News & Updates

Faculty and staff to begin moving to Hawai‘i Community College – Pālamanui

The University of Hawai‘i Center, West Hawai‘i in Kealakekua will soon begin relocating to Hawai‘i Community College – Pālamanui in North Kona. During this transition, please be aware of the following temporary changes and important dates between now and the beginning of the Fall Semester:

  • Monday, Aug. 3: Office of Student Services, Business Office, the Library/Learning Center, and Administration at the Kealakekua location will be closed due to moving. Other than Monday, Aug. 3, the Placement Testing Center remains open at Kealakekua through Aug. 14.
  • Thursday, Aug. 13: Mandatory New Student Orientation (by reservation) at Kealakekua.
  • Monday, Aug. 10: Pālamanui Student Services will be operational via phone and email only. Call 969-8816 or email
  • Monday, Aug. 17: Pālamanui Student Services will be operational. Students without an appointment must phone 969-8816 before coming to campus.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 18: Mandatory New Student Orientation at Pālamanui (by reservation).
  • Monday, Aug. 24: First day of instruction for Fall Semester at Hawai‘i Community College – Pālamanui.

Placement Testing Services will remain open continuously in Kealakekua. For applying/accepted students who need to complete placement testing prior to registering for classes, please phone 969-8830.

For all other assistance during closed-for-moving dates, please contact our Hilo offices:

  • Admissions & Records: 934-2710
  • Business Office: 934-2740
  • Counseling & Advising: 934-2720
  • Financial Aid: 934-2712
  • Ha`awi Kōkua: 934-2825
  • UH Hilo Bookstore: 932-7394

An Official Opening Ceremony and Public Open House for Hawai’i Community College – Pālamanui is being planned for late October, with final date and other details to be announced.

(Posted: July 31, 2015)


Culinary Arts students to benefit from major gift (VIDEO)

The American Culinary Federation Kona Kohala Chefs Association of Kailua-Kona, Hawaiʻi has donated $245,000 to establish the ACF Kona Kohala Chefs Association and Jean Hull Culinary Endowment. This fund will support the growing culinary program at the soon-to-open Hawaiʻi Community College–Pālamanui campus.

This is the largest endowment of its kind to support either campus of Hawaiʻi Community College in its 50-plus-year history.

Click the link below to learn more and view a video of the check signing ceremony:

(Posted: June 17, 2015)


Volunteers help restore ancient trail

Dozens of volunteers helped clear an ancient trail that runs adjacent to the Hawai’i Community College – Pālamanui campus on Saturday, January 24. A reporter from West Hawaii Today joined us during the work day and wrote about the project. Read the article about the restoration of the ancient trail here:

You can also see photos of the trail restoration project at our Flickr album:

(Posted: January 27, 2015) 


Webcam tracks Pālamanui progress

A webcam pointed at the new campus allows you to see daily construction progress. The camera takes a photo every half-hour. You can also watch a time lapse video at the link below. Enjoy!

(Posted: December 22, 2014) 


Follow us on Facebook!

Hawai’i Community College — Pālamanui has a Facebook page. Follow the progress of the campus and also get updates about our current activities and offerings at Hawai’i Community College and UH Center, West Hawai’i. Click HERE to find the page. (Posted: August 20, 2014)


New photos taken August 5 show construction progress




Construction crews continue to make progress as Hawai’i Community College — Pālamanui gets closer to being complete. If everything goes as planned, the new higher education facilities should be ready for students in Fall 2015.


New photos show foundations and the beginnings of walls

The three photos above that were taken just recently show the concrete work that has recently been performed to create the foundations of Hawai‘i Community College — Pālamanui as well as the early stages of work on the walls. (Posted: May 2, 2014)


Hawai’i Community College hosts fundraiser for Pālamanui

Community members showed their support for Hawai’i Community College — Pālamanui by attending a fundraiser golf tournament on Monday, April 14. The proceeds from this annual tournament, which takes place at the Club at Hōkūli‘a, benefit the new higher education facilities that are under now construction in Kona. Many community members participated in a great day of golf and a fun reception, all for a good cause. Mahalo to participants for their support! For photos of the golf tournament, click here. (Posted: April 16, 2014)


Construction crews work on Hawai’i Community College — Pālamanui on March 14, 2014. Go to the Photo Gallery portion of this blog to find more photos of Pālamanui construction.

Construction progresses on Hawai‘i Community College — Pālamanui

The future home of higher education in West Hawai’i continues to take shape, and West Hawaii Today reported on the progress in the March 20, 2014 edition of the paper. To read the article, click here.  (Posted: March 24, 2014) 


Construction work begins on Hawai’i Community College — Pālamanui!

On November 12, 2013 (11/12/13) crews began the groundwork for Hawai’i Community College — Pālamanui. It’s an exciting step for this project, which will ultimately result in a new Hawai’i CC campus in Kona. For more photos of the first few weeks of site work, check out the Photo Gallery page on this blog. You can also view the photos at the Hawai’i CC Flickr page at



Hawai’i Community College breaks ground on new West Hawai’i campus

Hawai‘i Community College and the University of Hawai‘i hosted a kīpaepae ‘eli honua, or groundbreaking ceremony, for Hawai‘i Community College — Pālamanui on May 28, 2013, a major step forward for the project. A $25.5 million bid from F&H Construction has been accepted for construction of Phase 1A and Phase 1B of the Pālamanui campus, and construction is expected to begin soon.

Dignitaries use o’o during the groundbreaking ceremony for Hawai’i Community College — Palamanui on May 28, 2013.

If everything goes as planned, Hawai‘i Community College hopes to move into the new facilities in 2015. The first phase of construction will result in 24,000 square feet of learning space, which includes classrooms, science laboratories, learning kitchens, and a learning commons area that consists of a library, learning center, and testing center. The campus will also feature a large photovoltaic system. All the programs that are currently offered by Hawai‘i Community College and UH in Kealakekua will be offered at the new campus, including culinary arts, nursing, liberal arts, Hawaiian studies, and more. New programs will be offered at Hawai‘i Community College — Pālamanui based on community needs, space availability, funding and curricula development. For coverage of the groundbreaking event, visit these links: Hawaii Tribune Herald, West Hawaii Today, Big Island Video NewsHawaii Public Radio, Hawaii 24/7, Honolulu Civil Beat.