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: https://www.hawaii.edu/alert/

- 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: https://sites.google.com/a/hawaii.edu/emergency-security/

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