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Success Stories

Hundreds of West Hawai'i residents have pursued their dreams with support from the University Center, West Hawai'i. Hear some of their stories.

"The University Center has provided me with the resources and professional guidance to pursue my Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting without having to worry about relocating my family. Having the University Center at Pālamanui is having a profound positive impact on my life, that will be with me for the rest of my life."

– Jason Roberson

'They're So Inspiring': University Center students highlight online bachelor's and graduate degrees


“My life is set up here on the Big Island, so having to move to O‘ahu wouldn’t have been something I wanted to do, and I don’t think I would have,” Jessica Conner said. “For me it’s a privilege to continue living my life, working full-time and being able to provide for myself while getting an education from my home. It’s amazing.” Read Full Article.

"Thankfully, through the University of Hawai’i at West Oahu’s distance education program, I was able to take as many classes as needed from the comfort of my own home in Kona while I worked full time and raised my child. In 2015 I finally achieved my goal and graduated from UH West O’ahu with my Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences with the Applied Track, which is specifically tailored for outer island students who need to take online classes. Quickly after I received my degree I was offered a promotion as a Program Manager at my agency and also received a raise as a result.”

– Aurora Delaries


“During my time in academia, whether it was doing my undergraduate through UH Hilo or my MBA through UH Mānoa, Pālamanui was the cornerstone of my success. What I think many people in Kona don’t realize is that they can complete their undergraduate and graduate degree, or many other trades and higher learning degrees, through our West Hawai’i Campus. From my experience, Pālamanui is a school where teaching can’t just be categorized as a profession or a particular subject matter, it’s a family of educators that’s extremely passionate about its students, college and community – and I am proud to have been a part of that!”

– Hanale Hose