Dec 31, 2014

Student Counseling Walk-in Hours (Spring 2015)

The Spring 2015 academic advising walk-in period will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, January 5, 2015. Students will be seen on a first come, first served basis. Appointments with counselors for academic advising are not available during the walk-in period.

Appointments for COMPASS tests ARE REQUIRED. Call 808-245-8212 or visit the Counseling & Advising office to schedule your placement testing appointment. Again, appointments with counselors for academic advising are not available during the walk-in period. 

Walk-in hours are as follows (hours are based on availability of counselors and are subject to change without notice):

January 5 - 9
M - 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
T - 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
W - 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Th - 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
F - 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

January 12 - 15 (First week of school)
M - 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
T - 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
W - 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Th - 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
F - 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

January 19 - 23
M - CLOSED - Holiday (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)
T - 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
W - 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Th - 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
F - 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM (Last day for walk-ins)

January 26 and after
Appointments required (no walk-ins). Please call 245-8212 to schedule a counseling appointment for January 26th or later.

*Hours are based on availability of counselors and are subject to change without notice.

**Appointments for COMPASS placement tests ARE REQUIRED. Call 808-245-8212 or visit the counseling and advising office to schedule your appointment.

Flyer (pdf)

Posted for:
K. O'Brien

Dec 30, 2014

One Stop Center Closure: 7:45 AM - 1:00 PM (1/06)

The One Stop Center offices will be closed from 7:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on January 6, 2015, so employees may attend Convocation. This includes: Chancellor's Office, Administrative Services, Admissions and Records, Business Office, Counseling and Advising, Financial Aid Services, Human Resources, Student Services, Testing Center, and University Center.

Offices will reopen for service at 1:00 p.m.

Dec 15, 2014

Congratulations, Expo Medalists

Congratulations to all of our second year Culinary students who participated in the American Culinary Federation sanctioned Student Culinary Expo at Kapi`olani Community College on Friday, December 12, 2014. All four medaled!

Darrick Baker, Gold and Judges Choice-First Place
Jason Ebesu, Gold
Konane Henline, Silver
Vince Simon, Silver

A special thanks to ACF Kauai Chapter for their support, Mel Bacio for all she always does, HFM Food Service for being a huge sponsor, CIP's Conrad Nonaka, KapCC's Ron Takahasi, and a giant mahalo to Chef Alan Tsuchiyama for all the planning and logistics.

A grateful Mahalo to the culinary team co-coach, Chef Steven Nakata who accompanied the students. And mahalo anyone else I may have forgotten. I am so proud to be a part of this program, it's faculty, and support staff.

Posted by:
Chef Martina Hilldorfer,CHE

Spring 12:05 Success Series Schedule

The spring schedule for the 12:05 Success Series is now available! See the attached flyer for the full list. Next semester, in addition to a few of the standard success strategies workshops, we will be offering several financial aid, job preparation, and college transfer workshops that should be of interest to second year students.

As always, this workshop series is open to the entire campus!

To view full workshop descriptions, visit the website at:

Flyer (pdf)

Posted by:
R. Yund

Dec 3, 2014

KCC 'Ohana, Come to the Semi-Formal Winter Bash (12/10)

Mele Kalikimaka, KCC Students, Faculty, and Staff!

The holiday season is here and we would like to invite you, our KCC `Ohana, to come and join us in celebrating the reason for the season at our semi-formal Christmas event: 

Frozen, A White Winter Wonderland

Date:  December 10, 2014
Time: 7:00 P.M. - 11:00 P.M.

Location: KCC Student Lounge, Student Life Center

There will be:
Entertainment - DJ Bliss
Student Activities Counsel
(Get your Spirit Points)

Posted on behalf of R.Matutina

Nov 24, 2014

Native Hawaiian Scholarship `Aha (12/02)

Native Hawaiian Scholarship `Aha
Tues, Dec 2, 2014, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
One Stop Center Lobby

This presentation is for high school students, parents, teachers, adult students, enrolled college students, counselors, and anyone interested in finding out morea bout sources of financial aid available for Native Hawaiians including eligibility criteria and qualification requirements.

Meet with scholarship providers from: Kamehameha Schools, Keali`i Pauahi Foundation, Hawai`i Community Foundation, Liko A`e, Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship, Alu Like and KCC's Financial Aid Office.

Sponsored by University of Hawai`i, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Pacific Association of Financial Aid Officers and GEAR UP Hawai`i.

For individuals requiring an auxiliary aid or additional services to participate, please call Isaiah Ka`auwai at 245-8260 at least 7 days before the event.

Posted for I.Kaauwai

Nov 12, 2014

La Ku'oko'a Lecture Series (11/17)

He Kiko Maoli No.  Over time, the topic of kākau uhi/kākau mōlī/uhi mōlī (popularly known by the inaccurate term ʻ tattooʻ ) has been recorded and written largely from a non-­native perspective. Lufi will offer a glimpse into this sacred, traditional practice from a kanaka maoli perspective.

Lufi A. Luteru is kupaʻāina from the valley of Mākaha, Oʻahu. Her moʻokūʻauhau maoli stems from Kilauea, Kauaʻi, where her grandmother was born, 91 years ago. She earned her B.A. and M.A. in Hawaiian Studies from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. She is currently a Lecturer at Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies and Windward Community College, where she teaches HWST 107, HWST 222 and HWST 322 (Mānoa), and is a published poet. She is a multi-­media artisan, and her specialty is Hawaiian Fiber Arts and Jewelry design. One community service that she is dedicated to is providing monthly workshops to make hīnaʻi lauhala (lauhala baskets) for iwi kūpuna (kanaka maoli ancestral remains). She is currently working on three new HWST course proposals, 1) a comparative studies course in Fiber Arts of Moananuiākea, 2) a comparative studies course in Native poetry of Moananuiākea,and 3) a comparative studies course in Native film of Moananuiākea.

Monday, November 17, 2014
12:00p -­ 1:15p
@ The Daniel Inouye Technology Center Auditorium

This event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Pua Rossi-­Fukino by email or Joshua Fukino by email

Posted for A.Erichsen

Nov 5, 2014

La Ku'oko'a Lecture Series (11/10)

Documentation of Traditional Knowledge and Ways of Knowing and Doing.
HEi: Hawaiian String Figure Making. This workshop will discuss Hawaiian ways of knowing and doing using Hei as the medium of learning. Participants will also have hands-on experiences with Hawaiian Hei making.

Hei is the Hawaiian cultural equivalent of the childʻs game known as catʻs cradle. Often accompanied by mo`olelo (stories) and oli (chants), Hei presents a traditional method of performing and remembering long narratives. Hei are associated with various aspects of Hawaiian culture such as performance cartography, sharing of legends and depiction of everyday activities.

Much of the traditional knowledge of Hei has been lost, but practitioners like Kumu Kalani are making efforts to revive this cultural practice.

Monday, November 10, 2014
12:00p -­ 1:15p
@ The Daniel Inouye Technology Center Auditorium

This event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Pua Rossi-­Fukino by email or Joshua Fukino by email

Posted for A.Erichsen

Oct 30, 2014

La Ku'oko'a Lecture Series

Ka'ie'ie: How Diving into Our Past Will Give Rise to Our Future.  Hawaiian language and culture are as deep as the waters surrounding our islands. By understanding our history, whether through research or oral traditions, we empower ourselves with the knowledge our kūpuna gifted to us as part of the great legacy that is the Hawaiian Kingdom. For the Hawaiian Kingdom was more than just a government, it was a sovereign people, language, land, culture and life. Through this presentation of history and music, we will discuss the important historical relationship between O‘ahu and Kaua‘i, and more importantly discuss how these islands can work together to empower our collective future.

Monday, November 3, 2014
12:00p -­ 1:15p
@ The Daniel Inouye Technology Center Auditorium

This event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Pua Rossi-­Fukino by email or Joshua Fukino by email

Posted for A.Erichsen

Oct 28, 2014

Filipino Heritage Month Activities

The Pamantasan Club is celebrating Filipino Heritage Month! Join us in our activities this week. Each presentation will be followed by a tasting of a variety of Filipino desserts in the foyer of the LRC at 1pm. A poster presentation will also be available in the library on Filipino myths and folk tales.

Desert demonstration and tasting by Josh
Wed. Oct. 29th at 12:30
LRC 128

Traveling in Ilocos Norte by Jonathan
Thursday Oct. 30th at 12 noon
Library Classroom 122

Brought to you by the Kaua'i Community College Pamantasan Club and ASUH-KCC.

Posted for R.Kincaid

Oct 27, 2014

Halloween Events on October 29 and 30

Aloha Students, Faculty, and Staff!

Student Activities Council has some AWESOME events planned for this Halloween Week!

Wednesday, October 29 - 9A-1:30P - MOVIE

Friday October 31 - 5:30P-10:00P - HALLOWEEN DANCE

The theme for this years' events is: "Da Crime Scene @ Red Rum Lounge" and we will be hosting all events in the Student Lounge area of the Student Life Center!

There will be a COSTUME CONTEST at the dance on Friday so be sure to be dressed to impress in your scariest attire! There will also be a [Doughnut] EATING CONTEST!

Stellar Prizes will be given to the winners of the contests, as well as games and prize giveaways throughout the night!  We look VERY forward to seeing you in some SCARY FUN with us at the Student Lounge this Halloween Week!

Oct 17, 2014

Week Without Violence (10/20 - 10/24)

Did you know that October is Domestic Violence and Anti-Bullying Awareness month? In observance of this national campaign, PAU Violence Kaua`i is hosting events next week Monday through Wednesday. Please come and support the events.

Clothesline Project -- Share your message to stop domestic violence and bullying by decorating a piece of clothing donated by concerned community members:

October 20 & 21, 9AM to 1PM at the Learning Resource Center

Open Mike -- Spread the awareness by sharing your talent! Singers, rockers, musicians, ventriloquists, stand-up comics, and others are invited:

October 22, 11:30AM to 1PM at the Learning Resource Center

Posted on behalf of D.Higa

Sep 18, 2014

(Deadline Extended to 10/03) Commercial Hydroponics Internship at the Hyatt

KCC and the Hyatt are partnering for students to gain practical hands-on introductory experience constructing and operating a commercial hydroponics system.
  • Approximately October 20-December 31, 2014
  • 10-20 hours/ week
  • 2 positions available: $2,300 stipend, paid in two installments
Job Description:
  • Take inventory of all components versus procurement documents, plans, etc.
  • Physical movement of the components as directed with the capability to carry up to 25 lbs.
  • Assembly/ construction works, with the use of power and manual tools
  • Site work such as cleaning, brushing and organizing the workplace
  • Drafting standard operating procedures and creating signage
  • Participate in the operations of the hydroponics unit including all aspects such as water testing, cleaning, planting, harvesting, etc.
  • Additional related work as directed
Email resume, cover letter, and statement of interest to: or bring in hard copies to OSC 201E.  Call 245-8386 or email with any questions
Application deadline: October 3, 2014 by 4 PM

Posted on behalf of:
Laura Williams 

Join Chancellor Cox for lunch!

Chancellor Cox would like to make herself more available to faculty/staff/students in a more relaxing & casual environment. She will be in the cafeteria from 12:00pm-1:00pm on the following days:

September 9th & 23rd

Stop by to share your thoughts or just to say "hi."  Bring your lunch or take this opportunity to try the new lunch items available at the cafeteria! Mmmmmm!

Hope to see you there!

Posted on behalf of:
Lana Spencer
Secretary to the Chancellor

Kauai CC Blood Drive (10/08)

Aloha Faculty and Staff!

Student Government and the Student Activities Council is hosting a Kauai CC Blood Drive on Wednesday, October 8 from 8:30 am to 1:45 pm at the Student Life Center (above the cafeteria).

Our appointment goal is 104 and we have about 45 more slots to fill. 

For appointments please call 1-800-372-9966 or You may also sign up with me at Rm. 210 located at the Student Life Center.  Please remember to bring a valid picture ID with date of birth.

Mahalo and thank you in advance!

John Constantino
Student Life Coordinator

Sep 15, 2014

Today at 12:00 Presentation by Students from Japan at LRC 124B (Pizza!)

Aloha everyone, 

I am writing this e-mail to let you know that the group from Toyama National College of Technology will be giving a short presentation about what they learned here on Kauai TODAY at 12:00 - 1:30 at LRC 124B.

Also, we will have a group of students from Oshima National College of Maritime Technology and 8 professors from 5 maritime colleges there. 

So, please join us in welcoming them! Pizza will be provided. 

Thank you!

International Education Coordinator
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Aug 18, 2014

Distance Education - Student Orientation (Aug. 21st)

Thursday, August 21st
12:00 - 1:00 P.M.
Kaua`i Community College
One Stop Center Room 103

Reserve your seat by contacting
Colleen Kaiminaauao or 245-8330

Aug 11, 2014

Now Hiring Student Peer Mentors with Backgrounds in Science, Technology and Math

STEM Peer Mentors are successful, outgoing, and caring students who have taken science, technology and/or math who want to help new students succeed, adjust and thrive as part of a community of learners! A rewarding job that looks GREAT on your transcript and resume!

What does a STEM Peer Mentor Do?

  1. Assists STEM or potential STEM students in understanding, adapting to and succeeding in STEM courses and degrees;
  2. Offers personal insights on college success based on experience and knowledge of Kauai CC;
  3. Shares information about resources and events at Kauai CC;
  4. Listens well and shares feedback and encouragement with mentees regularly;
  5. Attends training, as required; and
  6. Communicates with supervisor regarding the status of mentored students.

What is the location and schedule of a STEM Peer Mentor?

  • Location: Kauai Community College;
  • Duration of work: Fall 2014 semester with option to extend into Spring 2015;
  • Number of Openings: 2;
  • Pay rate: $10/hr.;
  • Minimum Work Hours: 3hrs/week;
  • Maximum Work Hours: 20hrs/week; and
  • Work Schedule: Flexible, but generally weekdays between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.

You are Eligible to Become a STEM Peer Mentor if you:

  1. Completed at least one year of studies in STEM disciplines at Kaua'i Community College with a GPA of at least 3.0;
  2. Are enrolled at least half-time (6 credits) for the semester;
  3. Are an enthusiastic student with good verbal and communication skills;
  4. Are familiar with the student perspective;
  5. Are dependable, honest, and punctual; and
  6. Respect confidentiality of peers.

How to apply to become a STEM Peer Mentor

  1. Log-in to SECE and apply for the STEM Peer Mentor posting, get a reference #; and
  2. Submit your résumé and reference # to KCC’s STEM Coordinator Andrea Erichsen, OSC 206-H, phone: 245-8378. She will contact you to schedule an interview!

Flyer (pdf)

Posted for:
Andrea Erichsen

College is Open (8/11)


All college services will resume as usual Monday.  Thankfully, the storms have passed us (or are passing us) by.

Chancellor Helen Cox

Aug 7, 2014

NOTICE: Campus Closed Tomorrow (8/08)

Due to anticipated severe weather conditions, Kauai Community College will be closed on Friday, August 8, 2014. Please listen to local news for updates.

Aug 1, 2014

Fwd: Save Our Summer and Donate Blood on Kauai!

Service Announcement:

Please help Hawaii's patients by taking an hour out of your summer fun, to donate blood and save lives. 
Join us on the island of Kauai for the following blood drives:
Kauai War Memorial
  • Wednesday, August 6 from 8:00am - 3:00pm
  • Thursday, August 7 from 7:30am - 4:00pm
 Grand Hyatt Kauai
  • Friday, August 8 from 8:15am - 2:00pm
 If you donate blood now through September 1, 2014 you will be entered to win a four-nights/five-day vacation to California's most popular theme park for two (2) adults and two (2) children under the age of 12.  The package includes:
  • roundtrip airfare on flights between Honolulu and Los Angeles
  • four (4) nights at the Anaheim Fairfield Inn or equivalent priced hotel
  • three (3) day park passes
  • roundtrip airport transfers
Bring in a family member and increase your chances to win.  First time donors get two entries!
To schedule your next donation, call us at 800-372-9966 or schedule online.  
See complete contest rules here.
Mahalo for your support,
Blood Bank of Hawaii

If you recently made or scheduled an appointment for a blood donation, mahalo for your life-saving gift! If you have been deferred from donating blood, please disregard this message.
To donate blood you must be at least 18 years of age (or 17 years with a signed BBH parent/legal guardian consent form), weigh at least 110 pounds, have a valid photo ID with birthdate, and be in good health.
Blood Bank of Hawaii
2043 Dillingham Boulevard
Honolulu, HI 96819
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Spaces still available in the Kipaipai Program for Fall 2014

The Kipaipai Program at Kaua`i Community College is accepting new students for the 2014-15 school year. The Kipaipai Program is a First Year Experience Program that assists students during their freshman year through financial, academic, and social supports.

The program is open to first-time, degree-seeking students at KCC, who are beginning enrollment this fall 2014 semester.

Deadline to complete the online application is August 14, 2014

For more eligibility requirements, program information, and to sign up visit the Kipaipai Website at:

Posted for:
Rebecca Y.

Jun 20, 2014

Jump Start your Digital Student Lifestyle! Great class (FREE)

Need to get better at using the computer for school? Need to increase your typing speed so you can get those assignments done faster? Here is a great FREE offer of help. Just ask for Eric (245-8354) at KCC-OCET and he can give you all the details.  Space is LIMITED!  Sign up soon!

Jun 4, 2014

Keiki to Career Event (6/5)

Presents a Special Free Event for 
Parents, Families, Students, Educators, Nonprofits and Community Leaders

Karen Pittman, a national leader in the field of youth development, will speak on 
"The Learning Curve: Improving the Odds for Kauai Youth,"
 on June 5 from 6-8pm at the Kaua`i Community College Performing Arts Center.

KAREN PITTMAN is Co-Founder, President and CEO of The Forum for Youth Investment, based in Washington, DC. She is a national leader in the youth development field and was recognized by The NonProfit Times as one of the top 50 CEOs in nonprofits with power and influence.

A widely published author of books and articles on youth issues, Karen speaks across the country with the message that all community members play an important role in helping youth be “Ready by 21” - ready for college, work and life.

Karen will discuss the importance of creating quality learning opportunities in and out of school as a way to improve the odds for youth and moderate a panel discussion with local leaders about current efforts on island.

Presents a Special Free Event for Parents, Families, Students, Educators, Nonprofits and Community Leaders

Questions? Email or phone 808.482.4425.

Posted via H.Cox for:
Stacey Gillette, Coordinator
Keiki to Career Kauai

Leighton Medina wins KCC's Spring 2014 Speech Tournament.

Congratulations to Leighton Medina the winner of the Spring 2014 Speech tournament. Leighton delivered an engaging and informative speech about Habitat Management. Erik Siles and Nathan Cotter tied for second place.The tournament took place in the KCC speech classes during the Spring 2014 semester. The student contestants were ranked by their peers. The students with the highest rankings advanced to the final rounds. The five finalists submitted a link to their speech presentation. A digital recording of each speaker's presentation was scored by a panel of volunteer judges from the Waimea Rotary Club.. Thank you to the Waimea Rotary Club, LAH Division, and all of the volunteers who supported the KCC Speech tournament.

Posted for:

Jun 3, 2014

MAHALO for Participating: 2014 Kaua`i CC Annual Emergency Preparedness Exercise

Aloha Kaua`i CC Ohana,

Sending out a big "MAHALO!" to everyone who participated in and helped with our 2014 Kaua`i Community College - Emergency Preparedness Exercise: KCC Campus Crisis Management Team members (Exec Admin), Public Information Officers, Emergency Communications Designees, Campus Security, Safety Officers, KCC Nursing Professors and Nursing Students, KCC Faculty, Staff and Students in OSC, OCET, and LRC Buildings, Kaua`i Police Department, Kaua`i Fire Department, Kaua`i Red Cross, YWCA of Kaua`i, and KCC's PAU Violence Kaua`i group members.

For the 102 participants from our campus, first responding agencies, and community partners, it became very clear how important it is to have a plan and to be able to communicate with one another should an emergency occur. Regarding this year's drill, 'Response to Active Shooter Events' scenario, from the first exercise to the second one, we saw clear adjustments made to where people might evacuate, how they 'lock down', and especially how we would all communicate what was happening.

While we did hold a Hot Wash (quick debriefing) and After Action Review on the day of the exercise Thursday, May 29, 2014, we welcome any additional comments and feedback that you may have. Please send to: The information and perspectives you share are invaluable and help us to improve our campus emergency response and evacuation plans (CEREP). The CEREP is a living document that will continuously change as we become aware of and identify the needs of our campus and apply best practices in emergency management and preparedness.

This was the first time our campus conducted an exercise of this scale, and while we know that there will always be areas for improvement, we can focus on and be proud of the fact that we have started the conversation - among offices and agencies - on what we can do now to better prepare.

Mahalo again for everyone's time. It was wonderful meeting you all face-to-face.

Campus Public Safety Department Website: ​Security-Safety-Emergency Management

Posted by:
Patricia Wistinghausen
Campus Public Safety Manager

Jun 2, 2014

Community Announcement: NIH Funded National Hearing Test - Free Until June 15

At least until June 15, the "National Hearing Test" is available free of charge and is conveniently conducted via telephone. It takes only about 10 minutes.

With funding from the U.S. National Institutes of Health, this screening test was developed by Communication Disorders Technology Inc. in partnership with Indiana University and the VU Medical Center in Amsterdam. It has been tested for accuracy and serves as a good screening tool to assess the need to seek professional assessment by an audiologist.

During the time that the test is free, simply call 866-223-7575 and follow the directions. Use a landline phone with a number pad separate from the handset. The test may not be valid if taken with a cellphone. If you are reading this after the free period, go to to fill out a short questionnaire and pay $8 for the test.

For more information, see our Star-Advertiser newspaper column for this week.

Posted via M.Tabura for:
C. Alan Titchenal, PhD, CNS, Associate Professor
Human Nutrition, Food and Animal Sciences
University of Hawaii at Manoa

May 22, 2014

Kipaipai Program Accepting Applicants for Fall 2014

The Kipaipai Program at Kaua`i Community College is accepting new students for the 2014-15 school year. The Kipaipai Program is a First Year Experience Program that assists students during their freshman year through financial, academic, and social supports.

The program is open to first-time, degree-seeking students at KCC, who are beginning enrollment this fall 2014 semester.

Deadline to complete the online application is August 14, 2014.

For more eligibility requirements, program information, and to sign up visit the Kipaipai Website at:

Posted by:
Rebecca Yund

May 21, 2014

Summer Readiness Workshop Series for New Students

Are you a new student starting this fall? Then check out the FREE workshops available to help new students prepare for a successful first year of college! Attend any that interest you. No reservations required. Workshops held almost every Wednesday at 2pm throughout June and July!

Visit the website for detailed descriptions and locations of each workshop!

Flyer (pdf)

Posted by:
Rebecca Yund

May 6, 2014

Kauai CC 2014 Commencement (5/16)

Kaua'i Community College 2014 Commencement
Location: Vidinha Stadium
Date: Friday, May 16th
Time: 6:15 p.m.
Gates open at 5:30 p.m.

Commencement Speaker: OLENA HEU, Wake Up 2day Anchor / KHON2 Reporter

Olena Heu has been working as a reporter/anchor at KHON2 News (FOX) since 2007. She started at a general assignment reporter, then Wake Up 2day morning co-anchor since 2009. In addition to the responsibilities of anchoring the morning show, Olena is also the sole administrator for the Wake Up 2day social media accounts and assists with booking/scheduling interview segments. She has won several awards for her feature and spot news reporting.

A graduate of Hawai'i Pacific University, Olena holds a Master’s degree in Communication along with a Bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication. A proud magna cum laude graduate of Kapaa High School, Olena was raised on the island of Kaua'i by a single parent mother. She first got a taste of the news business as an intern for KHNL News 8. After college she was hired to work at KHON2 and also keeps busy as an active volunteer and devoted fundraiser for Special Olympics Hawai'i, Life Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Honolulu and Ronald McDonald House.

Student Speakers:

Lisa Rapozo earned her Associates in Liberal Arts from Kaua'i Community College in December of 2013. She is now pursuing her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Hawaii Hilo. Lisa was a member of the very first Wai'ale'ale Project cohort, and continues to serve as a peer mentor and through outreach activities. She is an active member of Phi Theta Kappa. She is the wife Daniel, and mother of Kaimi and Kainoa.

 Shyla Ayau is a student with the University of Hawai'i West Oahu's distance education program. She is graduating this semester with a Bachelor's degree in Public Administration and certificate in Disaster Preparedness & Emergency Management. Shyla is originally from Hilo, Hawai'i and moved to Kaua'i in 2012 to raise her family. Shyla has worked in county government for ten years and is currently employed at the Kaua'i Fire Department as an Administrative Assistant. Through life's many challenges, Shyla has persevered to see her educational goals come to fruition and will be continuing her academic journey towards obtaining a Human Resources Management Master's degree at University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, Shidler Business College.

Information for Graduates:

May 5, 2014

Kauai CC 2014 Commencement (5/16) - Info for Graduates

Location: Vidinha Stadium
Date: Friday, May 16th
Time: 6:15 p.m.

Dress rehearsal begins promptly at 4:00 p.m. at the Vidinha Stadium
Do not be late!
Entering, standing, sitting, and exiting procedures will be rehearsed.
Light refreshments will be provided.

You must be dressed in your cap and gown when you arrive at dress rehearsal. Caps should be worn at all times except during the playing of the national anthem and Hawai'i Pono'i, when men should remove their caps. Your tassel should be worn on the right side.

There is no place to store personal belongings. Handbags cannot be carried. Leis are not presented or worn until after the ceremony.

The graduation cap and gown is available for purchase at the College Bookstore. Price for the cap/gown/tassel is $38.75 (price is subject to change without prior notice). The gown is "one size fits all" based on your height and sold on a first come first serve basis. It is not necessary to place an order. If you feel that you need an "oversize" gown, please call 245-8273 for visit the bookstore to try one on. If it is necessary, the bookstore will bring one in for you. Graduation attire for men is a shirt with collar, long black pants and black or dark-colored shoes. Attire for women is a dress (must be shorter that gown) or long black pants, and black or dark-colored shoes.

Name Card
Pick up your name card when you report for rehearsal (do not alter). You will be handing your card to the announcer on stage before you walk across the stage.

After the ceremony 
Meet your family and friends by the appropriate signs. Confetti and streamers are prohibited.

The gate opens at 5:30 p.m.

Personalized announcements may be purchased at the KCC Bookstore. Please call 245-8273 for more information.

Because semester records will not be processed by commencement day, the conferring of degrees at the ceremony is provisional, pending verification that degree requirements have been met.

Disability Accommodations If you require access accommodations, please call the Disability Counselor at 245-8212 by Friday, April 25th, 2014. Requests for access accommodations received after the deadline may not assure that accommodations requests will be met.

Meet UH Presidential Finalists (5/8)

This Thursday, May 8th you will have an opportunity to meet the two finalists for the UH President position. Both forums are open to all Faculty, Staff, and Students and will be held in the cafeteria. Refreshments will be served at both forums.

1st Candidate
Lt. General Francis Wiercinski
8:00am - 10:00am

2nd Candidate
Interim President David Lassner
5:00pm - 7:00pm

Please join us as this is your chance to find out more about these two candidates and to share your thoughts/questions.

Posted by:
Lana Spencer

New Sustainability Courses - Register Now!

Two new courses in the field of sustainability are being offered in Fall 2014: SSM 101 Introduction to the Science of Sustainability and ENRG 101 Introduction to Sustainable Energy Technology.  Both classes are available for registration now!

If you have ever wanted to learn more about how you can live more sustainably in your own life, or are interested in how you can help Kauaʻi become a more sustainable island, these classes are for you!

We will discuss many relevant topics to Kauaʻi and the world regarding sustainability issues, and students will come away with an increased understanding of the challenges we face and the solutions available.
Discover your passion, help to mālama ʻāina, and potentially find your dream job! These new courses will help you gain the skills and knowledge needed to move Kauaʻi in the right direction. Take action now! Enroll in SSM 101 to be a part of the solution!
Do you want to know more about energy solutions or develop the skills to find a job in the industry? Enroll in ENRG 101 today to start yourself down the path of finding a career you love!
SSM 101 - Introduction to Sustainability Science
Runs: August 25, 2014 - December 19, 2014
Meets: Mondays & Wednesdays - 5:00 PM - 6:15 PM

This course introduces the science of sustainability including vocabulary and basic concepts in green building, water and wastewater, waste management, food and agriculture, sustainable land use and planning, unique dimensions to island sustainability, transportation, sustainable materials choices and supply chains, energy efficiency, and policy strategies. SSM 101 course flyer (pdf)

ENRG 101 - Intro to Sustainable Energy Technology
Runs: August 25, 2014 - December 19, 2014
Meets: Mondays & Wednesdays - 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM

This course introduces alternative methods for meeting long-term energy needs, identifies and explores local resources including demand-side management of conventional gas and electric power and sustainable energy sources such as solar, wind, biomass, small hydroelectricity, geothermal, ocean thermal energy conversion, and alternative transportation fuel options.  ENRG 101 course flyer (pdf)

Please contact Laura Williams if you have any questions or would like more information. 245-8386 or

Posted by:
Laura Williams

May 2, 2014

VPCC John Morton Spring 2014 Campus Forum (5/6)

Vice President of Community College, John Morton, will be here on Tuesday, May 6th at 2:00pm in the cafeteria for his Spring 2014 campus forum.

Please join us for an informative session to learn about how we are doing as a college (and the system as a whole).

Posted by:
Lana Spencer

Apr 30, 2014

New Summer COMPASS Prep....Registration has begun

Ready for College?
Do you want to save time & money?
Are you waiting to take the required English & math courses?
Is your English or math rusty and you need to brush up?

If you’re asking any of these questions...then COMPASS Prep is ready to help.
Preparing for COMPASS is important. Take advantage of this opportunity to take it again and try to raise your score.
Your test results may determine how long it will take you to earn your certificate or degree.
LAST chance to take advantage of the low cost: only a $25 registration fee.
The lab is open enrollment but we recommend students start by June 5.
Register at the Office of Continuing Education & Training (across from the bookstore).

Apr 22, 2014

KCC-NTBG Lectures on Campus

At left is a flyer about the two remaining KCC-NTBG lectures for Spring 2014, being held 5:30 in the Cafeteria. They are free, very engaging and open to students, faculty, and staff:

Tuesday, April 22 - this evening:
Plants and Climate Change on Earth Day, by Jan TenBruggencate, environmental journalist

Tuesday, May 20
Environmental Awareness: How Learning Motivates Change, by Andy Jasper, director of NTBG's Southshore gardens

Posted by:

Apr 15, 2014

KCC Blesses its Renovated Campus Center (4/23)

KCC Students & Employees,
Please join us!

KCC Blesses its Campus Center Renovations
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
11:00 am
2nd floor, above the Cafeteria
Blessing will be conducted by Reverend Wayne Vidinha of 
Ke Akua Mana Church

The area is the new home for student government, student activities, board of publications, KCC radio, and international education, and office space for lecturers

Posted by:
C. Matsumoto

Open Mike Event (4/21)

Please join us for this semesters Open Mike event. Monday, April 21, from noon to 1:15 p.m. at the Campus Student Life Center.

Come and watch live Open Mike performances by Kaua‘i Community College students as they share:
  • Music
  • Skits/theater/monologues
  • Readings from poetry/fiction/nonfiction
  • Stories/speeches/poetry/oral performance of literature
  • Talent/ hula, dance, juggling and more…
Students, if you would like to present something, please come prepared. This is your time to showcase your hidden talents - sing, dance, play an instrument, recite poetry… Whatever you’d like to share! Presentation slots are given on a first come first sign-up basis.

If you would like to see some of our previous Open Mike performances, stop by the big screen in the foyer of the KCC Library. This digital show will run all week between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Posted on behalf of:
Sharon Milan

Apr 10, 2014

Kaua`i Community College Celebrates Earth Day 2014 (4/21)

Kaua`i Community College
Celebrates Earth Day 2014
Monday, April 21, 2014 
11 am - 4 pm
Between the Campus Center and Fine Arts Building

Live Music - Food - Exhibits
  • Open to students, faculty, staff, Garden Island community, and visitors
  • 11:30 am - Noon, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz will share his views on the importance of honoring Earth Day and celebrate this student led event
The purpose of this event is to build awareness of positive sustainable living solutions.

To become a vendor or receive more information, contact Makoto Lane at or Laura Williams at 245-8386.

Event flyer (pdf)

ASUH KCC student leaders, Students Activities Council, and KCC's Sustainability Club, with help from Ho`ouluwehi and the Sustainability Committee, invite you to attend this event.

Individuals needing accommodation under ADA should call 245-8386. If you need an ASL Interpreter, materials in an alternate format, or other auxiliary aid support, please call 245-8386 or email at least seven days before the event.

Posted by:
C. Matsumoto

Apr 9, 2014

Exhibit: A Reflection of Kalaupapa: Past, Present and Future (4/10 - 5/7)

A Reflection of Kalaupapa: Past, Present and Future - Photos by Wayne Levin - Presented by Ka 'Ohana O Kalaupapa - Hosted by Kaua'i Community College Hawaiian Studies Department
In picture: Photographs by Wayne Levin. Caption: Dayton Kupele, his sister Kealani Gillis, and her daughter Mikala offer ho'okupu at the site of 2000 unmarked graves. Presented by Ka 'Ohana O Kalaupapa. Hosted by Kaua'i Community College Hawaiian Studies Department.

Welina mai kakou,

On behalf of the Ka `Ohana o Kalaupapa nonprofit organization, I am excited that Kaua`i Community College and Kaua`i residents will have the opportunity once again to view this great photo exhibit that will be housed in the One Stop Center lobby from Thurs, April 10 through Weds, May 7 during business hours (7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.).

The exhibit will open with a blessing at 12 noon on Thurs, April 10. A guided walk-through will be offered that same day, April 10 from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

On Sat, Apr 26, from 12 noon to 3:00 p.m., there will be a panel presentation/"talk story" with relatives and others who will share personal stories of their experiences with 'ohana who were sent to Kalaupapa because of Hansen's disease in the 1800s.

The exhibit and talk are free and open to the public, so please join us!

Ka `Ohana o Kalaupapa is a nonprofit organization that is helping to spread the word and educate as many as possible about the good things that happened at Kalaupapa. If you are interested in learning if your `ohana were sent to Kalaupapa, please email Valerie Monson, Coordinator at She and/or others will gladly research and send you information.

Exhibit flyer (pdf)

A hui hou a e malama pono,
Isaiah Ka`auwai
Call 245-8260 for more information

Apr 7, 2014

Spring Gourmet Gala: Mahalo for Your Contributions

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. With your help, the tickets sold out in two weeks 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! Because of your warmth and hospitality, these great chefs are looking forward to participating in next year's event.

We thank all the volunteers for making Kaua'i's signature event a great success and hope to see you all next year on April 10th!

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

Apr 2, 2014

UH Hilo Pre Pharmacy Information Session

Event: UH Hilo Pre-Pharmacy Program Info Session
Date: Thursday, April 24, 2014
Time: 3:00pm
Location: One Stop Center, Room 204

No reservations required!
For more information, visit:
or e-mail

Posted for:
Pua Palmeira

Mar 31, 2014

Be Heard: Share your thoughts about the future of Kauai's roads and transportation

Please Attend the Public Meeting for the 
Statewide and Regional Federal-Aid Highways
2035 Transportation Plans
for the District of Kauai

Meeting Objective:
Share the draft Plans and get your feedback.

What are the Statewide and Regional Federal-Aid Highways 2035 Transportation Plans?
The Statewide Federal-Aid Highways 2035 Transportation Plan is Hawaii’s first statewide, long-range multimodal land transportation plan. It will guide land transportation policies and programs within the state.

In conjunction, the Regional Federal-Aid Highways 2035 Transportation Plan for the District of Kauai was developed. It is an update to the existing regional long-range land transportation plan using a future horizon year of 2035. This current update embraced the district’s unique values, identified its existing and future needs, and provided guidance in setting funding priorities.

Visit for more information!

Thursday, April 3, 2014
War Memorial Convention Hall
4191 Hardy Street
Lihue, HI 96766
5:30 to 7:30 PM

To request language interpretation, an auxiliary aid or service (i.e. sign language interpreter, accessible parking, or materials in alternative format), contact Kathleen Chu at or (808) 440-0283, seven (7) days prior to the meeting date.

Liko A`e scholarship workshop (4/02)

Liko A`e Scholarship
Application Assistance Workshop
with Sherise Kana`e-Kane

Seating is limited!
Wednesday April 02, 2014
11:00 am -1:00 pm
@ LRC 124A

The following documents are required for this scholarship:
  • 1. Birth Certificate OR OHA Registration Card
  • 2. SAR (Student Aid Report) from FAFSA
  • 3. Official Transcript (Request from Admissions Office).
If you need assistance scanning your documents, please
bring them to the workshop.

You may obtain an OHA Registration Card at the OHA Office located at:
4405 Kukui Grove St., Ste 103
Lihue, HI 96766
Phone #: (808) 241-3390

For further information or questions,
Contact: Isaiah Ka`auwai Phone #: (808) 245-8260

Mar 27, 2014

Master's Degree on Kauai? Learn more on Tues, Apr 1.

Distance Learning Executive MBA
Master of Human Resource Management

Information Session

 ~Tuesday, April 1, 2014
 ~5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
 ~Kauai Community College
 ~One Stop Center (OSC), Room 207

RSVP to Toni Kruse-Mingo, Director of Executive Programs, (808) 956-5774

Distance Learning Executive MBA (22-Month Program)
Master HRM Program (16-Month Program)

Neighbor Island and Military Friendly
To learn more, visit us online

Posted by:
Colleen Kaiminaauao

Mar 20, 2014

Kauai-based UHWO Students: On-island Advising Available (3/31)

What are YOU taking next semester?
Come meet with advisors and understand your degree requirements!

Personal Advising Appointments
One Stop Center (OSC), Rm. 207B
Monday, March 31, 2014
9:30a.m. – 2:00p.m.

*Sign up for an appointment is required. Sign up at:
*If no appointments are available, attend Group Advising at 11:10 a.m. or 2:20 p.m.; no sign up required.

Questions? Contact the UHWO Office of Academic Advising at (808) 689-2689.
Can’t make it? Call to schedule an over-the-phone advising appointment!

Mar 14, 2014

Kauai CC Spring Break - March 24th to March 28th

Just a reminder that KCC's Spring Break is the week of March 24th. We have a different schedule from the DOE, which has their break next week.

Thank you and Happy Friday!

Posted by
Lana Spencer
Secretary to the Chancellor

Mar 11, 2014

Visiting Japanese Maritime Student to Present on Their Tradition and Culture (3/12 & 3/19)

You are invited to the public presentations by a group of Japanese Maritime College students visiting us for 2 weeks from March 10 - 21st. The students come from a consortium of Japanese national maritime colleges that we have partnered with. At the college, they are studying to become officers, captains, and engineers on large ships, and are here to learn through our Hawaiian Studies program about traditional Polynesian navigation as well as the tradition of voyaging canoes.

Tomorrow, March 12 (Wed), they will give a presentation on unique places and local traditions in Japan at LRC 124B from 12:00 - 1:30. I got to listen to their practice presentation, and it was very interesting! We will provide refreshment, so please come by during your lunch break! Also, please encourage your students to participate, especially, those students who are interested in studying abroad!

Next week Wednesday March 19th from 12:00 - 1:30 at LRC 124B, they will be giving another presentation on Japanese tradition and culture, so if you can not make it to the presentation tomorrow, make sure you don't miss this one!

Thank you once again for all your assistance and support!

Hope to see many of you there tomorrow!

Posted by:
International Education Coordinator

Mar 10, 2014

'Oihana 'Imi Loa (Career Exploration) Center News: Koa Kea Adds Another Campus Day (3/12)

The Director of Human Resources and Chef from Koa Kea Hotel & Resort at Poipu Beach will be on campus on March 12th from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm outside the Cafeteria. If you are seeking a job, want information about their hotel, or just interested in who they are, please stop by and say hello! For more information call Sandy at 245-0132.

Posted by:
Sandy Magnussen
Associate Professor/Counselor

Mar 6, 2014

Join Visitor Industry Charity Walk to Benefit Kauai & KCC (5/17)

Aloha Kakou, KCC Students, Faculty, and Staff!

It is that time of year again! Time for the 36th Annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk on Saturday May 17. Why do it? Well, what a great way to unwind from all the hectic activities of the lead up to Commencement! Or how about the fact that our Nursing, Culinary, and Aquaponics programs have all benefited from the funds this walk raises. Or how about because this is a way to be part of our great community and benefit others in the process.

Pledge forms are available in the Chancellor's office. For more information about this event, call David Sosner and Maile Lewis at 808-246-5502.

And keep in mind that:
  1. Any walker who raises $35 in pledges will receive a Charity Walk T-Shirt
  2. Any walker who raises $35 in pledges will have their name placed in the drawing for door prizes at the event. They do not need to be present to win. There are dozens of prizes donated by a wide variety of businesses and hotels each year. They will also be eligible to win the grand prize, which is usually a stay in a hotel (either on or off island). I wish I could tell you what the prize will be this year, but we have not yet heard from the prize committee chair on that topic.
Posted by:
Chancellor Helen Cox

Mar 4, 2014

Fukushima and Kauai Conference at KCC (3/15)

KCC and Surfrider Foundation-Kauai are hosting a conference on impacts for Kauai from the aftermath of the March 2011 tsunami in Japan. The purpose is to provide scientific perspective rather than memorialize the event. Experts on ocean circulation and radiation in the pacific from UH Manoa and others will address:
  • How did it affect Kauai?
  • What debris came to Kauai?
  • Was anything radioactive?
KCC Marine Option Program students will also present their research that helped answer these questions.

Saturday March 15, 2014, in the KCC Cafeteria from 9am-noon.

Event flyer (pdf)

Posted by:
Stephen Taylor

Feb 28, 2014

Career Exploration Center News: Koa Kea on Campus next week (3/4 & 3/6)

The Director of Human Resources and a manager from Koa Kea Hotel & Resort at Poipu Beach will be on campus on March 4th & 6th from 8:30 am to 9:30 am in the Library Foyer. If you are seeking a job, want information about their hotel, or just interested in who they are, please stop by and say hello! For more information call Sandy at 245-0132.

Posted by:
Sandy Magnussen

Feb 21, 2014

Need Money for School? Attend the FAFSA Workshop (2/26)

The 12:05 Success Series, KCC Financial Aid Office, and Wai`ale`ale Project are partnering for a FAFSA Workshop on February 26, 2014 from 12:30-2:00 p.m. in the OCET Computer Lab, Room 104A.

The goal for this event is to increase financial aid awareness and the number of students who apply for financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the priority deadline of April 1, 2014. Current students are welcome to attend.

The main reasons for applying by the priority deadline are:
  • Many need-based grants are awarded on a first come, first serve basis. Students who apply by April 1, receive priority consideration for these funds. 
  • Applying early and submitted all financial aid documents ensures that a student's fall 2014 schedule will not be purged for non-payment by the tuition payment deadline. 
Many outside scholarship applications require FAFSA results to be reported and have early spring deadlines.

Students can stop by OCET Room 104A on February 26th and receive assistance with completing their FAFSA. Students who are unable to make it to this workshop, but would still like assistance with completing the FAFSA are encouraged to call the Financial Aid Office at 245-8360 to schedule an appointment.

To view the entire 12:05 Success Series schedule in detail, go to the FYE website at:

For questions on this series, please contact Rebecca Yund, Transitions Coordinator at or 245-8383.

Posted by:
Rebecca Yund
Transitions Coordinator

Feb 20, 2014

12th Annual Spring Gourmet Gala (4/4)

You are cordially invited to the 12th annual Culinary Institute of the Pacific Spring Gourmet Gala at Kaua'i Community College.

A food and wine tasting fundraiser featuring famed chefs

Alan Wong
Alan Wong’s Honolulu, Amasia, & The Pineapple Room
Vikram Garg
Halekulani Hotel

as well as a host of local chefs and sommeliers. 
A silent auction will also be on hand.

April 4, 2014
6 p.m.
KCC Fine Dining Room

The funds raised will help enhance KCC's Culinary Arts Program and purchase essential kitchen and dining room equipment, instructional materials, and small wares. All items purchased will be used for training that serves students, patrons, and the hospitality industry in our community.

To become a sponsor, make a donation, and/or purchase tickets, please complete the attached file and submit form and payment to Karen Morita-Lee.

For more information, please call Karen Morita-Lee at extension (808) 245-0107.
If you require an ASL interpreter, materials in an alternate format, or other auxiliary aid support, please contact Martina Hilldorfer at (808) 245-8265 or at least seven days prior to the event.