latest news & announcements

Returning from Spring Break

The campus is preparing to return to classes after an unusual Spring Break. We've compiled a list of all the info you need to successfully complete the semester. The majority of our classes have shifted to online delivery. Office hours and operations have been modified for health and safety of our students, staff and faculty. We're here for you, our students, and for each other as we enter a new phase of social distancing, flattening the curve and stopping the spread. Be sure to contact your instructor if you have questions.

Tax Assistance Cancelled

1040 Tax form

The last scheduled day for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program has been cancelled due to the coronavirus. Social distancing is not possible to maintain in the format we use. The deadline for filing individual federal income tax returns has been extended to July 15. The IRS offers some free assistance online, Free File, where you can prepare and file your federal individual income tax return for free using tax-preparation-and-filing software.

Candidates for Vice Chancellor

Open Forums for Candidates for Vice Chancellor

Open Forums with the two candidates for our Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs position are scheduled for Monday, March 23. At this time, both finalists, Brian C. Miller and Xeturah M. Woodley, are planning to be on campus, however, with the rapidly evolving coronavirus situation, we have decided to use a virtual delivery method for the forums. Both Open Forums will be offered via Zoom. Details for joining the online session will be emailed later this week.

Ka Mana'o Wins Again!

Nicholas Espinosa, associate editor; Joseph Wargo; writer; Gerald Soria, editor in chief; Cato Winkler, design editor; Shaina Marie Iloreta, photo editor at SFO Airport

Ka Mana’o placed sixth among two-year college publications in the Best of Show awards at the Associated Collegiate Press/College Media Business and Advertising Managers College Journalism Convention in San Francisco on February 29.

Leeward District Science & Engineering Fair

Chancellor Peñaloza, Riki Nishizawa, Kuualoha Andrade, Dean Cabato, Christina Bayani, Antoinette Pinera, Jeyan Cornelio, Rep. Ty Cullen, Leeward faculty Andrea Herndon and Sandro Jube

The 34th Annual Leeward District Science and Engineering Fair featured a record number of participating students: 130 students from 3 high schools presented 84 projects. The student projects from Pearl City, Waipahu and Campbell high schools were adjudicated by 83 judges on Friday, February 28, when students displayed their research and answered the judges questions.

Christina Keaulana Honored by State Legislature

Christina Keaulana, center in red dress, with Hawaii State Legislature

On Friday, February 28, 2020, Dr. Christina Keaulana was recognized for her invaluable contributions to the state educational systems by the Hawai‘i State Legistature in an Honorary Floor Presentation. Keaulana, the Special Education Coordinator in Leeward's Teacher Education program, was honored for designing and implementing the Nānākuli Educational Assistant-to-Teacher Pilot Program.

Bassous's Work Selected for Commemorative Series at HISAM

Bassous' art

Leeward's art instructor, Reem Bassous is one of the five local artists selected to create works reflecting on the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage.  Reem’s work is part of the new Limited Edition Portfolio Collection from the Friends of Hawaii State Art Museum, that features four other local female artists, Deb Nehmad, Pegge Hopper, Sally French, and Mary Mitsuda. The five limited edition prints along with six original works will be on public display at Halekulani. Says Bassous. “I’m truly honored to be a part of this project.”

William Castillo Selected for National Program

William Castillo

Leeward’s William Castillo was selected as a Fellow for the ACTE 2020 Postsecondary Leadership Success Program. The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) leadership program, sponsored by ECMC Foundation, selected 20 participants nationwide for the 2019-2020 cohort. 

Free Tax Assistance

tax form with calculater and pen

Leeward’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program has provided free, live tax preparation services for more than 30 years ranging from low-tech carbon paper copies to our now cloud-based computing. Free tax help is available for low to moderate-income (generally less than $62,000) taxpayers who need assistance with preparing their federal and Hawaii tax returns. Volunteers are trained and certified to prepare basic tax returns. Volunteers will be available to assist taxpayers on specified Saturdays, from 9am to 12pm.

2020 Scholarship Brunch

a dish of kalua pork, mini laulau, rice and lomi salmon

The Culinary Arts Program will hold its annual Scholarship Brunch on Sunday, February 17, 2020 from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m in the Uluwehi Cafe and Lion Courtyard. Food service students from Campbell, Kapolei, Leilehua, Mililani, Moanalua, Pearl City, Waianae and Waipahu high schools will partner with Leeward instructors and students to prepare brunch for an anticipated 1,400 guests.

Sunday, February 16, 2020
7:30 - 11:30 a.m.  •  Leeward CC Uluwehi Café & Lion Courtyard