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March 18 Message from Chancellor Rachel Solemsaas

Aloha mai kākou,

The Hawai‘i CC Administrative Team has been meeting daily as we get information from the UH system. Here are the latest messages from UH President David Lassner regarding  work from home guidance and his other message with additional important information.  The messages include instructions on how to request to work from home.  It starts with a request/agreement form (login required) and  the guidelines available for supervisors and approvers (login required).

Based on this announcement about working from home, administrators will be meeting with supervisors tomorrow to provide further information and guidance on the process for approving working remotely.

I would like to reemphasize that Hawai‘i Community College is open for business. In order to protect our campus community and the public, working remotely is an available option. Our commitment is to work with our supervisors to provide them the support they need to implement these guidelines with you. 

Here are a few resources to help supervisors as they plan for employees to work remotely. These information will also be available in our COVID-19 website


For employees who may need remote access to UH enterprise databases like Banner, they can use a Virtual Private Network. We also have limited access to laptops that can be checked out.  We will provide you instructions on how to reserve them soon. 


To forward calls from your office phone, please do the following: 

1) Press the button under Fwd

2) Enter 9 followed by your number, for example, 95551212

3) Press the button under Fwd

Other Updates: 

  • DOE has extended the time off for public schools. See the latest announcement. 

  • The Hawai‘i CC Children’s Center will be following the DOE schedule of school closure.   ECE faculty and staff will be on site to prepare our center for social distancing and to continue educational programming in the event the DOE schedule is updated. 

  • VCAA Joni Onishi just sent this message to students. Please read it carefully so that you have the information to assist students. The message is posted on our website. 

  • Similarly messages from VCAA Joni Onishi to faculty and lecturers are also posted on our website. Here is the link to her latest message. 

Finally, we encourage faculty, and staff to avoid bringing members of your ‘ohana and guests to campus, particularly in light of CDC guidelines around gatherings of 10 or more people, which we are now adopting.  Also, please limit access to campus areas beyond the hours of operations like evenings and weekends. 

Our priority is on securing foremost our high traffic and shared spaces while supporting you with virtual services and online instructions. Given that individuals with COVID-19 can be asymptomatic, it is safer that we limit our areas with only staff necessary to ensure continuity of our services during our operating hours.

Mahalo nui.

Chancellor Rachel Solemsaas