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Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Hawai‘i Donates $10,000 to Hawai'i Community College Culinary Program

Hawai'i Community College has received a generous donation of $10,000 from the Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Hawai'i (JCCIH). This donation, made on March 28, 2024, is part of a tradition of support that JCCIH has provided to the college over the years, reflecting their long-standing commitment to fostering education and community growth in Hilo.

Lā Honua Earth Day 2024

The Lā Honua Earth Day Committee welcomes students, staff and faculty from Hawaiʻi Community College and University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo to join us in celebrating Lā Honua ~ Earth Day 2024 with events from April 19th to April 24th. Our theme this year is I Ola E Nā Kini, focusing on the protection and nurturing of native plants and animals, their spaces and places.

Fall 2023 Dean's List

Hawai‘i Community College proudly releases the names of the following students who have achieved Dean’s List honors for the Fall 2023 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 253 students listed below have attained this distinction. Please join us in congratulating them!

Navigating Career Opportunities: Hawai'i Community College at the Forefront of the West Hawaii Career Exposure Fair

The inaugural West Hawaii Career Exposure Fair on December 11, 2023, at the Westin Hapuna Beach Resort Ballroom was a key event for Hawai'i Community College. Aimed at connecting students with businesses, the fair provided insights into various career paths and the necessary qualifications. The college showcased its academic programs relevant to the opportunities from 60 businesses present.

From Recipe to Retail: Launch Your Food Business with Chef Paul Heerlein's Expert-Led Courses

The new program, guided by Associate Professor Chef Paul Heerlein, offers an exceptional opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs in the food manufacturing business. The program is divided into two parts, providing a comprehensive journey from ideation to market.

Part I: Food Business Start Up (February 1 - March 14, 2024)

Hawai‘i Community College and Arizona State University Partner to Offer College Students Transfer Pathways with MyPath2ASU® Collaboration

Hawai’i Community College is pleased to announce a new alliance with Arizona State University to provide students a seamless transfer experience with the MyPath2ASU® program. MyPath2ASU allows students to take the steps needed, at the start of their college experience, to successfully plan their transfer to ASU, ensuring a smooth transition process and student success.

Good Jobs Hawai‘i addresses workforce shortage with free short-term trainings

NOTE: This column appears in the August issue of the JCCIH Oshirase newsletter.


Since joining Hawai‘i Community College as Interim Chancellor on July 1, I have been learning about the college’s close connections with the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Hawai‘i.

Photo of Susan Kazama

Pualu: Weaving a Cooperative Culinary Journey

In the vibrant community of Laʻiʻōpua, where warmth and togetherness thrive, a new partnership has unfolded, igniting a flame of hope and opportunity for adults aspiring to explore the culinary industry. Laʻiʻōpua 2020, a non-profit organization deeply rooted in the spirit of unity, has joined hands with the Hawaiʻi Community College – Pālamanui Culinary Program, giving birth to a groundbreaking program called Hoʻokahua.

Hook to Plate: Local Culinary Pros Convene for Workshop All About Fish

A renowned Hawai‘i chef and an expert on Hawai‘i’s fishing industry teamed up on June 12 to share their knowledge about local catch during a workshop at the Hawai‘i Community College – Pālamanui campus in North Kona.

Seventeen culinary professionals from restaurants in West Hawai‘i joined James Beard Award-Winning Chef George Mavrothalassitis and United Fishing Agency General Manager Brooks Takenaka to learn about fishing methods; how to break down fish to maximize the bottom line; preparation of different fish species; cooking techniques; and more.