Hawai‘i Community College students have a new place to get their books, HawCC merchandise and more after the new college bookstore opened on the UH Hilo campus last month.
Administrators and staff from HawCC and UH Hilo gathered for a ceremony in January to celebrate the opening of the $4 million bookstore.
“Twenty percent of the Hilo population is now students studying at the University of Hawaiʻi and we need a bookstore that is big enough and modern enough to reflect what their needs are,” said UH Hilo Chancellor Donald Straney.
The new bookstore serves both UH Hilo and nearby Hawaiʻi Community College, which has a combined enrollment of over 7,000 students. It is nearly double the size of the old location at 6,500 square feet, and offers a lot more than just textbooks, school and art supplies, logo apparel and accessories, computers, software and electronics.
“We have a lounge area where people can eat and study,” said Hilo Bookstore manager Jason Tanaka. “Computer kiosks where students can use free internet as well as the entire building itself has free Wi-Fi.”
“It looks great compared to how it used to look,” said Hawaiʻi Community College student Patrick Garcia. “It looks way better, all the nice stuff in here, it’s just way better than how it used to be.”
Not only is it a serious upgrade from the old bookstore, it’s in a much more convenient location. The new bookstore is connected to Campus Center and the school’s cafeteria.
“The old bookstore was hard to find,” said Hawai‘i Community College student Rochelle Koi. “It was kind of below everything. This is much more open.”
The bookstore is also open to the general public.