It’s been busy since the last Chancellor’s Corner. I’ve had a hard time keeping up with everything that has gone on. The campus has seen visitors of all kinds: industry partners, Hawaiian cultural practitioners, Native Americans, and members from our neighboring communities.
Mini Job Fair
The focus of this fair was the hospitality industry. Angela Coloretti McGough of our Employment Prep Center coordinated the event on March 12, 2018, and was able to secure the participation of many of Honolulu’s top food purveyors, restaurants and hotels: Alan Wong’s Restaurants, Alohilani Hotel & Resort, Chef Mavro, Fête Hawaii, Gourmet Events Hawai‘i (GEH), Hale Ku’ike, Il Lupino Restaurant, Marriott International / Kyo-Ya Hotels & Resorts, Mina Group – Waikīkī Stripsteak and The Street HNL, Outrigger Enterprises Group, The Pig & the Lady, REI Food Services – Gyotaku, The Surfing Pig, Top of Waikīkī and SkyBar, Whole Foods, and ChefZone and Y. Hata & Co., Limited.
At the invitation of Nicole Skinner and the Board of Student Activities, the admin team participated in an Ice Cream Social on March 21, 2018. The first day of Spring was sooo windy, we had to bundle up in extra shirts and jackets.
Front row, L to R: Brian Furuto, Susan Kazama, me, Aaron Koseki, Joanne Whitaker
Needless to say, we had a great time. The cotton candy and green tea ice cream were the most popular flavors. Who knew!
‘Ohe Kāpala Workshop
Some graduation preparations take a little longer than others. At the May 11 commencement, students in the Kapo‘oloku program will be wearing Kīhei that they have made themselves, including the designs. Kumu Nalu Andrade met with the students to first help them create the ‘ohe kāpala, the tool they will need to imprint the design on the fabric, comparable to the ways in which designs are imprint on Hawaiian kapa.
First the students had to sand the piece of bamboo to make it smooth. Then, Kumu showed them how to carve the design, reminding them that they needed to reverse the design to make it print correctly on their Kīhei.
The finished products will be worn proudly at the graduation ceremony.
Community Tech Fair
April 7, 2018, saw the campus alive with tech geeks of all kinds! Little kids, parents, kūpuna. All looking for interesting new technology ideas. Over 280 people attended, intrigued by STEM student projects, enjoying the animations produced by New Media Arts students, learning from professional photographers, among many other activities.
Coordinated by Joy Oehlers and Joyce Tokuda, with help from Helen Torigoe, Marisa Yamada, and Virginia Yoshida and a battalion (it seemed!) of student volunteers, the event was a huge success.
Traditional Hawaiian Tattooing
On April 11, 2018, Kapi‘olani Community College was provided a rare opportunity: watching master tattoo artist Keone Nunes create and apply a design, all the while explaining in Hawaiian the traditions of Hawaiian tattooing and the significance of the tattoo being applied. The work of applying ink using traditional tools is a collaborative effort between the artist and able assistants.
TCUP Leaders Forum
The College is a recipient of grants from the National Science Foundation’s Tribal Colleges and Universities program. This year, April 14-16, Hawai‘i hosted the gathering of representatives from all the tribal colleges and universities supported by these NSF grants. The first day of the forum took place at the College, where we were able to greet our visitors with appropriate protocol.
Keolani Noa greets Dr. Paul Boyer, editor of the Native Science Report
April is an important month, dedicated to raising donations of food for needy families. At Kapi‘olani, we take the opportunity to compete to see which unit will raise the most money or give the most food items. The campaign is sponsored by Staff Council, with Stan Fichtman and Jamie Miyashiro taking the lead on the campus efforts.
Laura Kay Rand from the Foodbank and Stan Fichtman give out the boxes.
The drive took place from April 2-20, 2018. Stan and Jamie provided pick up service. Jamie weighed all the food items, stacking cans and small boxes on the tiny scales, Stan at her side packing everything into bigger boxes. After two weeks of the food drive, all the donations of food are weighed, boxed and ready for pick up.
We raised a total of 1,84.5 pounds of food and $1,043.75. We didn’t quite reach our stretch goals of 2,500 pounds and $1,500, but many, many families will be helped by our donations. And the winners are …. Faculty and staff in HOST/Culinary, who donated 427 pounds of food and Auxiliary Services, who donated $300. Pizza party for both units!
As you may know, the campus is home to the manu-o-kū, the white fairy tern. You can watch the birds flying in twos and threes in the skies above the campus. You may know, too, that the manu-o-kū lays her egg on the bare branches of a tree. No nest! You may remember that the weather has been exceptionally windy this month. You see where I’m going with this story? Yes, one day, while Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan Kazama and I were ending our walk around Diamond Head, we noticed something small and white at the base of a tree in the parking lot. Oh no! A baby manu-o-kū! S/he had fallen from her/his branch. We quickly called the Hui Manu-o-Kū for advice. We were told to try to put the fledgling as high up in the tree as possible. No way Susan and I could reach the first branching in the tree trunk. We needed help!
A forlorn baby manu-o-kū
I went back to check on the baby the next day and found that s/he had climbed further up in the tree and was joined by one of her/his parents.
When Susan and I checked in on the family last week, we saw that they had climbed even higher into the tree canopy and were safe and sound.
Selection of a Permanent Chancellor
April was a busy month for the campus as a result of the final stages of selecting a permanent chancellor. The finalists were interviewed and participated in open meetings with the campus on April 6, 2018. On April 17, 2018, Dr. John Morton, University of Hawai‘i Vice President for Community Colleges, announced to the faculty and staff at his Spring presentation that a decision had been made and that I had been selected. I’m excited to serve as chancellor and look forward to the successes we will share together.