GenCyber 2017 comes to HonCC

Chris Garcia, Writer

The GenCyber program is bringing its technology summer camp over to HonCC. This is a great chance for those interested in the world of computing. From cryptography to programming, GenCyber will walk through the basics. The camp will be held on the HonCC campus in Building 13 and at the Pacific Center for Advanced Technology Training (PCATT), Building 2, from June 5th through June 9th.

A key goal of the program is to “encourage and inspire” younger students to take up cybersecurity. Key goals of the GenCyber program is to inspire the next generation of cybersecurity professionals, teach students to practice safe on-line behavior, and introduce them to the different educational and career pathways available to them after high school. Thus, only students from Kindergarten to 12th grade are eligible for sign-up. There will be a separate camp for teachers in parallel with the student camps.

During the free four-day camp, members will learn the in-and-out of an internet layout; direct a robotic car with lines of code; become aware of cyber attack signals and stages; and make use of navigation technology. GenCyber will be collaborating with the HonCC Hulili Ke Kukui Hawaiian Center. Members will learn about the Native Hawaiian culture in a unique way in a special event during the camp.

Members will be interacting with technology hands-on, in a classroom and outdoor setting. The program will be offered in two camps: a beginner’s camp and an intermediate one. The beginner’s camp is geared for students who are new to the Information Technology (IT) field. Those who have attended the beginner’s camp in the past can take the intermediate camp.

Photos from 2016 GenCyber Oahu CTF Exercise Gallery ( and GenCyber 2016 Gallery (

HonCC 2017 Commencement (Set 1 of 3)

(Photos by Larry Medina)

Here is a look at HonCCʻs 2017 Commencement. Students walked proudly after overcoming mountains of homework, exams and stress. Families and friends also showed their support, cheering the graduates throughout the entire ceremony.

News Release: HonCC Wins at 2017 Pa’i Awards

On May 23rd, 2017, the Honolulu Community College Student Media Board (SMB) won three awards at 32nd Annual Pa’i Awards Luncheon, held at the Plaza Club in Honolulu and hosted by the Hawai’i Publishers Association. The following persons listed are students of HonCC during the 2016 school calendar year.

Student Design (Print) – first place with “Art & Soul” campus creative arts magazine published by Nekemiah Williams, Tiera Spencer, Vania Graves, Alyssa Baligad, Steffanie Sobitz.

Student Video – second place with “Art & Soul” by Tiera Spencer, Nekemiah Williams, Alyssa Baligad.

Student Story – second place with “Finally Ready to Take on the Whole World” news student biography for the campus newspaper Ka Lā, by Vania Graves.

Two other schools from the UH system were also present for awards, including UH-Manoa and Leeward CC. Award categories consisted of 31 categories, appropriately themed to reflect different aspects of public media. There were a total of 13 nominees awarded 2nd and/or 1st place.

We extend our deepest gratitude to the students who submitted their work for the campus newspaper and creative arts magazine, offering a plethora of creative perspectives. HonCC SMB thanks all the readers of the Ka Lā newspaper/website and Art & Soul magazine. Without their support and feedback, SMB would not be able to produce award-worthy publications. Mahalo for the continued patronage, and have an excellent summer.

By Chris Garcia, Ka Lā staff writer
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Crafting Makana in the Hawaiian Center

Hawaiian Center members are cleaning salt to give as makana. Scoops are crushed with a card and separated from sand and dirt. The finished product will be wrapped in bags and given out. Although this was started since last summer, there is still much more to be cleaned. Photos: Chris Garcia.

Act Gives Over 1.8 million for Hawai’i Promise Program

Chris Garcia, Writer

Community college students may receive more financial aid from an approximated 1.8 million dollar fund allocation. The Legislature appropriated a budget that includes grant funding for UH’s Hawai’i Promise program, helping students with various tuition and expense costs. Funding from grants will cover all tuition, transportation, fees and supply costs as needed. The Federal government, utilizing Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA), will determine student levels of need.

The Promise Program (HB 1594) was initially conceived as an Administration Bill in the 2017 Legislature. Representative Justin Woodson, (former) House Chair of Education, introduced it in January. However, Legislature did not pass it. The Program is now being pushed as an item in the state budget.

Private citizens, college faculty, and continuing college students alike strongly advocated HB 1594 in previous public hearings. The House Committee on Higher Education unanimously passed it unamended with no objections on February 22nd. Regardless of, it did not completely move through the legislative process in late-April.

Judy Sokei, who works for Representative Woodson, said, “…by the time HB 1594 [passed] the senate, it underwent several changes…” One of these changes was that, instead of funding covering the Promise Program for 4 years, it covers it for 2. The program since then had moved under the General Appropriations Act of 2017. Doing so would mitigate the “risk [of] going to the governor and being vetoed.”

The Appropriations Act passed its final hearing in House on May 2nd and awaits the Governor’s greenlight. The bill includes allocation of $1,829,000-per-year for the Promise Program in 2018 and 2019.

UH Chief Financial Officer Kalbert Young says, “…it is still a very good thing that the Legislature provided explicit funding…” He explained that even if the Promise Program passed as a bill, funding would not be guaranteed.

John Morton, UH Vice-President for Community Colleges, said that the 1.8 million is in the University’s operating budget. Because of this, “typically…the funding remains in the budget without further action,” so it is secured.
Morton also said, “UH will establish the program formally within the executive policy on tuition,” since Legislature did not dictate specifics. Furthermore, he believes Legislature will help expand the funding if the Promise Program grows in demand.