Deep-fried manapua comes to HonCC

The cafeteria at Honolulu
Community College reopened for business on Tuesday, and judging by the lunch-time lines, it was a welcome addition to the campus scene.
The new vendor for the cafeteria is Honolulu Kitchen, which has its original restaurant in Waipahu featuring 40 different flavors of its original deep fried manapua.
In addition to the manapua, the menu bentos, plate lunches and a variety of other food choices.
And the servers were super friendly. It’s good to have a full-service food supplier back on campus.

They got it at GET IT

The two-day GET IT — Get Involved Today — event on campus last week introduced hundreds of students, new and old, to some of the on-campus and off-campus resources available to them at Honolulu Community College.

Representatives of more than a dozen campus groups and off-campus businesses and non-profits were on hand.

Hawaii CCʻs among the best in nation

A national survey has found that Hawaii’s community college system was ranked in the top 20. Hawaii checked in at No. 15

The personal finance website WalletHub selected a sample of 715 schools from the list of member institutions in the American Association of Community Colleges. The survey evaluated the schools based on three key dimensions, including: cost and financing, education outcomes and career outcomes.

The Aloha State’s ranking is down compared to last year, when the state placed 11th on WalletHub’s list, however, the site told Pacific Business News it discourages direct comparisons to previous years as the study’s methodology has been updated.

The three states ranked highest in the 2018 study were South Dakota, Minnesota and Montana. The three states at the bottom were West Virginia, Louisiana and Pennsylvania.

The highest-ranking community college in Hawaii was Kauai Community College (No. 139 out of 715), Honolulu Community College (No. 202), Kapiolani Community College (No. 220), Hawaii Community College (No. 452), Leeward Community College (No. 459) and Windward Community College (No. 471).

Celebrate at HonCC (from March 2018)


Photos by Brenda Coston

Written by Brenda Coston

On Thursday, March 1, 2018, faculty, guests, and community partners gathered to honor distinguished alumni. This yearʻs event, Celebrate! 2018, took place at the Pomaikaʻi Ballrooms at the Dole Cannery.

The following alumni were honored:

Robert “Bobby” Ayonon, Apprenticeship RAC, 1983
Jerald “Kimo” Alama Keaulana, Liberal Arts, 1984
Kurt Kendro, Administration of Justice, 1987
Manuel P. Neves, Fire Science, 1984
Robert Silva, Automotive Technology, 2004
Deborah Lee Keala Spencer-Chun, Liberal Arts, 1985
Arthur Blasie Tolentino, Sheetmetal and Plastics Technology, 1985

Attendees had a wonderful time with dinner, music, congratulatory speeches, and a silent auction. Proceeds from the auction went to the Honolulu CC general scholarship endowment fund.

HonCC Attends “Achieve the Dream” (from February 2018)


Photos by Brenda Coston

Written by Brenda Coston

Achieve the Dream is a wonderful collaborative event that unites more than 2,000 community college practitioners, policy makers, funders, and partners in the commitment of student success. Dream provides an opportunity to connect and share knowledge with colleagues on issues, such as building pathways, advising, improving pedagogy and curriculum.

The conference also provides an opportunity to learn about Dream’s initiatives and Open Educational resources (OER). Over 70 sessions are created with fundamentals of institutional capacities in mind. At this event held in Nashville, Tennessee, from February 20-23, Hawaii was represented in a 20/20 presentation as well as a learning workshop.

For the first time, ATD held a 20/20 presentation given by Brenda Coston from Language Arts and Ming Chi (Coco) from Math. The 20/20 presentation, Embedded Tutors: A Strategy for Student Engagement and Academic Achievement, revealed tips for student success by using tutors effectively in the classroom.

The next presentation involved a workshop given by Faith Saito and Kalei Lum-Ho. This workshop entitled: Kukala’ula: “Growing” Native Hawaiian Scientists revealed the importance of teaching Hawaiian culture to students while promoting sustainable living in Hawaii.

These two presentations were so successful, Hawaii was asked to present again at next year’s conference to be held in Long Beach, California.