Palamanui groundbreaking

Hawaii Community College Palamanui

Hawaii Community College Palamanui

Hawaii Community College Palamanui

Hawaii Community College Palamanui

Hawaii Community College Palamanui

Hawaii Community College Palamanui

Hawaii Community College Palamanui

Hawaii Community College Palamanui

Hawaii Community College Palamanui

Hawaii Community College Palamanui

Hawaii Community College Palamanui

Hawaii Community College Palamanui

Hawaii Community College Palamanui

Hawaii Community College Palamanui

Hawaii Community College Palamanui

Hawaii Community College Palamanui

Hawaii Community College Palamanui

Hawaii Community College Palamanui

Hawaii Community College Palamanui

Hawaii Community College Palamanui

Hawaii Community College Palamanui

Hawaii Community College Palamanui

Hawaii Community College Palamanui

Hawaii Community College Palamanui

The University of Hawaiʻi and the Hawaiʻi Island community broke ground on the long anticipated Hawaiʻi Community College Pālamanui in Kona on May 28. It was a proud moment considering Pālamanui was first conceived of more than two decades ago and has been in the planning stages since 2004.

West Hawaiʻi is the only major community without a permanent higher education facility. Pālamanui will be the first permanent, physical University of Hawaiʻi campus in the area. This is a powerful example of our mission to make higher education accessible to all communities in the state.

Our new campus will be a state-of-the-art, energy independent campus with a large photovoltaic system. The first phase will include 24,000 square feet of classroom space, learning kitchens, science labs, library and learning commons.

There are so many people to thank, but a special thanks goes to Jim Lally, who has been a great friend of Pālamanui and has believed in us from the beginning. He knew that a community college in West Hawaiʻi would plant the seeds for something much larger.

So let’s think of this as a commencement. We have just completed the commencement season, so let’s think of this as our commencement from planning to doing. There is a great deal of work yet to be done before we complete our PhD. Let’s do it!