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Hawai‘i CC student wins $25k grand prize in business competition

A Hawai‘i Community College student is the $25,000 grand prize winner of a local business plan competition.

Amanda Gilroy, an entrepreneur behind Mermaid Mushrooms and a Natural Science student at the Hawai‘i CC - Pālamanui campus in Kona, was named the winner of the HIplan Hawai’i Island Business Plan Competition on October 24.

“I still can’t believe it,” Gilroy said after her win.

Despite the odds, Hawai‘i CC grad follows passion for pets all the way to vet school

Kealaka'i “Ala” Matsumoto, a 2011 Hawai‘i Community College graduate, is enrolled at the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, one of the most prestigious vet schools in the country. 

Matsumoto’s journey to this point surprises even him at times. He went from an underachieving high school student to doctoral candidate; from Hilo, Hawai'i to Ames, Iowa; from an academic and career path in social services to one in veterinary medicine. 

Online workshops offered to help students enroll at Hawai'i CC

Hawai'i Community College is pleased to announce "Getting Started at Hawai'i Community College" online workshops to help students enroll for the Spring and Fall 2021 semesters. 

Connect with our staff, have your questions answered, and learn about applying, financial aid and academic programs. 

'Discover Pālamanui' during online workshops

Hawai‘i Community College - Pālamanui is pleased to announce a series of online workshops that will be delivered via Zoom in summer 2021 for people interested in learning more about what the Kona campus offers and how to enroll for the Fall 2021 semester. 

The “Discover Pālamanui” workshops kick off Monday, June 21, with an information session about the Early College/Running Start programs. 

Culinary professor's mission-driven food project makes a splash

Every year, Brian Hirata, a Culinary Arts professor at Hawai‘i Community College, gives his students a pop quiz on identifying local fish. 

Founded 20 years ago to cultivate local forestry experts, Forest TEAM program is fulfilling its mission

Anya Tagawa fondly recalls the most thrilling moments of her career in natural resource conservation, like rappelling into lava tubes to access rare plants that had thrived in the shelter of the tube. Or blazing trails and flying by helicopter to far-flung places in Kohala to search for rare plants. 

 “It’s an exciting field,” Tagawa said recently. “It’s been an exciting life, for sure.”

Teaching Resources: Message from VCAA Joni Onishi to Faculty and Lecturers
Aloha Faculty and Lecturers,
Welcome to Fall 2020 semester.  I hope this email finds you and your family in good health.  As we continue to live through these unprecedented times, COVID-19 has impacted our daily lives and we will experience a semester unlike any other.  
There are many to mahalo who worked hard throughout the summer preparing for the opening of fall 2020 to assure the safest and best learning environment possi
Hawai'i CC Updates: A Phased Reopening for Fall 2020

This column appears in the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Hawaii August 2020 Newsletter.


Hawai‘i Community College is preparing for a safe, successful return to campus and has released its interim Phased Reopening Plan, which reflects the phases in the state of Hawai‘i’s Roadmap to Recovery and Resilience. You can find information about our reopening at the COVID-19 landing page.

Hawai‘i Community College - Pālamanui Hosts Drive-Through Graduation for Class of 2020

Graduates of the Hawai‘i Community College - Pālamanui campus in Kona celebrated their achievements with a drive-through graduation ceremony on Saturday, August 1.