HCC Student Orientation Wednesday & Thursday

Several hundred people  are expected to participate in new student orientation sessions on the Honolulu Community College campus on Wednesday and Thursday.

The incoming students will be briefed on campus activities, student governmet, the Student Media Board and other aspects of campus life.  They’ll also be given a guided tour of the campus.

The orientation is hosted before the start of each semester by the Office of Student Life and Development.

New Student Orientation is for students who have never been to college anywhere, never been to HCC, not been to HCC in a while, parents, spouses, friends and others.

For more information, call 845-9498 or email studentlife@hcc.hawaii.edu.


Kalihi community center seeks support

The Honolulu Advertiser

The largest senior center in the state is facing a $150,000 deficit, and is counting on the generosity of the community to help keep it open through June.

The Lanakila Multi-Purpose Senior Center has had mounting financial challenges since last year, when it didn’t get a grant-in-aid from the state Legislature as in years past and had to reach out for community support.

The center also got no legislative funding in 2009.

Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, the center now finds itself with another massive shortfall, and is asking for donations so services to more than 2,000 participants age 60 and older aren’t interrupted.

“We’re really looking to the generosity of the community,” said Jerry Rauckhorst, president and CEO of Catholic Charities Hawai’i, which has a $123,000 annual contract with the state to manage the senior center.

The state contract only covers a portion of the $400,000 a year needed to run the center. Rauckhorst said Catholic Charities has been able to raise about $120,000 for the center, but $150,000 is still needed by June 30.

HCC to join in Kalihi Christmas parade again

Honolulu Community College will once again be participating in the annual Kalihi Business Association Christmas Parade.  This year the parade will be held on Friday, Nov. 27,  the day after Thanksgiving. Everyone in the HCC community is welcome to join the festivities – and to bring along family and friends.
Parade organizers count on HCC’s help each year to guide the candy trolley, keep the keiki safe and ensure that the parade watchers maintain a safe distance along the route. We also distribute candy to onlookers on the left side of the street, sometimes help decorate the vehicles as well. We also provide the personality for Kip, the KBA wallaby mascot.
The parade starts at 6:30 p.m. at Kalihi Union Church, 2214 N. King St., but  the HCC group will gather about 5:45 to coordinate roles and line up.
This is HCC’s opportunity to represent our campus in the surrounding community. This parade is all about the keiki! We are bringing joy to thousands children of Kalihi for whom this is the only parade of the year. HCC has participated in this parade every year and will be there again this year.
If you’d like to participate, sign up with HCC Student Life & Development, either online, by phone or in person
For more information, contact the student life office by email, hccsld@hawaii.edu or by phone, 845-9498.

Berlin Wall anniversary marked at HCC

ASUH-HCC Senate President Poima  Sataua told the gathering of her experiences living in Europe at the time the Berlin Wall was torn down.
ASUH-HCC Senate President Poima Sataua told the gathering of her experiences living in Europe at the time the Berlin Wall was torn down.

Students, faculty and community members gathered Monday at the HCC campus to mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

The event has particular significance for Honolulu Community College because we have one of the largest pieces of the wall anywhere in America.

The program  included Hawaiian music welcome by the college’s MELE (Music and Entertainment Learning Experience) Program; remarks by Honolulu CC Chancellor Mike Rota, who recently returned from Germany, and Honolulu CC History Professor Pat Patterson; music and hula in a re-consecration ceremony by students from the college’s hula halau, Hawaiian Center and MELE Program; and a viewing of a short documentary on the fall of the wall.
Tina Mehnert, a designer and architect with Architects Hawai‘i, who had a hand in designing the monument that now stands at Honolulu CC, also spoke at the ceremony, along with Poima Sataua, ASUH-HCC Student Senate president.
HCC’s monument includes a three-ton piece of the wall t from Berlin  Honolulu CC History Professor Rick Ziegler worked with a group of students to bring the piece of the wall to Hawai‘i.
In 2005, the  Berlin Wall Freedom Monument was   joined by a  World Trade Center Memorial which includes an American flag is supported by the Twin Towers in stainless steel.

HCC’s Poetry Slam a Success

slam3Ka La photos by Camille Agojo
Ka La photos by Camille Agojo

slam2By Kainoa Sanford

Honolulu Community College’s Phi Theta Kappa hosted “The Art of SLAM” earlier this semester  in HCC’s Cafeteria.

This event allowed both students of HCC and local artists within the community to display their art of the slam, or SLAM POETRY. We featured original pieces composed by the poets themselves. And also rapping, break-dancing, and a student D.J. Through this event we wished to bring understanding of slam and the many other art forms.

But overall fellowship between student and peer, class and teacher,and lastly college and community were the real goals.. It was a great success.

The Honolulu Community College Phi Theta Kappa hosted “The Art of SLAM”. On October 8,2009 in HCC’s Cafeteria from 2-4PM. This event allowed both students of HCC and local artist within the community to display their art of the slam, or SLAM POETRY. We featured original pieces composed by the poets themselves. And also rapping, break-dancing, and a student D.J. Through this event we wished to bring understanding of slam and the many other art forms. But overall fellowship between student and peer,class and teacher,and lastly college and community. The was a great success.Thank you for your interest in the event. If you have any other question or need more information. Let me know.

Kainoa Sanford is the vice president of scholarship for Phi Thetta Kappa at HCC.

Makahiki Games set for Nov. 18

makaHCC’s fourth annual  Makahiki Games will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 18 on the lawn area by the Berlin Wall.
In ancient times the rise of the Makali’i signified a time of peace throughout the land where war was kapu. The people engaged in games of athletic feat such as ulumaika, moa pahe’e, and ka ‘ihe. Learn about the Makahiki and engage in these ancient games preserved and revived here in modern times at Honolulu Community College. A new championship team will be crowned.