You might have noticed a lot of changes happening on campus over the past year. The first was the dramatic transformation of the cafeteria, Hale ‘Aina. The next was the renovation of the Dillingham wing of Building 5 that was completed towards the tail end of the 2017 spring semester. And the final transformation, targeted for completion in spring of 2018, will be the reimagined courtyard filled with greenery, seating areas, and a hale structure that will be used as an outdoor classroom. The campus is extremely excited for these changes that will enhance our learning environment.
This fall the campus is excited to welcome the Hulili Ke Kukui Hawaiian Center as the first tenants to occupy the second floor of the renovated Dillingham wing of Building 5. The Center is excited to be closer to the piko or center of the campus. In early spring 2018, Financial Aid and Academic Counseling will also make the move to Building 5 occupying the ground floor.
“The move to Building 5 has been a journey that our staff, student workers and haumāna (students) have been looking forward to for some time. I am excited about being located at the piko (center) of campus–it symbolically links us to the cultural and historical significance of this campus but also makes us more
accessible,” shares Kaleialoha Lum-Ho, Director of the Hulili Ke Kukui Hawaiian Center.
The renovation of the newly refreshed space was made possible through funds from a Title III grant. The new offices will provide greater access to students and serve as a “one-stop shop” with major services available in one centralized location.
The Hawaiian Center will offer a complete computer lab, available to students and employees, and a multi-purpose room for studying, hanging out, eating lunch and workshops. The space was designed to have all staff offices grouped together surrounding a student lounge to make it easier for students to get the help and support they need. The added bonus – being located next to the cafeteria!
“Once the courtyard is complete we anticipate that the newly developed space will help beautify our campus even more. We ask for everyone’s patience in the first couple weeks of the fall semester as we get settled. We will have limited services available during the beginning of the semester, but we hope to be fully operational by the first week of September,” said Lum-Ho.