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A Time to Stand Together

Aloha Leeward ‘Ohana,
The past few months have been trying times for our communities.  Last week, the death of George Floyd sparked national and international demonstrations.  The death of an African American man at the knee of a white police officer is unacceptable and is a vivid expression of the racial injustice that continues across our nation.  Our Leeward ‘ohana sends our deepest sympathies to those who have been directly impacted, and to everyone whose hearts are broken.

Leeward alumni featured on Hawai'i News Now

It all started at Leeward! In May, among the thousands of students earning bachelor degrees at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Marlene Sedeno will claim a particular distinction among the Class of 2020.

Teraoka named UH Manager of the Year

Della Teraoka

Della Teraoka has been outstanding in her service to Leeward Community College and the UH Community Colleges for nearly two decades. Starting as an instructor at Leeward CC, she currently serves as interim director of academic programming in the Office of the Vice President for Community Colleges.

Finals Countdown Spring 2020

illustration on a pony-tailed girl at home studying

Finals Countdown returns to the Library, with a few modifications! From April 27- May 15, the Library staff offers a variety of assistance with your final exams. You can chat with a Librarian, get "drop-in" help via Zoom (Monday - Friday, 11am - Noon), reserve and pick up a laptop and discover some great de-stressing activities.

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.