Colette Higgins
Professor of History
Kapi'olani Community College


M.A. in History (Pacific Islands), University of Hawai'i at Manoa
B.A. in History and Anthropology, University of Hawai'i at Manoa
A.A. in Liberal Arts, Kapi'olani Community College
Kaimuki High School

Teaching Experience

Since 2011

Professor of History, Kapi'olani Community College
Associate Professor of History, Kapi'olani Community College
Assistant Professor of History, Kapi'olani Community College; tenured in 2005
Instructor in History, Kapi‘'olani Community College
1992-1996 Lecturer in History at Kapi'olani Community College, Windward Community College, and Honolulu Community College

Courses Taught

History 151
World Civilizations I (50 sections or 150 credits)
History 152
World Civilizations II (31 sections or 93 credits)
History 284
Hawaiian History (29 sections or 87 credits; 26 sections as Writing Intensive)
  My History 284 has been designated as fulfilling KCC's HAP and UH-Manoa's Focus (H) requirements.
History 288
Survey of Pacific Islands History (4 sections or 12 credits; all as Writing Intensive)

My History 288 has been designated as fulfilling KCC's HAP and UH-Manoa's Focus (H) requirements .

IS 198 (a.k.a. IS 103)
College Success: Kupu A‘e (1 section or 3 credits)
Eng 272M & Hist 288 Learning Community
Time Traveling & Island Hopping: Connecting the Stories (8 sections or 24 credits, all as Writing Intensive)

Grants, Awards and Honors

Received the Board of Regents' Excellence in Teaching Award, Kapi'olani CC
Alumnus Speaker at KCC's Commencement exercises, May 13
Frances Davis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
Nominated for the Excellence in Teaching Award, Kapi'olani CC
Taraknath Das Prize in Asian History given by UH-Manoa's History Department for a paper titled "Anti-Chinese Sentiments in Hawai'i from 1862-1886"
East-West Center grantee
Inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society
Inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society


Book Review of "Kalaupapa: A Collective Memory" by Anwei Skinsnes Law in The Hawaiian Journal of History, Vol. 49: 204-206.

Professional Activities

2014 Voice over for three Kapi'olani Community College commercials

Never Turning Back

Listen to Your Heart

Think About Your Next Move

Volunteer at the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education E Mau Ana Ka Mo'olelo Our Narratives Endure at KCC in Honolulu, May 19-24

KCC's Kalaualani Council representative on the larger UH systemwide Puko'a Council
Arts & Humanities Department Chair
Summer 2009 & 2010
Faculty Advisor for KCC's New Student Orientations
Summer 2008
Kapi'olani Community College - Advice for Parents YouTube video interview
On-site Faculty for the Service Learning Malama i na Ahupua'a Project (formerly Adopt an Ahupua'a)
  Ulupo Heiau Lo'i Kalo Kaniakapupu

  Waikalua Loko Fishpond Ka'a'awa Valley

Honors Education Coordinator (included serving as Phi Theta Kappa faculty advisor)
Spring 2009
Chair of the Excellence in Teaching Award selection committee
Faculty Coordinator for the Service Learning Kalaupapa Names Project
Member of Ke Kumu committee to honor Queen Kapi'olani's legacy at KCC
Facilitator/Coordinator of KCC's Malama Pono workshops

Co-Facilitator of Kahikoluamea Institute at Kapi'olani Community College

for 11 faculty and staff from six different units, August 5-8

2007 for 18 faculty from Malama Hawai'i, Holomua, and First-Year Experience, May 14-18

2007-2012, 2015
Facilitator for the Servant Leadership round-table discussion, National Pacific American Leadership Institute, every July

Summer 2007
Lead Facilitator and Faculty Advisor for KCC's New Student Orientations
Spring 2007
Acting Coordinator of KCC's First-Year for Faculty Program
Fall 2006
Facilitator of KCC's Hawaiian Values workshops
Serve on KCC's Center for Excellence in Learning, Teaching & Techonology (CELTT) Professional Development Leadership Team
Facilitator of KCC's Teachers Talking to Teachers (4Ts) workshops
Coordinator of KCC's First-Year Experience Task Force
Facilitator during Negotiating Pacific Identities: Ethnicity, Encounters and Self-Determination, a United Nations University Global Seminar at UH Manoa's Law School, March
Member of KCC's First-Year Experience Task Force
Faculty Mentor Coordinator for KCC's Title III grant; Faculty Liaison to Kaimuki High School
KCC's Moving Cultures Coordinator for a Ford Foundation grant given to the University of Hawai‘i-School of Hawaiian, Asian, and Pacific Studies; developed an e-mail correspondence program for students at KCC and Palau Community College


                Professional Development


Engaging in Promising Practices Conference for Asian American, Native American, Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISI) at South Seattle College in Washington, February 6-7

Annual Hawaii Sustainability in Higher Education Summit at Windward Community College, March 13-14

AAC&U General Education and Assessment: Disruption, Innovations, and Opportunities Conference in Portland, Oregon, February 27-March 1

Association of Partners for Public Lands Partnership Convention & Trade Show

in Albuquerque, NM, Februrary 23-26

in Las Vegas, NV, March 4-7

ACCJC's Degree Qualifications Profile Project (DQPP) Associate Degree Cohorts Conference in Oakland, CA, April 25-26

Hawai'i Strategy Institute for University of Hawai'i Community Colleges

2014 Wo Innovation in Learning Day (WILD) at Windward CC, March 7-8

2013 Achieving the Dream (AtD) meeting on student success, Kane'ohe, HI, Februrary 22-23

Park Teachers Workshop at Everglades National Park in Florida, May 14-18

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) college teacher workshop, History and Commemoration: Legacies of the Pacific War in Honolulu, July 25-30 (video about my experience)

Hawaii Summer Academy of the Community College Leadership Development Initiatives at Hawaii Tokai International College in Honolulu, July 6-10

National Pacific American Leadership Institute Ho'ala Hou class, June 10-17

Hawai‘i National Great Teachers Seminar at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, August 10-15

Institute on Campus Leadership for Sustainable Innovations, Association of American Colleges and Universities (part of KCC's six member team) in Leesburg, VA, July 10-15

Writing Across the Curriculum Summer Institute at KCC, May 19-June 6


"Queen Kapi'olani and the Patients of Kalaupapa"
T.H.I.N.K., February 5 At KCC library, June 24
  as part of the Secrets of Success series at KCC (once each semester since Fall 2010)
"Queen Kapi'olani: Visit to Kalaupapa (July 1884) & Dedication of Kapi'olani Home for Girls (November 1885)"
  Judiciary History Center, June 24 'Iolani Palace, July 13
"Assignment Design: Writing Project," Writing Across the Curriculum Summer Institute, at KCC, May 21
"Queen Kapi'olani: Visit to Kalaupapa (July 1884) & Dedication of Kapi'olani Home for Girls (November 1885)," Distinctive Women in Hawaiian History: He Ho`olaule`a No Na Mo`olelo o na Wahine (Celebration of Women's History), Honolulu, Hawai‘i, April 26
  Queen Kapi`olani Presentation Handout
Annotated Bibliography
Queen Kapi'olani presentation for the Pediatric Unit of Kapi'olani Medical Center for Women & Children, September 17, 18 & 27
with Paige Wilmeth and Keith Kashiwada. "'Comm' and Stay: Creating and Sustaining the First-Year Experience at a Community College," 20th International Conference on the First-Year Experience, Waikoloa, Hawai‘i, July 10
"Gold, Gods, and Glory: The Global Dynamics of Power -- How did Kalakaua maintain power in an age of neo-imperialism?" KCC's Phi Theta Kappa induction ceremony, April 20
"A.L.T.E.R. = Awareness, Listening, Trial, Error, Revision," the keynote address for Staff Development Day at the College of Micronesia in Pohnpei, FSM, February 21
2002 to present

"Queen Kapi‘olani's Life and Legacy" for AAC&U visitors to KCC, February 16; (presented to various groups of KCC faculty and students when asked)

  as part of the Secrets of Success series at KCC (once each semester since Fall 2006)
with Keala Losch and Joe Chilton. "Students Crossing Borders: Community College Connections," Remaking Asian & Pacific Studies Conference, Honolulu, Hawai‘i, December 5
"E-Mail Correspondence: Using Technology to Promote Collaborative Learning," 19th Pacific Educational Conference, Pago Pago, American Samoa, July 25
with Keala Losch and Kawika Napoleon. "Service Learning: Learning the Pacific Way," 18th Pacific Educational Conference, Mangilao, Guam, July 25
with John Cole. "Methods of Engagement: Strategies for Helping Students Become More Effective Learners," Pacific Teaching: A Collaborative Workshop for Regional Community College Instructors, Koror, Palau, July 28
1997 to present
with Brian Cassity. "Thinking Through History" workshop as part of the Secrets of Success series at KCC (once each semester)
1996 to present
"Learning Styles" workshop as part of the Secrets of Success series at KCC (once each semester)

Community Service

2011 to present
Board of Directors, Pacific Historic Parks
Board Member, Waikalua Loko Fishpond Preservation Society
Program Committee Member, Distinctive Women in Hawaiian History
Lector Coordinator, St. Anthony of Padua Church, Kailua
School Board, St. Anthony of Padua School, Kailua
Lector Coordinator, St. Anthony of Padua Church, Kailua
1995 to present
Lector & Homebound Minister, St. Anthony of Padua Church, Kailua
Judge, Hawai‘i History Day, Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities

last updated on 11/10/15