as well as lead the members of UNUKUPUKUPU in the opening kīpaepae ceremony.

WIPC:E is the largest venue for indigenous education in the world. Since its inception, the conference has attracted highly regarded experts in indigenous education from all over the world to discuss contemporary movements in education that support unique indigenous worldviews.

New Century Scholar Award

Student Edward Bufil was HawCC’s nominee for the 2013-2014 All-USA Community College Acacdemic Team. As a result, Edward was selected as Hawai‘i’s 2013 Coca-Cola New Century Scholar and the recipient of a $2,000 scholarship.

He was one of 51 students in the nation selected to receive the award and from a pool of 1,700 nominees from across the country. This is the first time a HawCC student was named a New Century Scholar, and Edward attended the American Association of Community Colleges convention in Washington, D.C. to receive his award. It was a tremendous honor to have a HawCC student representing the state of Hawai‘i at this event.

Edward is a Forest TEAM student who plans to continue studying Biology at UH Hilo. He was given the award based on his grades, leadership, activities, and the ways in which he extended his talents beyond the classroom. Congratulations, Edward!

End of the Year Breakfast

I encourage you to attend the End of the Year Breakfast on Thursday, May 8 at 7:45 a.m. at the Manono Cafeteria. Videoconferencing will be provided to West Hawai‘i in B4, R2. The event will feature a full breakfast prepared by the Culinary Arts program, and faculty and staff awards will also be presented.


Commencement is coming soon, and I am pleased to announce that Hawai‘i Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard will deliver a speech during the ceremony in Hilo. I encourage all of you to attend 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. Here are the schedules for East Hawai‘i and West Hawai‘i.


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.




Chancellor Noreen Yamane


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