Dec 20, 2013

Distance Education - Student Orientation (Jan 9)

Thursday, January 9th
12:00 - 1:00 P.M.
Kaua`i Community College
One Stop Center Testing Room 103

Reserve your seat by contacting
Colleen Kaiminaauao or 245-8330

Event Flyer (Adobe pdf)

Dec 19, 2013

iCareer Skills Course

iCareer Skills Course is unique combination of instructor-led activities & computer-based learning.  This course will help you improve your reading comprehension, brush up & improve your grammar, vocabulary & writing, and brush up on your "real world" math skills.  It's only $50 for 120hrs of instruction.  Call 245-8318 for more information!

Dec 10, 2013

Art, Music, Dance, Free Food, and Drama this week!

Today, December 10th, will be the kickoff of our end-of-semester Art and Music Expo in the One Stop Center. Festivities will begin at 12 noon with an hour-long concert by the Vocal Ensemble, a performance by KCC's Hula Club, Na Liko Aloha O Ka Hui Hula, and a reception catered by Mark's Place. A selection of choral music as well as solos by seven of the students will be featured. And students from the various art classes will be on hand to talk about their works which will be on display beginning Tuesday and continuing through the week.

Then on Wednesday at 1:30 pm will be a performance of scenes from plays by the THEA 221 Beginning Acting students in the Daniel K. Inouye Technology Center Multi-Purpose Room (amphitheater-like classroom). Five 12-minute scenes will be performed by students in costume using basic props. Please come and support their efforts! If you have any questions about any of the events this week, please contact Greg Shepherd at 245-8269 or any of the art instructors. Hope to see you!

Posted by:
Greg Shepherd

Dec 5, 2013

Kaua`i Community College Honors and Thanks Donors of Over 100 Scholarships

Kaua`i CC and UH Foundation co-hosted a reception on November 26th, to honor and thank donors of the College's over 100 scholarship funds. Faculty, staff, and students were present to personally thank our generous and thoughtful donors. Special thanks were also conveyed to Kamehameha Schools and Hawai`i Community Foundation.

The evening began with a Pule by Isaiah Ka`auwai, counselor. Pualii Rossi Fukino, Hawaiian Studies faculty member, served as emcee. Culinary Arts Program students in the Introduction to Short Order and Intermediate Cooking courses, led by Chef instructors Martina Hilldorfer and Steven Nakata provided gourmet "high tea" refreshments. Nicole Morris, Music student, performed a heart rendering version of "Lemonade," by music artist Jeremy Passion.

Jana Digby Rothenberg-Blay, Lisa Rapozo, and Jonathon Tanagalin represent students in thanking donors.

Jana Digby Rothenberg-Blay, recent graduate in Liberal Arts, established a scholarship for the College in the name of her parents, Joy and Art Digby. Jana gifted the College with her mother’s teacher’s pension to fund the scholarship.

Donors David Iha (retired Provost of
KCC) and Mrs. Shirley Iha enjoy      
Culinary treats prepared by KCC      
Students representing all student scholarship recipients, Lisa Rapozo, Wai`ale`ale Project and Jonathon Tangalin conveyed thanks to donors. Rapozo will receive her degree this December and transfer to UH-Hilo to major in Psychology. Tangalin is currently a Liberal Arts student. Rothenberg-Blay continues to help preserve the natural environment via videos she produces.

The Chancellor’s Office, Student Services, and Academic Support teamed up to coordinate the reception.

To all friends and donors, the students, faculty, and staff of Kaua`i Community College thank you for promoting student success and positively changing the lives of many.

Submitted by Cammie Matsumoto with photos by Gary Ellwood

Dec 3, 2013

Learn about Sea Grant College at UH Manoa Dec 11

Come Learn about Sea Grant College at UH Manoa
Wednesday, December 11 during all college hour
12:15 to 1:00 pm in OSC 207

Sea Grant College is an interdisciplinary unit at UH Manoa dedicated to achieving resilient coastal communities characterized by vibrant economies, social and cultural sustainability and environmental soundness. They are a partner in the Center for Island Climate Adaptation and Policy. Google it if you want to know more!

Because of its interdisciplinary nature, students interested in business/economics, environmental and cultural preservation, ocean studies, island studies, engineering and urban planning, and other fields will find this presentation interesting.

Come hear about this fascinating part of UH Manoa from Sea Grant's leaders and faculty and find out how you can be involved!

Posted by:
Chancellor Helen Cox

Nov 20, 2013

Workshop: UH Common Scholarship Application (12/04)

Workshop flyer
Representatives from the UH System Financial Aid Office are coming to KCC to conduct a workshop on the 2014-15 UH Common Scholarship Application, which becomes available on December 1, 2013

At this workshop, you will receive hands-on assistance with completing this online scholarship application, which may qualify you to be considered for over 50 different scholarships! That's nearly $100,000 in scholarship money just for Kauai CC students!!

Wednesday, December 4th
10am-11am, or 12pm-1pm
Room: BUS 111

Seats are LIMITED so call 245-8360 to reserve your space NOW!

Come prepared to complete the application by doing the following:
  • If you've never applied before, create an account:
  • Write a personal statement that includes your career and educational goals
  • Get the name and email address of at least two (2) recommenders 
Can't make this date? They'll be back for another workshop on February 12, 2014. Save the Date!

If you need special accommodations due to a disability, please contact Rebecca Yund at 245-8383 at least 10 business days prior.

Workshop flyer (Adobe pdf)

Posted by:
Rebecca Yund

Nov 18, 2013

KCC Students Model Leadership in Building a Sustainable Living Garden Island Community

Since announcing, in 2008, sustainable living as a major focus of teaching, learning and service to the Garden Island community, Kaua`i CC has developed courses where students have the opportunity to learn new skills that will help them to secure green professions. Under the guidance of the College`s Ho`ouluwehi: The Sustainable Living Institute of Kaua`i, like-minded faculty have joined forces to build awareness and engage students as leading contributors of a green Kaua`i.

Students celebrate the completion of the post and pier footings for the project.  Left to Right:  Chadwick Corpuz, Daniel Andres, Camille Pak Chong, Billy Valmosu, instructor Duke Lang, David Lucero, Efren Yanos, Ho`ouluwehi Director Eric Knutzen, Angelito Palaroan, (not shown:  Yoshi Erakdrik)

KCC students in the College’s sustainable living affordable house construction classes, being taught by instructor Duke Lange, apply their skills toward completing an affordable housing prototype for Kaua`i. A 40-foot high-top shipping container is being repurposed to become a green, affordable living home. Completion of the project is scheduled to take place Fall 2014.

Students roll out the latest recycling stations on campus.   Left to Right:  Student Sustainability President Michael Estes, VC for Administrative Services Brandon Shimokawa, Angelito Palaroan, Ho`ouluwehi Director Eric Knutzen, Camille Pak Chong, instructor James Trujillo, and Daniel Andres

Facilities Engineering courses, being taught by instructor James Trujillo, have been an integral part of increasing recycling initiatives.  The best place to begin is at the KCC home, where students recently installed recycling bins around campus for paper, plastic and glass.  Already, awareness has grown and the reduction of KCC’s carbon footprint at has become a shared way of life.

written collaboratively by Eric Knutzen with Cammie Matsumoto 

Transfer Discussion Panel with Alumni (11/27)

Thinking about transferring someday? Come get advice from students who have been through the process.

KCC is bringing back some awesome graduates who have transferred to UH-Manoa, UH-Hilo, and UH-West Oahu! Come "talk story" and get your questions answered. We’ll also have information on distance education and transfer advising.

Life After Transfer: Alumni Transfer Discussion Panel 
Wednesday, November 27th 
One Stop Center (OSC) Lobby 
1 p.m. to 3 p.m. 
Light refreshments will be served

At this event, you may also sign up to be in the new Alumni Transfer Mentoring Program. Think of another question after the event? You can email or call your mentor.

Event flyer (Adobe pdf)

If you need special accommodations due to a disability, contact Rebecca Yund (245-8383) at least 10 business days prior to the event.

Posted by:
Rebecca Yund

Nov 16, 2013

KCC Science & Technology Ho`ike (11/27)

flyer for event. Information on flyer is contained in body text.
Kaua`i Community College
Science & Technology Ho`ike
Weds, Nov 27, 2013
9:00 am - 12:00 noon
One Stop Center Lobby
Light refreshments will be served.

  • Experience the presentations of KCC students who completed Science and Technology internships in 2013. 
  • Talk with students about their experiences and where they are going NEXT. 
  • Learn about internships and why YOU should pursue one--whatever you field of study. 
  • Talk story with faculty and community partners about jobs.
  • get out of the classroom
  • develop experience and job skills
  • interact, socialize, and mingle with fellow students
If you need special accommodations due to a disability, please contact Andrea Erichsen at 245-8378 at least ten (10) business days in advance.

Original post date: 11/8/2013
Posted by:
Andrea Erichsen

Nov 15, 2013

Two KCC Journalism Courses offered Spring 2014

Got the writing bug? Like to share the news? Two journalism courses will be offered next Spring. Newswriting (JOUR 205) will introduce you to news writing and provide practical experience in news reporting and news writing. It will meet twice a week, M & W, from 5 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Students produce KCC's student newspaper in Newspaper Lab (JOUR 285V). Newspaper Lab will meet twice a week, T & Th, from 10:50 a.m. to 12:05 p.m.

There are prerequisites to the take these courses, so start today by calling KCC Student Counseling at 245-8212. If you are not currently a UH student, please call Admissions & Records at 245-8225 for application and admission information.

Newswriting (JOUR 205 - CRN 40116)
3 credits – Meets Writing Intensive requirement
Monday & Wednesday 5 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. - Room: LRC 124A
This introduction to the theoretical and practical aspects of news writing includes technical, legal, and procedural considerations. It provides practical experience in news reporting and news writing. 
Prerequisite: B in English 22 or Qualified ENG 100.
This course will be taught with a variety of methods, including considerable practical experience in
writing, small group sessions and e-conferences for discussion and feedback on assignments. There will be guest speakers from the press and field trips. Students will have story assignments that may involve fact-gathering and interviewing on campus or in the community. In-class, face-to-face and online presentation methods will be offered. ... Service learning will be encouraged through community engagement and participation in the campus newspaper.

Newspaper Lab (JOUR 285V - CRN 40344)
1,2,3 credit lab / Tuesday & Thursday 10:50 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. - Room: LRC 124A
Students in this course produce a campus newspaper. Production steps include interviewing, writing copy, editing and layout. This lab may be taken concurrently with JOUR 205 and may be repeated for up to 6 credits. 
Prerequisite: JOUR 205 or consent of instructor. (EG: “B” or higher in ENG 22, or placement in ENG 100, or “C” or higher in JOUR 205.) 
NOTE: Adobe Creative Suite Pro / InDesign used to design and layout campus newspaper.

Call Now To Enroll - KCC Student Counseling: 245-8212
First Day of Instruction: Monday, January 13
Questions about the classes: Email instructor, Carol Bain (
Online campus newspaper:

Flyer (Adobe PDF)

Got Flu Shot?

Kauai CC Students & Employees:

Due to popular demand, the Campus Wellness Center has purchased another batch of flu vaccines. In addition to two influenza viruses that are expected to be in circulation this season, the vaccine we are offering will also offer protection against the Swine Flu (H1N1). We are not charging any fees those who have PPO coverage through HMSA or Blue Cross Blue Shield. If you do not have a PPO plan, your co-payment is only $15. Here are some FAQs about flu shots.

Why should I get vaccinated every year?
Because flu viruses evolve rapidly, new vaccines are created every year. Another reason is because the antibody levels your immune system develops decrease over time.

Who should get the flu vaccine?
The CDC recommends vaccinations if you are 6 months or older. Vaccination is especially recommended for those who are at high risk of flu complications, including pregnant women, the elderly, young children, and those who have asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cystic fibrosis, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, kidney or liver disease, cancer, or obesity.

Who should not get the flu shot?
If you are allergic to eggs or have had a severe reaction to a previous flu vaccine, we do not recommend the common flu vaccine. Instead you should ask your doctor for other options. Good hygiene is always is your best defense against contagious diseases. Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water. The next best thing is to use an alcohol-based sanitizer. Refrain from touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Avoid crowds when the flu is most prevalent.

What are the possible side effects of the flu shot?
The vaccine will not cause you to become ill with the inactivated virus strains that it contains. However, you may contract influenza at any time from other strains of the virus that are not contained in the vaccine.

The above information is provided by and

Why not call the Campus Wellness Center and book your appointment today? Our number's 245-8307. Don’t miss the boat!

Posted by:
Diane Higa

Nov 14, 2013

FREE JFK Assassination Workshop & Discussion: 50 Years Later (11/22)

Dr. Bruce Getzan, our KCC's Director of OCET, educator, historian, and national history archivist, will facilitate a community workshop and discussion:

50 years after the Assassination of John F. Kennedy
What do we know?
12 Noon on Friday, November 22, 2013
Kauai Community College, OCET 106 C&D

"What do we know?" Participants will be able to explore the several theories of what really happened in those fateful, sorrow-filled and world-altering moments when Kennedy was shot in Dallas.

For more information and to register for this FREE workshop, please call KCC-OCET at 245-8318

"Peace is a daily, weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures." ~John F. Kennedy

"So let us begin anew--remembering on both sides that civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof. Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate." ~John F. Kennedy

Flyer (Adobe pdf)

Suggested pre-workshop browsing/reading: The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealy Plaza (See various links and entries) National Archives, JFK Assassination Records John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. Boston, MA.

Twitter@LarrySabato The Kennedy Half Century (A MOOC-Massive open online course from the University of Virginia)

· Clark, Thurston
JFK's Last Hundred Days: The Transformation of a Man and the Emergence of a Great President

· Janney, Peter
Mary’s Mosaic: The CIA Conspiracy to Murder John F. Kennedy, Mary Pinchot Meyer, and their Vision of World Peace
Skyhorse Publishing, April 2, 2012. ISBN 9781620872826.

· Kaiser, David
The Road to Dallas: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy
Harvard University Press, Nov., 2009. ISBN 9780674034723

· Livingstone, Harrison Edward
High Treason 2- The Great Cover Up: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy

· Mellen, Joan
A Farewell to Justice: Jim Garrison, JFKs Assassination and the Case that Should Have Changed History

· North, Mark
Act of Treason: The Role of J. Edgar Hoover in the Assassination of President Kennedy

· Richard Belzer & Daniel Wayne
Hit List: An In-Depth Investigation into the Mysterious Deaths of Witnesses of the JFK Assassination

· Sabato, Larry J.
The Kennedy Half Century

· Shenon, Philip
A Cruel and Shocking Act: The Secret History of the Kennedy Assassination

· Shesol, Jeff
Mutual Contempt: Lyndon Johnson, Robert Kennedy, and the Feud that Defined a Decade
· White, Theodore
In Search of History
Warner Books, 1978. ISBN 0446302996 (See Hyannis Port Interview with Jackie Kennedy, Nov., 1963)

Posted by:
Cammie Matsumoto & Bruce Getzan

Nov 13, 2013

Donations to Typhoon Haiyan Relief Effort

Please consider supporting those in the Philippines and other areas in Asia that were impacted by Typhoon Haiyan. Here are some of the relief agencies that are accepting donations.

American Red Cross


World Food Programme

If you are looking for a family member in the Philippines who is missing, the Hawaii Red Cross has a hotline, 739-8115.

Maraming Salamat Po,
The Pamantasan Club

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Nov 8, 2013

2013 Food Drive Prize - "Reserved" Parking Stall by OSC

Congratulations to the Career Club who won the "Reserved" parking stall by the One Stop Center for the month of November 2103. They were the winners of the Spring 2013 Hawaii Food Bank drive, bringing in 70 lbs of food. Overall, the campus donated 324 lbs of food and $70.00 to the Hawaii Food Bank in April 2013.

Parking in the "Reserved" stall during November is now for the Career Club only and a KCC issued permit is required. The sign for that stall reads "Reserved by Parking Permit Only". Security will be checking cars that are parked in this stall and if the authorized parking permit is not DISPLAYED on the dashboard then your car may be towed.

Please contact Lana Spencer at 245-8283 with any questions.

Posted by:
Lana Spencer

Nov 4, 2013

UH West Oahu Advisor Visit (11/12)

Interested in transferring to the University of Hawaii - West Oahu? Two transfer workshops will be offered on Tuesday, November 12th, in the One Stop Center (OSC), Room 204. Come learn about UHWO Distance Education programs and find out how your credits can transfer.

Transfer Workshop
Tuesday, November 12th
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

No sign up required, but seating is limited. If you have any questions, please contact Colleen Kaiminaauao in the KCC University Center at (808) 245-8330.


Current or newly accepted UHWO students:  What are you taking next semester? Three advising workshops will be offered for current or newly accepted UHWO students on Tuesday, November 12th, in the One Stop Center (OSC), Room 204. Come learn about the tools and resources available to understand your UHWO degree requirements.

Current/Newly Accepted Advising Workshop
Tuesday, November 12th
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

No sign up required, but seating is limited. If you have any questions, please contact the UHWO Office of Academic Advising at (808) 689-2689. Can't make it to the session? Call to schedule an over-the-phone advising appointment!

Posted by:
Colleen Kaiminaauao

Oct 30, 2013

Wai'ale'ale Students Spirit Food Drive for Kaua`i Independent Food Bank

This is a student-driven initiative as a part of what the Wai`ale`ale students are calling "Spirit Week" for our program.  It's great to see enthusiastic students demonstrating leadership and community service, so please support them if you can. ~ Kimo Perry, Wai`ale`ale Project Coordinator

Wai'ale'ale Project Student Food Drivefor Kaua'i Independent Food Bank's
2013 Holiday Food Drive

October 28 - December 1

Kick-off week is Oct 28 - Nov 1

Look for the red wagon by our event tents this week

  • Weds, Oct 30:  10 am - 4:00 pm
  • Fri, Nov 1:   8:30 am - 12:30 pm
All November long, drop cans at: 

  • Bevin's office (LRC 114) in the tutoring center or at 
  • Kimo's office in Media Services of the LRC.

The Kaua`i Independent Food Bank distributes food through six important venues on Kaua`i and provides thousands of meals for the hungry. For more information see: or call director Kelvin Moniz at 246-3809.

Posted by:
Bevin Parker-Evans

Oct 29, 2013

Wai`ale`ale Project Student Lisa Rapozo Brings Kaua`i Community Together to Save Hule`ia River and Nawiliwili Bay Watershed

On Saturday, October 19th, and Sunday, October 20th, over 30 Kaua`i Community College students and faculty members joined as many members of the Rotary Club of Kaua`i and Malama Hule`ia to get down and dirty in the muddy headwaters of the Hule`ia River of Nawiliwili to eradicate the highly invasive Red Mangrove plant that has severely overtaken the banks of the river and areas of the Nawiliwili Bay watershed.

photo of volunteers

Malama Hule`ia and the Kailoa Canoe Club received grant funding from NOAA and Hawai`i Community Foundation to support the elimination of the aggressive invasive plant. Bringing Kaua`i CC to the cause was the brainchild of Lisa Rapozo, Wai`ale`ale Project’s Head Student Mentor, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society student, and Kaua`i CC Student Employee of the Year as her annual student mentoring project. Over months, she collaborated with Kimo Perry, Wai`al`ale Project Coordinator and Student Support Coordinator Bevin Parker-Evans, and Mason Chock of Kupu A`e and Malama Hule`ia.
photo of Lisa Rapozo
Lisa Rapozo

Kaua`i CC’s Kipaipai First Year Experience Coordinator Rebecca Yund, Kipaipai mentors and first year students, Student Activities Coordinator John Constantino and ASUH-KCC student government leaders, Math faculty member Ming (Coco) Chi joined the Wai`ale`ale Project team for the clean-up.

Rapozo grew up in Niumalu and remembers when she and her cousins played in the river and watershed. Over time, the Red Mangrove has dramatically taken over the area, compromising the water quality and wildlife. Today, waters by Niumalu Park are choked off. The plant’s air roots collect sediment, which creates islands of dirt that fill and cover up the natural wetlands.

The two-day project resulted in a remarkable visible difference. Chain saws buzzed, mangrove trees were cut down to the water line, and volunteers dragged 10-25 feet tall tree branches out of wet estuary lands.

photo of clean-up efforts

The determined community team was rewarded at the end of their long days by a fish fry feast cooked up by Malama Hule`ia Board member Pepe Trask. Menehune Water Company and Starbucks Coffee donated water and coffee.

Of the project, Rapozo said she was “rewarded with a feeling of accomplishment of service.” For all participants, there was deep appreciation for the ‘aina of historic Niumalu.

Rapozo believes that students, who have been given opportunities to advance in college with help from scholarships, should be willing to give back to their community. Kaua`i CC encourages leadership development through mentorship, internship and service-learning civic engagement to do this as part of the college learning experience. Rapozo, one of the original students recruited
four years ago to the Wai`ale`ale Project scholarship program, has been able to continue working full time and raising her family while attending school. She will graduate Fall 2013 with an Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts and transfer this spring to University of Hawai`i West Oahu to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology via distance learning. 

The Wai`ale`ale Project provides academic support through tutoring, mentoring, summer college-readiness programs and on-going academic support to students who wouldn't normally be able to attend college without community support. Working with community organizations, the scholarship, founded by a single donor, has grown and expanded due to the generous contributions of organizations such as OHA, Kamehameha Schools, and individuals. Students are recruited by organizations within the community who are resource referral partners focused on student success. For more information about Lisa Rapozo and the Kaua`i CC Wai`ale`ale Project, watch the 3-minute video produced by UH Foundation at the following link:

To find out more about the work at Malama Hule`ia or community groups who are looking for community service opportunities should contact Mason Chock at

Collaboratively written by Bevin Parker-Evans with Cammie Matsumoto

Oct 22, 2013

KCC Blesses its Daniel K. Inouye Technology Center

A Gift from the Daniel K. Inouye Family
for KCC faculty, staff and students

Senator Inouye's wife, Irene Hirano Inouye, and his son, Ken Inouye, presented Kauaʻi CC with a commemorative gift, the Franklin Roosevelt Freedom from Fear Medal, which was given to the Senator in 1997. It was accompanied by one of the Senator's favorite, most poignant words by President Roosevelt when he allowed the formation of a Japanese-American Army regiment, the 442nd Regiment, that reads:

"Americanism is a matter of mind and heart; Americanism is not, and never was, a matter of race or ancestry." 
Hawaiian Studies student pay tribute to late Senator the Honorable Daniel K. Inouye
The following is a copy of a press release that was sent to media:

On Friday, October 18, 2013, Kauaʻi Community College celebrated its Daniel K. Inouye Technology Center in a dedication and blessing ceremony in honor of the support and advocacy provided by the late Senator Daniel Inouye.

“We are honored by the presence of Mrs. Irene Inouye and son Ken at today’s dedication and blessing of the Kauaʻi CC Daniel K. Inouye Technology Center," said Kauaʻi CC Chancellor Helen A. Cox. "The naming of the Center will forever symbolize our heartfelt aloha for the late Senator Inouye, who saw in Kauaʻi and Kauaʻi CC, tremendous potential to lead in advancing technology for the Pacific Region. It is with his confidence in us that we go forward to provide our students with the best that higher education offers."

The 18,000-square-foot Daniel K. Inouye Technology Center is home of Kauaʻi CC’s electronics program, which offers basic to advanced courses that prepare students for entry into jobs requiring knowledge of analog and digital electronics, computer and networking technologies, programming, optics, and telecommunications. These programs are articulated with UH Maui College’s baccalaureate electronics/computer engineer technology or engineering programs. Kauaʻi CC is also an authorized Cisco Networking Academy offering various levels of globally recognized industry certification training that also applies to academic certificates and degrees. The Hawaiʻi Space Flight Laboratory, which focuses on space exploration, is also housed in the Center and serves as a satellite tracking and control facility for the Hawaiʻi Space Flight Lab rocket launches from the Pacific Missile Research Facility (PMRF). The electronics program has graduated 84 students and has 49 students currently enrolled.

Dr. Francis Takahashi, recently retired electronics faculty member, said: “In 1985, Kauaʻi CC didn’t have an electronics program as we know it today. As a proponent of high technology in Hawaiʻi supporting the observatories, Maui Super Computer, PMRF and other high technology industries, Senator Inouye’s vision helped provide students with job opportunities across the state including on Kauaʻi. He was our guide star.”

According to Takahashi, the Senator, a proponent of PMRF, brought in projects that secured the program's national standing. Industries such as Boeing and Envisioneering began collaborating with the College. These entities supported internships, where students were able to gain field experience. Boeing gave the College a substantial donation of equipment to establish and build a state-of-the-art photonics and optics laboratory, which allowed the College to offer courses of study.

The momentum created by the Senator’s support of PMRF has oriented the Kauaʻi CC electronics program toward satellite telemetry and a partnership in the NASA-funded Hawaiʻi Space Flight Laboratory whose mission is to establish a satellite ground station for telemetry with UH’s and other satellites. This partnership is a significant example of how UH fulfills its unique position as a land grant, sea grant, and space grant institution.

“The Electronics program is blessed with resources and technologies that are rarely found at community colleges and that rival labs in universities, " said Dr. Georgeanne Friend, Kauaʻi CC faculty member. " Our students and community are extremely fortunate to have access to such a wonderful facility."

In addition to his advocacy of new technology, Senator Inouye was also a strong believer in integrating traditional Hawaiian healing practices with modern western medical practices and technology. Kahu Kauila Clarke, vice chairperson of the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center and chairperson of the National Association of Community Health Centers said: “With respect to modern technology and the Native Hawaiian community, he wanted us to maintain a balance by keeping both streams alive. Inouye truly cared for the people of Hawaiʻi. He never forgot.”

The balance is evident on Kauaʻi, with its community health center in Kapaʻa and the well-attended annual Aloha ‘Ike event, where high tech companies donate funds to support high schools and students.

“Technology is affecting us daily and someone needs to understand, monitor, configure, and troubleshoot that technology," said Mark Anderson, electronics faculty member. "Our goal at the Daniel K. Inouye Technology Center is to optimize the Center’s technologies and resources to prepare students to keep the world connected and balanced tomorrow.”

Senator Inouye also endorsed Hawaiʻi's Rural Development Project, which supported rural communities. Among the numerous projects supported by funds awarded to Kauaʻi CC, $53,000 was used to establish, build, and develop the College’s Apiary Project. The Project conducts research and provides educational outreach to help develop and maintain healthy bee populations. The Apiary Laboratory is located next to the Daniel K. Inouye Technology Center.

Collaboratively written by Georgeanne Friend, Francis Takahashi, with Cammie Matsumoto

Oct 21, 2013

CKMS Evacuation Drill / UH Alert Testing (11/5)

Originally posted Nov 4, 2013: Aloha Kaua`i CC Ohana,

Tomorrow (Tuesday, November 5) from 8:30-10:00am, Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School (CKMS) will be conducting their evacuation exercise drill. Approximately 1,000 CKMS students, faculty and staff will be gathering by the gazebo and in the grassy field at that time. Please be aware that Police, Fire, and American Red Cross Volunteers will also be present.

Also happening around 10:00 am tomorrow, we will be testing our UH Alert emergency notification system. If you haven't already signed up to receive Text and Email alerts, take a minute to do so now at:

- Sign in with your UH Username and Password
- Select to receive alerts from " Island of Kaua`i (include Kaua'i CC) "
- Enter your cell phone number below; to receive text alerts
- Save changes and send yourself a test message

For additional info, please visit and explore our Campus Public Safety Department website:

Posted by:
Patricia Wistinghausen

Tuberculosis (TB) Testing on Campus This Week (10/30 & 11/01)

Originally posted Oct 28, 2013: Bring student ID cards and insurance cards.  Those without insurance should come to fill out insurance waivers.

This is a 2-step testing process, requiring one day for the test and one day for reading the results.
- Test on Weds, Oct 30, 1 pm - 4 pmread results after 12:30 pm on Fri, Nov 1.
- Test on Fri, Nov 1, 9:30 am -12:30 pm; read results before 9:00 am on Mon, Nov 4.
Where: Blue pop-up tent by the Campus Wellness Center

Many Freshmen students have a HOLD on their Spring 2014 registration status due to not having a current TB test.  To see if you need TB clearance, check MyUH Portal under "STAR Degree Check" to see if you have a HOLD (in red letters) on your "Academic Pathway" tab.   Those who have a HOLD on their registration account will not be able to register for Spring classes beginning November 4-8.

TB testing is sponsored by the Nursing Department in coordination with the Wai`ale`ale Program and Kipaipai First Year Initiative Program. KCC Nursing students will be administering the TB test under the supervision of the Campus Wellness Center.

Posted by:
Bevin Parker-Evans

Oct 15, 2013

World Food Prize and Borlaug Dialogues Live Webcasts at KCC (10/16-18)

THE WORLD FOOD PRIZE is an internationally renowned award “recognizing the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world.” Founded by Dr. Norman Borlaug, the World Food Prize is considered one of the highest honors in agriculture and food security. The Kauai Community College Plant Bioscience Technology program will be hosting a series of educational events during the week of October 16-18 in honor of the World Food Prize. Please join us for a live webcast of the 2013 World Food Prize Laureate Award Ceremony on Thursday, October 17th where the 2013 World Food Prize will be awarded to three international scientists, Marc Van Montagu of Belgium, and Mary-Dell Chilton and Robert T. Fraley of the United States for “their independent, individual breakthrough achievements in founding, developing, and applying modern agricultural biotechnology.”

Accompanying the Laureate award ceremony will be the Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium, which will take place from Wednesday, October 16th – Friday, October 18th. We will also be broadcasting live webcasts of most of the Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium talks all week. The focus of the 2013 Borlaug Dialogue is: “The Next Borlaug Century: Biotechnology, Sustainability and Climate Volatility.” Please join us for live webcasts of the Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium to learn more about agricultural technology, food security, and sustainability.

All events for all days and times will take place on the Kauai Community College campus in the Technology building, room 114.

Wednesday, October 16th, 8am to 12 pm: Borlaug Dialogue International Seminar
8:00 am - Opening Remarks
8:15 am - Forward Thinking: Engaging World Leaders to End World Hunger
9:00 am - Adapting to Change: The Role of Animal Protein in Feeding a Hungry World
10:00 am- Research and Returns: The Future of Agricultural Technology & Investment
11:00 am - Setting the Stage: Taking Stock and Looking Ahead
Thursday, October 17th, 7:45 am to 10:30 am: Borlaug Dialogue International Seminar
7:45 am - Luncheon Keynote Address
9:00 am - Secretary's Round-Table
9:45 am - DialogueNext (Part 2): Beyond the Big Idea
Thursday, October 17th, 2 pm to 4 pm 
2:00 pm - 2013 World Food Prize Laureate Award Ceremony
Friday, October 18th, 7:30 am to 9 am: Borlaug Dialogue International Seminar
7:30 am - Laureate Luncheon Keynote: A Conversation with the Laureates
The live webcasts may also be viewed from any computer with the following link:

For more information about the World Food Prize and current and past Laureates, please visit: For more information about the Kauai Community College World Food Prize educational events, please contact: Adrienne Kleintop (808) 245-8391 or Sharad Marahatta (808) 245-8251, Plant Bioscience Technology Program.

Posted by:
Adrienne Kleintop
Agronomy Instructor

Oct 11, 2013

Flu Vaccination Roaming Clinic to Begin 10/15

Flu Vaccine invitation - image text repeated in body text

KCC Students & Employees,

Be prepared for the flu season. Come to the Roaming Clinic for your flu shot. No appointment necessary!

Roaming Clinic Hours & Locations
10/15/2013 - Tues............Library.....................9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
10/16/2013 - Weds..........Cafeteria.................10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
10/18/2013 - Fri...............One Stop Center.......9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
10/22/2013 - Tues............Cafeteria..................10:30 AM - 12:30 AM

Flu shots at the Campus Wellness Center available by appointment only; please call 245-8307.

Flyer (Adobe pdf)

Posted by:
Char Ono

Oct 10, 2013

October Domestic Violence Awareness Month Activities (begins 10/14)

DV Awareness logo with event sponsor information

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This year our campus will be participating in the national "Week Without Violence." Staff from the UH Women's Center and YWCA of Kaua`i will be present to run violence awareness and education activities in the LRC Lobby + Courtyard on Monday , October 14 & Tuesday, October 15 from 9am-1pm. You can participate now in one of these activities by going to: and entering the code: 01090. Each time the code is entered $5 will be donated to our local YWCA of Kaua`i by Allstate Insurance.
Picture of purple purse with information already included in body text.
The following week on Wednesday, October 23 from 11am-1pm, our campus PAU Violence Kaua`i Committee, with support from our ASUH-KCC Student Government, will be hosting our very first "Breaking the Silence" Open Mic Event + Mini Resource Fair. Students, Faculty, Staff, and Community Members are encouraged to attend and participate. In particular, some of our Campus Security will be performing. This is another way for us to introduce ourselves and let you know that we are resources here on campus for you.

So come check out the performances, see the flyer for additional details, or go to the 'Upcoming Events' section of our Campus Public Safety Department website:

All are invited to participate. For individuals requiring any special accommodations or additional services to participate, please contact Patricia at least three (3) working days before the event.

Whatever you do, please enter the code and pass the flyer on. Hope to see you all there!

Posted by:
Patricia Wistinghausen

Oct 9, 2013

Information Session: UH-Manoa Master of Social Work (10/23)

UH-Manoa Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work Distance Education logo
Representatives from UH Manoa's Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work will be here on the KCC campus on Wednesday, October 23, 2013.  Information about the distance education Master of Social Work (MSW) degree program will be presented in LRC 123 from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm.  The public is invited to attend; no RSVP necessary.  Please see the flyer for other meeting locations.

For more information, please contact the MSW Distance Education Office at (808) 956-9470 or via email at or visit

Oct 3, 2013

Students! UH Productions Fall Film Challenge Kicks-off on Friday (10/4)

All film crews are invited to UH Production's annual Fall Film Challenge kick-off event this Friday, October 4, 2013, from 5-8 p.m. at Hemenway Courtyard on the UH Manoa campus.

Film crews will have 10 days to complete a 3-minute to 7-minute film or 30-second (minimum) animation for the chance to win a $200 grand prize or 9 other prizes.

This competition is open to all UH Manoa and UH Community College students.

For more information or to sign up, please contact the UH Production staff at (808) 956-9978 or visit the UH Production website at

Kawakami family Fund Supports Kaua`i CC Adult Learners

Darcie Yukimura, Dr. Alice Kawakami, Rep. Derek Kawakami, Esther Kawakami-Williams, Chancellor Cox, Kimo Perry, Bevin Parker-Evans, with Wai`ale`ale students assemble before
KCC's "The Gathering Place" painting
Lihue. Kaua`i CC’s Wai`ale`ale Project received a $3,000 contribution from NF Kawakami, HS Kawakami, and Minoru Furugen family funds administered by the Hawai`i Community Foundation.

Kawakami family representatives Dr. Alice J. Kawakami, Esther Kawakami-Williams, and State Representative Derek Kawakami, along with Darcie Yukimura, Senior Philanthropic Services Officer for the Hawai`i Community Foundation, visited Kaua`i CC to hear first-hand testimonies from Wai`aleale Project students about their college experiences. These students are striving to obtain degrees in Liberal Arts, Science, Education, Business Education, Health Education, Hawaiian Studies, and Trades Technologies.

The program started in Fall 2010 and in May 2013, the first group of Wai`ale`ale students received Associates degrees. The program currently services 185 students. “These students move from not even considering college to thriving in this environment. This opens doors for them and their families for the rest of their lives,” said Chancellor Helen A. Cox. 

The Kawakami family fund, established in 2011, continues the family legacy of helping great causes on Kaua`i. In January 2013, Rep. Derek Kawakami with his cousin Esther Kawakami-Williams, Vice President of NF Kawakami, Ltd., owner of Kaua`i Kookie represented the families in providing funding to support the Kaua`i Interscholastic Federation and the establishment of the island’s first wrestling teams.

“It’s Kaua`i CC’s turn,” said Dr. Kawakami. Helping adult learners has been a lifelong mission for Dr. Kawakami, co-founder the non-profit organization, Institute for Native Pacific Education and Culture (INPEACE), which provides services to Native Hawaiians in Wai`anae, O`ahu. Dr. Kawakami was pivotal in establishing and developing the Kukuluao Ka Lama Education Academy, which supports individuals who want to become teachers. Kaua`i CC’s Wai`ale`ale Project, like INPEACE, supports those who want to gain experiences and skills through education.

Kimo Perry, Coordinator of the Wai`ale`ale Project said, “The support from local community-based foundations is very significant because it clearly demonstrates their belief in our program. It’s critical that the community is behind what we are doing, and so we are extremely appreciative of the support given to our students—our residents of Kaua`i.”

“The Kawakami and Furugen family’s gift to the Wai‘ale‘ale Project is the evidence of their legacy of aloha for Kauai’s community. We thank them for their support and encouragement of the Wai‘ale‘ale students,” said Darcie Yukimura, Senior Philanthropic Services Officer.

submitted by Cammie Matsumoto

Oct 1, 2013

Kaua`i Community College Blesses its new Marine Science Laboratory

picture of cases containing marine creatures
Kaua`i Community College held a blessing ceremony of its newly completed Marine Science Laboratory on Thursday, September 26, 2013, from 11:00 am – noon. The honorable Reverend Wayne Vidinha, Sr. of Ke Akua Mana Church conducted the Blessing.

KCC added a new degree program in Natural Sciences last year with courses specifically for biological and physical science majors. Now, the college offers all the biology, chemistry, math, and physics that any student will need for the first two years of a Bachelor of Science degree. The new Lab, a result of years of careful designing and planning funded by the generous support of anonymous donors, along with a newly hired marine biologist, Willow Jorgenson, will meet the needs of students working toward careers with an emphasis on Marine Biology and Life Sciences.

Reverend Wayne Vidinha, Sr.,Chancellor Cox, Steve Taylor, Willow Jorgenson,
Brian Yamamoto, Regent Tom Shigemoto, Associate VP for UHCC Mike Unebasami,
Alma Kagemoto, NOAA Regional Dir. Allen Tom and KCC students unveil the new wet-lab
Reverend Wayne Vidinha, Sr.,Chancellor Cox, Steve Taylor, Willow Jorgenson, Brian Yamamoto, Regent Tom Shigemoto, Associate VP for UHCC Mike Unebasami, Alma Kagemoto, NOAA Regional Dir. Allen Tom and KCC students unveil the new wet-lab

Students at KCC have already developed a reputation for excellent community projects through the Marine Option Program, or MOP. More than 10 MOP students were hired, given fellowships, or paid internships in the past year for their work on water quality, marine debris, and beach erosion projects. Last spring, KCC students competed and surpassed students from four-year institutions to win awards at the state-wide Marine Options Programs Symposium held on Maui.

UH Manoa researchers worked with KCC faculty and students this summer studying the coral disease outbreak. Community demand and opportunities for research and study at on-site facilities such as this new Marine Science facility will only increase. The College also received over $5,000 from NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) to purchase new laboratory-grade chairs specifically designed for the wet-lab classroom.

picture of students and instructor in wet lab doing experiments
The new Lab “is a clear indication of both our community support and the strengthening of our science programs” says Chancellor Cox. “ The college prides itself on working with the community to identify needs and then to respond accordingly. That is what happened in this case,” Cox added.

“We want high school students and their parents to know, you don’t have to leave the island to get started on a science degree. We want these students and the community to know we have great programs, faculty, projects, and now, facilities right here on Kaua`i, for Kaua`i.” Dr. Stephen Taylor, Asst. Professor of Physical Sciences and Marine Option Program Coordinator.

Written collaboratively by:
Dr. Stephen Taylor with Cammie Matsumoto

Sep 30, 2013

Free Movie Night! (10/16, 6PM)

Second, of an ongoing series…

Wednesday, October 16, 6 PM
Tech Room 114
KCC Campus
(Mauka of the KCC Performing Arts Center parking lot)

The film Trashed will be shown, and directly following we will host Allen Hershkowitz of the National Resources Defense Council for a discussion.

The film Trashed looks at the risks to the food chain and the environment through the pollution of our air, land, and sea by waste. Allen Hershkowitz is a senior scientist for the NRDC and serves on the National Research Council Committee on the Health Effects of Waste Incineration and the Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory. His publications include: Too Good to Throw Away: Recycling’s Proven Record, Garbage Management in Japan, and Garbage Burning: Lessons for Europe.

This free screening is provided by a partnership between Ho‘ouluwehi, Zero Waste Kauai, and Apollo Kauai. Call or email Laura Williams with questions: or 245-8386.

“Individuals needing accommodation under ADA should contact the Event Coordinator in a timely manner”. Event coordinator is Pat Gegen. Please see flyer for additional contact information.

Flyer (Adobe pdf)

Posted by:
Laura Williams

Students! "12:05 Success Series" October Schedule

Here is this month's 12:05 Success Series schedule. Please feel free to attend.
At exactly 12:05 every Wednesday all year long, KCC is offering a variety of interactive and informative 45 minute workshops called the 12:05 Success Series! Sessions are FREE and open to the ENTIRE CAMPUS! No registration required.

Below is the schedule for the month of October. To view the entire schedule, go to the FYE website at:
October 2: Time Management - Library 122
October 9: Stress Management - Library 122
October 16: How to Avoid Plagiarism - Library 122
October 23: Child Care Help - Library 122
October 30: Using STAR to plan your journey to degree - LRC 124A
Posted by:
Rebecca Yund
Transitions Coordinator
Kipaipai Program

Sep 27, 2013

Teacher Licensing Info Session (10/3)

Karen Wilson from UH Manoa's College of Education will host an information session about teacher licensing programs that are offered here on Kauai. The session will be on October 3, from 6:30-7:30pm in the Learning Resource Center, LRC 129.

Please contact Karen at if you have any questions.


Sep 24, 2013

UH InfoSec Team CyberSecurity Broadcasts

Throughout October the UH Information Security Team (InfoSec) will participate in the 10th anniversary celebration of National Cyber Security Awareness Month with 2 HITS broadcasts systemwide to receive sites on select UH campuses; titles of the broadcasts are "Privacy and Security" (Oct 2) and "Stop Identity Theft" (Oct 17). The team will also feature in-depth info at their webpage focused on 4 areas of increasing cyber security vulnerability: Mobile, Crime, Education, and Shared Responsibility.

The presentations will originate from Kuykendall Hall on the UH Manoa campus and be broadcast live to select HITS sites throughout the UH system. For details on which sites will carry the presentations visit the InfoSec webpage

The purpose of NCSAM is to raise awareness and educate people concerning their security responsibilities to insure a safe cyber infrastructure for everyone. For details on nationwide NCSAM activities visit

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

Sep 18, 2013

Special Screening and DVD Launch About Internment of Japanese Americans in Hawai‘i (9/22)

Special Feature Film
The Untold Story:
Internment of Japanese Americans in Hawai‘i

Picture of Japanese American internment camp

While the story of the 1942 mass round-up, eviction, and imprisonment of Japanese Americans in California, Oregon, and Washington is well documented, very little is known about the Hawai‘i internees and their unique experience during World War II. This is the first full-length documentary to chronicle the untold story in Hawai‘i's history.
Sunday, September 22, 2013
Kaua‘i CC Performing Arts Center
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
General Admission: $10
Tickets may be purchase at 
Times Supermarket Lihue Store 
and all Big Save Markets

Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i (JCCH) President and Executive Director Carole Hayashino and Staff Associate Betsy Young will be in attendance at this screening.

Flyer (Adobe pdf)

Click the "Read more" link below to learn more about the events that inspired this film.

Students: Pre-Nursing Information Session (9/27)

The KCC Nursing Counselor and Nursing Department will be holding a pre-nursing information session on Friday, Sept 27, at 12 noon to 1 pm in Nursing 124. Topics will include:
  • New program requirements
  • Suggested plan for entry
  • Application process
  • Other options
For more information about the session and to RSVP, contact Pua Palmeira by email ( or by phone (808-245-8258).

Flyer (Adobe pdf)

Sep 13, 2013

Free Movie Night! (9/18, 6 PM)

First of an ongoing series...
Free Movie Night!

Wednesday, September 18, 6 PM
Tech Room 114
KCC Campus
(Mauka of the KCC Performing Arts Center parking lot)

Plastic Planet will be shown and, directly following, we will host Beth Terry, the author of the My Plastic Free Life blog for a discussion.
After learning about the devastating effects of plastic pollution on the environment and human health, Oakland accountant Beth Terry began an experiment to see if she could live without buying any plastic. Since then, she has reduced her plastic waste to less than 2% of the national average. That experiment turned into the popular blog and new book Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too.
Free screening is provided by a partnership between Ho‘ouluwehiZero Waste Kauai, and Apollo Kauai.

Call or email Laura Williams with questions: or 245-8386.

"Individuals needing accommodation under ADA should contact the Event Coordinator in a timely manner."
See flyer for additional contact information.  
Flyer (Adobe pdf)

Posted by:
Laura Williams

Sep 12, 2013

Kauai Job Fair 2013 (10/2)

Looking for a job?    Part-time work?    Starting a career?

Join WorkWise Kaua`i at Kauai's largest and best job fair!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall Center
in Lihu`e
9:00 am to 1:30 pm

Meet with dozens of Kauai Employers in just a few minutes!

Career development professionals will also provide applicants opportunities to learn about job training resources, job search tips, and how to prepare for an interview.  Resume writing and internet access available.

If you need an auxiliary aid (Interpreter or information in an alternate format) please call Ka'eo at 241-4946 or at least five business days prior to the activity.

Flyer (Adobe pdf)

The 12th Kaua`i Job Fair is presented by the County of Kaua`i, WorkWise Kaua`i, and Kaua`i Workforce Investment Board (KWIB). KWIB is the County of Kaua`i Policy Board for employment and training activities on Kaua`i.

Posted by E.Miller for:
Susan M. Fujii
Employment Service Specialist
WorkWise Kaua`i

Sep 10, 2013

NTBG - KCC "Around the World of Plants" Fall Lectures at KCC - 9/10, 10/1, 11/5

Here is a snapshot of the three "Around the World of Plants" Fall 2013 lectures being organized by the National Tropical Botanical Garden - Kaua`i CC partnership. Hope to see you and your students there!

Joan Yoshioka from NTBG's Plant Extinction Prevent Program will conduct a talk on "Plants on the Brink of Extinction"
Tuesday, September 10 at 5:30 pm, in the Cafeteria

John Clark, NTBG research fellow will speak on "Decoding DNA"
Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 5:30 pm, in the Cafeteria

Natalia Tangalin, NTBG Field Botanist will present, "Have Tabis Will Travel"
(Tabi is Japanese footwear, similar to socks; rubber versions are used by fishermen)
Tuesday, November 5, 2013, at 5:30 pm, in the Cafeteria

Posted by:
Cammie Matsumoto

Sep 6, 2013

Kaua`i CC Art Faculty Adds Finishing Touch to Lawai International Center’s Hall of Compassion

Kauai CC professor Wayne Miyata stands holding sacred ball sections created for Hall of CompassionOn Friday, September 6, 2013, from 2:00 pm, volunteers at the Lawai International Center will witness the crowning of its Hall of Compassion, a building project that has involved the helping hands of over 400 volunteers and community supporters. With the help of a crane and specially rigged lifting device, the sacred ball, artistically designed and crafted out of clay by Wayne Miyata, artist and instructor of Ceramics at Kaua`i Community College, will be gently installed top center of the roof of the Hall of Compassion. The placement of the sacred ball represents the final phase of bringing to reality a structure that represents the connection of earth and heaven for all.

Miyata resides on Kaua`i and recently retired from a distinguished career as head of Kaua`i CC’s Ceramic program. He currently lectures at the College. Miyata is world renowned for his artwork and has held numerous exhibited his works locally, nationally, and internationally.

Materials for the Hall of Compassion were prepared and shipped from Japan. The unique technique of constructing without nails was used. The project was carefully overseen by architect Nobuyuki Yamamoto, one of the last temple building masters in Japan.

The Hall of Compassion graces Lawai Valley, a place where prayers of all ethnicities and religions are heard. In ancient times, Hawaiians built heiau in the Valley. Today, it a place known for 88 shrines replicated from an ancient pilgrimage of 88 temples in Shikoku, Japan.

Kauai CC professor Wayne Miyata checks bottom section of sacred ball for the Hall of Compassion

On Sunday, October 6, 2013, from 1:00 pm, Lawai International Center will host its annual Pilgrimage for Compassion, where they will also hold a dedication ceremony for the Hall of Compassion. Contact Lynn Muramoto at The event is open to the public.

UPDATE: 10 Sept 2013

Men on Hall of Compassion roof installing sacred ball
Installation on top Hall of Compassion

view through pine tree of completed Hall of Compassion with sacred ball
View of finished Hall

Posted by:
Cammie Matsumoto

Sep 5, 2013

Garden Tower to Table

- Kaua`i CC Culinary Arts Program to Feature Fresh Grown Produce in its Courses -

photo of KCC chef instructors with garden tower
Chefs Mark Oyama and Martina Hilldorfer with
Wendy Loh and Denise Uratake present sample
of soon to be installed garden towers.
Mark Oyama, Chef Instructor for Kaua`i Community College and Culinary Arts Program colleagues can’t wait to incorporate fresh picked herbs and specialty greens into fine dining and cafeteria cuisine at Kaua`i CC. Oyama announced plans to feature four aeroponic tower gardens in front of the Fine Dining Room. Construction is slated to be completed by the end of the Fall 2013 Semester.

What is an aeroponic tower garden? According to research, aeroponics is a type of hydroponic growing system that does not use soil, where produce is cultivated in an air and mist environment. Produce is fresh and delicious, and has great color.

To enhance the College’s efforts to expand its sustainable living practices, KCC faculty and staff will attend a presentation and demonstration of an aeroponics system Friday, September 6, 2013, from 1:00 pm in Kaua`i CC’s Fine Dining Room facility.

Kaua`i CC Culinary Arts Program is lead by its team of world cuisine experts: Mark Oyama, Martina Hilldorfer, Steven Nakata, Duane Miyasato, Melanie Bacio, and Karen Morita-Lee. The Fall 2013 Fine Dining Program will be serving a Continental Cuisine menu beginning the week of September 4th through the week of October 6th, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, from 11:30 am. Call 2445-8365 to make reservations. The Cafeteria opened its doors for daily service to over 1,500 students.

Posted by:
Cammie Matsumoto

Sep 4, 2013

Kauai Community College Ranked 16th Best Community College

Update (18 Sep 2013). Washington Monthly recently ranked Kaua`i Community College among the best community colleges in America in an article by Kevin Carey, director of the Education Policy program at the New America Foundation. Kaua‘i CC ranked 16th in the nation. The rankings are “based entirely on measures of best educational practices and actual student success,” stated the article. Significantly, five of the eight measures of the ranking came from the highly respected Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE).

Of course a "top college" is made so by far more than the results of one survey; nonetheless the high ranking is a credit to Kaua`i CC’s ability to serve students. “The ranking highlights some of the great work and accomplishments of our faculty, staff, and students, and Kaua`i CC can be proud for our achievements in best educational practices and student success,” says Chancellor Helen Cox. 

“The CCSSE information provides a very clear view of how Kaua`i CC students perceive their college experience, and that's a helpful lens for those at the college to use to find out what they are doing well, and a useful way for the community to see how the college is doing,” said Cox.

Kaua`i CC excelled in the Support for Learning, Active & Collaborative Learning, Academic Challenge, and Student Effort categories, followed closely by First-year Retention Rate. “We take pride in creating a supportive learning environment that helps students both learn important skill sets and reach their dreams,” Cox said. 

CCSSEE, according to the article, “tracks the numbers of books and papers students are assigned, the amount of interaction with faculty, the hours spent preparing for class, and the quality of support services. Colleges that connect with their students and challenge them to do good work get particularly high marks. . .This shows that excellence is not an accident—the best community colleges have deeply ingrained cultures of academic achievement.” Excellence is indeed, no accident at Kaua`i CC. 

Posted by:
Cammie Matsumoto

Sep 3, 2013

Free Services at Kauai CC Ignite Student Success

Kaua`i Community College has been expanding its services to help its growing and diverse population of students be successful in college. With Registration hours extended to 6:00 pm, as of September 3, 2013, 1,531 students have enrolled at KCC bringing an increase of 1.3% from 2012 Fall Semester.

On Wednesday September 4, at the entrance to its Learning Commons, from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, administration, faculty, staff, and students will take part in the UH Community Colleges “Go Forward! Agree to Degree” campaign for building awareness and encouraging students to complete their college education.

KCC’s Phi Theta Kappa honor students and ASUH-KCC student government leaders have seized the opportunity to co-sponsor the “Agree to Degree” campaign as demonstration of their commitment to student success. “It’s a good fit, where students can exercise leadership in coordinating a major initiative and uphold honor by serving as role models for other students,” declared Ann Kennedy, KCC Business Education faculty member and Phi Theta Kappa advisor. Speaking for herself and co-coordinator, John Constantino, Counselor and Student Activities Coordinator, she said, “We want to see students graduate. We want them to make that commitment to get that degree.”

“Agree to Degree” is particularly designed for community college students. I hope everyone on campus signs the pledge as their promise to help each student finish and get their degree,” said Earl Nishiguchi, vice chancellor for Students Affairs.

By signing a pledge, students will agree to attend classes; get good grades; check UH email at least once a day; talk to instructors; learn about what can fuel success; meet with counselors; and make education a priority in their life.

For its part, KCC administrators, faculty, and staff will renew their promise to do whatever it can to cultivate a campus community where all students readily use the numerous free services available to them to be successful in college. “Having students sign the pledge is only one half of what’s going on at the campuses. Our goal is to build awareness of all student services and resources offered at the colleges to help them be successful in school,” said John Morton, vice president for UH Community Colleges. “We want our students to utilize the free tutoring, career counseling, academic advising, learning centers, computer labs, and other free support services.”

What else is KCC doing to nurture student success? In addition to its exceptional team of counselors, KCC is offering:

Kipaipai Program first year experience program to help ALL NEW First Year classified students succeed both academically and personally during their first year of college. “Kipaipai” means to powerfully encourage and inspire others. Contact Rebecca Yund, Transition Coordinator, at 245-8383 or email for more information. Nationally, students who participate in a first year college experience program have a higher grade point average, are more likely to complete their degree program, and are more likely to take advantage of campus resources Students who fulfill the agreements of the KCC program, which includes attending the new student orientation, enrolling in “IS103 “Intro to College,” participating in a mid-term evaluation, attending at least one success workshop, and maintaining satisfactory academic progress will receive:
  • $300 per semester, up to three semesters for a total of $900, for tuition, books, fees, or supplies;
  • A guidebook, “How to Succeed at College”;
  • Peer mentoring support from a dedicated team second and third year students.
Tutoring Services, located in the Learning Commons, will be available any time for Math and Writing related subjects including Computer Skills, Accounting, Philosophy, Chemistry, Anatomy, and Physiology. Contact Tina Castro, Learning Skills Coordinator, at 245-834.

12:05 Success Series,” 45-minute success workshops, each Wednesday from the beginning of Fall 2013 semester through December 11, 2013. For information and location, contact Rebecca Yund, at 245-8383. Topics include basic computer skills; note taking; reading a textbooks; Math anxiety and test taking; time management; resolving end of semester challenges; stress management; goal setting; child care help; personal finances, and career planning.

“HelpNow Higher Ed by Brainfuse Ignite Your Mind” online service accessible from home.  Help includes writing assistance and live tutoring.  Topics include COMPASS Prep coaching and practice tests; assistance in Writing; Math, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Accounting, Economics, Finance, Spanish, and Statistics.

Posted by:
Cammie Matsumoto