News Stories

Uala Leaf Cafe at Windward CC Named Blue Zones Project Approved Restaurant

June 2, 2016, Blue Zones Project, Hawaii

Windward CC is the first University of Hawaii campus to become a Blue Zones Project Approved restaurant, we are excited to support this effort,” said Charlene Akina, Program Coordinator of the Hiilaniwai Foodservice Innovations Training Program. We believe Uala Leaf Café can become the neighbor that creates nutritious, onolicious and localicious lunch choices for those who live and work in our Koolaupoko communities.

Windward partners with Hawaiʻi Small Business Development Center

May 26, 2016, University of Hawaii News

The Windward Community College Office of Career and Community Education announced a new partnership with Hawaiʻi Small Business Development Center (Hawaiʻi SBDC). Under the agreement, business consultants from Hawaiʻi SBDC will meet on campus with Windward CC student entrepreneurs and community members to provide free advice and consultation on a wide range of business topics: starting a business, strategy formation, pursuing financing, marketing and sales, creating a financial management system and improving company performance and more.

WCC - Hawai‘i Ocean Education Academy Promotes Ocean Education for All

March 8 - 9, 2016, San Diego, CA

Windward Community College - Hawai‘i Ocean Education Academy (HOEA) team members recently attended the National Association of Aquatic Professionals Convention in San Diego, CA. The HOEA team promoted WCC programs at the Exposition, and Workforce Coordinator Ian ‘Akahi Masterson presented at a breakout session encouraging the American Red Cross to offer a basic ocean lifeguard training and certificate as a stepping stone to the United States Lifesaving Association (USLA) Lifeguard Agency training programs.

With over 19 million surfers worldwide and billions of people journeying to coastlines across the globe annually, Masterson believes that ocean safety education should be made readily available to the public and introduced HOEA as a national leader in ocean education with innovative college programming and educational certificate pathways in ocean recreation, ocean safety management and workforce skills training opportunities.

The HOEA team also visited the Miramar Community College Regional Lifeguard Academy during a USLA Lifeguard training scenario at Ocean Beach Pier. The San Diego City Lifeguard Agency runs the program in partnership with the college. San Diego Fire-Rescue Lifeguard Chief Rick Wurts shared curriculum and encouraged WCC to articulate with the Miramar program in order that a national platform is developed to meet workforce needs for USLA-level ocean lifeguard services.

For more information about ocean safety education classes please contact Ian Masterson at 235-7331 or

Jim Bagnola Leadership Seminar “Inspires” at WCC

October 20, 2015, Windward Community College

KANE'OHE, HI – One hundred eleven state government and local business leaders attended and participated in “Leading is Everybody’s Business,” led by executive coach and International speaker Jim Bagnola on Tuesday, October 20 at Windward Community College.
Bagnola’s dynamic presentation focused on the relationship of leadership and body-mind management with emphasis on the influence of thinking patterns on health, happiness, success, and the capacity to lead. Lively discussion and interactive group exercises throughout the day helped to illustrate facets of leading in a collaborative and fun way. Sessions included topics on:The Art and Science of LeadingRelationship and Communication IntelligenceLeading is Management of EnergyHealthy Leadership Equals a Healthy Organization“Jim's presentation was truly inspiring and motivating. The activities were fun, interactive and it tied in well with the points he made in being a leader. I was fortunate to collaborate with people from state government and private industry and look forward to the next leadership series,” said Ellen Ishida-Babineau, Dean of Academic Affairs at Windward Community College.
For more information about future seminars please contact Jane Uyetake at 235-7363 or