Chancellor’s Message


The 16th Annual “A Taste of Hilo” sponsored by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Hawai‘i (JCCIH) was held on October 19. It was a well-attended event featuring many local vendors serving some of the best food and beverages available in our community.

The featured chef this year was Scott Hiraishi, a former Hawai‘i Community College student who graduated from the Culinary Arts program in West Hawai‘i. Mr. Hiraishi is currently the executive chef at The Feeding Leaf, which is a new catering and events company located in Kona.

HawCC Culinary Arts Program students participated in the event by serving a refreshing somen/soba salad with a “homemade dressing” and also assisted other vendors in their food/beverage displays.  In addition, Phi Theta Kappa members from HawCC volunteered their services and helped the event run smoothly.

JCCIH donates a portion of the proceeds from the annual A Taste of Hilo to HawCC. The funds are 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 

Dr. John Morton, Vice President for Community Colleges, will visit HawCC on Thursday, November 6, 2014, from 2-4 p.m. Dr. Morton will be conduct his meeting with faculty and staff in Kaneikeao (Manono Campus Building 379, Room 1). Videoconferencing will be available at UH Center, West Hawai‘i in Building 4, Room 3.

Dr. Morton is planning to share information and updates about the various UHCC, state, and national initiatives, the Strategic Plan and Performance Outcomes for 2015-2020, as well as respond to questions. Please make every effort to attend this meeting with VP Morton.

Lava Flow

Hawai‘i Community College and University of Hawai‘i at Hilo administrators continue to meet each week to discuss the Puna lava flow and address the potential concerns of students, faculty and staff who may be affected.

The campuses are distributing a joint message weekly and regularly updating a webpage with information related to the Puna lava flow, which can be found online at the following link: Please visit the website frequently to check for updates.


Chancellor Noreen Yamane

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