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Spring 2018 Dean's List announced

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Hawai‘i Community College proudly releases the names of the following students who have achieved Dean’s List honors for the Spring 2018 semester.  The Dean’s List requires students to have completed 12 or more credits for a letter grade achieving a grade point average of at least 3.5 (B+) for the semester.  The following 263 students have attained this distinction. Please join us in congratulating them!

Faculty and staff honored with awards

Annie Bunker, Outstanding Lecturer

Hundreds of Hawai‘i Community College students earn associate degrees and certificates each year, and their success would not be possible without the support of excellent faculty, staff and community partners.

Outstanding Lecturer

PHOTOS: Hundreds of graduates celebrate their success during commencement ceremonies

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About 300 Hawai'i Community College students participated in commencement ceremonies in Hilo and Kona on May 11 and May 12. A total of 675 students graduated from Hawaiʻi CC in the 2017-2018 academic year, an 11 percent increase from spring 2017 and the second highest total ever. The youngest graduate was 17 years old and the oldest was 73. Congratulations to all the graduates! Enjoy these photo galleries of the ceremonies. 


Early College student earns associate degree even before graduating from high school

Craig Okahara-Olsen earned his associate in arts degree from Hawaiʻi Community College a week before earning his high school diploma from Waiākea High School. Okahara-Olsen is the first Hawaiʻi Island student to earn his associate degree through Early College classes taken as a high school student. And he did so with distinction, earning a 4.0 grade-point average in his Hawaiʻi CC classes.

‘Community of Hei’ workshops teach an ancient Hawaiian tradition

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The ancient Hawaiian method of communicating and recounting stories by creating string figures, known as hei, was the focus of a series of workshops during the spring 2018 semester at Hawai‘i Community College and the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. 

“In the Hawaiian language, the word hei means to net, ensnare, entangle — and furthermore to be adept and absorb knowledge or a skill,” said Rebecca Jacobs, an English instructor at Hawai'i CC, who helped lead the workshops. “Hei is also the term for a string figure.”

Accounting students volunteer to help residents with taxes

Hawai‘i Community College accounting students applied their classroom learning in the community by volunteering to help residents with tax preparation through a collaboration with Goodwill Industries of Hawai‘i.

“The best part about the entire experience was just being able to help people complete their returns and seeing the gratitude they show towards you,” said Hawai‘i Community College student Dylan Sofia Lee. “It’s incredible. This was definitely the most fulfilling thing I’ve ever done in any class.”