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Windward Community College 40 Years of Excellence in Education 1972–2012 Compiled by DeEtta Catherine Wilson, PhD


University of Hawai‘i

Windward Community College

f ents o e l b Ta cont Introduction History Highlights

1972 5

1980 11

1990 19

2000 33

2010 51

Excellence in Teaching Awards Acknowledgements


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The Windward Community College (WCC) campus is its greatest asset. It includes the Ko‘olau mountains that rise behind the campus; the many large, mature trees such as the banyans and monkeypods; and the sloping green lawns. Together they provide a serene setting for learning. From the beginning, students have said that this location away from a city center and busy highway adds to its peacefulness. New buildings have risen to enhance and subtly change the atmosphere of an academic village set amidst the physical beauty of the surroundings. These buildings, too, will influence the memories of all those who teach, learn, and study in this special place. On this 40th anniversary of the college, these History Highlights offer a brief look at the many first events and special recognitions that make the college unique among community colleges in Hawai‘i. The faculty, staff, and administration have been consistently praised by students for their high level of concern for providing a nurturing environment for education. The combination of liberal arts and unique certificate programs offers ever increasing opportunities for students to explore vocational as well as academic subjects to build their futures. Kūlia I Ke Nu‘u, meaning “strive for the highest,” is a fitting motto for the future of the college. Imua! –DeEtta Catherine Wilson

y r s o t t h s g i i l ¢H h i g h 1972

to 1979


¡¡September 18, 1972: On opening day, there are 525 students and the College is using five renovated buildings which were formerly part of Hawai‘i State Hospital and were built in the 1930s. These buildings are one story, long and narrow; they were previously home to administrative

1972-1979 ¡¡services and wards where patients lived. These white painted buildings with red tile roofs are changed into classrooms, offices, a library, and storage spaces. The original names for the buildings were Lono, Kanaloa, Hāloa, Mahi, and Judd. They were named for Hawaiian gods and a former hospital administrator. These buildings had many windows with bars on them; the insides were painted an “institutional green.” There is little outdoor campus lighting and parking is on

the streets near the buildings. ¡¡By spring 1973, there are fifty different day and evening classes in the liberal arts and some business subjects. Faculty that year number 25 in the disciplines of Communication/English/Reading, Speech, History, Social Sciences, Anthropology, Psychology, Political Science, Economics, Mathematics, Business, General Science, and Oceanography. ¡¡John J. Prihoda is appointed first WCC provost.

Above (left to right) John J. Prihoda, Leroy King, and Dr. Peter T. Dyer. Far Right: O Ka’Ohana (Of the Family) student newspaper first cover


1972-1979 ¡¡Kanaloa building becomes the library/ media center, and it opens the first day of school with a small collection of reference books shelved on boards supported by bricks. By the end of the first year, metal shelving is in place and the collection grows by several hundred books and audiovisual materials. ¡¡From the beginning, the college serves students who have the highest average age for community college students in the state – a trend that continues to this day.

¡¡The University of Hawai‘i Board of Regents approves the hospital site as a permanent home for Windward Community College and authorizes the college to proceed with planning and construction of permanent facilities.

1973-74 ¡¡The student body grows by 56% to 834. ¡¡John Prihoda resigns as provost. ¡¡Leroy J. King is appointed second provost of Windward Community College.


1972-1979 ¡¡ University of Hawai‘i President Harlan Cleveland reports in 1974 that planning would begin for a campus of 2,000 – 3,000 students, to be ready by the late 1970s. This would include renovation of several existing buildings and construction of new specialized facilities for sciences, vocational programs, a library/media center, and a student center. ¡¡WCC begins a college orientation program to assist women returning to college after a number of years. ¡¡A mobile counseling program begins to help high school students plan for college. It is staffed by WCC students and operates out of mini-buses, counseling centers, and libraries in several Windward Communities.

¡¡Enrollment is up to 1,100 in fall semester. ¡¡The college acquires its sixth building from the hospital, Eckerdt building, which is renovated to house Administrative Services. ¡¡Free public forums begin in 1976 and include topics such as Money Management; Death and Dying; and Ho‘oponopono, part of the Hawaiian Heritage Series.

1976-77 ¡¡Windward Community College instructor Pīkake Wahilani is named one of 13 national winners of the Ford Foundation Graduate Fellowship for Native Americans.

¡¡WCC’s first Ho‘olaule‘a is held April 20, 1974. It is a day of Hawaiian music, arts and crafts, and exhibits.

¡¡Cooperative Vocational Education programs begin, placing students in real-life working conditions in small businesses on the Windward side.

¡¡The college newspaper, O Ka ‘Ohana, begins publication. The name is translated as Of the Family.

¡¡The Career Advising Center opens for students and the Windward community to assist people in career selection and training.

¡¡WCC graduates its first class of 28 in May 1974.


¡¡First series of non-credit courses are offered on campus.

¡¡The Board of Regents approves five new vocational training programs: automotive technology, finance, social justice, secretarial science, and clerical accounting.

1974-75 ¡¡Student enrollment grows to 1,000. ¡¡Kāne‘ohe Rotary Club adopts the college as its service project. ¡ ¡Windward Community College starts its “Sunday at Windward” series which celebrates the ethnic diversity of the Windward side of O‘ahu.



¡¡Fall enrollment is 1,300.

1972-1979 1978-79 ¡¡Alma K. Cooper is named acting provost. ¡¡WCC student Janice Kilbey is the first student from a community college in Hawai‘i to receive the Truman Scholarship, an award of $20,000 for four years of college study.

1979-80 ¡¡Dr. Peter T. Dyer is appointed WCC’s third provost. ¡¡Fall enrollment is 1,485. ¡¡The Marine Option Program receives a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation to begin a study of Hawaiian backyard aquaculture. The study begins with a feasibility study of raising prawns. As practical experience, students build the aquaculture ponds needed in this system. ¡¡The college launches Rain Bird, its literary magazine, providing an opportunity for students and faculty to publish their prose, poetry, and artwork. Lillian Cunningham is faculty advisor. ¡¡Windward Performing Arts Theatre, the new theatre facility makes its home in the Eckerdt building. The theatre presents plays featuring students and Windward residents.


y r s o t t h s g i i l ¢H h i g h 1980 to 1989


¡¡The Marine Options Program (MOP) receives a three-year grant to initiate a study of Hawaiian Backyard Aquaculture. The study will consider the practical and economic feasibility of raising prawns and fish and other aquatic organisms. This backyard approach would be an efficient

1980-1989 ¡¡and inexpensive alternative food source. Eighteen aquaculture ponds are planned.

buildings to accommodate the expanding number of classes.

¡¡Women in Transition Program is a new program starting in spring focusing on women who are widowed, divorced, separated, or who need a change of lifestyle. Courses are offered in a customized, tencredit, three-course format.

¡¡Federal funding of the TRiO Project is renewed, providing counseling services to low-income, educationally disadvantaged students. Tutoring and skills improvement are also offered by students who are hired to work with their peers who are qualified for the program.

1981-82 ¡¡The college acquires its seventh and eighth buildings from the State Hospital, and renovation begins in Hāloa and ‘Iolani

¡¡WCC Professor Gary Stice uses his many experiences in the South Pacific and other parts of the world to make his classes rich in information about marine geology,

Above: (middle) WCC Professor Gary Stice. (right) Maintenance man Frank Change and student worker Jason Blakely after Hurricane ‘Iwa had their hands full with the clean up. Pg. 13: The clean-up job proved to be so massive that heavy machinery was moved in. Photo by Paul Knapp.


1980-1989 marine chemistry and marine biology. He guides students in his geology classes each semester on field trips to the Big Island to explore Hawai‘i’s unique landscape.

1982-83 ¡¡Hurricane ‘Iwa takes its toll on Windward Community College’s campus with 110 mph winds that uproot trees, but does little damage to buildings. Power is out for about two weeks and the semester is extended to make up for the lost days.

¡¡For the first time, patients at the Hawai‘i State Hospital are able to earn WCC credits for an 8-week, self-development course. ¡¡In the first strike in 76 years, University of Hawai‘i faculty, including those at WCC, close down campus operations for two days. ¡¡The agriculture program adds a new greenhouse near the aquaculture ponds. ¡¡The Windward Community College Art Gallery in the ‘Iolani building becomes a reality with Toni Martin as director and help from many volunteers.

¡¡A new computer center opens on campus through funding provided by an anonymous donor for a six-year period. Officially, the center is called “The Fujio Matsuda Technology Training and Education Center” for former University of Hawai‘i President Fujio Matsuda. It offers outreach classes to the community to help them learn computer skills.

¡¡WCC co-sponsors a “Creativity and Science” conference which features speakers of world renown, including a Nobel Prize winner and Pulitzer Prize winner.

¡¡A group of WCC art students design and execute a large ceramic mural for the entrance to the Kāne‘ohe Regional Library.

¡¡Enrollment is down this fall, in part due to a systemwide tuition hike.

¡¡The college begins offering classes at the Hawai‘i Women’s Community Correction Center.



1980-1989 ¡¡The WCC College Bowl, sponsored by Professor Phil Hagstrom, is a competition for students that combines learning with fun. It includes questions of general knowledge and current events. ¡¡A systemwide strike of faculty occurs November 21 and 22. ¡¡WCC celebrates health in November. Faculty and students participate in a variety of activities such as aerobics, jogging, baseball, vision and general health exams, and healthy eating.

¡¡The “People Who Write” lecture series features authors James and Jeanne Houston, who read from their works and advise students to keep journals, record their dreams, and make a habit of writing something every day. ¡¡Hawaiian language instructor Frank Kawai Hewett wins a third award at the 1984 Nā Hōkū Hanohano ceremonies. This year’s award is for best traditional album; previous awards were for best composer and most promising artist. ¡¡A new sculpture by Gregory Clurman

Phil Hagstrom (standing) with students (left to right) George Beckley, Andy Baker and David Bruno will challenge a faculty team of Janice Nuckols, Jean Shibuya and Al Woods at the May 5 Colllege Bowl. Photo by Susan McGrath


1980-1989 is unveiled in February 1984 outside the ‘Iolani building. The sculpture is called “Petroglyphs.” The ceremony is attended by about 75 people, including state senators, UH President Fujio Matsuda, Community College Chancellor Joyce Tsunoda, and members of the Board of Regents.

made up of instructor Ron Loo and several of his students. The group plays at campus events, luau, parties, and other occasions.

¡¡A 4’ x 7’ ceramic mural titled Ka Moemoeā Kai, meaning Ocean Fantasy, is hung above the inner doorway in the ‘Iolani Building. Students Irene Kaho‘okele, Kala Lindsey, and Christine Spencer work several months on the mural, which shows the interaction between art and science. Project advisors are Lori Buckley, MOP coordinator, and Paul Nash, Art instructor.

¡¡A change in plans by the Board of Regents revises the systemwide tuition increase by deferring increases for the 1985-86 school year and spreading the rest of the increases over four years instead of two.

¡¡WCC TRiO Program wins national honors for tutoring services and tutorial training. TRiO counselor Suzanne Kita’s paper describing the tutoring program is selected as one of 40 papers nationwide and she presents it at the National Association for Developmental Education Conference.

1984-85 ¡¡WCC co-sponsors an international conference on creativity and science which brings together over 500 participants to discuss creative thought and new ways of communicating. New ideas discussed will be taken back by participants to their homes to exchange and stimulate further discussions. ¡¡WCC conducts a feasibility study on offering college level courses via television. A plan is being made to obtain grants to use locally and nationally. ¡¡The Auto Mechanics Technology Program offers WCC students, staff, and faculty an opportunity to have their auto problems diagnosed and/or corrected by second-year students and their instructors.

1985-86 ¡¡The student body grows to 1,540 in fall 1985.

¡¡Journalism classes at WCC provide training in news writing that develops skills that are useful in other subject areas. Students go on field trips to KGMB-TV and the Honolulu Advertiser for real-world experience. Former journalism students have found careers at local TV stations and newspapers. ¡¡Students in Paul Nash’s ceramics classes are planning, molding, glazing, and hanging a 5’ x 31’ mosaic mural on a wall near the front entrance to Kāne‘ohe Regional Library. Cost of production is funded by the Friends of the Library of Hawai‘i. ¡¡UH West O‘ahu plans to offer upper division courses at WCC this fall. This change is based on a recent survey of people living on the windward side. ¡¡Nine WCC students from the MOP Program are part of the Hawai‘i Transecting Workshop which teaches students underwater data collecting techniques. Two dives per day on the Big Island will include Kealakekua Bay, Puakō Bay, Mahukona, Kawaihae, and Lapakahi State Park. Data collected can be plotted on a map to provide an idea of the bottom structures and marine life.

¡¡Pila Nahenahe, meaning soft, sweet music, is the name of WCC’s musical group. It is


1980-1989 1986-87 ¡¡Fall enrollment of 1,657 is up by 13% from last year – the only campus in the UH System experiencing increased enrollment. ¡¡Federal funds make possible WCC’s first free evening childcare program. Lack of space prevents offering the service during the day. The program is on a one-year trial basis. ¡¡The art works of four WCC students are chosen for the prestigious College Art Show in spring. The students are Claudia Wallace,

painting; Jenice Severson, ceramics; Michael Miller, photography; and Don Wolfhope, drawing. Each student wins a cash award. Among the community colleges, Windward is the only campus to win two awards.

1987-88 ¡¡Fall enrollment is 1,680. ¡¡Another conference is co-sponsored by the college, entitled “Perceiving Nature.” Experts from around the world are featured and the

Left: Isabella Leigh and DeEtta Wilson monitor OPAC’s operation. Photo by Marty Nikou Right: WCC Ultimate Site Plan approved for renovation and construction.


1980-1989 proceedings are edited by Diana DeLuca, Assistant Dean of Instruction.

with educational specifications written by all departments and services.

¡¡Windward Community College joins other University of Hawai‘i campuses in adapting a new computerized system to register students.

¡¡Four WCC art instructors, Snowden Hodges, Paul Nash, Mark Hamasaki, and Toni LangeMartin exhibit their works at Queen Emma Gallery.

¡¡The Women in Transition Program changes its name to Windward Transition Program and expands to include men. The program celebrates its 10th anniversary.

¡¡WCC student Anne Landgraf publishes a book called E Na Hulu Kupuna Ola Maoli No – By the Treasured Kupuna, the Living Springs of Knowledge, an oral history with photographs of 32 Windward native-speaking Hawaiian kupuna.

¡¡Master planning for new and renovated buildings for the campus gets underway,


1980-1989 1988-89 ¡¡Renovation funds of $500,000 are received for work on several campus projects: painting of five buildings, re-carpeting of two buildings, replacing air conditioners in two buildings, re-roofing of two buildings, and extending the Waipā building roof. ¡¡The library begins work on automating its functions, beginning with inputting into a computer a record for each cataloged item in the library.

1989-90 ¡¡The Windward Community College Master Plan document is completed and approved by the Board of Regents. The document finally gives WCC approval to proceed with its plans for renovation and construction of its new campus. ¡¡A Master Plan Committee is formed this year to provide as much input as possible to the planning process for the new campus. The committee will include representatives from each discipline and new building, all student services, and administrative services. Various forums are planned to address particular aspects of the planning. Students are invited to participate as are community members. ¡¡This year brings interviews with possible architects for the new buildings and a campus-wide workshop is presented: “Creating Our Environment; Generating Guidelines for Campus Planning.” ¡¡Full accreditation of the college is received after the accreditation evaluation team visits the college in November 1988. ¡¡Physics Assistant Professor Joseph Ciotti opens the aerospace resource lab at Pū‘ōhala School to assist in training elementary teachers throughout the community.


¡¡As part of its participation in international education, WCC sets up a “sister school” relationship with Kagawa Junior College in Japan, paving the way for teacher and student exchanges. ¡¡Assistant Dean of Instruction Don Killeen is selected as a Fellow in the Kellogg National Fellowship Program, Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, Michigan. The three-year fellowship provides opportunities to recipients for leadership development. ¡¡The Automotive Technology Program moves into an upgraded facility, which is inherited from the Hawai‘i State Hospital. ¡¡The first Taro Festival is held on the WCC campus, an event featuring taro’s cultural significance and diversity with recipes, food samples, poi pounding, taro related games and Hawaiian legends for children, food booths, crafts, and entertainment. ¡¡In fall semester, the college launches a computer-assisted instruction lab for students in designated sections of English composition courses. Writing assignments in these classes must be done on the Macintosh computers in the lab or in the Library. Instructor Frank Mattos coordinates the program and the lab. ¡¡The State Legislature appropriates $820,000 for improvements to campus infrastructure and renovation of the Lokai building to house Community Services operations. The Lokai renovation begins the implementation of the new Master Plan.

y r s o t t h s g i i l ¢H h i g h 1990 to 1999

1990-91 ¡¡On March 5, a joint Senate Education Committee and House Higher Education Committee meeting is held in Waipā Lounge to hear three hours of testimony from alumni, faculty, students, staff, and community groups in support of funding for WCC’s Master Plan.

1990-1999 ¡¡The 1991 Legislature awards WCC $12.6 million for Master Plan projects, including the Lokai renovation, new parking lots, campus infrastructure work, and the initial phase of the new science building. ¡¡A faculty survey is conducted by the Master Plan Committee which addresses ideas for the ideal classroom – size, shape, window, door, etc. The committee also holds discussions regarding relocating services in some buildings in the Master Plan. ¡¡UH Mānoa architecture students in a laboratory class work on ideas for the

new library/learning center. They gather information from library staff, students, and faculty in order to plan an ideal facility. At the end of the semester, the students present a written proposal and models at an open forum that includes community members and WCC faculty, staff, and students. ¡¡Funds are received from the Legislature for a counselor and 6.5 faculty positions to convert lecturers to instructors. ¡¡A joint international art show is presented at several O‘ahu locations featuring works

Above: Agriculture Instructor Dave Ringuette and his Saturday volunteers get some sun. Page 19: Mike McCartney and David Ige in a photo “Let Them Eat Cake!” cake cutting to help fund WCC’s master plan for renovation and construction. Photo by Christine Goris.


1990-1999 by WCC art faculty Mark Hamasaki, Snowden Hodges, Toni Martin, Paul Nash, and faculty members at Kagawa Junior College in Japan, the college’s sister school. During the previous summer, the participating WCC faculty, along with Jean Hanna and Assistant Dean Mike Garcia, traveled to Japan for a joint exhibit held there. ¡¡Windward Community College begins building a turf grass and landscape maintenance laboratory to be used to train students in agriculture classes, giving them hands on experience in landscape maintenance. Situated behind the college’s greenhouse, the course is located on agriculturally zoned state land and consists of three golf tees, three holes, and three fairways. Funding for the project is from donations by private contractors with labor done by volunteers. No other University of Hawai‘i campus offers this training; in fact, no other community college in the nation has such a facility to train students for this type of work. The project is directed by Instructor Dave Ringuette. ¡¡Jeffrey Hunt, former WCC instructor and assistant dean, is appointed Special Assistant to the Provost to oversee all activities of master planning. He will work closely with the campus Master Plan Committee. ¡¡The college newspaper, O Ka ‘Ohana, changes its name to Ka ‘Ohana to better reflect the Hawaiian usage of its name, Of the Family.

1991-92 ¡¡WCC instructors Mark Hamasaki and Libby Young are named among “Ten Who Make a Difference” in Hawai‘i in 1991 by the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. They are cited for their efforts to help secure funding for the start of the college’s Master Plan.

¡¡Dave Krupp, science instructor and Marine Option Program coordinator, is awarded a grant of $78,852 by the National Science Foundation. The grant is now 12 yearsold and totals over $100,000. Lori Buckley, Jim Szyper, and Dave Krupp contribute as Principal Investigators. ¡¡A group of WCC alumni start a new organization, Friends of Windward, to get more community involvement on campus and to raise funds for the college. ¡¡For the third year, Ka ‘Ohana, the college monthly newspaper, wins the American Scholastic Press Association national first place award. This year the award includes “with special merit” recognizing Ka ‘Ohana as one of the two top papers in the country for community colleges of its size. ¡¡A well-attended forum presented this year by the Master Plan Committee includes ideas for the roof colors of all buildings. Though much debated by attendees, the consensus is that the tile roofs are an important part of the image of the college and should be retained on future buildings. Colors for the tiles should be compatible, though not exactly the same color on all buildings.

1992-93 ¡¡Sandra Matsui becomes the Dean of Student Services. She comes to WCC from California State University at Bakersfield. ¡¡Kalani Meinecke joins WCC as the first full-time Hawaiian Studies instructor. He is charged with developing the Hawaiian Studies Program. ¡¡A series of events to celebrate WCC’s “20 Years and Growing” is inaugurated by the big birthday party on September 17. It features a giant birthday cake which was made from many individual cakes contributed by students and faculty, assembled, iced, and


1990-1999 ¡¡decorated to be enjoyed by visitors to the campus for the event. The day’s activities include a concert by the Fleet Marine Force Pacific Band and songs by Loyal Garner. ¡¡A Homecoming Luau on October 3 continues the celebration of the college’s 20th year. ¡¡The fall 1992 enrollment reaches a new high of 1,800+ students. ¡¡In November, WCC opens its turf grass and landscape training facility—a landscaped, six-acre area near the campus with three

greens, six tees, and three SO- to ISOyard fairways. Dave Ringuette, agriculture instructor, develops the facility as a joint project between WCC and businesses in the community. It serves as an open-air lab for students in the college’s Agriculture Technology Program. ¡¡Marine Option Program students participate in conducting the first baseline marine survey of Kāne‘ohe Bay to determine the recreation and commercial fishing populations in the Bay.

Above: Kalani Meinecke, WCC’s new Hawaiian language instuctor. Right: MOP student Lee Schindel films living coral and its inhabitants for his skill project. Photo by Greg Allen




1990-1999 ¡¡The first annual WCC Summer Institute in Hawaiian and Polynesian Studies opens in June for a three-week session. Nine noncredit courses in the culture, language, and performing arts of the Pacific region are offered. The Institute culminates with closing ceremonies at the Pacific Island Taro Festival, July 3. ¡¡The Master Plan Committee provides a Campus Center User Survey requesting input on services and spaces to be included in the new Campus Center, especially food services, as well as a philosophy for this type of building. ¡¡The Master Plan Committee also sends out a campus-wide survey about the need for a space for child care to be provided on campus. Those surveyed believe there is a strong need for this service on campus


1993-94 ¡¡WCC Assistant Professor Joseph Ciotti is named the top aerospace educator in the nation and winner of the 1993 Christa McAuliffe Award from the Aerospace Education Foundation. ¡¡The first Pāpio Angling Tournament in Kāne‘ohe is held September 25. The event, which is sponsored by WCC and the Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology, combines community participation with scientific research. ¡¡A “wall breaking” is part of the renovation blessing held at the Lokai building in March to begin the renovation of the building which will house the Community Services Program.

1990-1999 ¡¡A systemwide change brings a new automated system to the library and links all functions to a system computer on the UH Mānoa Campus.

Hale Mānaleo, Hall of Language Expertise – language arts classes


Hale No‘eau, Hall of Technical Expertise – business classes

¡¡A new parking lot across from Waipā building opens January 23, providing much needed additional parking for students and staff. ¡¡Groundbreaking is held November 22 for the first new building – the science building – in the college’s Master Plan. Construction begins following completion of the parking lot. ¡¡New names for all of WCC’s buildings, both new and renovated, are selected. The names are all Hawaiian words that reflect the functions the buildings will provide. New buildings planned, but not yet built, are also provided with Hawaiian names. Following are the new names with the meanings and functions of the buildings: Hale Alaka‘i, Hall of Guidance and Leadership – administrative services

Hale La‘akea, Hall of Enlightenment – library

Hale Uluwehi, Hall of Flourishing Growth – agriculture classes Hale ‘Ākoakoa, Hall of Gathering Together – campus center Hale Hōkūlani, Hall of Starry Heavens – Imaginarium Hale Pālanakila, Hall of (human) Triumph and Achievement – humanities courses Hale ‘Imiloa, Hall of Discovery – natural science courses ¡¡As the 1995 legislative session draws to a close, the legislature approves an appropriation of $22.5 million for the next phase of the college’s Master Plan. The funds will cover construction and equipment for a multi-media lecture hall/planetarium and design work for the humanities building, campus center, and childcare facility.

Hale Kuhina, Hall of Programs – community services Hale Na‘auao, Hall of Knowledge – social sciences classes Hale Mana‘opono, Hall of Precise Thinking – mathematics classes

Left: December 12, 1994. WCC science instructors and staff have reason to smile as they break ground for the long-awaited natural science building. Joe Ciotti (I.), Leimomi Kekina, Dave Krupp, Jacqueline Maly, Inge White and Floyd McCoy.


1990-1999 1995-96 ¡ ¡WCC English and Journalism Professor Elizabeth “Libby” Young is honored by the Carnegie Foundation as the Hawai‘i recipient of their national professor of the year award. This is the first time a community college professor in Hawai‘i has received the award. ¡ ¡WCC forms a partnership with the Polynesian Voyaging Society to sponsor a pilot program called Voyaging and Ocean Education, IS 297, to provide students with experience in sailing and rigging canoes

and planning trips through teamwork. Students from UH Mānoa join the group as they use Kāne‘ohe Bay as a learning laboratory. ¡ ¡WCC professors Floyd McCoy and Clyde Noble are gathering rain from the roof of ‘Iolani to test and measure the acidity in the water. Testing began because of the construction of the H-3 viaduct behind the campus. This data gathering will help to determine what effect the car exhaust from H-3 may have on our campus. Vog from the Big Island lava flows are also being studied for its effects on Windward O‘ahu.

Above: WCC English & Journalism Professor Elizabeth “Libby “ Young becomes Hawai’i’s first Carnegie Foundation recipient of their national Professor of the Year Award.


1990-1999 ¡¡ The “White House,” a two-story home formerly used by the Hawai‘i State Hospital will be used to enhance the Hawaiian Studies Program. It will be renovated through the use of private funds rather than state funds and will be used as a small conference/seminar center, gallery for Hawaiian art exhibits, a reception/hospitality center for campus visitors, and as a site for indoor or outdoor performances or other related activities. ¡¡By the year 1995 most of the ongoing automation functions of the library are complete as well as the elimination of the card catalog.

1996-97 ¡¡Math and Physics Professor Joseph Ciotti is honored by the Carnegie Foundation as the Hawai‘i recipient of their national professor of the year award. This marks the second time this award has gone to a WCC professor. ¡¡The newly renovated Hale Kuhina, formerly the Lokai building, is dedicated Friday, December 6, 1996, in a formal ceremony, followed by a grand reception.

Page 24 right: Windward researchers are waiting to see if H-3 will increase acid rain on O’ahu. Above: Ka‘au mcKenney, Tom Stone Carollo and Mike Judd paddling through the new course. Photos by Alice Keesing


1990-1999 1997-98 ¡¡The University of Hawai‘i faculty, including WCC faculty, averts a strike after agreeing on a new contract. Faculty worked for two years without a contract. ¡¡WCC Art Professor Snowden Hodges has his work featured in three recent exhibits, including the prestigious Artists of Hawai‘i annual exhibit at Honolulu Academy of Arts. ¡¡Several courses at the college are being offered through Distance Learning as a way to reach students who have difficulties coming to campus.


¡¡WCC receives more than $24 million for the next phase of its Master Plan which includes construction of a Campus Center, widening of Kea‘ahala Road, equipping the new Humanities building, and improvements to the infrastructure. ¡¡The first website for the college is developed by Elizabeth Braffett, Media Center Coordinator. ¡¡WCC celebrates the 25th birthday of its opening with a day of music and a huge birthday cake made from 38 sheet cakes contributed by students and staff. Governor Ben Cayetano declares September 11, 1997, “WCC Day.”

1990-1999 ¡¡Hale ‘Imiloa, the new science building, opens for classes following an opening ceremony. ¡¡Fall enrollment grows more than any other University of Hawai‘i campus. ¡¡Ho‘olaule‘a ‘97 continues the tradition of a day filled with entertainment, food, and arts and crafts booths. ¡¡Francois Martin, French artist, is WCC’s first artist in residence as part of “Crossings ‘97,” the cultural exchange program between Hawai‘i and France.

Above: Instructor Mark Hamasaki and Anne Landgraf in the darkroom. Photo by Libby Young. Pg. 28 Clockwise: Provost Pete Dyer (right) congratulates Joe Ciotti at a recent surprise ceremony. Photo by Nathalie Liqner-Walker

¡¡Plans are revealed for a new 40,000 square foot Campus Center, part of the Master Plan for the campus. ¡¡A team of six women led by WCC Program Coordinator Nanette Purnell spend three days in Kalaupapa, Molokai, to clean, repair, and restore 30 grave sites at several cemeteries at the Hansens Disease settlement, a National Historic Site. ¡¡Approval is received for a new Hawaiian Studies Certificate developed by Hawaiian Studies Coordinator Kalani Meinecke. In the University of Hawai‘i Master Plan, WCC is

Coordinator Jacquie Maly (left), Provost Pete Dyer and student Heidi Ainsworth gather for a photo op during WCC’s 25th Birthday Party on Sept. 11th. Same day, Ainsworth also celebrated her own 25th birthday. Photo by Libby Young. Ho‘olaule‘a ‘97 on the great lawn, is full of food, entertainment, and arts and crafts booths.


1990-1999 ¡¡designated as the community college taking the lead in Hawaiian Studies. ¡¡E Luku Wale E, Devastation upon Devastation is the title of the exhibition by WCC art teacher Mark Hamasaki and former student Kapualani Landgraf on view at the Contemporary Museum at the Honolulu Advertiser building. The 85 photos are the result of an 11-year photographic record of the construction of the H-3 freeway. The State Foundation on Culture and the Arts acquired several of the photos for its permanent collection.

¡¡Two new members of the University of Hawai‘i Board of Regents have ties to WCC. Wayne Panoke is a former student at the college and now a UH Mānoa student. He is the first student regent ever appointed to the board. Nainoa Thompson, who is Executive Director of the Polynesian Voyaging Society and navigator of the Hōkūle‘a sailing canoe, teaches a Polynesian voyaging and stewardship lab at WCC. Both men are dedicated to perpetuating Hawaiian traditions.

Above Ian Masterson teaches future student Diana St. John basic moves. (left) Photo by Reenie Young WCC Provost Peter Dyer retires after serving 21 years. (right) Ka ‘Ohana File Photo


1990-1999 1998–99 ¡¡November brings the long-awaited groundbreaking for the new Performing Arts and Humanities building which will house a 300-seat theater, an art gallery, and classrooms. ¡¡In December another important groundbreaking is held for a new multimedia center which will include a new type of planetarium called an “Imaginarium.” It will be used for the sciences and other subject fields.

¡¡Kūlia I Ka Nu‘u, a new sculpture for the campus, is unveiled. It is the work of sculptor Don Harvey and is the first of several art works to come as part of the Hawai‘i State Foundation for Culture and the Arts, Art in Public Places Program established by the 1965 State Legislature. Hawai‘i is the first state in the nation to pass legislation setting aside a 1% portion of the public building construction budget for art. ¡¡Business Professor Peggy Regentine is the 1999 Outstanding Post-Secondary Teacher

Above: Father Time stands among historical figures from the last two centuries. Photo by Libby Young


1990-1999 ¡¡in Hawai‘i, selected by the Hawai‘i Business Education Association.

and student services in the Hawaiian Studies area and to provide library materials.

¡¡WCC Music Professor Ron Loo releases his first CD entitled Kahalu‘u Slack, composed of six slack-key guitar songs and six vocal selections. Loo composed two of the songs and arranged all 12 of the tracks.

¡¡Fall enrollment shows the highest increase of any community college in the system.

¡¡A non-credit course, “Introduction to Surf Science and Technology,” is offered during WCC’s summer session. The course features well-known local surfers and could lead to a credit certificate in surfing technology. ¡¡College Art 1999, an island-wide juried competition for students at the college level, features works by 13 WCC art students in various types of art media. These were chosen from 250 entries that came from UH Mānoa, Brigham Young University-Hawai‘i, and other community colleges. ¡¡October 13, 1999, Ko‘olau Vision Day, almost a year in the planning, comes to fruition, led by a faculty committee. A large college and community crowd gathers on the Great Lawn for a day-long celebration. Featured guest speaker UH Mānoa Professor James Dator speaks about possible scenarios for the future in Hawai‘i. Dator‘s speech, “2020 Foresight: The future isn‘t What It Used to Be,” focuses on education and the state. Discussion groups follow the speech and write messages to be included in a time capsule to be placed in the new Humanities building. The capsule will be opened in 2022 on WCC‘s 50th anniversary. A highlight of the day is the Time Walk—the crowd walks about the grounds reading plaques and hearing a little history from the costumed Century Guides.

1999-2000 ¡¡A federal grant of $1.7 million is received for use over a five-year period to expand Hawaiian Studies courses and facilities. It will also be used to increase computer literacy


¡¡A Ka ’Ohana survey shows that 90% of polled students praised the quality of the faculty and staff and the personal attention received. Students also praised the excellent teaching, small classes, friendly campus, low cost, free parking, location, and “excellent learning environment.” The top complaint was “no cafeteria.” ¡¡The upcoming millennium is the subject of a lecture series for the community on campus. Some of the topics include calendars through time, major events of the 1900s, and the art of our time. ¡¡WCC has a new modern Hawaiian sailing canoe for use in its Polynesian Voyaging Program which provides students in the program with skills and knowledge to become voyagers. The six-person canoe is called Ho‘omano‘o. Credits earned in the program will fulfill certain AA requirements that are accepted at UH Mānoa. ¡¡The Kāne‘ohe Post Office features a mural done by WCC art students that features colorful scenes of the windward side. The Kāne‘ohe Post Office also offers, as a collectors’ item, a limited number of specially designed envelops with designs and cancellations that feature the college in its design. ¡¡WCC Provost Peter Dyer retires after serving the college for 21 years. An outstanding accomplishment has been his work to obtain funding for the college’s Master Plan for badly needed new facilities. ¡¡Interim Provost Angela Meixell takes on the leadership of the college.

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2000-01 ¡¡Groundbreaking ceremonies are held September 22 for the new Campus Center, a $13.8 million facility with space for the college’s first cafeteria and various student services and activities.

2000-2009 ¡¡At a kava ceremony at Kualoa Beach Park December 2, two fiberglass sailing canoes are blessed. These canoes are the newest addition to WCC’s Polynesian Voyaging Program. They will help students master both ancient and 21st century sailing skills. ¡¡WCC receives a federal grant to develop a service-learning partnership between the college and Kailua High School, its feeder schools, and UH Mānoa. The goal of the partnership is to raise the aspirations and achievement levels of students – particularly native Hawaiians – and to encourage


students to go to college. By allowing WCC students to work with high school students, the program will encourage enrollment in higher education among students unsure of their higher education goals. ¡¡As the new millennium opens, four major projects are in progress that will change the appearance and use of the college for the future. The projects include the new planetarium/multimedia center, called the Imaginarium, the humanities building, the Campus Center, and the widening of

2000-2009 Kea‘ahala Road, the primary access road to the campus.

Castle Foundation to develop community outreach programs for the new facility.

¡¡The University of Hawai‘i Board of Regents approve a five-year tuition increase for all campuses of the UH System.

¡¡The new humanities building, Hale Pālanakila, opens this fall. The facility features space for a wide variety of courses in music, the arts, and a 300-seat theater. The building offers excellent venues for special requirements in instrumental and vocal music, ceramics, photography, painting and drawing, theater arts performance stages, and studios for dance students. History and Hawaiian Studies classes are also accommodated. Also featured is a 1,700 square foot art gallery on the first floor.

¡¡A 13-day strike by faculty at all 10 UH campuses ends April 12. With a tentative agreement in place, the spring semester is kept on track to finish on time. The strike deals with pay raises and community college teaching equivalencies. ¡¡The state Legislature approves a $300,000 capital improvement appropriation for planning the college’s library/learning center, the last major building in the college’s Master Plan.

2001-02 ¡¡The new Imaginarium building opens October 12 with a ceremony featuring WCC Professor Joseph Ciotti who shepherded the 10-year project to completion. University president Evan Dobelle and other dignitaries attended the ceremony. The Imaginarium receives a $93,000 grant from the Harold K.L.

¡¡Ongoing construction and increased enrollment have created parking problems on campus. Alternate parking areas are available that are farther away from campus. ¡¡The first Hawai‘i Music Institute in the islands is initiated at WCC. Courses and workshops begin this fall that will provide a place to nurture island music. The first Hawai‘i Music Institute non-credit courses will include music instruction and the business side of music.

Left: (top) Hōkūlani Imaginarium on the WCC campus. Photo by Peter Tully Owen. Star gazers from Windward’s astronomy class enjoy the view in the new Imaginarium. Photo by Greg Osterman Pg. 33: Hale ‘Ākoakoa the new campus center. Photo by Peter Tully Owen Pg. 36: WCC dedicated Palikū Theatre and new humanities building with a Hawaiian blessing ceremony and festivities on April 26. Photo by Tom Holowach College credits earned at home through specific televised programs and online via computers.


2000-2009 ¡¡The Learning Center expands its services to students offering Internet workshops to improve student research skills in using the Internet. ¡¡A new glass house for WCC’s Plant Bio-Technology Program and a plant identification center opens this fall. ¡¡A new charter school that features Hawaiian values and culture opens in Hāloa building on the WCC campus with 41 seventh and eighth graders who will be learning at various sites along the Windward Coast.


¡¡Master woodcarver Shane Eagleton is artist-in-residence at WCC. He uses only salvaged wood and has major examples of his art in several countries. He now makes his home in Hawai‘i where he teaches wood carving on campus. He is working with The Cultural Conservancy to develop an education center dedicated to “Trees, Culture and Sustainability.” ¡¡Availability of distance education courses is growing on campus with courses taught on cable TV and online. Currently, 50 students are enrolled in WCC distance education

2000-2009 courses. Tuition is the same as for on-campus classes. The courses are time-intensive for instructors and students.

¡¡April 26 is WCC’s grand opening day and blessing for Hale Pālanakila, the new humanities building.

¡¡The Hawai‘i Music Institute offers 12 courses in spring semester featuring famous Hawaiian musicians as instructors.

¡¡Art Professor Snowden Hodges opens his one-man show at the Honolulu Academy of Arts, March 20. The show includes life size drawings in charcoal of Hercules, the hero of Greek and Roman mythology.

¡¡The Marine Option Program (MOP) at WCC is an ocean studies undergraduate program providing a chance for hands-on experience and course work. Students can earn an MOP certificate by completing a combination of courses in marine related subjects and an MOP project. Students who earn the certificate will soon be able to complete a BA degree at UH Mānoa in Marine Biology. ¡¡A new art experience begins during the upcoming summer session. The Atelier refers to a method of art training developed in Europe during the Renaissance. The program features six hours of painting per day over a six-week period. It emphasizes classical techniques of drawing and painting. Art Professor Snowden Hodges developed the program – the first of its kind in Hawai‘i. ¡¡A new course called Surf Science is offered for the first time at WCC. It is the only course of its kind offered in the United States. Students learn a number of skills useful in surfing as well as the historical and cultural aspects of the sport. It combines multidisciplinary course work with hands-on experience. ¡¡WCC’s new Hawaiian Center for Learning in Hale Na‘auao is funded by a Title III federal grant. It offers a gathering place for students where they can receive tutoring help, become more involved in campus activities, and meet some of the other 600 Hawaiian students enrolled at the college. It will provide cultural and educational presentations and workshops.

2002-03 ¡¡UH Board of Regents places the Employment Training Center (ETC) under WCC’s Division of Vocational and Community Education ¡¡Fall enrollment hits a record high of 1,800 students, a 15% increase over fall 2001. This is due in part to more course offerings, new facilities, and a successful marketing campaign. The registration process is made simpler and more student friendly. ¡¡In May 2002 the Faculty Senate votes to adopt a new Mission Statement: Windward Community College is committed to excellence in the liberal arts and career development; we support and challenge individuals to develop skills, fulfill their potential, enrich their lives, and become contributing, culturally aware members of our community. ¡¡The new campus center building, Hale ‘Ākoakoa, opens featuring student services, counselors’ offices, and space for student government and student publications Ka ‘Ohana and Rain Bird. There are also conference rooms, a student lounge, and a cafeteria. ETC students are staffing the cafeteria, which serves a full menu for breakfast and lunch. November 1 is the day for the blessing of the building. ¡¡A new WCC Community Research Center provides students with hands-on experience in data analysis using real projects in the community to collect and analyze data and report findings. Research projects will




2000-2009 ¡¡provide students and others with valuable information about the community and the needs of the area.

campus for a week of cultural exchange. The group hopes to host students from Hawai‘i in the future.

¡¡Provost Angela Meixell is invested as WCC’s fourth provost.

¡¡Spring 2003 semester brings to WCC a Tissue Culture and Plant Biotechnology Lab where students can work on projects leading to careers in agriculture, aquaculture, biology, horticulture, and medicine.

¡¡On November 22 the new ‘Iolani Art Gallery opens the first statewide community college juried student art exhibition. After the exhibition closes it will travel to other community colleges in the state. ¡¡Maori students from the University of Auckland in New Zealand visit the WCC

¡¡Three former WCC art students are returning to Gallery ‘Iolani to exhibit their current work. They are Norman Graffam, now teaching drawing and painting at WCC; Rebecca Horne, now an art lecturer at UH

Above: (left) WCC’s fourth provost Angela Meixell has turned out new programs in record time. Photo by Marc Schechter. (right) Portal to the arts: A special world awaits visitors at the new Gallery ‘Iolani faculty exhibit. Photo by Victor Gates Pg. 38: (top left) One of Snowden Hodges’ drawing in one-man exhibition, Hercules, at Honolulu Academy of Arts. Professor Snowden Hodges at work with charcoal. Courtesy of Honolulu Academy of Arts/Photos by Shuzo Uemoto


2000-2009 ¡¡Mānoa and HCC; and Ginger Royal, now an elementary school teacher. ¡¡A new feature this semester in Ka ‘Ohana, the college newspaper, is a column written in the Hawaiian language with a translation into English. The column is titled “Ke ‘Ala Ka Hala,” meaning “The Fragrance of the Hala Blossom.”

2003–04 ¡¡Fall semester brings an increase in enrollment of 6.9% from last fall. This increase, at 1,888, is the highest percentage increase of all University of Hawai‘i community colleges and second highest increase in the whole system. ¡¡One family living on the windward side, the Laimanas, holds the likely record of the most family members attending WCC at the same time – 10. They range in age from 18 to 74. ¡¡A new policy this fall requires new students at WCC to complete a computer and information literacy test before they can graduate with an associate degree. A fourpart exam is available by appointment at The Learning Center. ¡¡“Keiki O Ka ‘Aina” is the name of a new program that has moved into Hale Na‘auao. It is a Hawaiian Language Parent/Child Education Program which moved from Waimanalo after losing its site there. It is described as a federally funded Hawaiian emersion play group where parents come to play with their keiki and to learn Hawaiian language and values. The program was

developed under the Native Hawaiian Education Act and provides these services to parents and their children up to the age of five. ¡¡Academic Subject Certificates at the college have much to offer WCC students. They provide for both pre-employment training and meeting some prerequisites for students transferring to upper level colleges. Students can gain field experience in the community in several of the certificate specialties; graduates with some of these academic certificates will have an easy transfer to UH Mānoa baccalaureate programs. ¡¡A new group of people called Ambassadors has been formed to represent the college in the community. These business and community leaders will come to campus to learn about the college and then work on fundraising and program ideas as well as inform the community that the college has something for everyone. ¡¡Official planning has begun for a new building, part of the college’s Master Plan to house the Library, The Learning Center, the Media Center, and Academic Computing. ¡¡A budget deficit this fall has brought the college various problems and a forum is held to discuss how best to continue its programs and services. ¡¡WCC Photography Professor Mark Hamasaki and photography lecturer Kapulani Landgraf along with their former

Pg. 41: (clockwise) WCC student Anolani Badua monitors progess of plants in the growth chamber. Photo by Greg Osterman Kapulani Landgraf and Mark Hamasaki at their art opening. Photo by Ka ‘Ohana staff PaCES coordinators Dave Krupp (left) and Floyd McCoy in ‘Imiloa. Photo by Bonnie Beatson


2000-2009 student Kanani Aiu are part of a prestigious exhibition of black and white photographs at the Honolulu Academy of Arts. They are part of a group of 18 invited artists who are exhibiting their work in the show. ¡¡A new NASA Flight Training Aerospace Education Lab opens in the ‘Imiloa (Science) building. It allows students to experience various aerospace and aeronautics programs at 11 stations in the lab. The center was financed by a grant from NASA which was written by Professor Joseph Ciotti and is one

of only 30 such programs in the nation. ¡¡Kapulani Landgraf, a WCC graduate and current lecturer in photography at WCC and KCC, has a recently released Na Wahi o Maui – the Sacred Places of Maui, a book of her black and white photographs. The images and hidden meanings of spiritual places of Maui were documented over a period of five years during which time she completed the work through difficult working conditions in remote areas.


2000-2009 2004-05 ¡¡The Common Book Program – the first of its kind in Hawai‘i – is founded by Brian Richardson who describes the project as “an educational experience . . . it gives people a different way of engaging with writing and with each other, not just listening to lectures.” Several WCC professors are incorporating a particular book from the Common Book project for their students to read, discuss, and write about. ¡¡A $225,000 grant from the Harold K. L. Castle Foundation is received which will fund five programs to train students for careers, offer stipends for student research, sponsor summer K-12 science enrichment, and provide state-of-the-art equipment for research, teaching, and community projects. The grant goes to Pacific Center for Environmental Studies (PaCES), a new program created by Professors Floyd McCoy and David Krupp.


he decides what order in which to submit projects to the UH Board of Regents. ¡¡Windward Community College is named one of the nation’s best small colleges in the areas of student-faculty interaction and learning. It is in the top 31 out of 152 community colleges that participated in the Community College Survey of Student Engagement, a survey designed to help colleges compare their performance to other community colleges nationwide and to use the information to improve their institutions. ¡¡Ka ‘Ohana, the college newspaper, recently won a first place with special merit award in the American Scholastic Press (ASPA) competition in the community college category. The newspaper has been nationally recognized by ASPA for 14 years. Ka ‘Ohana received 960 points out of a possible 1,000 in the competition with a perfect score for creativity.

¡¡The renovation of the “White House” is complete and it is now called Hale A`o, meaning “House of Learning.” The building is the new home of WCC’s Hawaiian Studies and Hawaiian language Programs. A blessing on November 12 recognizes the need for a temporary home for these programs that can be used until a new Hawaiian Studies building, part of the college’s Master Plan, can be constructed. Hale A`o now provides classrooms for Hawaiian language and culture classes as well as a variety of programs related to Hawaiian Studies.

¡¡Students in Art 111, Introduction to Watercolor, have a unique opportunity to be the first WCC art class to paint on location at the Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) on Coconut Island in Kāne‘ohe Bay. The location provides views of the Windward side of the island that cannot be found in any other area. Opening the island to the public and getting the community involved in the island is important to the director of HIMB. The island, once privately owned, is now owned by the University of Hawai‘i. It contains almost 29 acres, with six acres of lagoons used to hold research organisms.

¡¡A visit to the campus by the University of Hawai‘i president gives impetus to WCC’s plan for a new learning resource center to house the Library, The Learning Center, Academic Computing, and the Media Center. The poor condition of the buildings now housing those programs makes an impression on the university president, causing him to show his support when

¡¡The college organizes its second annual Makahiki festival to be held November 18 at Hale A‘o. The celebration signifies a desire to ho‘oponopono (make right), reclaim, and restore Hawaiian culture. The celebration features ancient Hawaiian games which were regularly organized at the time of peace and concluded with a pā‘ina (celebratory meal).

2000-2009 Students from Kagawa Junior College (KJC) visit the campus for a week in spring 2005. KJC has been WCC’s sister college and part of an International Studies Program since 1988. The trip offers students a chance to exchange cultural and language experiences. The students brought some of their culture to share with our students while learning about WCC’s campus and community. ¡¡Noted Hawai‘i artist John Young provides scholarships to be awarded to up to two students who are enrolled in a fine arts or performing arts program for at least one year and are graduates of a Hawai‘i high school.

2005–06 ¡¡A 5-year Title III grant of $2.3 million enables WCC to provide upper division courses on campus. The goal of the grant is to encourage students to remain at WCC long enough to complete the AA degree and begin work toward the bachelor’s degree. The University Center will be similar to those on neighbor islands where students can complete the bachelor’s degree and even a master’s degree through the Center. Tuition for classes taken through the Center will differ from that at WCC because they will reflect costs at the upper division campuses. Credits earned will appear on transcripts as credits from the upper division campuses. ¡¡ The Lanihuli Observatory is a new building under construction on campus and planned for completion in spring semester. It will house a laboratory space for astronomy classes and a telescope for public and private school students and Imaginarium visitors to view the sky. Also in the building will be space for a weather satellite tracking station for meteorology studies and space for other astronomy equipment including a radio telescope to observe Jupiter and a Heliostat solar telescope with its 16-foot dome. Of the $800,000 cost for the building, 90% has come from private donors, federal and state

funds, and grants. The remaining expenses of $72,000 will depend on fundraising by the group WCC Friends of Lanihuli. ¡¡Rain Bird, the college literary and art journal, celebrates its silver (25th) anniversary this year. The journal has grown from a 50page, stapled-together magazine in 1980 to a bound volume of over 100 pages. ¡¡‘Olelo Community Television has opened a new studio at WCC in the college’s HITS classroom in Hale ‘Ākoakoa. Keali’i Lopez, the station’s president and CEO, is a WCC graduate. The studio is ‘Olelo’s first on the windward side, chosen because of its central location on the Windward Coast. WCC students may use the equipment free of charge by joining the Media Club. ¡¡WCC has a new sister college, Te Whāre Wānanga o Awanuiarangi, a New Zealand tribal institution. As an indigenous organization, this college has a goal of teaching according to Maori customs. Student and faculty exchanges and study abroad opportunities are expected to be available June 2007. ¡¡Since 1985, writing retreats have been held on campus under the leadership of English Professor Lillian Cunningham. The monthly retreats are one-day gatherings of students and community members who find inspiration and helpful feedback in a supportive atmosphere. ¡¡The 2006 Legislature awards more than $3.5 million to WCC for a variety of operating budget items such as important campus infrastructure, equipment replacement, and utilities shortfall. A significant part of the appropriation is $2.59 million for the design of the first phase of the new library/learning center. A request for construction funds for the building will be made to next year’s legislative session.


2000-2009 ¡¡Ka ‘Ohana, the college newspaper, again wins a first place national award from the American Scholastic Press Association. The award areas are for writing, page design, and photography. This year marks the 15th year the newspaper has received national honors.

2006-07 ¡¡The Poet Laureate of the United States, Ted Kooser, will be in Hawai‘i this fall and will give two poetry workshops and a reading/ conversation program at WCC. ¡¡Rain Bird, WCC’s literary and art magazine,


receives two awards from the American Scholastic Press Association. The awards are First Place with Special Merit and Most Outstanding Community College Literary Art Magazine for 2006. The magazine’s content and production comes entirely from WCC faculty, staff, and students. The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges confirms accreditation for WCC following visits by their accreditation team. Five recommendations were made for implementation by the college. They include continued improvement to the strategic planning process, student learning

2000-2009 outcomes, and governance structure. Also recommended is to “act diligently to secure funding” for a better library and to develop and implement programs dedicated to student success. The college will report on its progress in meeting these recommendations October 15, 2009. ¡¡Windward CC and Chaminade University’s Undergraduate program are planning to offer a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice with students able to take classes from both institutions at the same time on the WCC campus. The first of these classes at WCC will be offered in August 2007. ¡¡The 2007 legislature appropriates funding of $41.6 million for construction of the new library/learning center. ¡¡As part of a 2005 institutional agreement between WCC and its sister school, Te Whāre Wānanga o Awanuearangi, a group of WCC faculty and students and native Hawaiian educators will visit New Zealand this summer for four weeks to learn about the many similarities shared by the Maori and the Hawaiian cultures. ¡¡June 18 will bring an official dedication ceremony for WCC’s Bioprocessing Medicinal Garden Complex on campus which is the final phase of an ongoing development plan for the college’s Academic Subject Certificate in Bio-Resources and Technology:

Plant Biotechnology. The garden offers a variety of educational and training resources in agribiotechnology and agribusiness. According to Professor Inge White, program coordinator, the training and education through the program will lead to future careers in bioscience related fields entrepreneurship. ¡¡WCC’s student newspaper, Ka ‘Ohana, under the continued faculty leadership of Professor Libby Young again receives high honors with a first place from the national ASPA, this time with a “special merit” designation, meaning that the paper received over 900 out of a possible 1,000 points. Judges rated the paper as “an outstanding example of a scholastic publication in format, content and presentation.”

2007–08 ¡¡The Pacific Center for Environmental Studies (PaCES) Program at WCC received high praise from Governor Linda Lingle when she visited the campus in September. She said that PaCES is “exactly the type of program our state needs” and she will hold it up as a model of the type of innovation initiative she envisions for the state. The PaCES Program, founded by Professors Dave Krupp and Floyd McCoy brings together several programs in the environmental sciences department at the college.

Pg.44: (left) Rain Bird instructor Robert Barclay, Lillian Cunningham, Josh Gergen, Megan Yuen and Rachel Robello. Photo by Ka ‘Ohana staff (right) Ted Kooser, 2004-2006 U.S. Poet Laureate at WCC November 7th, 9th & 10th for readings, workshops and conversation. Several hundred people came to hear the master poet. Photo by Ka ‘Ohana staff (bottom left) Botany Club students ready to assist. Photo by Kimberly Moa


2000-2009 ¡¡The college newspaper, Ka ‘Ohana, launches a new website that will help students to gain skills they will need in the 21st century by bringing up the newspaper online. ¡¡Lanihuli Observatory is dedicated October 12, 2007, Discoverer’s Day. It will be used by classes and for community outreach events. There will be activities such as observing interstellar clouds and galaxies using the new optical telescope. A 16-foot rotating dome provides a screen against wind and for blocking out the glare from surrounding city lights. Other activities are offered to students and visitors besides viewing the sky. ¡¡WCC is updating its strategic plan for 20082015 which helps the college to set priorities for both budgets and programs. Along with all other campuses in the University of Hawai‘i System, WCC is concerned about the graduation rate of Hawai‘i students and the state’s need for a work force to meet the needs for high demand fields in the next decade. Some of these fields are teaching, information technology, nursing, social work, and tourism. Most needed is a plan to encourage students to complete college. A better college experience for students at all campuses is one goal of the strategic plan. ¡¡World famous archaeoastronomer, Dr. Clive Ruggles, lectures at WCC as a part of the college’s Cultural Astronomy series. Ruggles studies heiau on Kaua‘i and Maui as well as Moloka‘i and the Big Island. His work includes discovery of more than 30 previously unknown heiau. ¡¡ Professor Toni Martin’s “Golden Years” series of annual exhibitions honoring UH emeritus professors who have been significant influences on art in Hawai‘i is now at Gallery ‘Iolani. This second in a series exhibit displays the work of Emeritus Professor Murray Turnbull, a nationally


recognized artist. ¡¡For the second consecutive year the college’s literary and art journal, Rain Bird, is honored by the ASPA with a first place award in their annual magazine competition. ¡¡WCC has a newly redesigned website that has been in the works since 2005 as a team effort by staff, faculty, and students. Important features of the new site are its user-friendliness and colorfulness. ¡¡A new certificate program at the college is Tropical Urban Tree Care developed by Dave Ringuette, agriculture program coordinator. The field of aboriculture which concentrates on ways to care for tropical trees will provide skilled workers in an industry that needs these skills. Two areas of emphasis are arborist and tree worker. The arborist’s focus is more academic, including tree risk assessment and preservation while the tree worker will focus on more physical skills in the area of climbing, pruning, and felling. ¡¡WCC and the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) have formed a student exchange agreement with one student selected per semester. The first Alaska student chosen for the exchange is Alaska native Gloria Simeon who is working with Professor Inge White to complete joint coursework for WCC’s BioResources and UAF’s Ethnobotany certificate programs. Professor White will select one student at WCC to study in Alaska during the fall 2008 semester. ¡¡The student newspaper, Ka ‘Ohana, has again captured another first place national award from the ASPA as an “outstanding overall example of a scholastic publication in format, content and presentation.”

2008–09 ¡¡Record enrollment of 1,696 is recorded for fall 2008, in part due to marketing campaigns, retention of continuing students,

2000-2009 and an outreach program. ¡¡Students Neale Asaato and Feliz Salas win the John Young Scholarship in the amount of $2,000 each. ¡¡Norman Graffam, drawing and painting teacher and former WCC student, wins a prestigious award in the 30th Annual Japanese Chamber of Commerce Art Exhibition. His charcoal drawing was selected from 81 works and nearly 500 entries. ¡¡The Palikū Theatre production of the musical “Miss Saigon” features three WCC alumni in the cast as well as one choreographer. They are former Castle High School students as well as students of Ron Bright, the director of the show. They include Bright’s son Michael, daughter-in-law Jade Anguay, and Jade Stice. All three were active in traveling productions of the musical. Stice played a major role in the New York production. ¡¡WCC hosts a free Tech Talk Conference along with Pacific Center for Advanced Technology Training which will provide workshops to help people interested in preparing for work in all fields of technology and will present the latest trends. There will be exhibits and campus tours. The

free conference will be open to students and the community and will showcase UH community colleges programs. High school students from nine campuses will be bused in for the conference. ¡¡In February 2009, WCC’s sister college, Kagawa Junior College in Japan, sends a group of students to visit the campus for five days. This is the second time students from the college have visited as part of a Life and Culture program which focuses on life information, food sciences, fashion, preschool education, and business management. ¡¡Faculty members and Chancellor Angela Meixell invite members of the Waimānalo community to a discussion about ways the college can increase the number of students from that community attending WCC. Waimānalo has had a very low percentage of students enrolling in higher education institutions. There will be future meetings of the group to continue discussions. ¡¡Spring semester 2009 brings a record high enrollment – a 10.6% increase over last year. The increase appears to be due in part to the current downturn in the economy and uncertainty in the job market. Other factors in the increase include improved outreach


2000-2009 ¡¡programs that include financial aid and other workshops and targeting adults in the community who may be interested in returning to school. ¡¡The college newspaper, Ka ‘Ohana, receives the Hawai‘i Publishers Association Pa‘i Award for excellence in journalism. The award recognizes outstanding achievements in Hawai‘i publications. An independent panel of mainland publishing experts judged the contest in which Ka ‘Ohana won over other two- and four-year colleges and universities in the School Newspaper Excellence


category, placing second only to UH Mānoa’s daily paper Ka Leo. ¡¡The Certificate of Achievement in Veterinary Assisting is a new certificate program in the field of veterinary medicine. The certificate is the first of its kind to be offered in Hawai‘i. In the past, veterinarians trained most of their assistants on the job. The certificate will enable students to learn about working with animals in a veterinarian’s office, an animal shelter, or research lab. The program will provide standardized training so that students are

2000-2009 prepared to do this work upon completion of the courses. They can also use the courses to count toward the AA degree, thus obtaining both the certificate and the associate’s degree simultaneously.

2009–10 ¡¡Fall semester brings a new chancellor to WCC, Douglas Dykstra, who has almost 35 years of experience in the community college system. His experience includes teaching and administrative work at Leeward CC, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Leeward CC, and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Hawai‘i CC. He also wrote successful grant proposals and was awarded the HCC Chancellor’s Award for dedicated and outstanding service to that college. ¡¡Record enrollment figures for fall are 2,326, a nearly 20% increase over last year. This gain was among the highest increases among the state’s 10 campuses. ¡¡WCC is the only campus in the UH System with a requirement that students preparing to graduate with an Associate in Arts degree must complete a Computer and Information Literacy (CIL) exam. The CIL has four parts, and workshops are available to aid students in preparing for the exam. ¡¡The state budget for this school year includes a program called furlough Fridays. All public schools will be closed those 13 days. This causes many problems for teachers, students, and parents as well as use of school buildings at all levels. The program was instituted to help

solve the state’s budget crisis in order to keep government operating. Also included in the furlough Fridays are HGEA employees who are UH employees in administrative, professional, and technical areas. Those who work in essential services will be able to keep these services available in various ways. ¡¡WCC is one of the first sites in Hawai‘i to install an experimental state-of-the-art low tech Pipeline Worm System. The purpose of the system is to turn 2,000 pounds of leftover food, paper, and cardboard into 125 pounds of commercial-grade fertilizer. The compost produced will be used to feed plants on campus and for an herb garden for the cafeteria. It could offset the estimated cost of 750 pounds of fertilizer purchased yearly by the college Agriculture Program. AG Coordinator Dave Ringuette will coordinate the program. ¡¡There is a new reliable campus wireless system that enables students and faculty to increase coverage and speed for their computers thanks to a Title III federal grant and the expertise of WCC Computing Services. ¡¡ Waikalua Loko fishpond near the Kokokahi YWCA is now a WCC project due to the college receiving an $800,000 grant from the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to help WCC and Pacific American Foundation (PAF) purchase the fishpond. After the purchase, the remaining funds will aid in restoration of the fishpond, development of programs, and service learning opportunities for students at the college. PAF has as its purpose to become a model for

Pg. 47: New Chancellor Douglas Dykstra. Photo by Lance Sabado Ka ‘Ohana’s award-winning staff: (from left) Editor Mark Brislin, Melissa Scharl, Kawika Sebay, advisor Libby Young, Kimberly Moa, Ashley Apodaca, Theresa Worden, and Mikki O‘Phelan. Pg. 48: (above) Neighboring He‘eia fishpond. Photo by Christina Cotten (bottom left) Students study astronomy in Lanihuli Observatory. Photo by Peter Tully Owen


2000-2009 ¡¡other fishpond sites that need work to revive and make them usable. Another key partner is the Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) which will work with the college to develop the programs and service learning projects. Since 1980, WCC has used the property as a community science lab for courses such as oceanography, marine biology, and Polynesian Voyaging and Hawaiian studies. PAF is responsible for the upkeep and maintenance costs of the fishpond. Students may get involved in the restoration and upkeep of the fishpond on scheduled community work days. Students also do volunteer work at He‘eia Fishpond. ¡¡WCC enrollment reaches a new high of 2,305 in spring 2010 semester, an increase of almost 25% over spring 2009. Reasons for the record increase include the financial aid at community colleges and lower cost for classes at community colleges than at four-year colleges for those classes that are the same level for both institutions. Also, WCC has developed more comprehensive outreach programs to make potential students aware of the offerings they may wish to explore. ¡¡Windward CC begins planning for a first-ever Palikū Arts Festival in spring 2011 to feature the college as a community cultural center. The festival will celebrate the creative impulse all individuals have and will include activities in the fine arts and performing arts that will be hands-on. Local artists and performing groups will participate and WCC students will be trained in lighting, design, sound, and event management – useful skills in the tourism industry. Workshops will also be offered in the arts, performing, and circus skills. ¡¡Service-Learning is growing on campus as a way to explore skills needed in various kinds of work as well as earning course-related credit. This kind of learning allows students to apply skills and education in a real-life situation. Also, the work can open career opportunities.


¡¡A groundbreaking ceremony for the new Library Learning Commons (LLC) is held on March 19, 2010. The three-story building will house the Library, Media Center, Academic Computing, Testing Center, tutoring labs, and a coffee shop. Designed by Architects Hawai‘i, the building will be “a model of sustainability.” The designers have the goal of attaining a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) silver certification which means that construction and ongoing maintenance are planned to reduce energy consumption, water use, and waste. Release of the $41.6 million funds for the building allowed for construction to begin; work on the facility is expected to be completed in two years. ¡¡WCC’s Hawai‘i Music Institute continues to host music workshops with famous guest performers in Hawaiian music and hula and experts in Hawaiian songs and their poetry and meanings, as well as other types of music heard in the islands. ¡¡Campus security at WCC and other community colleges will be improved by the installation of a new comprehensive security system. It will include 24/7 video surveillance cameras located inside buildings and along outside perimeters. Seven loud speakers will be installed on poles and/or trees around campus to announce any emergency action or warning; seven blue emergency telephones will be placed in various locations that will connect the caller directly with campus security personnel. The new equipment will be in addition to the school’s security guards who patrol the campus. The guards will be responsible for monitoring new equipment. ¡¡The college newspaper, Ka ‘Ohana, receives the Pa‘i Award for excellence in journalism from the Hawai‘i Publishers Association. Ka ‘Ohana has received numerous awards from the ASPA, a nationwide competition for college and school newspapers. Students in two journalism classes produce the newspaper under the guidance of Professor Libby Young.

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2010–11 ¡¡The WCC 10th annual Windward Ho‘olaule‘a, a free community gathering, celebrates with the theme “Holomua Me Kahi Pu‘uwai” – “Moving Forward with One Heart.” Food and craft booths, a white elephant sale, and a used book sale all contribute proceeds to the college along with donations to the college that in the preceding years funded thirteen $900 scholarships for WCC students. Past attendance figures include over 15,000 people coming from all parts of O‘ahu. A special feature of every Ho‘olaule‘a is the Hawaiian entertainment provided by noted Hawaiian musicians.

2010-2012 ¡¡The Employment Training Center (ETC) at the college is closing at the end of 2010. It has been part of the college’s offerings since 2002 when the UH Board of Regents approved the reorganized program and placed it under WCC’s Division of Vocational and Community Education. The program has existed under different names as part of the Hawai‘i public education system since 1964. Budget cuts to referring partners such as O‘ahu Worklinks, the State Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, and the State Department of Education resulted in fewer students being referred, making it impossible


for the program to continue. With the end of ETC, WCC will acquire a Career Center with three counselors and two instructors each in language arts and mathematics as well as three clerical staff members. Usable equipment and resources for the Career Center will also be transferred to WCC from HCC and LCC. Some of the non-credit programs offered under ETC will continue to be offered by the Office of Continuing and Community Education at WCC, such as the Youth Build and the Certified Nurse’s Training Program. The Culinary Arts Program will be replaced by an outside vendor.

2010-2012 ¡¡A feature to ease students’ college applications begins with fall semester. WCC students who complete an AA degree will be eligible for an automatic admissions program for transferring to a four-year University of Hawai‘i system campus. This will eliminate the student’s need to pay application fees and submit application forms to UH Hilo, UH Mānoa, or UH West O‘ahu. ¡¡Students in Professor Inga White’s Botany 205 class, Ethnopharmacognosy and Botany 199/299, are using research to map medicinal properties of sweet potato leaves and honohono grass and have created recipes using these plants to provide remedies for several common ailments. The results of their research have been published and they have received requests for copies of the publications from eight countries. The publications are also available in local libraries. ¡¡Hōkūlani Imaginarium has a reopening October 22 featuring a new show and a new state-of-the-art projection system. The new dome will feature full HD color and added textured images to the visual display. A $695,000 Title III federal grant provided funds for new, cutting-edge Digital Sky

software which produces high-resolution computer graphics. The Imaginarium serves the astronomy and space science curriculum as well as provides outreach programs very popular with the community. About 12,000 people from all parts of the island visit the center each year. The Imaginarium is part of the Center for Aerospace Education which was founded by Professor Joseph Ciotti in 1985. ¡¡A $12.3 million Title III federal grant brings funds that will be used to improve academic success; reach more adult learners; and expand course offerings, services, and facilities. The funds were provided to WCC because it is an institution that serves Native Hawaiian students and other underserved populations. Planning for expenditure of the funds will be done by teams of faculty, staff, administrators, and students. ¡¡The construction dust shields built around the new Library Learning Commons building to protect the campus from the work area have become an exhibit area for large-size graffiti projects for students and faculty. Head librarian Nancy Heu coordinated the efforts to keep the large (more than head high) shields from becoming an eyesore


2010-2012 ¡¡on campus. The creators of the art must go to the Library to get an area of the shields assigned to them to do their work. The result is very pleasing to the artists and the campus population. ¡¡Every two years ‘Iolani Gallery in Hale Pālanakila provides an exhibit of student art work for students of eight faculty members. A course in gallery design is taught each fall semester by Gallery Director and Professor Toni Martin and the show provides a way for students to learn the basics of gallery operations and procedures. The opening reception for this year’s show was held on October 29, which was also the night of the annual Imaginarium Haunted Village. Many strangely costumed creatures roamed through the reception while the lanai outside the gallery provided a dance floor for the crowd.


¡¡WCC Film Club members had the opportunity this fall to appear in a professional film, Broke, which was being shot in Waikiki. Members also were used as extras in the film and were able to learn first-hand about the teamwork needed on the set to shoot even one scene. WCC speech Professor Alan Ragains, who has experience in various types of productions, encourages students to work through an agency or the Internet to obtain opportunities to act as extras. ¡¡As of December 2010, students will no longer be required to complete the requirement for taking the Computer and Information Literacy (CIL) exam in order to receive the Associate in Arts Degree. Requirement for placement into Math 100 or completion of Math 25 will continue. Faculty on campus voted for these changes. The vote on the CIL requirement reflects the idea

2010-2012 that the majority of students already have the skills that the exam requires for basic computing. ¡¡A place called Ka Piko, meaning “The Center,” has been established at WCC to enhance Student Services with a “one-stop” center for students who need help in a variety of ways. Funding for Ka Piko comes from a $4 million Strengthening Student and Institutional Engagement Grant through the Title III federal program. Ka Piko is available to all WCC students, which makes it different from the existing TRiO Program which serves

students with particular needs. ¡¡The first Palikū Arts Festival in the college’s history is held April 2 with the title “The Art Adventure.” The festival was planned and organized by drama Professor Ben Moffat who sees the event and the campus as a “hub for arts and culture in the community.” He plans it to be an “art village” with many interactive art experiences in and around Palikū Theatre. An Imaginarium show will be included. ¡¡Students and faculty who have always used the same portal to access email at WCC will

Above: WCC’s drama student Isaac Ligsay is an explorer interacting with creatures from Well World in the masked production at Palikū Theatre during the Palikū Arts Festival. Photo by Peter Tully Owen Pg. 53-54 (bottom): Many of WCC’s own campus artists participated to graffiti the dust shields while Library Learning Commons was under construction. Photos by Dastshield Pg. 52: Members of the Title III hui gathered at the official launch party on November 1st to kick-off the projects to improve academic success. Photo by Leslie Opulauoho CNA students pause with their model patient. Photo by Peter Tully Owen


2010-2012 ¡¡be required to change to the portal Google@UH. This is due to University of Hawai‘i IT Services focus on providing basic services throughout the system using Google@UH. This system reduces computer costs for the university and improves email and other services over the existing older portal. ¡¡Building an international partnership between WCC and China has become a reality through a letter of agreement between Botany Professor Inga White, WCC Chancellor Doug Dykstra, and a


representative of Sanya China Orchid Organization. Scientific collaboration in research is the goal for the agreement between WCC and Hainan University as well as to establish opportunities for student exchange between the two countries. Students will study and do research in many areas of ethnobotany and contribute to development of new products. A new book is to be produced in English and Chinese languages. ¡¡Safety and Security Manager Richard Murray has a goal of improving WCC’s safety policy

2010-2012 and procedures. A campus-wide committee of students, faculty, and staff will be formed to discuss ways to improve safety on campus. ¡¡A plan for offering more college classes to windward residents in Kahuku and Lā‘ie is in the works for the college. Chancellor Doug Dykstra is meeting with residents of these communities to discuss expansion in class offerings and possible financial aid for further growth in outreach services. Distance Learning will be increased through acquiring video conferencing services in the Windward area and opportunities will be available in fields of study and certification in veterinary sciences, plant biotechnology, ethnopharmacognosy, and food production. ¡¡The new Certified Nurses’ Aide Training Program at WCC has received a Student Equity, Excellence and Diversity Grant to help the program to increase the size of their garden. The program reaches out to Hawaiians with offers of full scholarships to people of native Hawaiian descent. The new program provides a pathway to the CNA, LPN, or RN licensure. Students using the garden learn about useful medicinal qualities of plants and will add to the number of native plants in the garden and in Hawai‘i. The students also learn the practice of chant and healing techniques of lomilomi massage. Guest speakers and teachers from the community will provide teachings in Hawaiian cultural practices. ¡¡In May the Culinary Arts Program at WCC closes, to be replaced in the cafeteria by Creations in Catering, a company that will provide food services for the college. Low usage of the former cafeteria services made the cost of operating it unsustainable. Breakfast and lunch will be offered by Creations in Catering on a regular basis, with plans for greater utilization of the facility involving catering to community use. Ecofriendly changes in the facility are planned and efforts will be made to buy local food products.

¡¡Ho‘olaule‘a this September includes several award-winning documentary film showings. The proceeds from Ho‘olaule‘a have provided $1,000 scholarships to 15 outstanding students over the years, with a total of $37,000 awarded. The Kaneohe Business Group has co-sponsored these scholarships. ¡¡Members of the local Phi Lambda Theta chapter of the national organization Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society participate in many local organizations as volunteers. WCC students have also received scholarships from the national organization as did WCC member Tanya Tilley, a recent scholarship recipient. ¡¡Plant biology student Leslie Baker received the Masaki and Momoe Kunimoto Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions to Career and Technical Education. Baker has contributed her services in various ways both on campus and in the community. ¡¡Fall semester brings the opening of the renovated cafeteria in ‘Ākoakoa, now called Ākoakoa Island Café. The café offers breakfast and lunch menus, and provides a choice of cultural flavors and healthy selections. All meals are made when ordered. A Facebook site offers patrons a chance to post suggestions for a WCC or non-profit catering event. ¡¡Tattoo artist, author, and historian Tricia Allen presents a lecture series on campus featuring Polynesian tattoo traditions of Hawai‘i and the Marquesas as well as other island nations. Hawaiian Studies at WCC sponsors the series. ¡¡Hōkūlani Imaginarium features a showing of “Origins of Life” in October. WCC is the only planetarium in the state to debut this story of the creation of stars, formations of solar systems, and the beginnings of life on earth.


2010-2012 ¡¡A first for WCC is a visit by 13 university representatives from China who visit WCC and, along with faculty members of the Department of Natural Sciences at WCC, plant a “Friendship Tree” in the Medicinal Garden complex. A new partnership is created that will offer opportunities to work together to develop new courses in Agripharmatech and Agriculture as well as an exchange program for students and faculty. ¡¡WCC’s Star Poets Project, which is a collaboration between WCC and the Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities, will offer two versions of a production called “Poetry Fever.” It will play on O‘ahu and tour the neighbor islands. Featured in the production are some of the winning poems from 10 years of WCC’s Star Poets annual poetry competition. The contest, open to students in grades 3-12 is now in its 12th year. The students are from public, private, charter, and home schools. WCC’s Language Arts faculty judge the almost 3,000 entries that come from all parts of the state. The Star Poets founder at WCC is Professor Libby Young. ¡¡Palikū Theater at WCC mounts a production this fall of the musical “Phantom of the Opera” with Ron Bright directing. Theater manager Tom Holowach obtained the rights to produce the show which will have 48 cast members and 17 orchestra members. ¡¡‘Iolani Gallery opens a new show September 9 called “Matali ‘i.” which features native art by students from Aotearoa, New Zealand. The artists are students from Toimairangi, a Maori school which specializes in contemporary Maori art and is known nationally and internationally. Planned a year ahead by gallery director Professor Toni Martin, the show enables viewers to recognize similarities between Maori and other Polynesian art. Opening night features a welcome chant by WCC students and a Maori dance by the visitors from New Zealand.


2011–2012 ¡¡A new math project will include a pilot program in spring semester, 2012. The twotrack curriculum will provide options for students to choose between a traditional classroom with lectures and a lab-style, computer-aided type of instruction. The goal of the change is to increase students’ persistence to complete their work successfully. The new plan recognizes different learning styles and levels of knowledge brought by students to the classes. ¡¡Hawaiian Studies Program Coordinator Kalawai‘a Moore, along with new faculty, is working to expand the program with new courses and selected UH Mānoa courses to be offered at WCC. Kumu Mehanaokala Hind teaches hula and Aaron Sala teaches humanities and music. These new instructors bring a wealth of knowledge in many areas of Hawaiian culture that will greatly enhance the Hawaiian Studies program. ¡¡“Out Loud in the Library” is a successful new program offered in the WCC Library with English instructor Janine Oshiro leading the way for students, faculty, staff, and community members to read their poetry or prose before an audience. ¡¡Spring 2012 enrollment surges to a high of 2,608 students, a rise of almost six percent over spring 2011. The numbers show that continuing students have chosen to stay at WCC. Continued increase is positive news for the college as it seeks renewal of a five-year federal grant. Continuation of the grant will mean that the many student services being offered will be able to continue, along with outreach to traditional students and working adults. With a strategic plan calling for the college to become more well-balanced in its offerings of career and technical training, there are associate degrees and certificates to be offered that will greatly enhance the

2010-2012 training that students will be receiving on campus. ¡¡Taking courses without leaving home is a trend that some students are trying. Classes offered through the Internet are available on all UH campuses, with students able to register for a class and then find help in adjusting to this new way of learning. WCC’s Online Learning Website is one good source for finding help, and instructors are available by email or phone call. Ways to include social interaction are being made available; WCC and other campuses plan to expand online offerings.

¡¡Another visit this spring brings students from Kagawa Junior College, our sister school in Japan. The 20 students, members of the KJC chorus give a concert in Palikū Theater. Students from the college have visited WCC since 1989, sharing their culture and meeting our students and faculty. ¡¡The April issue of Ka ‘Ohana brings us a first photo of the inside of the new Library Learning Commons (LLC) with a view to the outside through the spectacular window wall. The facility will officially open at the beginning of fall semester.


2010-2012 ¡¡A special new show in the Hōkūlani Imaginarium comes to us from the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center at UH Hilo. Professor Joe Ciotti is co-director of the film called “Maunakea: Between Earth and Sky.” Our Hōkūlani Imaginarium is the first venue outside of ‘Imiloa to provide showings of the film to the public. ¡¡A variety of new classes is being offered for summer and fall at WCC. With a larger offering of summer classes comes a reduction in summer school tuition rates. Summer school tuition rates will be determined on an annual basis; the reductions are aimed at encouraging more students to take advantage of summer courses to accelerate their degree completion and allowing campuses to be able to cover costs of instruction. ¡¡A much needed expansion of Hale A‘o, home of the Hawaiian Studies Program on campus will begin this summer. A $4 million federal Title III grant will fund the building which will house four classrooms and a kitchen, the latter to be used for several courses. There also will be a performance area. The original building is 50 years old; the program has outgrown the space, with classes being held in other classroom buildings around the campus. ¡¡Planning is complete for the unique Polynesian Voyaging and Seamanship course which will be offered in Fall, 2012. It was last offered in 2010. WCC’s three sailing canoes docked at Kualoa Park will be the site of lab work, while the science building on campus will be the location for the classroom sessions of the course which is team taught in areas of oceanography, environmental studies, astronomy, navigation, and ancient Hawaiian culture. The course was first offered in 1986, and, in conjunction with UH Mānoa, WCC was the first community college to create the curriculum for the course.


¡¡The Supplemental Instruction Program (SI) has been expanding since it began in 2009. It offers sessions aimed at assisting students having problems with six different subject areas that are known to be difficult for many students. Successful completion of these courses is the goal of the program. Sessions are offered free of cost and open to all students on a volunteer basis. SI leaders are students who have taken the courses and can help guide those having problems with the course content and study skills. ¡¡Ka ‘Ohana, the WCC newspaper, receives another first-place national award from the American Scholastic Press Association which holds a competition annually for school newspapers in the areas of content, page design, general plan, art, editing, and creativity. Ka ‘Ohana scored 930 out of a possible 1,000 points in the competition. ¡¡Manjari Fergusson, a Ka ‘Ohana staff member wins a summer internship in a competition held by the Hawai‘i Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. It consists of a 10-week paid position, working in community relations at Alexander and Baldwin, an old established Hawaiian company. Manjari is one of several WCC journalism students who have received internships over the years. ¡¡Janine Oshiro, WCC English instructor and poet is named a 2012 winner of the Elliott Cades Award for literature for her first book of poetry, “Pier.” She was chosen for the award by the Hawai‘i Literary Arts Council, a non-profit group that organizes the Cades awards in Hawai‘i. ¡¡Rainbird, the WCC literary and art magazine published annually since 1981, launches its latest edition with a party and award presentation May 10.

2010-2012 ¡¡When the new Library Learning Commons (LLC) opens August 29, 2012, it will be home for a time capsule, the first to reside on campus. Jeff Hunt, director of institutional research for WCC believes that the LLC is the appropriate home for the time capsule which will be sealed during the grand opening and blessing of the building. The stainless steel container will be placed in a vault located on the first floor of the LLC, to be opened in 2022. The vault will have a porthole; a light will be placed inside so that people can view the time capsule.

¡¡The completion of the Library Learning Commons (LLC) building marks the completion of the Windward Community College Master Plan begun in 1990.



Pg. 56: (top left) Certified Nurse’s Aide (CNA) students in the garden. Photo by Peter Tully Owen (bottom) Friendship tree planting. Courtesy photo by Professor Ingelia White Pg. 59: (top) New Library Learning Commons set to open in Fall 2012. Photo by Jessica Crawford (bottom) Architectural rendering of Hale A’o addition. Rendering by Kalawai‘a Moore Pg. 61: (top left) Library Learning Commons Blessing and Grand Opening ceremonies on Wenesday, August 29, 2012. Photo by Peter Tully Owen (bottom) Jeff Hunt guides the time capsule into the vault with the help of Paul Nash. Photo by Bonnie Beatson Above: The Library Learning Commons is open for business, and students love it! Photo by Peter Tully Owen Facing Page: (top) All faculty and staff 2012 gather on the steps of the new library. (bottom) Chancellor Dykstra celebrates the college’s 40 years of educating with the “originals” Carl Takemura, Janice Nuckols, Jacquie Maly and Jean Shibuya. Photos by Peter Tully Owen


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The University of Hawai‘i Board of Regents’ Excellence in Teaching Award is made annually to a faculty member in recognition of outstanding merit as a teacher, counselor, or librarian.

1973 - Carl Takamura, Political Science 1974 - Otome Myers, Psychology 1975 - Janice Nuckols, History 1976 - David Furuto, Mathematics 1977 - Aileen Tsuji Yim, Reading/Learning Skills 1978 - Gary Stice, Oceanography 1979 - Ron Loo, Philosophy & Music 1980 - Pearl Takeuchi, Chemistry 1981 - Jean Yoshida, Mathematics 1982 - Alfred Woods, Jr., Finance 1983 - Helen Mcardle, Health & Physical Education & Recreation 1984 - Phil Hagstrom, Professor of History 1985 - Emi Troeger, Professor of Business Technology 1986 - Lillian Cunningham, Professor of English 1987 - Snowden Hodges, Professor of Art 1988 - Joseph Ciotti, Professor of Physics 1989 - Norma Higa, Professor of Economics 1990 - Libby Young, Professor of English & Journalism


1991 - David Ringuette, Professor of Agriculture 1992 - Mark Hamasaki, Professor of Art 1993 - Clayton Akatsuka, Professor of Mathematics 1994 - Alan Ragains, Professor of Speech & Communications 1995 - Paul Field, Professor of History 1996 - Ellen Ishida-Babineau, Professor of English 1997 - Frank Mattos, Professor of English 1998 - Jean Shibuya, Professor of English 1999 - Paul Nash, Professor of Art 2000 - Robert De Loach, Professor of Sociology & Anthropology 2001 - Wei-Ling Landers, Professor of Mathematics 2002 - Inge White, Professor of Botany & Microbiology 2003 - Letty Colmenares, Professor of Chemistry 2004 - Dave Krupp, Professor of Biology & Oceanography 2005 - Toni Martin, Professor of Art 2006 - Brian Richardson, Librarian 2007 - Kathleen French, Professor of Sociology 2008 - Malia Lau Kong, Professor of History 2009 - Ross Langston, Professor of Zoology 2010 - Ben Moffat, Professor of Theatre 2011 - Nancy Heu, Professor & Head Librarian 2012 - Floyd McCoy, Professor of Geology, Geophysics & Oceanography 2013 - Fred Kalani Meinecke, Assistant Professor of Hawaiian Language


DeEtta Catherine Wilson, first WCC librarian who began planning in the 1970’s for a new building to replace the renovated hospital ward building used by the college for many years and Nancy Heu, head librarian after Wilson’s retirement who worked on final plans for the new building with Architects Hawaii to complete the beautiful new structure opened in 2012.

Acknowledgements In the 1980s Nancy Heu and I began a discussion about keeping a record of the progress of Windward Community College through the years since its founding in 1972. Lacking the time and resources to write a complete history of the events that formed the unique story of this college, we decided that a year-by-year summary of important landmarks would be manageable. We came up with the title “History Highlights” to indicate that this is not a narrative history, but a brief compilation of events that, over time, provide a story of the growth and maturity that have brought us this far. Using official documents and especially the college newspaper, I began to write the Highlights. We now have a sampling of the special happenings that have brought us through the first 40 formative years of Windward Community College. By organizing the text by school years I felt it would be easy to find further information in Ka ‘Ohana, the college newspaper, and other sources that can lead to more in-depth research on a topic of interest. A special mahalo goes to Ka ‘Ohana for the stories they have published about the many special events that have happened on campus. Libby Young and her excellent, well-trained journalism students have won many awards for their fine reporting and editing over the years. Mahalo to Anyah Albert for the design of this publication and to Bonnie Beatson for advising and seeing it through to the end. I am grateful to Nancy Heu for her sustained support of this project and for her technical assistance in many areas. I’ve also received help from Tara Severns and Brian Richardson and others on campus, especially Emalia Keohokalole who helped me proofread and correct the Hawaiian diacritics. I hope that the Highlights will bring pride and appreciation to those who read it and a sense of the continuity of growth and outstanding education that have been the hallmarks of our college. I also hope that some form of this type of recordkeeping will continue through the next 40 years! — DeEtta Catherine Wilson Retired Head Librarian


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