Project History

1990: University of Hawai‘i Board of Regents decision prompts the search for alternative sites for the University Center, West Hawai‘i.

1991: The 500-acre Kalaoa site is selected from seven candidate sites and approved by the Board of Regents. Hawai‘i Community College — Pālamanui will be located on approximately 73 acres in the northwestern corner of the 500-acre parcel.

2000: Design work for Phase 1 of the University Center, West Hawai‘i at Kalaoa begins but is only partially completed before work is halted pending UH decisions on alternate sites for the University Center, West Hawai‘i.

November 2002: The Board of Regents authorize an MOU between the University of Hawai‘i and Hiluhilu Development, LLC (Palamanui Partners, LLC’s predecessor) to discuss joint development opportunities for adjacent properties held by the two entities.

April 2004: The MOU between the University of Hawai‘i and Hiluhilu is amended.

2006: The County of Hawai‘i approves Hiluhilu’s request for a zoning reclassification in exchange for the developers’ agreement to provide certain infrastructure for the college campus.

August 2007: The American Culinary Federation Kona-Kohala Chefs Association launches the ‘Equip the Kitchens’ fundraising campaign to benefit the Hawai‘i Community College — Pālamanui culinary program.

November 2007: Governor Linda Lingle releases $2 million for the planning and design of the campus at Pālamanui.

January 2009: The first Pālamanui golf tournament fundraiser is held at the Club at Hōkūli‘a. The golf fundraiser has taken place annually since 2009.

November 2009: The UH Board of Regents approves the Long Range Development Plan update and name change to Hawai‘i Community College — Pālamanui upon construction of the permanent college.

July 2010: Governor Linda Lingle releases funds to help build an access road to the future site of Hawai‘i Community College — Pālamanui.

December 2010: University officials and Pālamanui Partners sign a private-public partnership agreement to build the access road to the future site of Hawai‘i Community College — Pālamanui.

March 2011: University officials and guests celebrate the blessing of the new access road to the future site of Hawai‘i Community College — Pālamanui.

June 2011: Road construction is underway.

February 2012: The University of Hawai‘i receives $9.68 million from Pālamanui Partners LLC to help construct the college campus.

May 2012: The Hawai‘i Legislature approves $7.5 million in general obligation bonds to fund the construction of Hawai‘i Community College — Pālamanui.

August 2012: The college contracts Dr. Jay Siegel to develop the Hawai‘i Community College 2013-15 Academic Master Plan for West Hawai‘i.

August 2012: Governor Neil Abercrombie releases $7.5 million in bonds to help construct Phase 1 of Hawai‘i Community College — Pālamanui, which includes classrooms, science laboratories, learning kitchens, a library and learning center.

November 2012: Construction bidding for Pālamanui begins.

January 2013: The lowest bidder withdraws bid, leaving a funding gap of about $8 million.

February 2013: The University of Hawai‘i Board of Regents approve plan to repurpose $6.5 million in bonds to be used for Pālamanui.

March 2013: University of Hawai‘i awards $22.7 million construction contract for Phase 1 of the Pālamanui project to F&H Construction.

May 2013: The Legislature approves an additional $2.4 million to fully fund the construction of Phase 1 of Hawai‘i Community College — Pālamanui.

May 2013: Hawai’i Community College and the University of Hawai’i host a kīpaepae ‘eli honua, or groundbreaking ceremony, for the Pālamanui campus.