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Welcome Message

Aloha kākou!

On behalf of the entire Hawai'i Community College 'Ohana, I bid you welcome.

For over 75 years, Hawai'i Community College has been committed to promoting a learning community and environment in which the Spirit of Excellence, E 'Imi Pono, helps all students to be successful in their goals and dreams.

Hawai'i Community College is an excellent college to begin or continue your academic journey. Whether you are preparing to transfer to a university, pursuing a career in a professional-technical field, taking pre-college classes, or participating in training or courses for personal and professional enrichment, we can help you achieve your goals.

Hawai'i Community College takes pride in our Kauhale – our 'Ohana of dedicated and passionate faculty and staff committed to the success of our students. This is seen in the relationships among faculty and staff with our students, the professional or industry-based background of our faculty, and our small class sizes. We offer 26 programs to serve a variety of interests. Our programs are offered in multiple locations on the Big Island that includes the Manono Campus, the shared facility at University of Hawai'i at Hilo, and the new state-of-the-art facility on the west side at Pālamanui.

I invite you to explore the many educational opportunities available to you at Hawai'i Community College. Our 'Ohana look forward in helping you pursue your intellectual, civic, professional, and personal endeavors with an enriching educational experience that will last you a lifetime.

Me ke aloha pumehana,

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Rachel Solemsaas, Ed.D.
Chancellor 
Hawaiʻi Community College