The UHCC 50th Anniversary Gala was held on Friday November 14 at the Pomaikaʻi Ballrooms at Dole Cannery. It was an elegant and fun evening dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments of all the community colleges.
Mahalo to everyone who attended! For those who couldn't join us, John Morton's welcome remarks in the program capture some of the celebration:
It seems like only yesterday when we started with four technical schools back in 1964. Now, we’re seven colleges strong, serving more than 33,000 students statewide, and recognized as one of the most innovative and advanced community college system in the nation.
It would be impossible to celebrate 50 years of success without recognizing the valuable role you all played over the years in transforming the community colleges into the great institutions they are today. Tonight we celebrate you—our hardworking faculty and staff, our inspirational students and alumni, our friends from private industry and public sectors. Without you, much of what we’ve accomplished would not have been possible.
As I look back over the years, I am humbled by the sheer magnitude of your support and commitment to the UH Community Colleges. Millions of dollars in donations, hundreds of thousands of hours in time and resources devoted to fulfilling our mission and achieving so many important goals and successes. Working together, we’ve helped thousands of students fulfill their dreams and pursue their ambitions.
While there are many people who’ve contributed to the success of the community colleges, it would be impossible to name them all. However, the planning committee has prepared a special program that pays tribute to our visionary founders and former leaders of the University of Hawai’i Community Colleges, as well as recognizing a diverse group of people—our UHCC 50 Finest and Rising Star awardees—whose contributions and service represents the commitment and dedication found abundantly at the University of Hawai’i Community Colleges. It is our hope that tonight’s program presents a gesture of our appreciation to all people and organizations who’ve helped the community colleges throughout the years.
So, please join me in celebrating UHCC 50 years of providing opportunities to all who dare to dream!
Mahalo nui loa,
John Morton, Vice President for Community College
A very special part of the evening was the presentation of UHCC Fifty Finest and Rising Star awards. Congratulations to Leeward's recipients:
- Manuel Cabral
- Curriculum Central represented by Barbara Hotta
- Takako Desaki
- Hawaii National Great Teachers Seminar, represented by Larry Fujinaka and Dennis Kaibara
- Roy Kamida
- Cindy Martin
- Waianae Education Center, represented by Walterbea Aldeguer
- Rising Star: the Education Program, represented by Bobbie Martel
Details on all awardees are the UHCC 50 Finest website.
Other recipients who worked or started at Leeward included: Kathleen Damon, John Morton, Sharon Narimatsu, Leon Richards, Joyce Tsunoda, Michael Unebasami.
Congratulations to all!
Photo caption: (from l to r) Cindy Martin, Bobbie Martel, Manny Cabral, Barbara Hotta, Walterbea Aldeguer, Roy Kamida.