On March 22 and April 24, 2017, Chancellor Doug Dykstra welcomed University of Hawai‘i Community College alumni and guests to Windward Community College’s Palikū Theatre for a two-part historical series.
Guests were transported to an era of Hawaiian royalty by Professor Colette Higgins, alumna from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and Kapi‘olani Community College, history scholar and Windward CC dean of academic affairs as she enthusiastically shared her research of one of Hawai‘i’s beloved monarchs, Queen Julia Kapi‘olani. In the first presentation, Higgins focused on the queen’s life and legacy including her visit to Kalaupapa, her journey to London, and what may have inspired her to open a hospital. In the second presentation, Higgins shared her sabbatical experience tracing the footsteps of Queen Kapi‘olani when she traveled to England as a guest at Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee in 1887.
The presentation series was organized by The Ho‘opili Group and UH Foundation. The Ho‘opili Group at Windward Community College includes alumni and former faculty and staff with the purpose of staying connected with the college.