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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.”

Students encouraged to take 2018 UH System Student Food Security Survey

Vegetables growing in the Hawai'i CC Agriculture program greenhouse.

All Hawai'i Community College students (18 years and older) are being invited to participate in a new research project entitled, 2018 UH System Student Food Security Survey. The purpose of the study is to understand food insecurity on campus and student perceptions and experiences around diet choices. Participation in the study will help inform programs, services, and policies aimed at promoting health and food security among college students in Hawai‘i and beyond.