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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!

Palamanui check presentation

Palamanui check presentation

Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi, left, shares a laugh with University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood prior to presentation of $9.68 million to the University of Hawaii to begin construction of the Hawaii Community College Palamanui campus in West Hawaii at the Hawaii Civic Center in Kailua Kona January 31, 2012. Photo By Michael Darden / www.dardenphotos.com

It’s not often in a higher education career that one gets to conceive, design and build a college campus form scratch. But that’s what the University of Hawaiʻi took a big step forward in doing recently when we accepted a check in the amount of $9.68 million from Palamanui Partners in Kona toward the construction of our first permanent campus on the west side of Hawaiʻi!

Hunt Companies Hawaiʻi Division president Steve Colon, representing Palamanui Partners which is a joint effort of Charles Schwab and Hunt Companies, presented a large symbolic check in that amount to Board of Regents Vice Chair James Lee and me, along with Big Island Mayor Billy Kenoi, Vice President of Student Affairs and External Relations Rockne Freitas, and Hawaiʻi Community College Chancellor Noreen Yamane. What an occasion to celebrate!

Palamanui check presentation

Rockne Freitas, back, with M.R.C. Greenwood, James Lee, Noreen Yamane, Billy Kenoi and Steve Colon (photo By Michael Darden)

This project has been in the planning stages for 8 years, and it’s remarkable that despite economic challenges the group stuck together and held the collective vision. This campus, when completed, will bring the promise of a college degree and a better quality of life to one of our most underserved areas. We couldn’t have gotten to this day without the help and constant support of community leaders like our Regents from the island of Hawaiʻi Carl Carlson and Barry Mizuno, Chair Eric Martinson, UH Foundation Board member Jim Lally, and so many others. Groundbreaking will occur this coming summer!

More photos from the event on Flickr.