University Center at West Hawaii

Cooking Under the Stars

February 1, 2015

This past Saturday, at the King’s Shops of Waikoloa, the Culinary Arts Program of Hawaii Community College (both Hilo and West Hawaii Campuses) offered their annual “Cooking Under the Stars” to the public for spectacular tasting. A bit of drama was added at the end of the evening as the full moon burst through the […]

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Palamanui Update as of December 2014

January 11, 2015

In November of fall semester 2014, I visited our new Palamanui campus. You can look at the slideshow from that trip and read a bit of the school’s history here. Then in December, with all classes and exams complete, our faculty and staff gathered for our annual “end of fall semester” celebration with a potluck. […]

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Palamanui – Then and Now

November 15, 2014

On May 19, 2004, a group of instructors from the University Center at West Hawaii were taken on a trip to see the land where a new campus would be built. We went in a convoy of four-wheel drive vehicles. I took quite a few pictures, but two stand out in my mind. The first […]

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Back to School

August 7, 2011

My posts have been primarily about gardening with some cooking, some travel, and some reflection pieces. These topics illustrate my “spare time” hobbies rather than my “day job.” This week, I’ve decided to share with you the way I walk (run?) through my world when I’m not gardening, cooking, traveling, or reflecting. Here is my […]

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Hawai`i Community College is 70 Years Old!

May 22, 2011

It’s that time of year when I get to show off my students and colleagues as we gathered for the 2011 graduation. This time Hawai`i Community College celebrated 70 years of existence! It’s impossible to describe everything that went on. This particular graduation ceremony was for the West Campus of Hawai`i Community College where I […]

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Why I Love Teaching In A Community College!

April 23, 2011

Sharing what I’ve learned along the way, knowing that some might never “get it”, but those who do will be ready to take that knowledge to the next level; Finding new ways to present old material that will make it more relevant to today’s young people; Watching students struggle to understand a new concept in […]

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Expressive Arts Project

March 1, 2011

Several weeks ago, I invited an artist and colleague to lead my “Psychology and The Expressive Arts” class in an art project. She had the students work in dyads and write out three definitions of “home.” Then they were given a page of lines from a book of poetry by another professor at our school. […]

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A Season of Changes

August 16, 2010

It has been a summer of emptying old boxes full of junk, planting seeds, watering because of (or perhaps in spite of) the drought, reading delicious murder mysteries, writing a little here and there, and even spending some time being totally slothful. Now on this sixteenth day of August, 2010, I am officially back to […]

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Palamanui Campus

May 23, 2010

  Yesterday’s post told about our recent graduation ceremony for our West Campus of the Hawaii Community College. When I first moved here, I was told about the land the college owned mauka (mountain side or inland) of Kona Airport, and that “someday” we would have a new campus built there. Then about two years […]

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West Hawaii Graduation

May 22, 2010

  This is the largest graduating class I’ve seen since I started teaching at the West Campus of the Hawai`i Community College. When the economy is down, and people are losing jobs, or wanting to improve their chances of being hired, the return to college is inevitable. All the classes seem to be flooded with […]

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A College Feast

December 12, 2009

  Even though Thanksgiving passed a couple weeks ago, and we are looking toward Christmas now, I could hardly wait to post this. I am part of the Social Science faculty at the University Center at West Hawaii in Kealakekua. Our Student Activity Council provides a major feast for students the day before Thanksgiving. All […]

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