Library News and Much More!

October 26, 2015
by Carina Chernisky

Unacceptable Behavior in the Learning Commons

For the past month, certain individuals have been wreaking havoc in the Learning Commons and behaving in ways unexpected of college-level students. Examples of this unacceptable behavior:

  • Acting extremely raucous – to the point that other students complain or leave the facility
  • Playing guitars and ukuleles
  • Throwing items across the room
  • Knocking furniture over
  • Standing on top of furniture
  • Blasting music
  • Despite numerous warnings, consistently eating food items that are prohibited in the facility (Library’s Food & Drink Policy)

Library staff have been struggling to correct these individuals’ behavior and to re-establish the Learning Commons as a resource for ALL, not just for a small minority that are dominating the space and making it unwelcoming to others. Please consider discussing the problem with your students and going over the rules below. We thank you for your assistance.

For more information, please read our Acceptable Behavior Policy.


April 14, 2015
by Carina Chernisky

National Library Week


This week!
1. If you currently have any overdue books in your possession, we will forgive $1 of your fine for each canned good you bring in. Canned goods will be donated to the Hawaii Food Bank Drive.
2. Vote! We have a selection of 21 Bestseller books. Vote on your favorite. We will add the top 5 to our collection! The selections can be found near the 2nd floor Circulation Desk.

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April 9, 2015
by Carina Chernisky

Ka ʻUmeke Kāʻeo Achievement Awards — Encourage your students to submit!

Spread the word that students can submit original Hawaiian-themed writing and arts through May 1, 2015. Winners of the Ka ʻUmeke Kāʻeo — which means the Well-Filled Mind — achievement award will receive a prize and will be published on the award-winning Pūpū A ʻO ʻEwa Native Hawaiian Writing and Arts website.

Submission requirements and details:

  • You must currently enrolled in at least 1 course at Leeward Community College this Spring 2015 semester
  • Open to all students, regardless of ethnic or cultural ancestry
  • Your subject MUST be ke ano Hawaiʻi — a Hawaiian focus. Your writing or artwork MUST be related somehow to Native Hawaiian life: culture, customs, history, issues, literature  land, nature, arts, religion, etc.
  • You may enter more than one piece and in more than one category (Hawaiian writing, English writing, art)
  • All submissions are due by 11:59 pm on May 1, 2015
  • All entries must be submitted online through our Submit Your Work link or emailed to
  • Works will judged on their merits. None of our judges will know who submitted which piece.

Please encourage your students to participate in this wonderful opportunity!

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November 18, 2014
by Carina Chernisky

Library is now Home to the Leeward CC Blue Door

Leeward CC's Blue Door--View from the ConcourseThe UHCCs recently celebrated 50 years of touching the lives and minds of those in our communities that hope to broaden their horizons. As such, each CC was gifted with a door painted with its school color. Leeward CC’s door is now housed in the Library’s Reference, Reading, and Research Room, where all who walk on the main concourse can see it!

The official announcement is here:

More pictures of the event can be viewed here:


October 5, 2014
by Carina Chernisky
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School Pride: Pūpū A ʻO ʻEwa included in Ulukau

Pūpū A ʻO ʻEwa, the Leeward CC Native Hawaiian Writing and Art website, is featured as a resource in Ulukau, the Hawaiian Electronic Library. The purpose of Ulukau, according to its website, is to “make these resources available for the use, teaching, and revitalization of the Hawaiian language and for a broader and deeper understanding of Hawaiʻi.” Pat Kamalani Hurley, Leeward CC professor and editor of Pūpū A ʻO ʻEwa, is thrilled at the website’s inclusion as a “special feature/Noiʻi Nowelo” as it’s a fantastic way to not only promote writing and art about anything-Hawaii, but it also showcases the hard work of our students, faculty, and other contributors throughout community. According to Hurley, “most of the works [featured on the website] are by students, faculty, and community members who aren’t professional artists and writers. Our kuleana is to provide a creative space for our community to tell our stories in whatever form these stories — mele, photos, poetry — take.”

Congratulations to Pūpū A ʻO ʻEwa, as they continue to accomplish great feats.


April 5, 2016
by Carina Chernisky

Celebrate National Library Week with us NEXT WEEK!

We have a bunch of fun activities in store for you!
1. Book page art: every day from 8am-12pm in Kapunawai
2. Library Learning Series: new session every day from 12:30-1:30 in Kapunawai
3. Feature Films: new movie every day from 3-5 in the Group Study rooms (free snacks!)Detailed information can be found here:
Win prizes!

Tag us with your own version of bookface art…and you could be one of two people who wins an awesome gift card!

Instagram: /leewardlibrary
Facebook: /leewardcclibrary

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January 26, 2016
by Carina Chernisky

Veterans’ Resource Center — Spring Lecture Series

Do your part to understand your Veteran students by attending one of the VRC lectures, which will be held the first Thursday of each month from 3-4:30pm in Kapunawai, the Library’s Hawai’i-Pacific Resource Room. vrc-lectureseries

For more information please call Nadine Shigezawa, Ph.D. at 594-8039 in the Veterans Resource Center BS-103

January 5, 2016
by Carina Chernisky

Library Work Day in the Hālau Garden

On December 28, 2015 the Library volunteered for its first work day in the Hālau Garden. A big mahalo to Keahiahi Long and Frani Okamoto for organizing this worthwhile day. We learned so much and got quite the workout!

This event is just one way that the Library is continuing to strengthen our relationships with other departments/people on campus. This day was incredibly rewarding and really emphasized the “giving” aspect of the holiday season.


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