Dec 17, 2010

Cool short films by KCC students!

Every semester, KCC offers Digital Film/Storytelling (ART 157), giving students the opportunity to learn to make their own films, from start to finish. Check out, below, a few of the films completed during the Fall 2010 semester by Noah Murray, Jana Rothenberg (Makauwahi Cave), Gabriel Abrams (Perfect World), and Joseph Turner (The Ride). You’ll see how each student has really developed his/her own unique style!

"Noah Film" by Noah Murray

"The Ride" by Joseph Turner

"Makauwahi Cave" by Jana Rothenberg

"Perfect World" by Gabriel Adams

Posted by:
Esther Paik, Instructor

Students have granted Kauai Community College permission to post their films. All rights reserved. All views and opinions expressed in these shorts are those of the creators and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Kauai Community College. 

Copyright (C) 2010.

Dec 16, 2010

Holiday Market & Craft Fair at KCC - Dec 18th

CELEBRATE THE SEASON KAUAI STYLE at this joint Holiday Fair featuring Kauai Made and Kauai Grown products. Join weekly Kauai Community Market vendors together with Kauai Made product producers together with expanded food choices, entertainment and demonstrations for this FIRST EVER celebration of local eating, merry making and gift giving all on the front lawn of Kauai Community College!
  • Delicious Kauai Grown products fresh from the farm for your holiday feast
  • A wide range of Kauai Made and Kauai Grown foods for gift giving and hospitality…. coffee, honey, cheeses, jams, pies, dips, spreads, spices, dressings…and more
  • Carefully crafted and unique Kauai Made gifts…jewelry, home décor, photography, ornaments, leis, novelties, and more!
  • Kauai Grown tropical flowers and plants for decorating, gifting and gardening
  • Ono local foods, holiday specials and treats to enjoy throughout the day

PROGRAM of Holiday entertainment, culinary demos, product sampling and decorating tips
    9:00AM - Orchid Alley floral demos on how to package and care for floral gifts from Kauai
  10:00AM - KCC Culinary School students demo & sample their recent Gold award winning recipes!
  12:00 noon - KCC Voice students & Greg Shepard share holiday classics and showtune favorites
    1:00PM - ENJOY the mellow sounds and holiday spirit of Sashimi Sunday

Mahalo to our event sponsors: Auntie Lilikoi, Salty Wahine, Moloaa Bay Coffee, Kauai Shrimp and Kauai Community College. For more info please contact Kauai County Farm Bureau: Phone: 337-9944 Cell: 652-3217 Email:

Buy Kauai Grown WEEKLY at the Kauai Community Market! 10AM TO 1PM Saturdays at KCC! Market will close Dec 25 and Jan 1 in observance of Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Posted by:
Cammie Matsumoto
Director of Community Relations & Special Projects

Dec 15, 2010

"A Safer Learning Environment" College Discussion January 19th at 12:00

All Faculty, Staff and Students are invited:

On Wednesday January 19th, Dr. Loulou Hong, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at UH Hilo will be giving a talk entitled "A Safer Learning Environment" at 12:00 in Technology 119. The presentation is scheduled for 1 hour, from 12:00 to 1:00, with another hour of discussion to follow from 1:00 to 2:00.

About the presentation:

Campus violence continues to be one of the most serious public health concerns facing college students. The incidents at Virginia Tech and other universities has increased our sensitivity to the issue, but what exactly can we do to decrease the likelihood of violence in our lives? Whether it is sexual assault, cyberstalking, domestic violence, or bullying, every member of the campus community has a role and responsibility to play in helping make a safer world for all. Please come join us for this provocative and interactive conversation about how we can all work together to end violence at Kauai Community College and beyond.

Posted by:
Will Dressler
Teaching and Learning Coordinator
Professional Development Coordinator

Dec 13, 2010

Culinary Students Bring Home the Gold

Congratulations to our four second-year culinary students who competed in the ACF sanctioned Culinary Student Salon and Culinary Expo last week. 

Mac Alop brought home the Gold medal with a score of 37.5 out of a possible 40 points with his "Orange-Miso Marinated Opaka on Ara Imo, Oriental Mushrooms and Baby Bok Choy, served with a Snapper Fumet".

Karen Ramento entered the 6 individual plated desserts category, and won a bronze medal. 

RJ Udaundo medaled bronze with his "Roulade of Snapper with Caviar Butter and Mushroom Ragout". 

Our third bronze medalist prepared a "Coffee-Rubbed Rack of Lamb with a Phyllo Napoleon and Mediterranean Salad".

The Culinary Student Medalists will be demonstrating some of these dishes and giving out free samples at the KCC Community Farmers Market this Saturday 12/18 starting at 10 am. We will also have 2 delightful coffee drinks for sale to raise funds for the student competitors.

Please join us!
Posted by: 
Martina Hilldorfer for the culinary team

Dec 10, 2010

Thank You to all participants in the Lights on Rice Parade!

Aloha Faculty, Staff and Students,

Thank you so much for supporting Kaua`i Community College participation in the Lights on Rice Parade held on Friday, December 3, 2010. The time and effort required was substantial and is truly appreciated. Sharing your dancing skills and holiday spirit certainly brought smiles and laughter to the throngs of on-lookers. Your generosity, commitment, and leadership really make our KCC campus a special one indeed.

Mahalo to the following students and organizations for being such great community ambassadors.

Jan Acob, Christine Agcaoili, Nelson Batalion, Bryson Bergonia, Jonathan Chin, Bethany Compton, Kevin Dela Cruz, William DeMotta, Frances Dinnan, Nakili Domenden, Nohealani Domenden, Ikaika Fernandez, Jolene M. Hardy, Logan Iwatate, Moani Jaramillo, Tonja Kane, Royce Kawamura, Jenna Kinnaman, Mariah Marcos, Paul Matias Jr., Hiroko Merritt, Esther Miller, Robin Octavio, Jennifer Pasol, Lala Pasol, Nahoku Rabot, Eileen Ricardo, Ian Ross, Levi Silva, Taylor Stanton, Joy Willard, Nihongo Kurabu Club; Pamantasan Club; ASUH-KCC Student Government; Student Activities Committee; Blaze Entertainment.

With gratitude and appreciation!
John Constantino
Student Life Coordinator

Dec 8, 2010

Stephenie Castillo Presentation





She Will Speak Wednesday, December 8 at 1:45

The KCC Technology Building, Room 114

"Reshaping the Narrative of Filipino 

Identity through Filmmaking"

Ms. Castillo will show various film clips 

and talk about the political and artistic 
aspects of her work. Don't miss this 
fascinating talk!

All are welcome!

Posted by:
Paul Hemmerla

Orchestra Concert this Friday!

Please come to the Kauai Community College Orchestra Concert this Friday, December 10th, at the Performing Arts Center. Lobby music (string quartet) begins at 6:30 p.m., and the concert (symphony orchestra) begins on stage at 7 p.m.

Admission is free, and donations are gladly accepted.

Hope to see you there!

Posted by:
Laura Haack

Hula and Oli Class Final Performance

Aloha mai kākou,

I know that there are A LOT of events happening this week, but here's one more! The Hula and Oli students will be performing this Friday at Island School cafeteria at 6:00. There is a potluck to follow if you would like to join us.

Admission is free, but donations are welcome!

Posted by:
Pua Rossi

Dec 1, 2010

College Conversation Reminder

Reminding everyone that there will be a College Conversation at Fine Dining on Friday, December 3rd. Due to Helen's tight schedule on Friday, the Conversation will begin at 1:30 pm rather than at 1:00 pm as originally planned. The College Council meeting will follow at 3:00 pm at Fine Dining.

The topic of conversation will be: how we can better serve our Hawaiian students. Representatives from Makaloa will be attending. As many of the faculty members will be at J.N.'s campus visit, faculty are encouraged to voice their ideas and opinions on this topic by emailing me.

Posted by:
Vincent Itoga, Private Secretary to the Chancellor

Acting Class Final Performance

The THEA 221 Acting class's final performance is on Wednesday, December 8, at 12:15pm in room 105 of OSC Phase II.

Come hear these talented students perform scenes from the plays of Neil Simon and others. As an added bonus attraction, several students from the MUS 121B Voice Class will also be performing as a taste of their own final performance the next day, Thursday December 9.

Come support these dedicated individuals and feel free to bring your lunch! I'll send out a reminder notice early next week. I'm including the program  below. Hope you can make it!

Welcome to the Gecko

Kaua`i CC is the recipient of a ""gecko" sculpture created by artist Patrice Federspiel and donated by Kapiolani Women's Center in Honolulu.

In 2004, Ms. Federspiel had the honor of being one of 50 artists chosen to participate in Honolulu's "Geckos in Paradise" sculpture competition and exhibit. Patrice's gecko sold for $10,000 in the charity bidding to raise money for breast cancer research.

Come by the Chancellor's Office, where it temporarily sits, and see the colorful, whimsical sculpture.

Posted by:
Vincent Itoga, Private Secretary to the Chancellor

Nov 19, 2010

KCC with Kauai Backstory Presents Reading on Campus - November 22nd

Please come and please invite our students to come. . .

KCC and Kauai Backstory are co-sponsoring a Reading of works by winners and runners-up of the 2010 Kauai Backstory creative competition, to be held Monday, November 22nd, in the Technology Education Multi-purpose Room, from 5pm - 7pm. This is the second year of this creative partnership.

Writers and Visual Arts artists at KCC! You are invited to read/present that evening. You will take turns, on a first-come, first served basis. Plan on a 5-minute session!

Who/What is Kauai Backstory? This is a venue for rigorous writing and thoughtful images with a view about Kauai. Year-round, an on-line literary journal is featured and welcomes high-quality writing and images from the public. Expression of all voices, images, and words are celebrated. The Garden Island News annually provides cash prizes to winners of the competition. For more information, contact

Winners for 2010 include Jericho Panasuk for "Awakening"; Brian Doyle for "Konoa's Car"; and Laurie Barton for "For the Portuguese Buried in Peace at St. Raphael."

Posted by:
Cammie Matsumoto
Director of Community Relations & Special Projects

Nov 16, 2010

Great American Smokeout Event and Important Information

Kauai Community College in partnership with the Tobacco Free Kauai (TFK) Coalition will take part in the 35th American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout to encourage smokers to make a plan to quit and to provide resources for smokers to know where to go for help on and off-campus. KCC and TFK representatives will be providing free quit kits and tobacco free and second hand smoke information to faculty, students, staff and campus visitors on Tuesday, November 23, 2010 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Cafeteria courtyard. For help to quit, contact the Wellness Center at 245-8307 to schedule an appointment. To learn more about the 35th Great American Smokeout, visit

- Other cessation services available on Kauai and in the State:
The Hawaii Tobacco Quitline 1-800-QUIT-NOW for FREE, confidential, phone based cessation services or visit their website at

HMSA Ready Set Quit, Telephone counseling, case management, tobacco cessation classes and NRT, Neighbor Islands Call 1 (800) 225-4122

Ho`ola La Hui Hawaii Native Hawaiian Healthcare System, Pau Tobacco, (for registered users of Ho`ola La Hui Hawaii Kauai Community Health Center only) 240-0107

Kauai Family Center, Tobacco Cessation Program, Two Locations: Nanas House, Waimea 338-0252, and Hale Ho`omalu, Kapaa 841-2520.

In an effort to improve the working and learning environment of the university and to protect faculty, staff, students, and visitors from secondhand smoke exposure while on the Kauai Community College campus, we kindly ask for your compliance with the existing UH System Tobacco Products Policy. Smoking is prohibited in the following areas: building courtyards, breezeways, terraces, exterior stairways, access ramps, outdoor dining patios, terraces, lanais; within 20 feet of building entrances, exits; within 50 feet of designated pick-up and drop-off points for campus and public bus transportation; within performing arts stadiums and arenas, including walkways, corridors, and seating areas. For the complete policy, visit This policy applies to the entire university community, including faculty, staff, students and visitors. We need your help to make our campus cleaner and our lives healthier. Mahalo.


Posted by:
Helen Cox, Chancellor

Nov 12, 2010

KCC Faculty and Students in "Peter Pan" - Opening November 12!

KCC faculty and students have partnered with Hawaii Children's Theatre in presenting "Peter Pan" at the War Memorial Convention Hall for three weekends, starting November 12. With a full orchestra, elaborate sets and costumes, and technical wizardry (including characters "flying"), it is sure to be entertaining.

Tickets are available at the door for $15. (There's a $6 special matinee on 11/14 with a food bank donation.)

KCC's own Nina Saraos is the musical director--and she is amazing! Psychology instructor and MUS 203-G student Laura Haack is in the orchestra, along with KCC MUS 203-G students Loren Kayfetz, Edward Bittner, Terumi Nakagawa, Joan Yamaguchi, Dennis Haack, Larry McCreery, Thelma Chun, and Bob Merkel. (Judy Toy's husband, Barry, director of the KCC Stage Band, is also playing in the show.)

Liberal Arts student Dexter Oliver is in the cast, along with Chris Tennberg's daughter Paris, Liberal Arts student Michael Buencosejo's daugther Karmela, and my daughter Athena.

Mary Alexander, member of our Language Art & Humanities division said, "The production of a musical is a culmination and celebration of some of the finest things that our division is about: literature and its interpretation; music and its performance; speech and its articulation, delivery, and projection. I hope you can come out and celebrate the arts! Hope to see you at the show!"

Posted by:
Cammie Matsumoto
Director of Community Relations & Special Projects

Nov 5, 2010

Fall 2010 Webinar Series: College Teaching and Disability

November 15, 16, 18; 12-1:30pm HST

This event is free of charge. Workshops are offered online via Elluminate web conferencing software. Information about how to access the Webinars will be sent to registered participants. For more information about the topics and speakers please visit

Session One: Monday, November 15, 12-1:30pm HST
Application of Universal Design for Learning
  • Balancing rigor with the need for flexibility
  • Diversifying instructional methods and materials
  • Specific strategies to increase classroom inclusiveness.
Presented by Megan A. Conway, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, & Tracie Ortiz, M.S., Center on Disability Studies, College of Education, University of Hawaii'i at Manoa

Session Two: Tuesday, November 16, 12-1:30pm HST
Responding to Cultural Diversity
  • Recognizing the impact of diverse identities
  • Responding to students with disabilities in a cultural context
  • Issues of cultural competence
Presented by Megan A. Conway, Ph.D., Assistant Professor & Michelle McDow, Center on Disability Studies, College of Education, University of Hawaii'i Manoa

Session Three: Thursday, November 18, 12-1:30 HST
Tools for Mentoring
  • Strategies for nurturing students with disabilities
  • Providing real-life learning
  • Learning from our students
Presented by Steven E. Brown, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Center on Disability Studies, College of Education, University of Hawaii'i Manoa

Pre-Registration required up to three days before the event. Information about how to access the Webinars will follow. To register, email Kathryn Parado at with your name, email address, department/institution or other affiliation. Please submit any disability accommodation requests when you register.

Megan A. Conway, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Editor, Review of Disability Studies (RDS)
Training Coordinator, OPE/IST Project

Center on Disability Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 1776 University Avenue, UA 4-6, Honolulu, HI 96822

Office: University Annex 1, Rm 4
Tel: 808-956-6166 Fax: 808-956-7878

Posted by
Debbie Nakagawa

Laulima Basics workshop 11/10 @ 12:00

There will be a Laulima basics workshop next Wednesday, 11/10 from 12:00 to 1:00 in the computer lab in LRC 124. The workshop is meant for people with limited to no experience with Laulima, and will cover the use of common tools such as discussion, quizzes and the gradebook, and will focus on how to use Laulima to increase communication with students.

Let me know if there is something specific you would like me to cover, and I will prepare that for the session.

I am also planning an advanced session on how to customize Laulima- details will follow once arrangements have been made.

Posted by:
Will Dressler
Teaching and Learning Coordinator
Professional Development Coordinator

Nov 2, 2010

Hawaii Career and College Fair 2010

November 15, 2010
8:30 am -11:30 am (morning hospitality)
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Hilton Kauai Beach Resort, Main Ballroom
4331 Kaua`i Beach Drive
Lihu`e, Hi 96766
Phone: 808-245-1955

Participating Organizations

Azusa Pacific University  Azusa, California
Bethel College  Mishawka, Indiana
Biola University  LaMirada, California
BYU Hawaii   Laie, Hawaii
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, California
California Lutheran University  Thousand Oaks, California
California Maritime Academy  Vallejo, California
Chaminade University of Honolulu  Honolulu, Hawaii
CHOICES  Hawaii   Honolulu, Hawaii

Oct 6, 2010

UH ITS Updates with David Lassner

David Lassner, Vice President for Information Technology & Chief Information Officer, will share IT updates and discuss some of the ITS plans for improved services to the UH community in the coming year. There will be time for questions and discussion.

NEW DATE: December 2, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
HITS locations

Visit for online registration. Login with your UH Username and password to register. A valid UH username is required to register.

Please share this announcement with UH faculty and staff that may be interested in attending.

This workshop will be recorded and posted on the Brown Bags / Training's website about a week after it is presented.

Posted by:
Jonathan Tsujimura, IT Specialist

Financial Planning Workshops, Oct. 20, 21 & 27

David Parry of AXA Advisors to host a series of financial planning sessions for college employees:

Hybrid Pension 403(b) Investments
   ~Wednesday, Oct. 20, 12:00 - 1:00pm
   ~Thursday, Oct. 21, 12:15 - 1:15pm (repeat)
Estate planning, including wills and trusts
   ~Wednesday, Oct. 27, 12:00 - 1:00pm

Lunch will be provided at these sessions.

In order to help us plan appropriately and have lunches for everyone, please RSVP, letting me know which session(s) you plan to attend.

Location will be announced later.
Posted by:
Will Dressler
Teaching and Learning Coordinator
Professional Development Coordinator
Kaua'i Community College
3-1901 Kaumualii Hwy.
Lihue, HI. 96766
PH: 808 245-8292

Oct 4, 2010

Meet and Greet the Candidates-Today 11am -1pm

Monday Oct 4, 2010
Candidate Meet and Greet
11am- 1pm
KCC Cafeteria
Hosted by ASUH-KCC
Voter Registration info available

The ASUH-KCC will host a meet and greet candidate forum for council and mayoral hopefuls. The event will be in the cafeteria starting at 11am and concluding at 1pm. Voter registration tables and information will be there to assist in registering voters. Today is the last day to register for this November's general election.

Sep 30, 2010

KCC Health Emergency Procedures

KCC Ohana,

There have been several health emergencies this year that have taken place on campus. We at the Wellness Center are here to help in times of need. An emergency can happen when it is least expected so it's always better to be prepared. Here are a few things to remember should another emergency happen on campus near you.
  1. Severe emergencies: unconsciousness, seizures, chest pains, allergic reactions, having a hard time breathing or any emergency that you would call 911 for should it happen in your own home:
    • Immediately call 911 (9-911 if calling from a campus land line). After calling 911, inform someone in the business office of what's happening so they are prepared when the emergency vehicles arrive and can point them in the right direction.
    • After calling 911, call the CWC (245-8307). The CWC team will be sent to render first aid and assessment while emergency vehicles are in transit.
    • Clear the area of people and debris to ensure ventilation, safety and direct access to the person in need. 
    • DO NOT MOVE THE PERSON unless the person is in a building that needs to be evacuated or is in a spot that puts him/her in danger. When moving a person, make sure they are completely supported and only move them as far as they need to be secure.
    • If dealing with multiple people, make sure to tell the 911 dispatcher how many people are affected. 

Sep 29, 2010

Celebrate Banned Books Week 9/26-10/2/2010 by reading a Banned Book!

Banned Books Week actually celebrates the Freedom to Read and the First Amendment, which states: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
Book bannings and challenges did not stop with the Nazi book burnings; the Harry Potter series, the
Twilight series, and even the Captain Underpants series have come under attack.
People usually challenge books out of an attempt to protect readers, often children, from perceived harmful or disturbing material. The motivating factors, according to the ALA, are family values, religion, political views, and minority rights. (
But in the words of Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas ("The One Un-American Act." Nieman Reports , vol. 7, no. 1, Jan. 1953, p. 20):
Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions.

It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us.
Therefore: Take a stand for Intellectual Freedom and READ A BANNED BOOK!!
Posted by:

Michael Gmelin

Kauai CC Library/Reference

Sep 27, 2010

McClure Brings Home the Gold--Twice!

(L-R) Kauai President Donna Olivas-Kaohi, Moksha McClure, Toastmasters District Governor Anne Myers
Kauai Community College sophomore Moksha McClure won first place and brought home the gold for her speech evaluation skills at a recent Toastmasters Area speech competition on Oahu. The following day, McClure placed first again for her poem at a Rotary District Conference. McClure credits Kauai Toastmasters, Professor Brian Cronwall, and Speech 251 taught by Professor Sharon Milan for her success.

McClure learned she would be competing at the last minute. After sharing this with Milan, she received numerous opportunities to hone her speaking skills. "Professor Milan and my speech class have been nothing but supportive. If it weren't for them I would have little opportunity to practice," McClure says.

Kauai Toastmasters sponsored her trip to Oahu and Kauai President Donna Olivas-Kaohi, also a KCC student, flew over in support. McClure notes that the group is like an 'ohana to her.

McClure was mentored by published poet Professor Cronwall for two semesters in an individualized study class. "Although he was helping me write a nonfiction book, I think some of his 'poetness' must have rubbed off," McClure quips.

McClure says the only downfall of winning is being expected to compete in the next level of competition. "Just thinking about it makes me ill," McClure says.

McClure wants to get her Bachelor's in Communications/Public Policy. She is the founder of Whiskers Resort, a pet hotel in Lihue. McClure says her specialty is animal communication.

Posted by:
Sharon Milan

Lions Recycle for Sight Program

The Wellness Center is collecting used eyeglasses you no longer need. Glasses will be sent to the West Kauai Lions Club. From there, they will be sent to regional Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centers (LERCs). The LERC volunteers clean, sort by prescription strength, package, and distribute to people in need worldwide.

Reading and sunglasses with plastic and/or metal frames and, most importantly, children's glasses will be accepted. If you would like to donate a pair of your unused glasses, please drop them off in the Lions box at the Wellness Center, place them in the Wellness Center mailbox in the business office, or call me and I will come and get them from you (245-8307).

For more information about the Lions Recycle for Sight Program, visit the Lions Clubs International website at:

Posted by:
Kim O'Brien

Kealaʻoli Radio Show

Aloha mai kākou,

I wanted to share some exciting news regarding our Kealaʻoli Radio Show here at KCC!

KCC's HAW 201 students set to broadcast, 9/27/2010.
This semester, the students of HAW 201 will be producing and deejaying their own shows starting Monday, 9/27. I hope all of you will have the opportunity to listen to and support our students; they are nervous, but excited! You may listen to the show every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month from 12:00-1:00p at (FM 91.9).

Posted by:
Pua Rossi

You Are Invited: Open Mic #2 - Monday, Sep. 27th, 12:00 Noon

of Fall 2010
Mon., Sept. 27th, at 12:00 Noon
Enjoy the creative expression of Kaua'i Community College students as they present their own work and the works of those who inspire them.
Sponsored by the Speech Classes
Sharon Milan, Instructor
Come join us at the Library (Hawaiian/Pacific area) for some noontime entertainment.
Posted by:
Michael Gmelin
Kauai CC Library/Reference
808  245-8253/233

Sep 24, 2010

Share Walks with Helen

KCC Family,

Chancellor Helen Cox invites you to take walks with her around the campus to exercise, to get outside for some fresh air, to express any thoughts or concerns with her, to talk story, but mainly fun.
A schedule of walks will be as follows:
September 2, September 16, September 30, October 21, November 4, and December 2. All walks will be on Thursdays at noon.

Please meet Helen at the entrance of the One Stop Center and I promise she’ll be pleased to see you.

Posted by:
Vinny Itoga
Private Secretary to the Chancellor

Sep 22, 2010

UH Offers Free eWaste Recycling

University of Hawaii is offering free electronic waste recycling during Education and Government eWaste Disposal Days 2010, October 27 to October 30. The program is open to Hawaii residents, all public or private schools and universities, all City, County, State or Federal/Military branches, small to medium sized businesses (of less than 100 employees) and non-profits. Drop off locations are on UH campuses on The Big Island, Kauai, Maui or Oahu, plus Kealakehe High School in Kailua-Kona.

Pre-registration through the event webpage is required for the above mentioned Institutions; you are responsible for ensuring that the appropriate administrative paperwork for disposal of any items has been completed through your institution. The Institutional drop offs will be held from October 27 to October 29; dates and times vary per campus so please visit the webpage

Hawaii residents are invited to drop off their personal ewaste on October 30 from 9:00am to 3:00pm; no registration required. Visit for more information including maps to drop off sites, hours of operation and a list of electronic items accepted.

Staff will unload equipment from vehicles at drop off sites. All equipment collected will be processed in North America in an environmentally responsible way; recycling and disposal services provided courtesy of Apple.

-- Posted by:
Larry Wiss, Communications Officer
Information Technology Services
University of Hawaii

Sep 20, 2010

Fall 2010 TALENT Workshops

Aloha! The Academic Technologies division of Information Technology Services (ITS) will be offering its Fall 2010 series of workshops and webinars via interactive television (ITV) and the Halawai webconference system starting September 28. Please forward to any interested UH faculty and staff.

TALENT sessions via ITV
These are lecture-based sessions and are broadcast from Manoa on Tuesdays (1:30-2:30 PM) to various campus sites.
Sep 28 - Getting Started with Laulima
Laulima is the University's learning management system. This workshop provides an overview of the Laulima interface and various workspace management functions, plus a brief introduction to a few tools that can be used to facilitate basic course functions on the Web. 
Oct 5 - Converting Course Content for the Web
Learn how you can use free software to create course content for the Web. The workshop will demonstrate how to convert files to PDF using CutePDF, create an audio podcast using Audacity, and create a narrated PowerPoint using Jing.

Oct 12 - Making Course Content Available on the Web Using Laulima
Learn how you can distribute or make files available to students using various Laulima tools.

Oct 19 - Assessment Tools
This workshop will provide an overview of assessment, tips for testing online, and will introduce tools that can be used to conduct assessments in a course, briefly covering iClickers and Laulima's testing tools.

Oct 26 - Testing and the Gradebook Tool in Laulima
This workshop will provide an introduction to Laulima's "Tests & Quizzes," "Tasks, Tests and Surveys" and "Gradebook" tools. 
Nov 9 - Laulima Tips & Tricks
Learn how to post an avatar to your discussion board profile, create a web page, customize the Home page in your course or collaboration space, and upload final Grades to Banner from Laulima.
You can RSVP for a TALENT ITV session at your campus by logging in at

Note: Not all broadcasts are aired to every campus location - if you do not see your campus listed as a site, it may be due to previously scheduled activities.

TALENT webinars
These sessions are offered via the Halawai webconference system. You can RSVP for them by logging in at

Sep 29 Getting Started with Laulima (special evening session, 9:00-10:00 PM HST)
Oct 6 Converting Course Content for the Web (2:00-3:00 PM HST)
Nov 10 Laulima Tips & Tricks (2:00-3:00 PM HST)
More information can be found at our TALENT site:

Posted by:
Matt Parcon

Sep 18, 2010

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Workshop - Input Requested

On Thursday, September 30 at 2:30, Judy Lee from UH Manoa will be come to KCC to give a talk on veterans and Post Traumatic Stress.

If you are interested in attending this session, please let me know what information you would like to have covered relating to PTSD.  Judy has requested this input so that she can plan a session that meets our needs.

The location and further details of the workshop will be announced later.

Posted by:
Will Dressler
Teaching and Learning Coordinator
Professional Development Coordinator
Kaua'i Community College
3-1901 Kaumualii Hwy.
Lihue, HI. 96766
PH:  808  245-8292

Sep 7, 2010

Prohibited Use of State E-Mail for Campaign Purposes

From: Hawaii State Ethics Commission <>
Date: Tuesday, September 7, 2010 1:58 pm
Subject: Prohibited Use of State E-Mail for Campaign Purposes

September 7, 2010

Hawaii is well into its election season and campaign activities by political candidates are under way. The Hawaii State Ethics Commission would like to remind all state officials and state employees about the restrictions that the State Ethics Code, Chapter 84, Hawaii Revised Statutes, places on the use of State e-mail. The Commission has issued a publication, "PROHIBITED USE OF STATE E-MAIL FOR CAMPAIGN PURPOSES" that provides important information. To obtain this publication, click here:

To obtain other publications relevant to campaign activities that have been issued by the Commission to date, click here: Please also check for publication updates on the Commission's website at

Please forward this memorandum to the officials and employees in your state agency. If any state boards or commissions are within your agency or are attached to your agency, please forward this memorandum to the members of those boards or commissions as well. Thank you for your assistance in this matter.

If you have any questions about the State Ethics Code and campaign activities by state officials and employees, please contact the Hawaii State Ethics Commission at (808) 587-0460 or

Posted by:
Helen Cox, Chancellor

Aug 26, 2010

Club Math Welcome Back Social and Update!

Club Math would like to invite you to our first meeting on Monday 8/30 @ noon in the OSC lobby. Bring your own lunch or join us for pizza.

This is a very exciting semester for Club Math and the Math Department in general. We have two new math faculty members. We are running the whole entire series of math courses with multiple sections and most are full. We even have 25 students in Calculus! We have a few very motivated students running the club. So, please join us to carry out this very positive energy!

Also, look out for our Club Math articles in The Garden Island!

Have a great semester!

Gigi Drent
Math & Science Division

Aug 25, 2010

Kauai CC Weather Station

Current weather information at Kauai Community College is now available at The Davis Vantage Pro2 Plus weather station, mounted above the roof of the Technology Building, monitors temperature, wind direction/speed, humidity, rain, barometric pressure, UV, and Solar Radiation. Data is uploaded every minute into a server at Davis Instruments and the data is archived for 800 days. Archived meteorological data can be downloaded for analysis using Weatherlink software. Current weather information at any Davis station across the planet is also available.

The project was started by NASA Space Grant Trainee, Kathryn Massaro, in spring 2010 and completed this summer by Jerek Barcelona, an Electronics Technology Intern. The Hawaii Space Grant Consortium funded the project. The console for the weather station is located in the Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory at Kauai CC (Technology Building Room 102). Meteorological data will be available to the operators of the laboratory as it tracks UHM’s LEOS (Low Earth Orbit Satellite) which is scheduled to be launched in 2012.

The data will also be useful to the agriculture program and students interested in doing meteorological research.

Posted by F. Takahashi
weather link updated 5/6/2011

Aug 23, 2010

New Student Orientation Summary

The college sponsored four orientation sessions this summer, one each month beginning in May.  Earlier sessions were small, less than 20, with this last session in Aug. filled to a maximum capacity of 90 students.   
A total of 142 students attended New Student Orientation (NSO) this summer representing 66% of all incoming first-time freshman.   
The theme of orientation was, "Driving Towards Student Success."  We covered the following information within 3 hrs:
  • Having a direction or goal in  mind before setting off on a journey
  • Knowing the rules of the road - "College Catalog" and Schedule of Classes
  • Seeking assistance along the way: instructors, counselors, staff, tutors, or classmates 
  • Wise choices and learning styles, choosing to be an active -vs- passive learner
  • Introduction to 3 Study Skills, reading (SQ3R), note-taking, and time management
  • Campus Resources and Tour
  • Student Life and Student Government
Thank you to everyone who participated in NSO!  Evaluations were positive with a recurring suggestion to keep it shorter.     
Posted by:
Frances Dinnan
Financial Aid Counselor

Aug 22, 2010

Assessment Workshops September 10 & 17

Pat McGrath and I will be putting on two assessment workshops in September.

Friday September 10th @ 1:00 in the LRC computer lab
CARD Workshop
This will be a hands-on workshop on completing the CARD form.  If you are unfamiliar with the CARD, or would like additional help, we encourage you to attend.  
Friday September 17th @ 1:00 in One Stop Center room 207
Assessment Task Workshop
In this session we can help you to develop meaningful assessment tasks for you to measure student learning outcomes.
Both of these workshops should help you prepare your naked CARDs before they are due in October.

Posted by Will Dressler

Aug 17, 2010

Fall 2010 Faculty Leadership

Division Chairs, Faculty Senate Chair, and Curriculum Committee Chairs as of Fall 2010
  • Division Chairs:
    • LAH: Molly Summers
    • SAM: Brian Yamamoto
    • Trade/Tech: Glenn Alquiza
    • BED: Co-Chairs - Rae Nishikawa & Candace-Yim Tabuchi
    • Health Education: Char Ono
  • Faculty Senate Chair:
    • Rick Randolph
  • Curriculum Committee Co-Chairs:
    • Victoria Mathis & Wade Tanaka
Posted by Vincent Itoga

Aug 13, 2010

Chancellor's Corner: Welcome Back Week Schedule

Aloha Colleagues,

I hope you have all had a pleasant summer, whether on or off campus! It's hard to believe, but it is already time to begin a new academic year. It is with great enthusiasm that I ask you to join me for the Welcome Back Week activities outlined in the attached schedule. I realize that this is a busy time for all of you, but these activities are important to getting us off to a good start, and I would like all of you present. Since we are doing things a little differently, I want to explain the new features in this year's agenda.

  1. After an all-campus morning session on Monday the 16th, you will then have the choice of two times to attend a session to review our mission.
  2. On Wednesday morning, all faculty will meet with our new Vice Chancellor for Academic Services, Jim Dire.
  3. On Thursday afternoon, there is an optional service learning opportunity. This is a time for us to get to know each other while we engage in service to our community. I've listed the opportunities below. If you would like to participate, check with your supervisor to make sure that you can be away from campus and then sign up on Monday at Convocation. Cammie will try to arrange for carpooling. For each site, wear long pants, long sleeves, covered shoes, gloves, sunscreen, water, sunglasses, rain gear, and optional snacks.

Thursday Service Learning Options:
  • KCC Community Garden Project – weed, plant, clean, prepare for Kaua'i Community Market, and other tasks as needed. Meet at The Farm on KCC campus.

    A federally funded KCC project, which includes classes and numerous partnerships with the community. The heart of its purpose is to promote a creative, healthy and sustainable lifestyle on Kaua'i, where we grow our own food as a business and for ourselves and our family.
  • Lawai International Center in Lawai – plant orchids, weed, and clear/clean area - Mark Hubbard, KCC Fund Board member and Susan Uchida, KCC faculty will join us for this project. Meet at Lawai – map will be provided August 16.

    An archaeological and cultural treasure in a valley that has long been recognized as a healing sanctuary. In 1904 the first generation of Japanese immigrants built 88 shrines replicating an ancient pilgrimage of 88 temples in Shikoku, Japan. Volunteers are bringing these shrines and this valley back to prominence as an international center for compassion and peace, education and cultural understanding.

  • Kokee Resource Conservation Program (KRCP) in Kokee – pull/treat non-native invasive weeds. Tools and training provided. Meet at Kokee CCC Camp (call KRCP at 335-0045)

    A collaborative project in vegetarian management for the Kokee region, sponsored by the non-profit Garden Island Resource, Conservation & Development, Inc., in cooperation with the State of Hawai'i DLNR Division of State Parks and Division of Forestry and Wildlife.

I look forward to seeing you all next week!

Mahalo for your service to the College,

Aug 10, 2010

Apple Education Institute Coming to KCC

Tuesday, September 14, 2010 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Kaua'i Community College OCET 104.
Open to all CC faculty and staff interested in learning how to leverage technology in the teaching and learning environment.

In our rapidly changing world, students are faced with emerging issues that require creative problem solving, critical thinking and dynamic communication skills. Educators are challenged to keep abreast of the latest technological advancements that are available to help students achieve these skills. Apple makes it easy. With revolutionary products like iMovie, iPhoto, and GarageBand, the possibilities are endless for hands-on, research based, collaborative, multi-media projects that will engage and inspire students.

Expand your digital horizon…we'll share with you ideas of how Apple technologies can revolutionize education in the 21st century. Register today to participate in a free workshop designed specifically for Administrators, Tech Coordinators, Teachers and Technicians in the K-20 educational community. The possibilities are boundless, the excitement is contagious!
  • Mac 101 – Introduction to Mac OS X and iLife Suite and Simple Projects for Teaching and Learning (hands-on session)
  • iPhoto, iMovie 09, and GarageBand 09

Kepano Kekuewa, Account Executive – Hawaii Higher Education
Nani Daniels, Area Manager, K-12 Education
James Uyeda, System Engineer, K-20 Education

To register, please go to: and use registration code: 2010kauai

These workshops are brought to you by the Office of Continuing Education & Training, the Pacific Center for Advanced Technology Training (PCATT) and the Hawaii Apple Education Representatives.

For more information, contact:
Office of Continuing Education & Training
Kauai Community College

Posted by: Tracy Hirano

Jul 23, 2010

Friends of the Children's Justice Center Fundraiser

On August 6th, the Friends of the Children's Justice is holding its 4th Annual Fundraiser to assist children who have been sexually abused.  It will be held at the Kaua'i Lagoons Tennis Courts at the Kaua'i Marriott Resort. There will be music and wonderful pupus.  If you would like tickets delivered to you please call Sue Strickland at 822-4871. Tickets are $35.00.

Please support this very worthwhile event.  "It shouldn't hurt to be a child."

Posted by
Anna Smithwick, Early Childhood Education

Jul 14, 2010

Jean Ilei Beniamina

It is with great sadness in which we announce that longtime colleague, friend, and KCC counselor, Jean Ilei Beniamina, passed away at home on the morning of  July 10. Ilei's services will be this Saturday, 17th of July, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lawai Garden Island Mortuary.  Burial will be after the services, at the Kekaha Hawaiian Cemetery. 

Jun 2, 2010

Makana Returns to Kauai

Don’t miss the return of Makana to the Garden Island on June 26 at KCC’s Performing Arts Center. Makana, Hawaii’s own world-class “slack/rock” guitarist/vocalist, was described by The New York Times as “virtuoso” in a 2009 article which went on to say “Makana provides a textbook illustration of slack-key guitar style – dazzling.” Esquire Magazine had this to say about Makana in 2003, “Slack key guitar music, indigenous to Hawaii, has been around longer than the blues and Makana is considered the greatest living player.”

Makana will headline the event with talented and versatile guitarist/vocalist Matt Bolton as the opening act. Matt, who lives locally and who has played across the country, was the guitarist/keyboard/vocalist for Todd Rundgren’s 2008 Arena Tour through the US and Canada. About Matt Bolton, Todd Rundgren has said, “I knew Matt was a player- that's why I hired him. But it wasn't until I saw him do his own thing that I realized what an entertainer he is. Kauai is justifiably proud of this local export."

Aloha 'Oe: Spring 2010 Retirees

Wishing a fond "Aloha" and "A hui hou" to KCC's Spring 2010 retirees:
Sharon Chiba - Counseling and Advising
Gerald Hirata - Science and Math
Rick Matsumura - Trades and Technology
Wayne Miyata - Language, Arts, and Humanities
Shelley Konishi - Business Education
Albert Spencer - Business Education
Joe Vegas - Maintenance and Grounds
Mahalo for your years of friendship and service. Best wishes on your next adventures!

Posted by kccscoop

May 20, 2010

Summer 2010 Floor Stripping and Waxing Schedule

Access to these areas will be restricted on scheduled dates (dates subject to change).

Floor Stripping & Waxing Schedule
  • May 14, 2010 – Child care, OCET II bathrooms
  • May 17-21, 2010 – Business rooms 101, 104, and 110
  • May 25-28, 2010 – Technology Conference rm., Multi-purpose front, and bathroom
  • June 1, 2010 – Carpentry classroom 108 and Welding bathrooms
  • June 2, 2010 – Old Nursing Trailer office rm. 121
  • June 7-11, 2010 – PAC Green rm., hallway, and bathrooms
  • June 14-18, 2010 – Farm offices, classroom, and bathrooms
  • June 21-25, 2010 – Automotive rooms 101A, 101B, 2 offices, and bathrooms
  • June 28 - July 2, 2010 – Cafeteria: 2 classrooms, all offices; Bakeshop; Fine Dining: kitchen, serving area, bathrooms; and Campus Center bathrooms.
  • July 6-9, 2010 – One Stop bathrooms
  • July 12-16, 2010 – Faculty bathrooms and Fine Arts bathrooms
  • July 19-23, 2010 – Maintenance bathrooms
  • July 28-30, 2010 – Wednesday – Friday – LRC rm. 130, LRC bathrooms, Media bathrooms
  • August 2-6, 2010 – New Nursing Trailer classroom; Business Division bathrooms, and Nursing Trailer bathrooms
  • August 3-6, 2010 – Hawaiian Studies classroom and Social Science bathrooms

Posted by:
Sheri Lyn Amimoto
Kaua`i CC - Operations and Maintenance

May 14, 2010

Chancellor's Corner: Mahalo!

A big mahalo to all of you! We've made it through another year and what a year it was! Despite record enrollments and lower funding, you managed to make it an incredibly successful year thanks to your dedication and hard work.

For those of you leaving for the summer, please enjoy your time off and take time for yourself! For those of you who will still be here, let's take a collective deep breath before we plunge in again!

KCC is truly an amazing place, and all of you are a huge part of what makes it amazing! Mahalo!


May 12, 2010

Charity Walk SUCCESS!

Thank you is just the beginning of my appreciation. This year's Visitor Bureau Charity Walk campus campaign has been a big success thanks to ALL of you and your support. Char and I attended the Charity Walk kick off in the beginning of April and a goal of $500 raised was set for KCC. Thanks to the many helping hands, charity walkers, car washes and giving donors, KCC has raised $1337.00! The nursing hall wall was filled with colorful slippers representing all the donations that came through KCC. Slippers will be up til Monday, 5/17, so come by and see them on your way to the retirement party on Thursday.

A BIG MAHALO goes to the following people for their gracious donations/campaigning. The charitys of Kauai will be very greatful come Saturday morning. Please give yourselves a pat on the back:

May 11, 2010

"May Day is Lei Day" is "Lomilomi Day" at KCC

May 01, 2010

The KCC professional massage therapy students delivered 58 hours of Lomilomi Massages on Lei Day in the Nursing Division at the college. The eighty-minute sessions were received by 43 of the faculty, staff, and community 'ohana.

Primarily using rhythmic movement of their hands, forearms, and bodies, the massage students enhanced wellness by improving circulation, reducing waste products and lactic acid, stimulating the lymphatic system, easing edema, increasing healing of injuries, relieving muscle spasms, increases metabolism and restoring vitality.

In addition to the physical benefits, the releasing of mis-emotions, worries, fears, anxieties and other limiting beliefs had profound results.

"Without a doubt, all the receivers floated from their sessions. Evaluations showed stunning results."
– Virginia Dunas, LMT, Massage Program Coordinator

For more information about the Professional Massage Therapy Program at KCC, visit their program page at

May 7, 2010

Congratulations to Our New Bookstore Manager

Congratulations to our new Bookstore Manager, Noel Mock. He has been serving as our interim Bookstore manager since Jolynne retired last December. He received his confirmation letter yesterday, May 4, notifying him of his position as the new official Manager of the Kauai Community College Bookstore. He shared his joy with the campus by letting everyone know.

In his email he wrote, "Thank you for all of the support you have given me in my interim status, and I will
work hard to continue providing the service that the Bookstore is known for! Mahalo nui loa!"

For more information about the Kauai Community College Bookstore, check out their Facebook or the Bookstore page on Kauai CC's website.

Posted by kccscoop

May 5, 2010

Kauai EFNEP Open House - May 18, 2010

The University of Hawaii’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources’ Cooperative Extension Service is holding an open house of the Hawaii Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP); a program which provides resource management, food safety, and food skills to limited resource families with young children. Find out what services EFNEP can offer your community organization.
Date: May 18, 2010
Time:  Session 1 ~ 10am - 12pm
           Session 2 ~ 1 pm - 3 pm
Location: Lihue Public Library
(4344 Hardy St, Lihue, Hi 96766)

RSVPs appreciated ( OR
For more information, please visit

May 3, 2010

KCC 45th Annual Commencement, May 14, 2010

The Kauai Community College 45th Annual Commencement exercises will take place Friday, May 14, 2010 at 6:15 pm in the Performing Arts Center. 214 students from Summer 2009, Fall 2009 and Spring 2010 will be receiving degrees and certificates. This year's Commencement motto is "Sustainability is good: self reliance is better", showing a strong alignment of the students, faculty and staff of KCC, and of our Keynote speaker this year, to self-reliance and a commitment to the future.

Our keynote speaker is Ben Sullivan. He grew up on a river in the woods of Massachusetts and first came to Kauai when he was nineteen. He completed a degree in Environmental Design from the University of Colorado Boulder in 1995. He is a husband, father, gardener, architect, writer, activist, and dedicated member of the Kauai Community. The focus of Ben's work, whether it be in energy, food, politics, or building, is in helping to seek a transition from global to local for our island community.

Apr 30, 2010

Quarterly eWaste Recycling Program Established For UH

The University of Hawaii has launched a free systemwide quarterly electronic waste (ewaste) recycling program for all campuses including UH Education Centers. The program allows for earth-friendly recycling of unwanted electronic equipment belonging to the university; all ewaste will be processed in certified mainland facilities; a Certificate of Destruction will be provided when the destruction of the equipment is complete. Recycling and disposal services are provided courtesy of Apple.

Representatives have been designated on each campus for aggregation of equipment, palletization, and processing of paperwork for pickup during the months of April, July, August, and October each year. Contact Kauai CC Computer Services to determine which procedures have been established for participation. This program is for UH equipment only, no personal or public ewaste. You are encouraged to advertise equipment on the UH Electronic Swap Meet ( for reuse prior to recycling. All equipment must be processed per the Disposal Guidelines For Unused UH Computer Equipment (

Posted by:
Larry N. Wiss, Communications Officer
University of Hawaii Information Technology Services
phone: (808) 956-9393
fax: (808) 956-9966

Apr 29, 2010

The 8th Annual Spring Gourmet Gala A Great Success

April 16, 2010

On behalf of the Culinary Institute of the Pacific at Kaua'i Community College, I would like to extend our deepest appreciation and mahalo to everyone who helped make this fundraising event a great success. Even during these tough economic times, with your help, the tickets sold out two weeks in advance and in addition we were able to garner much needed sponsorships from our Kaua'i businesses.

Volunteering for an event of this size and complexity says a lot about all those who helped. Many months of intricate planning and organizing is rewarded when the music starts, the doors open and the guests are able to enjoy the greatest and latest in culinary fashion matched with the most delicious wine pairings; together with a fantastic silent auction & blind auction with prizes valued over $7,000! What a great gathering of happy faces and happy tummies!!
Thank you for making this event an opportunity for our culinary arts students to work alongside the biggest names in Island Chefs Alan Wong and Vikram Garg as well as Kaua'i’s best chefs! The students were both nervous and thrilled, but most grateful for the experience!

We thank all the volunteers for making this Kaua'i Community College’s signature event a great success
and hope to see you all next year on April 15th! Please enjoy the photos taken by Kent Tanigawa!

In the meantime……Bon Appétit!

Mark Oyama, Chair of the Gala Committee
Culinary Institute of the Pacific at Kaua'i CC

Voice Class Performance Next Monday

If you have the time and interest, please come by to the Music Classroom next Monday (May 3) at 1:30pm. My beginning voice class will be performing in public for the first time and everyone is invited to hear them sing. They've worked very hard and have made great strides thanks to that hard work; now they're very proud to be able to share the fruit of their labors. So please come and support them, if you're able. Feel free to bring a late lunch. It's informal, and you can come and go as you please (in between singers). I'll send a reminder out later in the week. Hope to see you there!

Addendum (5/3): There are 12 songs lasting about 3-4 minutes each, so it's best to attend earlier than later.
Posted by:
Greg Shepherd

Apr 28, 2010

Customer Appreciation at the Bookstore!

We, at the Bookstore, want to show our appreciation to all of our loyal customers! UH Bookstore wanted us to start May 3rd, but we can't wait! We want to start now!

Starting today, April 28th, select merchandise will be up to 50% off! Logo wear, school/office supplies, and backpacks too!

So come on down! Pay us a visit, and see what kinds of deals we have for you!

Mahalo nui loa!
Noel Mock
Kauai Community College Bookstore
Interim Manager
Phone: (808) 245-8273/245-8324
Fax: (808) 245-8296

Apr 27, 2010

KCC Lecturer Writes in The Nation About Militarization of the Pacific

Esther Koohan Paik, who teaches Digital Storytelling/Video (ART 157) and who has also taught English at KCC, has been published in the May 3 issue of the political weekly, The Nation. Know on campus by her nickname--"Camera"--Paik has worked as both a print and video journalist advocating for the rights of Pacific peoples. In this article, she describes the U.S. military's colossal and devastating plans for the U.S. territory of Guam and the adjacent Mariana islands. There are many parallels to be found between the challenges faced by the people of Guam and those that confront the people of Hawaii. Read the article here by clicking on this link:

Lunchtime Student Filmfest!

Come kick back, relax, and enjoy the short films made by the Spring '10 students of Digital Storytelling/Video (ART 157)!
When: Wed, May 5, 11:45 - 1:00; FREE!
Where: Campus Center Student Lounge

Apr 26, 2010

Hawaiian Studies May Day Performance

On Saturday, May 1, our Hawaiian Studies students and members of Kū Pono I Hoʻokahi Hawaiʻi (KCC's Hawaiian Club) are celebrating May Day with a night of Hawaiian and Tāhitian music and dance. Students from the HAW 102 day course will be dancing hula and performing chants that they've learned this semester, and other Hawaiian Studies students will be bringing their talents as well.

Also performing with us will be students from Kawaikini NCPCS, and Nic Kāneakua's Ori Uvira with Tāhitian dance. Doors open at 5:30pm at the Performing Arts Center, and the show starts at 6:00.

Hopefully you all can join us! Please see our flyer for more information.

Posted by: Pua Rossi

Apr 23, 2010

Spring Campus Job Fair

On Wednesday, April 28, 2010
9:30 am - 2:00 pm
KCC One Stop Center

Some of the employers are:
Alu Like
American Savings Bank
Big Save
Enterprise Rent A Car
Hawaii Air Guard
Hawaii Care Professionals
HMS Host
Ho'ola Lahui
Kauai Coffee
Koloa Landing

Writers to Read Their Work at KCC Library

Kaua‘i Backstory and Kaua‘i CC are co-sponoring “Kaua‘i Backstory’s Reading Series,” to be held Mon, April 26, 2010, from 5:00 pm-6:45 pm, at the KCC Library. The event is free and the public is invited.

This year, Kaua‘i Backstory has invited Jill Marie Landis, Kristin Hannah and Stella Cameron to be keynote guests at the mid-year Reading Series. All three are multiple best-selling authors.

Kauai Backstory is an online literary venue for rigorous writing with a view about Kauai. They look for writing that builds understanding, not walls. They encourage writing (and imagery) that engenders respectful dialogue as a way to build community through conversation, the time-honored tradition of kama'ilio, talk story.

Library Lecture: Poetry Reading by Kaua`i's Dawn Kawahara on Wed., April 28th, 12:00 Noon -1:00pm

In honor of April as National Poetry Month, Kauai Community College Library is pleased to host award-winning Kaua`i poet and author, Dawn Kawahara, on Wed, April 28th, at 12:00 Noon - 1:00 PM. She will present a poetry program "Kaua`i Nei" celebrating Kaua`i and beyond, with discussion to follow. Ms Kawahara dedicates this program to the memory of "legendary" Kaua`i music maestro, Larry McIntosh, who passed away on April 15, 2010.

Free, open to the public, suitable for youth and adults. For information, call Michael Gmelin, KCC Library 245-8253/8233.
Date: Wed., April 28, 2010
Time: 12:00 Noon - 1:00 pm
Place: KCC Library in the Learning Resource Center
Posted by:
Michael Gmelin
Kauai CC Library/Reference

Apr 22, 2010

ptk event: Zero Waste--­­From Trash to Cash

Aloha kakou,

This coming Monday, April 26th, the Phi Theta Kappa honor society will host a forum titled "Zero Waste – From Trash to Cash," with a panel featuring JoAnn Yukimura, former mayor and council member; John Harder, former solid waste manager of Kauai and Maui Counties; and Pam Lightfoot-Burrell of Zero Waste Kaua'i.

Speakers will take you on a journey from the old mindset of "mining the earth, making stuff, using stuff, and throwing away stuff," a paradigm that is destroying the earth with ever increasing landfills and taxpayer costs, to a new world of "Zero Waste" where Reduce, Re­Use and Recycle will contribute jobs and businesses to the new economy. Come hear the possibilities of a Zero Waste Kauai, a future that will be more sustainable, more beautiful, and more prosperous by how we manage our "stuff."

The forum will be held on Monday, April 26th, in the Library at Kaua'i Community College from noon to 1:15 pm. The public is welcome.

See you there. If you have any questions, please contact Alan Boyes, Anne McKenna, or Jeff Mexia. A promotional flyer is below. Me ke aloha... Alan, Anne, and Jeff

Apr 21, 2010

Food Drive Mahalo


Thank you to everyone for donating to Kaua'i Food Bank during the 2010 State Employees' Food Drive.  The total amounts collected at Kaua'i Community College were 397 pounds of non-perishable food and $500.

Regina Ikehara, Library Assistant
Kaua'i Community College
2010 Campus Food Drive Coordinator

Apr 16, 2010

RCUH Workplace Violence Prevention Training Session at Kauai CC

RCUH will be having a Workplace Violence Prevention Training Session at Kauai CC on April 23, 2010, 8am - 12noon in the Technology Building, room 114.
All UH employees are welcome to attend.  RSVP attendance to Jocelyn Matsushima at

Training Objectives
1.  Define workplace violence.
2.  Know the warning signals.
3.  Be aware of  trigger situations.
4.  Be familiar with Bullying and Teasing.
5.  Understand Group Dynamics.
6.  Understand the brain and how it works.
7.  Know the importance of staying connect.
8.  Know your responsibilities. 
9.  Suggestions for avoiding workplace violence.

Posted by
Annie Rellin for VCSA Earl Nishiguchi

STAR Reception Invitation

KCC Faculty and Staff,

Please join us for the 2009-2010 Kauai CC and UH Foundation hosted Donor Appreciation and Students Thanked and Recognized (STAR) Reception.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
4:00pm - 6:00pm
KCC Cafeteria
Dessert items will be served.

Please RSVP by April 26 to Amy Watase, Financial Aid Office, ext. 360

Apr 8, 2010

KCC April 2010 Blood Drive Results

We want to share exciting news! We have exceeded our goal of 90 pints of blood. The total pints collected at the student lounge on Tuesday, April 7, 2010, was 111 pints, demolishing our previous record of 105 pints set in 1999. Of the 135 donors that walked through our doors, 24 were turned away due to medical reasons and approximately 20 were first time donors (mostly KCC students).

Since each unit of whole blood can be separated into three components, as many as 333 lives can be saved as a direct result of our efforts. The time and effort required to recruit and see the blood drive through to the end was substantial but worth it to give "the gift of life" to so many in our community.

Apr 5, 2010

Chancellor's Corner

Welcome Back
Our spring break closure went smoothly, and I hope you all had some well-deserved rest and relaxation!   I have several exciting things to share this week.

Successful Accreditation Visit for our Culinary Program
Please join me in saying congratulations to the Culinary Program for a very successful accreditation visit!  At the exit interview, the ACF accreditation team listed numerous strengths of the program, a few small suggestions and told us that there are NO areas of noncompliance!!!  Some, but not all, of the strengths they noted are:
  • the attentiveness of our students
  • the support of the community
  • the quality of student-instructor interaction
  • the professional demeanor of our 2nd year students
  • the summer high school culinary institute
  • the strong culinary team
So thanks to all of you in the Culinary Program for our hard work and dedication to your students, your profession and KCC.  And Hip, Hip Hurray to you all!!!!!!

PV Panels now generate electricity!
During spring break we were able to flip and switch and begin to generate our own power.  Our OSC panels can generate over 6% of our total power needs when conditions are optimal.  Right now we are trying to set up a display in the One Stop Center and on our website so that everyone can see just how much power we are generating real time. So soon when you come to get your mail, you can also check out our power production!

Follow-up on the Sustainable Living Institute
I want to thank you all for your great brainstorming on March 5 on our Sustainable Living Center.  I have now compiled what you all came up with and will be sending it out to you  today and put it on the website under the Chancellor's Office.  There are some really great ideas in the list!  Those of you who wanted to be on advisory team for this initiative will be meeting with me before the end of semester, so we can make sense of the brainstormed list and suggest some directions for the initiative.  At that point we'll share with the campus where we are and pull in external members to be on the team who can help us move forward in the directions we have targeted.  From having spoken to those in community, I can tell you that there is real excitement about this initiative and even the American Culinary Federation accreditation team noted that their standards are changing in the future to make sure students know about sustainability issues and learn sustainable practice.  We can be at the forefront of making Kauai economically, environmentally and socially sustainable and at the same time train our students for future employment!

New Happenings at the One Stop CenterNext time you come to get your mail at the OSC, you'll notice some improvements.

We now have a greeter at the One Stop Center one hour a week to welcome guests and help them find their way. Please welcome Joshua Iloreta who joins us from the Kapaa High School. Joshua will be greeting people on Wednesdays from 10-11 at least through the end of the DOE school year.

We have a wonderful new painting, "The Gathering Place," on permanent loan from our very own Kyungsoo Lee! It has added lots of color and light to the OSC lobby and created a warm, inviting atmosphere. Please come take a look and thank Kyungsoo when you have a chance.