The Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Hawaii has donated $10,000 to Hawaii Community College. The funds were raised during the 14th annual “A Taste of Hilo” event last fall.
Chamber members attended a luncheon March at the college’s fine dining restaurant, Bamboo Hale, where they presented a $10,000 ceremonial check to HCC Chancellor Noreen Yamane.
“Over the years, donations from the Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Hawaii have funded student scholarships and faculty enrichment, purchased valuable equipment, been used to beautify our campus, and more,” Yamane said. “We are incredibly grateful for their generosity and support.”
“A Taste of Hilo” is a popular local event that chamber has hosted annually for 14 years. The most recent edition in October was sold out and featured more than 30 food vendors.
At Tuesday’s luncheon, chamber members and HCC administrators enjoyed a meal prepared by HCC Culinary Arts students that included orange glazed sticky pork ribs, cucumbers and Hamakua pepiau mushrooms, and Szechuan stir fried green beans.
Chamber President Jon Arizumi said one reason the organization supports higher education institutions such as Hawaii Community College is so that “when students come out of college they are well-educated and ready for the work force.”