Chancellor’s Message


I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving, and I would like to take this opportunity to say Happy Holidays to our Hawai‘i Community College ‘ohana.

Lava Flow

Scientists and Hawai’i County Civil Defense have concluded there is no indication that the active lava flow is near Pahoa or Highway 130 at this time. Hawai‘i Community College and UH Hilo have been closely following the lava flow and issuing weekly messages. Due to the new status of the flow, we will stop sending weekly updates on this episode, but we will remain vigilant in tracking the flow and will communicate with you if there are any new developments that may impact our people in Puna.

The UH for Puna website will remain online if you wish to refer to the resources posted there

If you continue to be impacted by the flow in some way, for example scheduling problems because your children have been transferred to a different school, you should speak with your supervisors or instructors.

We recommend you stay informed and remain prepared for lava flow activity that may impact you. Visit the County Civil Defense website and follow any new instructions. Please also visit the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory website for flow updates

We would like to thank the UH community for working together in finding solutions to anticipated problems and for supporting each other through this episode. We are proud of the patience and aloha shown. Because of you, we are now better prepared than ever before.

West Hawai‘i Forums 

On Thursday, December 11, President David Lassner, Vice President for Community Colleges John Morton, and other key UH leaders will meet with invited Kona-Kohala stakeholders for a community discussion. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the vision for higher education in West Hawai‘i, the future of Pālamanui, and the prioritization of high-need areas.

In addition, there will be a public forum in the evening with University of Hawai‘i officials at Kealakehe High School Cafeteria at 5:30 p.m.

Culinary Arts Accreditation

Congratulations to the Culinary Arts program for receiving a new five-year accreditation from the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation’s Accrediting Commission.

Accreditors visited the program in East Hawai‘i and West Hawai‘i in March 2014. On October 21, the Accrediting Commission informed the college that the accreditation renewal was approved.

The five-year accreditation applies to both East and West Hawai‘i from June 30, 2014 to June 30, 2019.


Chancellor Noreen Yamane

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