Leeward Community College


Welcome, Leon Florendo!

Get to know our new Wai'anae counselor, Leon Fuimaono Florendo!

Leon Florendo is a proud graduate of Wai'anae High School (class of '85) and Leeward Community College (spring '88) where he earned a degree in Liberal Arts and a Certificate of Completion in Human Services. In 1992 Leon earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He later went on to get a Master’s degree in Education Administration at UH Manoa in 2006.

Prior to becoming a the counselor at LeeCCW, Leon was a counselor for Native Hawaiian programs and services at Honolulu Community College for over 14 years. He also served as the Outreach Counselor for Honolulu Community College.

In addition to work, Leon serves on the Board of Directors for the Kalihi YMCA and Sariling Gawa Youth Counsel, Inc., which is a Filipino youth leadership organization.

Leon and his wife Heather are proud parents of twin 4-year-old daughters and a son who just turned one year old. One fun fact about Leon is that in the summer of 2001 he traveled to both the northern-most point of the United States of America (Barrow’s Alaska) and the southern-most point of the United States of America (Ka’u, Hawaii Island). It was an amazing experience.

Leeward CC Wai'anae Community Service Photo Contest Winners

Third place: Tammy Cabral
Second place: Sam Chabotte
First Place: Leilani Thourson

2013 Wai'anae Coast Christmas Parade

Continuing a tradition started last year, Leeward CC Wai'anae students, alumni and staff worked throughout the semester planning and designing a float for Wai'anae's annual Christmas parade on Saturday, December 14th. The theme of the float this year was "Inspiring Brighter Futures." The float featured signs of the various careers residents could pursue by starting at the college. Special thanks to the planning committee (Jennifer Opunui, Sam Chabotte, Ashley Kekahuna, Ipo Shirley, Leilani Ahina, Noel Agcopra-Adams), set up crew (Ka'eha Lenchanko, Keoni Estoy, Lloyd Canionero, Kaleo Keliikoa, Moses Magno, Kendall Weber, Shirley 'Ohana, Kekahuna 'Ohana, Cabiles 'Ohana, Opunui 'Ohana), all the students who rode on the float, John Torres and Shailo Lareau.

Ka Lama Education Academy

The New Year is an ideal time to seek out opportunities and begin your pursuit of a career in healthcare. Leeward Community College (OCEWD) now provides training programs in Waianae, which will help you make good on your resolution.

NURSE AIDE TRAINING (150 HOURS) - Prepare for the Prometric Exam and continue your education elsewhere, or pursue employment in hospitals, nursing homes, and clinics.

MEDICAL REIMBURSEMENT (BILLING) SERIES (80 HOURS) - Prepare for the National Certification for Certified Reimbursement Specialist (CMRS) and stay current with electronic record keeping trends.

OCEWD also offers a variety of employment training courses including: Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint, CDL Training, Forklift Certification, Medical Coding, Solar Photovoltaic Fundamentals and Installation, and more. Call 455-0477 or visit www.ocewd.org for a listing of courses and more information.

Job Prep Services will be having our open house on January 22, 2013 from 9 AM until 12 PM at the Pearl City campus. For more information, please give us a call at (808) 455-0240 or send us an email.

Job Prep Services

Leeward Community College


Phone: (808) 455-0240

Fax: (808) 454-8804