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Mahalo for 80 Years of Community Support


photo of rachelAs we head into the holiday season, I want to say mahalo for all the community support for Hawai‘i Community College, not only for the past year, but for the past 80 years. 

Application Tuesdays: Get support as you apply for the Spring 2021 semester

Join “Application Tuesdays” and get help completing the Hawai’i Community College online application. (Application deadline for Spring 2021 is December 29).

The workshops are offered via Zoom and will take place from 10-11 a.m. on the following dates:

Scholarship Live! Learn about financial aid and scholarships at Dec. 3 event

Learn about the financial and scholarship resources at Hawai’i Community College’s Scholarship Live! event on Thursday, December 3 from 5-7 p.m.

You can learn about the many scholarship resources and opportunities, how to create a winning personal statement, frequently asked questions about financial aid, and more.

>>>Event Flier PDF

Culinary Arts students help battle hunger during pandemic

With an increase in unemployment and hunger due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Hawai‘i Community College Culinary Arts students in Hilo are pitching in and helping prepare meals for Hawai'i Island residents.

As part of their classwork, the college students have been cooking meals for keiki at a local charter school Tuesdays and Thursdays this fall semester. And last Friday they prepared 600 meals of luau stew, salad and rice for residents in the Puna District. 

Celebrate Cultural Connections During Virtual International Education Week Events November 16-19

International Education Week is November 16-19 and features games, trivia, presentations, hosts from around the community, food demonstrations, and fun cultural presentations to help celebrate different cultures.

For pre-recorded videos and links to live zoom events, go to 

The events this year have been organized by students in the HOST 261: Meeting, Convention and Event Management class.

Student Story: A Q&A With Former Accounting Student Allegra Petras

We interviewed Allegra Petras, who returned to college after two decades away from higher education and enrolled in the Hawai'i CC Accounting program. She talked about the experience of returning to college and being a Hawai'i CC student. The interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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.