The Kō Education Center (KōEC), formerly called the North Hawai'i Education and Research Center, proudly provides access to quality educational opportunities and facilities for the North Hawai'i community. KōEC is located in Honoka'a 40 miles North of Hilo. KōEC is open Monday through Friday from 7:45 am to 4:30 pm.
College Credit Courses - College in Honoka'a
Hawai'i Community College credit courses are offered face-to-face and online. High school students are eligible to take college courses at KōEC through the Early College program.
Lifelong Learning Courses
Non-credit courses are offered for personal development each semester.
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KōEC offers a computer lab available for use by students enrolled at any UH campus and for community members.
A conference room and classrooms of various sizes are available for UH and community use.
Proctoring is available for UH system and out-of-state students.
The Heritage Center houses an archives & resource center, a changing exhibit gallery, and a long term exhibit gallery (coming soon!) for Hāmākua and North Hawaiʻi history.
Find out how you can support special projects, events and activities at NHERC.
On highway 19 (Mamalahoa Hwy), pass Tex's Drive Inn and the 43 mile marker. Make the next right turn onto Plumeria St. Go ½ a mile down the hill and take the first right after Hale Hoʻola Hāmākua. There will be a sign that says North Hawaiʻi Education & Research Center.
On highway 19 (Mamalahoa Hwy), pass the 44 mile marker. Make the next left turn onto Plumeria St. into Honokaʻa. Go ½ a mile down the hill and take the first right after Hale Hoʻola Hāmākua. There will be a sign that says North Hawaiʻi Education & Research Center.