Chancellor’s Message


Graduation will be here soon, and I encourage all of you to attend our HawCC Spring 2015 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  kīhei is optional and will be provided if you don’t have one. Following are the details of the events. I hope to see you there.

Date: Friday, May 15
Location: Edith Kanaka’ole Multipurpose Stadium
Check-in Time: Please check in at the entrance to Aunty Sally’s Lūʻau Hale by 5:30 p.m. to line up and receive instructions for the ceremony.
Ceremony Time: 7-9 p.m.
Entrance to graduation is open to all and does not require a ticket.

Questions regarding Hilo commencement can be forwarded to commencement co-chairpersons, Kenoa Dela Cruz or Christine Quintana at 934-2720 or by email.  For disability accommodations, please contact Mari Giel at 934-2725 V/TTY or by email.

West Hawai‘i
Date: Saturday, May 16
Location: Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay
Seating of Guests: 3:00 p.m.
Ceremony Time: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Reception – Cake and punch to follow.

For disability accommodations, please contact UH West Hawai’i Student Services at 969-8816. For questions regarding West Hawai’i commencement, contact Raynette Haleamau-Kam ( or Laurel Gregory (

Student Recognition Ceremonies

This 2015 calendar year, HawCC will be hosting two HawCC Student Recognition Ceremonies: the HawCC Student Recognition Ceremony on April 30 and a HawCC Student Recognition – Scholarship Ceremony in September.

The HawCC Student Recognition Ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 30 at the UH Hilo Sodexo dining hall in the Campus Center Building. The purpose of this annual ceremony is to celebrate academic success and recognize the best of the best in each individual program that is offered at Hawai‘i Community College. Students who have earned a minimum of 30 credits with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher are eligible to be nominated to receive an academic achievement award. This ceremony will also pay tribute to those students receiving “Special Awards” from local businesses, organizations, and/or local community.

In Fall 2015, and to commence with the celebration of HawCC’s 75th Anniversary, HawCC will host a scholarship dinner or breakfast to honor the scholarship recipients, as well as to thank the donors. The UH Foundation has graciously agreed to help the College support this event to introduce the scholarship recipients to the donors. This Student Recognition – Scholarship Ceremony will be the first event of its kind at Hawai‘i Community College.

Professional Development

The Faculty/Staff Development Committee has been hard at work soliciting and coordinating professional development and personal enrichment events for the month of April.

And thanks to the many faculty, staff and lecturers who have offered to lead sessions, we have nearly 50 events scheduled in April. There are quite a variety of events, so I hope you will sign up and participate!

Click on the following link to access the event calendar and to register for events.:

John Morton’s Visit

On Tuesday, April 14, 2015 Vice President John Morton will make his spring visit to HawCC. The meeting begins at 3 p.m. at the Manono Cafeteria with videoconferencing to West Hawai‘i in the B3 Admin Conference Room.

VPCC Morton is planning to share information and updates regarding the UHCC Strategic Directions 2015-2021 with our Kauhale as well as respond to any questions you may have. I encourage everyone to attend.

Food Drive

Kehau LeeHong-Mauga has been appointed as HawCC’s coordinator for the 2015 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.


Chancellor Noreen Yamane

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