Community Connections Webinar Series

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As part of Honolulu Community College's centennial anniversary, Chancellor Karen Lee invites you to attend free, one-hour webinars featuring community leaders discussing the impacts of COVID-19 in their industry. Experts will share tips and tricks, the latest research and their plans for moving forward. Topics are based on academic programs at Honolulu Community College such as early childhood education and the construction industry. Zoom webinars are free and open to the public, but you must RSVP in advance.

Mahalo to UH Foundation and UH Alumni Relations for their support of these webinars.

Upcoming Webinar:

Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 1:00 PM HST

Ola Niuhelewai - Flourishing Together Through Campus and Community Pilina

Join Honolulu Community College thought-leaders as they share how Hawaiian culture and language flourish together throughout the campus and community; physically, intellectually and spiritually, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Hauʻoli Lorenzo-Elarco, Instructor of Hawaiian Language

Jarena Pacarro, Kukalahale Title III Program Coordinator

Maureen Kearns, Instructor of Mathematics

Jill Teraizumi, Counselor


Alapaki Luke, Division Chair and Associate Professor of Hawaiian Studies

Kalani Flores, Hawaiian Studies Instructor, Cultural and Place-Based Campus Coordinator and Title III Project Director

Past Webinars:

Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 1:00 PM HST

Yes, You Can Thrive in Uncertain Times: Lessons from the Construction Industry

Join thought leaders in the Hawai'i construction industry as they discuss the challenges, successes, trends, and lessons in construction in our state during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Recording available below.


Glen Kaneshige, President, Nordic PCL Construction;

Harry A. Saunders, President, Castle & Cooke Homes Hawaii;

Ronald Taketa, Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Hawaii Regional Council of Carpenters;

Cheryl Walthall, Executive Vice President, General Contractors Association of Hawaii.


Karen C. Lee, Interim Chancellor, Honolulu Community College

Monday, October 26, 2020 at 1:00 PM HST

Seeing the Silver Lining: Lessons from COVID-19 in Early Childhood Education

Join thought-leaders in the Hawaiʻi early childhood education community for a discussion about the lessons we can take away from COVID-19 to inform an intentional rebuilding of early childhood education that supports children, families and educators.

Recording available below.


Elizabeth Hartline, Early Childhood Education Instructor and Alani Children's Center Site Coordinator, Honolulu Community College

Coleen Momohara, Early Learning Educational Specialist, Executive Office on Early Learning

Ben Naki, Vice President of Early Childhood Education Programs, Parents and Children Together


Caroline Soga, Early Childhood Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor, Honolulu Community College