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Kona auto mechanics students graduate after participating in unique pilot program

Eight Hawai‘i Community College Automotive Mechanics Technology students took the fast lane to graduation as members of an innovative pilot program — the first of its kind in the State of Hawai‘i.

Just one year after high school, these students graduated from the Hawai‘i Community College - Pālamanui campus in Kona on May 14 with Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees in Automotive Mechanics Technology (AMT).

Hawai'i CC Updates: Mahalo for the continued support!


Mahalo to JCCIH and the Taste of Hilo Committee for the continued support of Hawai‘i Community College and its students!

Sweet Treat: Culinary Students Learn the Art of Patisserie at Well-Known Local Bakery

Hawai‘i Community College Culinary Arts students in a patisserie class are getting real-world experience this year during an internship at Short N Sweet Bakery & Cafe in Hilo. 

Sydirah Aricayos was one of three Culinary Arts students on a recent morning making sweet bread rolls, frosting cakes and making cookies at the bustling bakery. 

“I like learning the different processes for how they do things,” said Aricayos. “It’s a good blend of the familiar and the unfamiliar.” 

JCCIH Donates $15k to Hawai‘i Community College

The Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Hawaii (JCCIH) has donated $15,000 to Hawai’i Community College (Hawai‘i CC) using the proceeds from the 23rd annual “A Taste of Hilo” online silent auction that took place in the fall of 2021. 

The donation was celebrated at a luncheon and check signing ceremony in March at Hawai‘i CC’s Bamboo Hale restaurant where Culinary Arts students prepared and served a three-course meal. 

Lā Honua Earth Month 2022 to Feature Many Events for All Ages

In 2022, Lā Honua Earth Day will be celebrated all month long. Lā Honua + Malama Honua ~ Earth Day + Earth Month will take place in April, which coincides with the Hawaiʻi Lunar Month of Welo.

     >>>See Welcome Message from Chancellor Rachel Solemsaas. (Transcript) 

Fall 2021 Dean's List Announced

Hawai‘i Community College proudly releases the names of the following students who have achieved Dean’s List honors for the Fall 2021 semester. The Dean’s List requires students to have completed 12 or more credits for a letter grade achieving a grade point average of at least 3.5 (B+) for the semester. The following 249 students have attained this distinction.  Please join us in congratulating them!

Culinary Arts Alum Finds Happiness in the Kitchen

Kamaile Gusman graduated from the Hawai‘i Community College – Pālamanui Culinary Arts program in 2021 and has quickly gained a foothold in the local culinary industry. The connections she made and skills she learned in the Culinary Arts program helped her land a job as a pastry cook at the Kūki‘o Beach and Golf Club even before she graduated, and that’s where she continues to work today. 

Hawai'i CC Updates: Global Problems, Local Action


The Spring 2022 semester at Hawai‘i Community College is well under way. We kicked off our semester in January with our “All-College Meeting,” which focused on sustainability and in particular climate change and carbon sequestration. 

Rachel Solemsaas

Celebrate Lunar New Year!

Celebrate Lunar New Year with Hawai'i Community College's International Education Committee.

The activities include a Coffee and Tea Party on Tuesday, Feb. 1 from 9-11 a.m. at the Manono Campus in Hilo, Building 381, Room 10.

There will also be a Coffee and Tea Party at the Hawai'i Community College - Palamanui campus in Kona on Thursday, February 3, 8-11 a.m. near the Culinary Arts classrooms.

Other ways to celebrate include virtual options such as: