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

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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Cammie Matsumoto