Chancellor’s Corner Issue No. 6

Chancellor’s Corner Issue No. 6

Academic Year 2017-2018 is well under way. Last year, we took the time to reflect on all the good that the faculty, staff, and students accomplished and created an annual report to document those accomplishments. We chose to use two manu-o-ku in flight for the cover to represent the College—in motion and soaring! The manu-o-ku have chosen to nest and rear their young on the campus, inspiring some students to learn more about them and others to care more for the campus as the nesting site. Real time education about sustainability and our environment!

Happy 25th Birthday to Lama

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Library. I thoroughly enjoyed the display of the early drawings and plans for the Library. I was reminded that in Fall 1989, when I arrived at the College, the library was in Koki‘o, as was my office. A blessing and celebration were held on September 22, 2017. Following Hawaiian protocol, women and men entered the new space separately. Women entered the newly renovated Learning Center on the second floor from the front staircase, chanting. Men, entering the Learning Center from the back staircase, chanted in response. Virginia Yoshida, the Learning Center coordinator, emceed the event, which featured speeches and thanks from faculty and staff.

Honor ceremony

Dean of Arts & Sciences Nāwa‘a Napoleon presided over a ceremony honoring the faculty who played a significant role in the most recent years of growth in the Library and in the design and implementation of the Learning Center


Group photo

Left to right: Virginia Yoshida, Susan Kazama, Nāwa‘a Napoleon (standing on a platform), Susan Weber, and Annie Keola Thomas.


Group breathing together

The formal part of the celebration ended with Nāwa‘a asking all the participants to come in close … closer! He asked us to close our eyes and breathe deeply together three times.


In this way, we shared our spirit and energies, focusing them on success for the Library and the Learning Center.

Finding Hawai‘i in Hachijo Island

Kapi‘olani Community College has a long-standing commitment to international education. As Interim Chancellor, I have the responsibility and good fortune to maintain the relationships that the College has already developed and to nurture new ones. In September, I visited Japan with three faculty members from the College: Saori Sato, Vincent Okada Coelho, and Palakiko Yagodich. Our purpose was two-fold: to meet with representatives from institutions who are eager to send students to us and to deepen ties with Hachijo High School.

On our visit to Kyoritsu Women’s University in Tokyo we met with the President and were given happi coats to mark the occasion.


Group photo

L to R: Vince, Palakiko, me, and Saori


Imperial palace

While in Tokyo, we took the opportunity to visit the Imperial Palace.


Rock wall

Surrounding the palace are immense rock walls. Palakiko asks, “How did they do this?”


We spent the next two days on Hachijo jima, a small island just under 200 miles south of Tokyo. Our visit with Principal Chiba, the coordinators of the SHIP program (Sharing Heart Islander Program), and the students was an opportunity to see the many parallels between Hachijo and Hawai‘i.


Round stone rock wall

Hawai‘i has rock walls, too, but none that are made of round stones. These walls were over 300 years old.


SHIP is an “inter-island communication program that promotes communication and interaction between Japan and Hawai‘i to exchange ideas about island culture, history, and the environment.” We signed a Memorandum of Agreement to support the ongoing relationship between the College, Hachijo High School and SHIP in a very formal ceremony.


Japan ceremony

The three signatories were Principal Chiba, Mayor Yamashita, and me.



In the audience were many students from Hachijo High School as well as students from four of the other small islands in the Tokyo Prefecture. They were gathered to talk about what students could do to promote sustainability.



A lasting memory from Hachijo is the amazing weaving, a long standing tradition. The weavers use only three colors of silk: yellow, black, and reddish-brown, all dyed with natural colors. The fabric has 1,200-1,500 individual silk threads, 30 feet in length and about three feet wide.


October is AUW Fundraising Month!

The 2017 AUW campaign took a very different turn. No more softball game. No talent show. This year, the UH O‘ahu campuses competed in an obstacle race. Thanks to Doug Kazama, Susan’s husband, we have a video montage of the event.


Softball team

The Kapi‘olani CC AUW Obstacle Race Team. Left to right. Back row: Kealalōkahi Losch, Lance Akana, Krystal Patterson, Louise Yamamoto, Jason Akiyama, Lisa Yamamoto, Patricia O’Hagan, Drake Zintgraff. Front row: Joanne Whitaker, Kelli Brandvold, Linda Katsuda, Lauren Ito, Brenda Ivelisse, Carol Hoshiko, Louise Pagotto, Veronica Ogata, Kristi Ueda.


Hamster ball

The fun began with a hamster ball race. Drake Zintgraff was our delegate.


Bat spinning

Next was the spinning bat. Jason took over from Keala after the first round.


After spinning around ten times with his forehead against the bat, Jason then had to run to the next obstacle: the under/over hurdles. Patricia was our hurdle-jumper. She had to pass the KCC lanyard to the team who ran the four-legged race: Joanne, Brenda/Lisa, and Lance. Their job was to get the lanyard to Keala, who took over the next task from Jason after the first round.


Sumo suit

Keala had to get into a sumo suit and race over to the Mega Trike line up, where Carol took over.



Scooting at top speed, Carol passed the lanyard to me, where I tried valiantly but not speedily to unscramble seven letters to make up a word before passing the lanyard to the Human Resources crew, who “walked the plank” to the finish line.


Plank walking

Back to front: Krystal, Linda, Kelli, and Lauren.


The Kapi‘olani CC team didn’t win, but we had a blast.

We also organized a number of campus events to raise funds for AUW. Louise Yamamoto coordinated the Twice as Nice and Silent Auctions, including reserved parking spaces, which raised $1,054. Veronica Ogata and Dan Swift organized a chili cook off, featuring 12 different chilis. Contestants cooked their chilis in the 220 Grille kitchens on Saturday and Sunday before the Monday event. Served with mac salad and corn bread, the chilis were terrific and the contest raised $800. Winners: People’s Choice (most votes): Keith and Alissa Kashiwada, Most TraditionalLaVache Scanlan, Most Unique/CreativeJamie Sugai & LeeAnn DeMello, Hottest/SpiciestBrenda Ivelisse, Best VegetarianTony Silva. Our third event was a penny war. For two weeks, faculty and staff across the campus contributed pennies to their jars and silver coins and bills to competitors’ jars.

The action got pretty serious during the last couple of days of the penny war. Winners were Title III, who accumulated the most points (and the most pennies: 13,757) and Auxiliary Services, who raised the most money ($143.14). In total, the penny war raised $1,290.35 for Aloha United Way.

Visit from the National Science Foundation

The College has been the recipient of a number of grants from the National Science Foundation. In October, Costello Brown, Regina Sievert, and Scott Morgan came to the campus to get additional information about the most recent grant proposal we have submitted to support students in computer science.



Their visit began with a protocol ceremony.



Events such as these on the campus add to the learning environment and give us opportunities to connect with each other in different and meaningful ways.


As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, let us take the time to reflect and be thankful for our many blessings.


(photo credits: Melissa Lum & Scott Nishi (UH Foundation))

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