On October 13, 2016 our Maori friends from Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic visited Honolulu Community College as a part of a week long University of Hawai’i Community College System tour led by Wo Learning Global Champions from each campus.

In March, Honolulu’s Wo Global Champion and Carpentry assistant professor,Dean Crowell, visited Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic with his colleagues from the other CC campuses as a part of a cultural leadership exchange.  Dean recalls his visit as a reawakening of his own Hawaiian heritage after visiting Waiariki

that centers their core values around their Maori culture and traditions in an environment of higher learning.

During their visit to Honolulu CC our visitors were treated to a tour of the Bishop Museum before heading to campus to visit our Children’s Center, MELE program and Hawaiian Center.  They capped off their visit at Honolulu’s Marine Education and Training Center to tour Hawai’i Loa and Hikianalia and talk story with Kehaulani Kupihea a cultural anthropologist and care taker of Mokauea Island.

Upon their return to New Zealand Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic underwent a system-wide name change to Toi-Ohomai Institute of Technology.

Toi-Ohomai Institute of Technology is the largest tertiary provider in the Bay of Plenty and the third largest institute of technology in New Zealand.  They are home to more than 14,000 students, more than 1,000 staff, and offer more than 150 programs ranging from certificate to post-graduate level.

To learn more about Toi-Ohomai visit their website at http://toiohomai.ac.nz.

View the photo gallery of their visit on our Flicker page.