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March 18 Message from VCAA Joni Onishi to Faculty and Lecturers

Aloha Faculty and Lecturers,

UH and Hawai`i CC are committed to completing the academic semester and enabling students to graduate on schedule. Hawai`i CC is transitioning to deliver most of its classes via distance education, either online or via Zoom/Real Presence/Google Meet to lessen the risk of our faculty, staff, and students contracting COVID-19.

While face-to-face instruction may move to other modalities, the campuses will remain open, and most services will continue to be provided. 


All faculty and lecturers are expected to directly communicate with your respective students to inform them of delivery modality, logistics, expectations, accommodations, etc. If you haven't already done so, you may want to survey your students to identify their access to technology or other resources you feel are important for your class.  Here is a sample Google Forms survey that you can copy and modify to send to your students.

A message has also been sent to students.


Some of you have been asking about conducting testing via distance delivery. At this time, due to federal regulations regarding student authentication, classes that started the term as a distance education class will be given priority to proceed as they had planned with conducting proctored testing through the UH Testing Centers. Please be advised, though, that due to the need to provide for social distancing, our capacity to proctor tests in the current testing center facilities will be reduced.

For all face-to-face classes being transitioned to distance education, we need to assess the need for proctored testing services. Please complete in Google Sheet Proctored Test Request column K to O to identify test(s) that need a proctored environment, time limits, number of students, etc. 

Once we can identify the campus' needs, we can better work on logistics and plans to increase testing capacity. At the same time, if there are tests that can be delivered in an unproctored environment (e.g., open book tests, low-stakes testing), please consider utilizing the testing tools in Laulima.


The Learning Center, Hale Kea Testing Center, Paepae `Ohua Native Hawaiian Student Success Center as well as Palamanui's Library and Learning Center and Ko Education Center will maintain their respective hours, 8 am to 4:15 pm; Paepae `Ohua, 8 am to 5 pm. 

All of the Centers have computers for student use but may require prior appointments to assure the social distancing requirement is practiced. Centers will continue to provide services to support academic success:

o   Academic Tutoring

o   Peer Mentors

o   Technology Assistance (Laulima, STAR GPS)

For additional information please contact the appropriate location below:

  • Paepae `Ohua Native Hawaiian Student Success Center: Tel: (808) 934-2600, Email:
  • Hale Kea Testing Center: (808) 934-2540, Email: Distance Education Testing:; All Other Inquiries:
  • The Learning Center: (808) 934-2530, Email:
  • Palamanui's Library and Learning Center: (808) 969-8830
  • UHH Mo’okini Library: (808) 932-7286
  • Ko Education Center: (808) 775-8890, Email:


Tutoring support will remain available through and is available online for FREE, 24/7. Students can access through their MyUH portal or by logging in at  Attached are the flyers which guide students through accessing and using resources.  Students needing assistance can contact Lisa Fukumitsu at


Division of Student Affairs offices are still open for normal business hours of Monday through Friday 8 am – 4 pm, except for state holidays. 

In the interest of health and safety, we are asking students and community members to contact our offices to schedule appointments through means of social distancing. In the event that face-to-face communication is necessary, please know that additional time may be required to maintain CDC recommended six foot social distancing throughout service delivery. 

Our Division of Student Affairs offices can be reached at the following: 


For technical support, it is recommended students contact the ITS Help Desk which is available 24/7.

  • Phone: (808) 956-8883
  • Toll Free: (neighbor isles) (800) 558-2669
  • Fax: (808) 956-2108
  • Email:

Keep Safe.


Joni Y. Onishi

Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Hawai`i Community College

1175 Manono Street

Hilo, HI  96720-5096
(808) 934-2514