The Hawaiiʻi Community College Construction Academy is a supporter of construction career days held in Hilo every two years. At the October 2012 Career Day event held at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium in Hilo nearly 900 students from 20 big Island schools got a chance at hands-on experience with construction equipment and tools. This was an increase from the 600 who participated in the 2010 event.
Sponsored by the state Department of Transportation, the primary goal of the event is to enhance career technology education, increase the diversity of the construction industry workforce and to better prepare high school and college students for careers in the construction industry. Each student received a hard hat, safety goggles, earplugs and a backpack in addition to all kinds of promotional items distributed by exhibitors.
The Construction Academy booth gave students an opportunity to pound nails, measure and saw. For safety purposes students were required to wear goggles and were instructed in how to properly hold the hammer and saw. Competitions between students and between students and faculty drew a crowd. Females and males both enjoyed the challenge as they attempted to pound a nail in as few strokes as possible. Three was the number to beat by the end of the event.