Bill approved for funding the federal government though Dec. 11th

US-Capitol-Building-jpgThe House of Representatives approved a bill ( just seven hours before federal agencies ran out of money ) that will be funding the federal government through Dec. 11th.

With House Democrats providing the most votes, the measure was approved 277 to 151.

After edited videos of released by anti-abortion group purportedly showed officials talking about the sale of fetal tissue, many conservatives wanted to use the bill to defund Planned Parenthood. The organization denied any illegal activity, and the bill approved on Wednesday will continue federal funds for Planned Parenthood.

The bill will now go to the president’s desk, and averts a government shutdown.


Information was obtained from the KITV news website

Rally for Hawaii

mauna-kea-1-2(Rally at Iolani Palace)

The U.S. Department of Interior announced Tuesday a proposal to create a pathway for the Native Hawaiian community to reorganize a Native Hawaiian government and re-establish a government-to-government relationship with the United States.

The proposal would create an administrative procedure and criteria that would be applied if the Native Hawaiian community forms a unified government that seeks a formal government-to-government relationship with the U.S.

The Native Hawaiian community has not had a formal government since the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawai‘i in 1893.

The proposal is available for review at, and public comments on it will be accepted for the next 90 days.

For more information and full article, go to …

Information was taken from KHON2 news website.


HCC’s new academic counselor

unnamedHCC welcomes Kevin Akiyama to the ohana as its new academic counselor.

Akiyama has previously worked at Wailua High & Intermediate School as a school counselor; worked in TRiO serving Nānākuli and Wai’anae high school students on their path to college; and volunteered in Europe for a little over 2 years serving in the Peace Corps (2006-2008).

Akiyama’s Contact information:
Office: Bldg 6, Counseling
Phone: (808) 847-9851

Banned books? Celebrate the freedom to read

Banned books

This week, Sept. 27-Oct. 2 is  Banned Book Week in America.

This is a 33rd annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment.   Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.

The HonCC library has set up an exhibit of books that people have tried to have banned in America over the years.  To see a slideshow of the library’s display, click here.  Better yet, stop by the library this week and celebrate the freedom to read in person.

For more info on banned books and intellectual freedom, visit

Next flu shot day is Sept. 28

FLUFLUMissed the opportunity to get a  flu shot on campus today? Don’t worry, you’ll have another change on Monday, Sept.28.

The flu shot clinic will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the cafeteria

Bring your insurance card, ID and know subscriber’s birth date.
If not insured by participating health insurance company,  you may pay $30 (check or charge) and bring ID.