Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 35.03
Liaison Laurel Pikcunas
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2023

STARS v2.2

University of Hawaii Honolulu Community College
EN-10: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Michelle Nathan
Assistant Professor
Math and Natural Science
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Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability :
Polynesian Voyaging Society

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? :
Yes

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe?:
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership?:
Sustainability-focused

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners? :
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability:
In the 1990s, Honolulu CC's Marine Education Training Center (METC) became the home of the Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS), and Honolulu CC provided facilities, equipment, tools, training classrooms, and staff to PVS to enhance their canoe voyaging and STEM/sustainability efforts on shore. In 2021-22, PVS continued its partnership with Honolulu CC to combine the voyaging and cultural expertise ( celestial navigation, wayfinding) of PVS and the educational background (composite vessel construction, woodworking, and boatyard skills) of the HCC/METC into an existing experience-driven training 2-year program named "Small Vessel Fabrication and Repair."

This partnership also includes the non-profit Mokauea Fishman’s Association which works to protect the last fishing village on Oahu, Mokauea in Keehi lagoon.
See article: www.civilbeat.org/2017/07/reclaiming-history-oahus-last-hawaiian-fishing-village/
Some institutional support is provided; many of these programs are grant-funded.

The partnership also organizes daily volunteer sessions to work on repairing the Hōkūleʻa and the Hikianlia, PVS's main two traditional Native Hawaiian voyaging canoes. These sessions also feature Native Hawaiian environmental education.

Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):
Habitat for Humanity & Department of Hawaiian Homes "Model Home Project"

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? (2nd partnership):
Yes

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe? (2nd partnership):
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus? (2nd partnership):
Sustainability-focused

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners? (2nd partnership):
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):
The Honolulu Community College Carpentry program is a 4-year apprenticeship program. Students in the Carpentry program build a custom home each year for Native Hawaiian Families in need as part of the "Model Home Project."

The Department of Hawaiian Homelands receives an affordable, quality-built, custom, residential dwelling and a qualified Native Hawaiian family is provided an opportunity to own a home.

The program has built more than 50 homes as of 2022. For the Model Home project students utilize and reclaimed materials and energy-efficient, "green" building methods that students learn through the Sustainability-focused Carpentry Program. The homes are also designed, wired, and landscaped by Honolulu CC students in other construction trades. This project is in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity.

Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):
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Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? (3rd partnership):
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Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe? (3rd partnership):
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Which of the following best describes the partnership? (3rd partnership):
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Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners? (3rd partnership):
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A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):
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A brief description of the institution’s other community partnerships to advance sustainability:
Various Hawaiian and/or Environmental Organizations
The Hawaiian Studies department and the Hulili Ke Kukui Hawaiian Center partner with various community partners to provide students opportunities for place based-cultural knowledge which includes aloha 'āina (natural resource management through a Native Hawaiian lens).

The Hawaiian Studies department works with various local agencies and cultural practitioners to teach “what it's like to be Hawaiian, aloha 'āina principles, and place-based cultural knowledge within the education system." Within the Ola Niuhelewai grant Honolulu CC is also partnering with Hoʻoulu ʻĀina (Kokua Kalihi Valley).

These departments also do service projects within the malama 'āina scope. Some examples of the Community partnerships they hold are:
- Muhi Pana'ewa Loi in Kahana valley
- Ulupo Heiau in Kailua
- Waimanalo Limu Hui, Kaiona Beach park
- Kumuola Farm in Manoa
- Malama Pupukea in Waimea
- Kapalama stream clean up on the side of the campus, Ka'alaea Farm.

Some institutional support is provided; many of these programs are grant-funded.

Website URL where information about the institution’s community partnerships to advance sustainability is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
Kaleialoha Lum-Ho
Hulili Ke Kukui Hawaiian Center Coordinator
808-845-9176
lumho@hawaii.edu

Dean Crowell
Assistant Professor, Carpentry
Honolulu Community College
(808) 845-9124
dcrowell@hawaii.edu

Kaiulani Murphy
PVS Partnership Coordinator
kmurphy@hawaii.edu
808-845-9157

http://archive.hokulea.com/index/partnerships/metc.html
https://www.honolulu.hawaii.edu/services/hawaiian-center/
https://hawaii.hawaii.edu/carpentry

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