Hawaii Community College Announces 2020 Faculty, Staff & Community Awards

Hawai’i Community College is proud to honor community partners, alumni, faculty and staff who demonstrate exceptional effort and skill in serving our students, our campus and our wider community. The following awardees were announced during the annual All-College Meeting on Friday, May 8, 2020.

The Food Basket – Mahalo Award

The Food Basket is a community-based organization composed of network partners whose goal is to end hunger in Hawai’i County. They have been serving our community with warehouses in Hilo and Kona since 1989. The Food Basket mobilized to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak with expanded distribution systems for our most vulnerable populations. They also reached out and partnered with our growers and farmers who are now faced with oversupply when restaurants closed. Through The Food Basket, this connection has been vital to ensure that access to healthy food is available. In addition, they have been a valuable partner with Hawai‘i CC for the past several years for our on-campus food pantry. The Food Basket continued to support the Hawai’i CC food pantry during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Arthur Sampaga, Jr. – Alumni of the Year

Arthur Sampaga, Jr.

Arthur Sampaga, Jr. is an alumnus of the Hawai’i Community College Nursing Program, earning his Licensed Practical Nursing Certificate in 1988 and his Associate in Science in Nursing Degree in 1991. He also earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from UH Hilo and his Master’s of Science in Nursing from Grantham University. Currently serving as Hilo Medical Center’s East Hawai’i Region Chief Nursing Officer, he also retired from the Hawai’i Army National Guard as a Lieutenant Colonel with 30 years of service. During his two combat deployments, the decorated war veteran served as a Primary Trauma Care Provider, Mass Casualty Leader, Joint Forces Liaison Officer, and EMS Director. As a local healthcare leader, Sampaga has been on the forefront of Hawai’i Island’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jeff Fujii – Outstanding Service

Jeff Fujii 

Jeff Fujii is an educational specialist and lecturer who serves both the Auto Body Repair and Painting Program and the Automotive Mechanics Technology Program. Employed at Hawai’i CC since 2014, Fujii is an ASE Certified Master Technician and a Hawai‘i CC alumnus. In addition to serving students in the two programs, he has been a positive, active member of the Hawai’i CC Kauhale who serves on key committees and has recently served as College Council Vice Chair and is now the College Council Chair. Fujii also participates in and leads outreach events in the community.

Ryan McCormack – Outstanding Lecturer

Ryan McCormack

Described as a charismatic storyteller with deep knowledge of Hawaiian myth, culture, language and hula, Ryan McCormack is a lecturer in the Hawaiian Studies program. He has taught a wide range of courses, and students and fellow faculty praise his knowledge, sincerity, patience and enthusiasm. In addition to teaching duties, he is also called upon to be a leader during kipaepae ceremonies as Hawai‘i CC welcomes guests and new employees to the college.

George Paleudis – Outstanding Staff

George Paleudis

George Paleudis is the Physical Plant Manager at Hawai‘i Community College – Pālamanui. Under his leadership, Hawai‘i CC – Pālamanui has created a pleasing campus environment for potential students, their families and visitors from the community. Visitors have commented on the attractive appearance and general upkeep, and the upgrades and improved service have also helped boost campus morale. Paleudis is adept at analyzing and prioritizing projects, is a skilled communicator and cares about the safety and well-being of faculty, staff, and students.

Leanne Urasaki – Chancellor’s ‘A’ali’i Award

Leanne Urasaki 

Leanne Urasaki is the Instructional Technology Developer at Hawai‘i Community College, who helps faculty implement online classes. Her expertise was in high demand as the college moved all classes online in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Though she was on sabbatical at the time, Urasaki returned to work and proved to be a vital resource, providing institution-wide as well as personalized assistance for faculty. The spirit of this award is embodied in the attributes of the ‘A’ali’i bush. This remarkable bush can stand the worst of gales, twisting and bending but seldom breaking off or falling over. Urasaki’s steadfast service during this time was a great value to our students and our campus community.

Service Awards

  • Grant Kaʻauʻa – 10 years
  • Melany Ayudan – 20 years
  • Sherrie Ann Straslicka-Walker – 20 years
  • Kenneth Shimizu – 30 years

HawCC Recruiting Instructors, Leveraging Local Talent

EDvance, formerly the Office of Continuing Education and Training at Hawaiʻi Community College, is diversifying and updating its course offerings in response to the impact of COVID-19. EDvance provides lifelong learning opportunities to all ages by offering courses and programs that include non-credit courses, workshops and customized training for businesses and industries, workforce training and other activities to enhance local economic development efforts.

The Hawaiʻi CC EDvance team

“Society has suddenly become more accepting of not only online learning, but the delivery of prepared meals, contactless retail, remote meetings, flexible schedules, home-life balance and mental health, data-driven health prevention, remote workforce collaboration and digital currency,” Jim Fong, director of research and strategy at the University Professional and Continuing Education Association, wrote recently.

EDvance is preparing for wide-ranging change with educational programming that is immediately applicable and locally relevant. The Hawaiʻi CC office aims to leverage existing talent and expertise in the community, making it accessible to everyone. With the right people teaching the right courses in the right format, EDvance can safely and effectively address the issues facing our community:

  • Parents need educational activities for keiki.
  • Kupuna need vital connections to the community.
  • Unemployed workers need training and development.
  • Businesses need assistance to adapt and adjust.
  • Non-profits and government need to be informed and responsive.

EDvance has bold goals to meet the community’s needs, but requires passionate people to be successful. No previous teaching experience is required.

“We want to invest in you, from on-going coaching and training to networking and relationship-building,” said Jessica Yamamoto, EDvance director.

Join the EDvance instructor pool and share your skills or expertise with the community in a new or existing course. EDvance’s instructor pay starts at more than $30 an hour. To find out more or to begin the recruitment process, go to the EDvance website, call (808) 934-2700 or email edvance@hawaii.edu.

PISCES and Hawaii CC Launch Credit-Based Internship Program

The Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems (PISCES) — a state-funded aerospace agency — in partnership with Hawaii Community College has launched a new credit-based internship program to offer college students high-tech learning opportunities while earning classroom credit.
The collaborative program will provide hands-on experience in computer programming and robotics work to develop Hawaii’s skilled labor workforce as jobs increasingly shift toward high-tech industry positions.

“I am very happy to be working closely with Hawaii Community College to provide students the opportunity to practice and improve the skills they learn in the classroom,” said PISCES Program Manager Rodrigo Romo. “At PISCES we are committed to providing Hawaii’s youth with as many tools and opportunities as possible to meet the demands of the growing high tech industry in the Islands.”

“Hawaii Community College believes that preparing our students for the jobs of the 21st century goes beyond our classrooms,” said Hawaii CC Chancellor Rachel Solemsaas. “Along with industry partners like PISCES, we can provide academic rigor in internship-based courses and programs.”

Two Hawaii CC students will participate in the new program during the fall 2017 semester, earning hour-for-hour classroom credit towards their degrees. Andrew Hasegawa and Jack Andersen, both Electronics Technology majors, will design and develop an autonomous navigation system for the PISCES planetary rover, “Helelani,” enabling the 700-pound robot to drive itself. The students will also develop a delivery system for an unmanned aerial vehicle to mitigate little fire ant populations in tree canopies — a PISCES project in partnership with the Hawaii Ant Lab. Both students are already familiar with the Helelani rover’s configuration since developing the robot’s software and hardware systems during PISCES’ 10-week internship program this summer.

“Hawaii Community College is very proud of our two summer intern students, Andrew Hasegawa and Jack Anderson, who will also participate this fall in the credit-based internship program at PISCES,” said Hawaii CC Electronics Technology Instructor Bernard “Chip” Michels. “Their work this past summer is a good representation of the new Electronics Technology curriculum the students were exposed to. I believe this new, revitalized Electronics Technology program that is focused on telecommunications and process and control industries will yield other fine examples of student work in the future. We hope to have more opportunities for our interns at PISCES and other interested organizations.”

PISCES and Hawaii CC intend to make the credit-based internship an ongoing program to provide unique learning opportunities for Hawaii college students outside of the classroom.

“Although classroom learning is invaluable for foundational knowledge, it can at times be lacking in more realistic problem-solving scenarios,” said Hawaii CC student Andrew Hasegawa. “This internship provides me with hands-on situations that I’m sure will serve me well in my overall education and future employment opportunities.”

Andersen and Hasegawa demonstrated the effectiveness of their summer internship experience during a final presentation in Hilo on Aug. 18 to an audience of lawmakers, educators, industry representatives and other members of the community.

“I am amazed with students’ testimony about their place-based learning experiences and their enthusiasm in applying their skills to the real world,” said Solemsaas.

Hawai‘i Community College to Host Car Show Featuring Automotive Celebrity Charley Hutton

Hawai‘i Community College (Hawai’i CC) will host a car show on Saturday, July 15 with featured guest Charley Hutton, one of the most talented and well-known automotive painters and fabricators in the world.

The Hawai‘i Community College Auto Body Repair & Painting Car Show will be at the Manono campus in Hilo from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

During the week prior to the car show, Hutton will teach special workshops for Hawai‘i CC students in the Auto Body Repair & Painting Program (ABRP) and local industry professionals.

A Hawai’i CC Auto Body Repair & Painting student works in the paint booth at the campus in Hilo.

“We are honored Charley will visit us,” said ABRP instructor and alumnus of the program Garrett Fujioka. “This is an exciting opportunity for our students to learn from one of the best in the business. We are also thrilled to be hosting this car show, which will hopefully become an annual Hawai‘i CC tradition that helps inspire the next generation of local auto body repair and painting experts.”

A Porsche 356 Speedster rebuilt and painted by Hawai’i CC instructor Garrett Fujioka.

The car show will feature a variety of vehicles, including show cars, race cars, classics, imports, cruisers and trucks. The event will also feature door prizes every hour, refreshments, entertainment, and opportunities to meet Hutton. Any proceeds will benefit the ABRP Program.

About the Auto Body Program

The Hawai‘i CC Auto Body Repair & Painting Program offers an Associate of Applied Science degree and a Certificate of Achievement. The program provides classroom and hands-on live lab training that represents the latest technological trends in the industry. Alumni have established successful careers on Hawai‘i Island and elsewhere as auto repair professionals and business owners.

More about Charley Hutton

Hutton is the owner of Charley Hutton’s Color Studio and has appeared on reality television shows American Hot Rod and Overhaulin’. He is the winner of four Ridler Awards. The Ridler Award is given annually at Detroit Autorama to the hot rod that exhibits the highest degree of creativity, engineering and design. It is considered the most prestigious award of its kind.

Kupu Fire Service Internships Available on Hawaii Island

Kupu and the USDA Forest Service has partnered with Hawai’i Community College’s (HawCC) Fire Science Program to create a Hawai’i Island-exclusive summer internship opportunity for students interested in in fire science and management.

Due to limited access to paid, local professional development opportunities in fire management, many students who studied fire science may have the required knowledge but not field experience and or training to become qualified, competitive candidates for entry employment in Fire Service.

“We are pleased to partner with USDA Forest Service and Hawai’i Community College to offer this collaborative internship to students on Hawai’i Island,” said John Leong, Kupu CEO. “This is a unique opportunity to develop the next generation and empower them with hands-on experiences not only in fire management but how it relates to, and impacts our environment.”

The rigorous eight-week summer program starts June 12 and goes through Aug. 4. Five select participants will gain entry-level experience in conservation, while working on various fire-related projects throughout Hawai’i Island.

Kupu participants will gain hands-on experience and mentoring in conservation, fire science, fuel break and fire management. Other benefits include: healthcare (if eligible); Red Card certification; $375 in bi-weekly living allowances; $1,222 in education award scholarship that can be applied to higher education or student loans, upon completion of the program. In addition, Kupu participants will be positively impacting the environment and their communities through more than 300 hours of service and learning.

Applicants must be at least 17 years old. Experience or background in fire service management is not required, only an interest in learning more and gaining experience in fire service and conservation. For more information and to apply, visit www.kupuhawaii.org/conse rvation/. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, Mar. 15.

Hawai‘i Community College Announces New Director of UH Center, West Hawai’i

Hawai‘i Community College (Hawai‘i CC) is pleased to announce that Dr. Kenneth “Marty” Fletcher has been hired as the new Director of the University of Hawai‘i Center, West Hawai‘i (UHCWH).

Dr. Marty Fletcher

Dr. Marty Fletcher

The University of Hawai‘i Board of Regents approved the hiring of Dr. Fletcher in February, and Hawai‘i CC hosted a Kīpaepae Hoʻokamaʻāina for Dr. Fletcheron Friday, March 14 at the UHCWH location in Kealakekua.

“With the construction of Hawai‘i Community College — Pālamanui underway, Dr. Fletcher joins us at an exciting time for higher education in West Hawai‘i,” said Hawai‘i CC Chancellor Noreen Yamane. “Dr. Fletcher’s talent and experience as an administrator will serve the college well as we continue to grow and provide opportunities for the people of Hawai‘i Island.”

Dr. Fletcher spent much of his youth on O‘ahu and still has family there. Prior to joining UHCWH, he was the Senior Lecturer (Online Education) and Program Director for Open Universities Australia at Griffith Business School, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia.

“I feel truly blessed to be joining the West Hawai‘i ‘ohana of Hawai‘i Community College and the University of Hawai‘i system,” said Dr. Fletcher. “I’m excited to work with the college and the community to make sure we are delivering the excellent higher education opportunities West Hawai‘i deserves. If I had dreamed of a scenario for my return to Hawai‘i Nei when my wife and I first started contemplating returning home, it couldn’t have been any better.”

Dr. Fletcher’s Background

Dr. Fletcher received his Ph.D. in Education, specializing in Learning Management and Educational Technology from Walden University, Minneapolis, MN, and his Masters in International Management from Northern Territory University (now Charles Darwin University), Darwin, NT Australia, from which he also acquired a credential in Adult/Vocational Education. Dr. Fletcher has family roots on O‘ahu but so far spent his professional career mostly in Australia.

Dr. Fletcher was most recently the Senior Lecturer (Online Education) and Program Director for Open Universities Australia at Griffith Business School, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia. His responsibilities included developing and delivering global online degrees, with approximately 10,000 course enrollments per year, while also leading a small campus-based Bachelor’s Degree program of approximately 80 students (low SES, Indigenous and Pacific Island, first-generation college) in the Logan community.

Contracted after college from Hawaiʻi to play professional basketball in Melbourne, Australia, he worked as a manager in operations and marketing in several industries and public enterprise. His supervisory/managerial experience spans responsibilities over facilities and equipment, staff occupational health and safety, production, accounting, marketing/promotions, and strategic planning.

Subsequent to his athletic career, Dr. Fletcher obtained his postgraduate credentials and worked in vocational and academic tiers of higher education in both the United States and Australia as a manager, teacher, academic staff developer, and scholar. His research publications report on his practical experiences working with educators to apply combined management and technology theories with educational and human behavioral sciences.


The University of Hawai‘i system operates three University Centers, including the UHCWH. Currently located in leased space in Kealakekua, the UHCWH is administered by Hawai‘i Community College.

UHCWH delivers Hawai‘i Community College classes and programs.

UHCWH also offers distance learning programs provided by the system’s four-year institutions. Through these programs students can earn bachelor, master and doctoral degrees, as well as professional certificates.

UHCWH will move to Hawai‘i Community College — Pālamanui after construction is complete.

For more information, visit: http://www.hawcc.hawaii.edu/ucwh/

Hawaii House Passes Bills Supporting Labor, Big Island Initiatives

A number of the bills passed by the House and now referred to Senate committees were introduced by Representative Mark Nakashima, District 1 (Hamakua, North Hilo, Rural South Hilo). This year, Nakashima has the added responsibility of serving as Chair of the House Committee on Labor and Public Employment.


“Under the leadership of House Speaker Joseph Souki, I am privileged to serve as Chair of Labor and Public Employment, which has jurisdiction on many critical issues impacting our families including the minimum wage, sick leave, worker’s compensation, unemployment insurance, and collective bargaining, said Nakashima.

Nakashima said he was pleased these measures were approved by the House and added, “I also am continuing my efforts to create a more self-sufficient Hawaii. Since my election to the House in 2008, I have supported a platform that includes energy self-sufficiency, agricultural sustainability, and economic independence.”

Listed below are several key bills on labor, energy self sufficiency, and economic independence introduced and supported by Representative Nakashima:

  • HB 1028 HD2 that spreads out the increase in the minimum wage across three years instead of immediately spiking up $1.50 on January 1, 2014. Unemployment premium relief was also extended to allow businesses to more fully recover.
  • HB 152 HD1, which would increase the fee reimbursement schedule to 130% of Medicare resource base to encourage doctors to take workers compensation patients.
  • HB 435 HD1would establish the Office of Talent Management within the Department of Human Resources Development to design and facilitate state initiatives in the areas of talent administration, professional development, performance management, and leadership enterprise. The measure authorizes the talent management administrator to receive from any state agency services, facilities, and the data necessary.

Related to energy self-sufficiency:

  • HB 450 HD1 would require the Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism (DBEDT) to establish a hydrogen fueling station demonstration project in qualifying counties. The hydrogen will be produced from renewable sources of energy, such as geothermal. This will further develop the capability of Hawaii Island as well as the State to utilize renewable energy for ground transportation in addition to generating electricity.

Related to agricultural sustainability:

  • HB 749 would establish the Hawaii Agriculture Workforce Advisory Board, which would help support the local agricultural industry by securing the employment pipeline from school to farm. This would be achieved through support of school gardening programs, the Future Farmers’ of America, and Agriculture teacher in service training.
  • HB 414 HD2 would establish a Waipio Valley Commission to advise the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) on the development of a long term plan to ensure the proper stewardship and maintenance of Waipio Valley. The bill also appropriates funds to implement a stream maintenance program recommended by the Mauna Kea Soil and Water Conservation Service.

Related to economic independence:

  • HB 750 HD2 seeks to create the Hawaii Island Technology Exchange Institute. To be successful in the twenty-first century global economy, Hawaii must position itself as a leader in science and technology, in particular, technology development, transfer, and commercialization. HB750 will establish the Hawaii Island Technology Exchange Institute at the University of Hawaii at Hilo through a collaboration between UH Hilo and Hawaii Community College.
  • HB 417 HD2 seeks to address the shortage of primary care providers and improve access to healthcare in general by appropriating funds for the interdisciplinary Hawaii Health Systems Corporation Primary Care Training Program at Hilo Medical Center by funding the medical residency program and allied medical support services training.

A final, but very significant measure, HCR 42, was passed by both the House and the Senate.

  • HCR 42 requesting the Department of Transportation to designate, when appropriate, Route 200 on the Island of Hawaii as the Daniel K. Inouye Legacy Highway. In honor of the decades of dedicated service, sacrifice and leadership demonstrated by Senator Daniel K. Inouye, we propose naming Route 200, or Saddle Road, on Hawaii Island in the Senator’s name. The resolution passed and is now awaiting action by the Senate.

Unukupukupu Halau From Hawaii Community College Heading to Washington D.C.

University of Hawaiʻi students, staff, faculty and community members have been rehearsing for months in an old World War Two Quonset hut on the Hawaiʻi Community College campus in Hilo. The 25-member hālau is preparing for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington D.C. later this month.

“We’re actually transporting our village. Our hālau,” said Taupouri Tangaro, kumu hula and chair of Hawaiʻi CC’s Hawaiian lifestyles and humanities department.

The hula group Unukupukupu hired a professional moving company to ship decorative plants, 50 conch shells, 25 drums—a total of 2,200 pounds of hula equipment and plants.

The hālau will perform twice a day on the National Mall during the two-week festival, as part of the University of Hawaiʻi’s 80 member delegation. About 1.5 million people will visit this annual festival, which will mean huge exposure for the University of Hawaiʻi and its community.

Unukupukupu wants to demonstrate the many ways hula helps the community.

“If they walk away realizing that hula is not entertainment more than it is a process for transformation, I’ll be satisfied. We’re taking this 2,000 year old story and we pull out of it leadership models,” Tangaro said, referring to his use of hula in academics.


The performers will be doing pele lava dances, temple dances and numbers not commonly seen at lūʻau and the Merrie Monarch Festival.

The performers include faculty, staff, administrators and students from the entire university system.

“We blend those communities so the people that serve the students are actually now students. And we just blend them. And that works really well for student success,” Tangaro said.

“This is wonderful because it dissolves barriers between all the different categories. So we’re all part of the village, so we look at the students as part of the learning process. We learn together and support each other’s growth,” said Professor Trina Nahm-Mijo, head of Hawaiʻi Community College’s Social Science and Public Services Division.

Nahm-Mijo found that she is also the oldest hālau member heading to Washington D.C.

“It’s on my bucket list of things I wanted to do. So I get to do it as a senior citizen. It’s wonderful,” Nahm-Mijo said.

Smithsonian Folklife Festival

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival begins on Wednesday, June 27 and ends on Sunday, July 8.

There will be a host of other University of Hawaiʻi exhibits, including aquaponics, a mini taro patch, traditional navigation, Hawaiian health and healing through hula, medicinal plants, lomi lomi, makahiki games and much more.

This year’s Smithsonian Folklife Festival celebrates the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Morrill Act, which paved the way for working class citizens to attend college. Prior to the signing of the Morrill Act, only the wealthy could afford a higher education at private colleges.

The University of Hawaiʻi will be one of 20 public land grant universities participating in this year’s festival.

Vendors Invited to the 17th Annual Mealani’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range and Agricultural Festival

Local food producers are invited to display and sample their product at the 17th annual Mealani’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range and Agricultural Festival on Friday, Sept. 21 at the Hilton Waikoloa Village.

The state’s premiere ag showcase again offers a free trade show for Hawai‘i farmers, ranchers and food producers to hookup with Taste attendees. Called the Agriculture Festival, the expo coincides with the 6-8 p.m. Taste of the Hawaiian Range.

The Agriculture Festival provides a venue for food producers to present their products to participating chefs and attendees. The expo is also open for agricultural and sustainability-themed organizations to present informational displays.

Producers interested in participating may contact Amy Shimabukuro-Madden at 808-974-4107 or 410-933-0853 or amysanae@hawaii.edu. The signup deadline is July 30. Those interested in having an educational display may reach Victoria Vrooman at 808-640-4492 or vvrooman@hawaii.edu.

Taste will headline more than 30 statewide chefs who will dazzle diners using various cuts of forage-fed meats and a cornucopia of island fruits, vegetables and other farm products. Also on tap is a 3 p.m. culinary activity, “Grass Fed Beef Cooking 101,” presented by James Babian, executive chef at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai.” Follow Taste of the Hawaiian Range on Facebook or on Twitter, #TasteHI.

Mealani’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range and Agriculture Festival provides a venue for sustainable agricultural education, encouragement and support of locally produced ag products. The premiere ag-tourism event is a partnership between CTAHR, Hawaii Cattlemen’s Association, Hawaii Cattlemen’s Council, Kulana Foods, UH-Hilo CAFNRM, County of Hawaii Dept. on Environmental Management and community volunteers. Sponsorship also includes the Hawaii Tourism Authority, the Hawaii County Research and Development, Hawaii Community College Food Service & Culinary Program and KTA SuperStores.

The quality and growth of this event are rooted in small business participation, sponsorship and in-kind donations. For more information, visit http://www.TasteOfTheHawaiianRange.com.

Dedication Held for New Keaukaha Homestead Home Built by Hawaiʻi Community College Students

A home built by students in the Hawai‘i Community College (HawCC) Model Home Program was dedicated today in the Hawaiian homestead community of Keaukaha.

“Today we celebrate the completion of a custom-built home, and the beginning of a new life of homeownership for a Hawaiian home lands beneficiary,” said Hawaiian Homes Commission Chairman Alapaki Nahale-a. “This collaboration helps us fulfil our mission of returning Native Hawaiians to the land, while providing real-world experience to our community college students.”

A traditional Hawaiian ceremony called moku ka piko, meaning the cutting of the umbilical cord, was performed to initiate the new home. The symbolic piko was made of plant materials gathered by the HawCC students and woven together, with each plant possessing a specific reason for its use in the piko. For example, the kukui represents enlightenment and the koa represents strength.

The three-bedroom, two-bath home was built at a cost to the future homeowner of $199,935. Hawaiian Home Lands beneficiary Denice Keliʻikoa is the prospective homeowner for the home. She has been on the Hawaiian homes waiting list since January 1986.

The Pakele Lane home utilizes energy-efficient technology including a solar water heater system, a 4 KW Photovolatic system, and Energy Star qualified appliances. The home also includes custom-built cabinets, doors, and windows.

The Model Home program at HawCC provides instruction in drafting, welding, carpentry, electrical, and landscaping. HawCC coordinates the painting, plumbing, carpeting, and drywall subcontracting work. The residential dwelling was the 45th home to be built under the partnership between DHHL and HawCC.


Under the agreement, the DHHL provided space and funding which allowed the students to acquire on-the-job skills in home construction, while also helping the DHHL fulfill its mission of returning native Hawaiians to the land. Since the Model Home program’s inception in 1965, over 3,640 drafting, welding, carpentry, electrical and agricultural students have participated in the program.

Tomorrow – Hawaii Community College’s 24th Anniversary Earth Fair

COME ONE! COME ALL! It’s the biggest event Hawaiʻi CC puts on each year. The EARTH FAIR is our largest outreach to the people of the Big Island where we host them for a day of fun and educational activities and. This year there will be 50 + exhibits and more giveaways. Hawaiʻi Community College’s 24th ANNIVERSARY Earth Fair will feature an environmental presentation by Jesse Law – the Life Cycle of a Plastic Bottle.

The event goes from 9AM to 4:00 PM. Several schools will be participating in field trips in the morning, so the public should come at noon. There will be 50 BOOTHS AND EXHIBITS with ENTERTAINMENT and ACTIVITIES ALL DAY.

Featured performers are Hawaiʻi Community College’s Unukupukupu; Ukulele and Hula by students from Kua O Ka La PCS, Hawaiʻi Community College students in a Trash Fashion show, To’a Here Tahitian dancers, Tupalaga O Samoa Mo A Taeao -Samoan dancers, Japan Club dancers, music by Ras Sparrow, IBIS with Dave Seawater and One Journey. Students and visitors may participate in Face Painting, Crafts, Garden tours and Puppetry. Building 388-101 will be the venue for the showing of ENVIRONMENTAL VIDEOS, which will be available for the kids and for the general public.

The event is FREE and there will be many surprises and giveaways for school participants and the general public with bags full of gifts, plants, goodies, and informational brochures.

Hawaiʻi Community College Forest Team and Agriculture departments as well as and other native plant growers will donate over 1,000 FREE NATIVE TREE SEEDLINGS and edible herbs.. There will be FREE LEMONADE, FREE POPCORN, FREE FRUIT, COOKIES and many other giveaways available for fair attendees.

Parking is FREE at the Manono campus, and student volunteers will be directing visitors to the parking lots at the rear of Manono campus. The “Fair Grounds” are centrally located on the lower campus near the cafeteria and adjacent buildings. Booths and exhibits will give out important educational information to help make us all better Earth Citizens. This Celebration provides a great opportunity to share important environmental news and education with our island community. Plan to attend and help advertise the Fair to your family, friends, church, and organizations. For more information contact Roberta Brashear-Kaulfers at 966-7002 (brashear@hawaii.edu), or Larissa Leslie at 934-2732. Exhibitors may contact Graceson Ghen graceson@hawaii.edu. Thanks to our sponsors Hawaiʻi CC Student Life Council (SLiC), Hawaiʻi Community College Student Government (SG),and Creative Arts Hawaiʻi.

Come and enjoy yourself at Haw CC’s Earth Fair. Become more aware and dedicated to conservation and sustainability issues in your environment. This is Hawaiʻi CC’s signature even, so remember that it’s the College’s outreach to the community that sustains us. Let’s all work together to help make it great. See you at the Fair!

A Hawaiian Cultural Panel With His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Kekui Kanahele chants a "mele inoa" (name chant) prior to the Hawaiian Cultural Panel. (Pictures provided by the Pillars of Peace)

This afternoon His Holiness The Dalai Lama held a cultural panel with Hawaiian leaders.  Here are some pictures from that event.

A Hawaiian Cultural Panel “The Importance of Native Intelligence in Modern Times,” included Pualani Kanahele, Ph.D., master hula teacher and director of Hawaiian traditional knowledge research at Hawaii Community College.

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet listens to a Hawaiian Cultural Panel entitled “The Importance of Native Intelligence in Modern Times.”

His Holiness thanks Nainoa Thompson, president of the Polynesian Voyaging Society, following todays panel.

Nainoa Thompson presents His Holiness with a canoe paddle made of Koa Wood

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet greets Governor Neil Abercrombie and his wife, Dr. Nancie Caraway following the Hawaiian Cultural Panel

Pālamanui Donates $9.68 Million to Help Fund First Phase of HCC’s Pālamanui Campus

This morning Mayor Kenoi posted on facebook that he was at “… the West Hawai‘i Civic Center for an announcement about Hawai‘i Community College’s upcoming Pālamanui Campus in Kona.”

Well the announcement has been made:

Mayor Kenoi, UH Board of Regents Vice Chair James Lee, and UH President M.R.C. Greenwood accepted a check for $9.68 million from Pālamanui presented by Steve Colón of Hunt Companies, one of the partners in the project. The money will fund the first phase of Hawai‘i Community College’s Pālamanui Campus.

Mayor Kenoi, UH Board of Regents Vice Chair James Lee, UH President M.R.C. Greenwood and Steve Colon.

Mayor Kenoi posted the following comment on facebook:

“The kids on Hina Lani St. deserve the same access to higher education as the kids on Kawailani St.”

This is a huge step for higher education here on the Big Island!

Mayor Kenoi chats with University of Hawai‘i President M.R.C. Greenwood at the West Hawai‘i Civic Center.

2011 Hawaii Community College 70th Commencement… Student Interviews

Graduates discus their plans after graduation, their learning experience, and advice for those considering enrollment at Hawai’i Community College. Graduates interviewed:

  • Melissa Nakayama – Electrical Installation and Maintenance Technology
  • Kealaka’i Thomas Matsumoto – Liberal Arts, Human Services
  • Denyse N. Kuupuaimohalaikalani Woo-Ockerman – Marketing


Former Boss, Barbara Arthurs, Wins UHCC’s Chanellor’s Award

It was an honor and a privilege for me to work as Barbara Arthurs personal assistant as a student at Hawaii Community College when I attended school their in 1996. I’m stoked to read about the following:

I was Barbara Arthurs Work Study Student Assistant back in 1996

(Media Release)

The University of Hawai‘i announces its recipients of the University of Hawai‘i Community Colleges Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Service. The award recognizes a faculty member or civil service or administrative, professional and technical (APT) employee for outstanding demonstrated work performance, service, leadership and fostering of excellence in higher education.

Barbara Arthurs is the recipient of the Hawai‘i Community College Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Service. Arthurs is the vice chancellor for student affairs at Hawai‘i CC. She has unselfishly served the UH System for over 20 years as a counselor, acting dean of student services and head counselor. Arthurs serves as a role model of tireless and faithful commitment to the cause of education, which has been evidenced by the long hours put in, night after night, even on the weekends to improve present and future opportunities for students. A diligent and dedicated educator and administrator, she has made it her life’s mission and work to improve our educational system through student services…