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Happy holidays to all! This is a time of year for reflecting on the many things in life there are to be grateful for, and one of those is the amazing community support Hawai‘i Community College receives from the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Hawaii (JCCIH).

chancellor-rachel-solemsaas.jpg The annual “A Taste of Hilo” is a perfect example of that support, and the event on October 21 was amazing as always. It was extra special this year because it was the 20th Annual A Taste of Hilo, marking two decades of continued support.

The donations that JCCIH makes each year with proceeds from A Taste of Hilo truly have an impact on individual Hawai'i CC students, their families and our whole community.

Mahalo once again for all that you do, and please enjoy these photos of the event.





Kupukupu: Building a Resilient Community 

I am pleased to announce that Hawai‘i Community College Alumni and ‘Ohana is now accepting nominations for our Alumni of the Year Award.

Through this award, established in 2016, we recognize Hawai‘i CC alumni and former students who have given back to their communities and/or have made major contributions to their professions and vocations.

The 2018-19 Alumni of the Year award celebrates “Kupukupu: Building a Resilient Community.” People are encouraged to nominate Hawai‘i CC alumni who helped respond to the effects of the Kīlauea eruption in Puna.

The eruption brought hardship to many Hawai‘i Island residents, but it also brought out the best in our community and showed why this island is such a special place. Many volunteers and workers who helped residents navigate this difficult time are Hawai‘i CC alumni and included contractors, chefs, social workers and more. In some cases, they were using skills and knowledge learned at Hawai‘i CC to help their neighbors.

Their contributions represent the value of local education: To have a strong and resilient community, you need residents with the skills, knowledge and values to respond in times of need. Hawai‘i CC is proud that 91% of our students from Hawai‘i Island and 78% of alumni stay after graduation, so the education we deliver has a major impact in our community.

Hawai‘i CC chose kupukupu, an indigenous type of sword fern, to represent the theme this year because the fern is often used to symbolize a place of learning; kupu means to sprout. In addition, the ferns are often the first plants to grow on fresh lava flows, representing new growth and resilience. If you know a Hawai‘i CC alumni who helped the community in its time of need, please nominate them.

How to Nominate

To learn more and complete the nomination below please see the forms below.

· About the Award (PDF) 

· Nomination Form (Fillable PDF) 

Nominations are due December 31.

Please submit nominations to Alumni & and ‘Ohana President Colby Koreyasu at You may also mail them to the Hawaii Community College Alumni & ‘Ohana, 1175 Manono St., Hilo, HI 96720.

Wishing you the best of the season!


Chancellor Rachel Solemsaas