Hawai‘i CC – Pālamanui to Host Grand Opening Celebration

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Hawai’i Community College – Pālamanui courtesy photo.

Hawai’i Community College – Pālamanui courtesy photo.

Hawai’i Community College – Pālamanui will host an open house and grand opening celebration on Saturday, Feb. 27.

Hawai‘i CC – Pālamanui, a branch campus of Hawai‘i Community College and part of the University of Hawai‘i system, opened its doors for classes in August 2015.

In celebration of the new community resource, Hawai’i CC – Pālamanu will host a free event with live music, a cooking demonstration, campus tours, exhibits, and student performances from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the new campus, located in North Kona.


“Pālamanui opened for classes in August 2015, and now we are excited to welcome the community to the campus for a fun and celebratory event,” said Dr. Kenneth “Marty” Fletcher, the Director of Hawai‘i CC – Pālamanui. “Residents of West Hawai‘i worked very hard to turn the vision of this campus into a reality. We look forward to introducing them to their new home for higher education.”

Live performances by award-winning musician and singer Robi Kahakalau, Hawai’i-based reggae band The Steppas, contemporary Hawaiian musicians the Keawe Trio, and the Polynesian cultural group Te ‘E’a o Te Turama will take place throughout the day.

In addition, students from the Hawai‘i CC – Pālamanui Culinary Arts program will conduct a cooking demonstration, and samples and light refreshments will be provided.


Hawai‘i CC – Pālamanui offers certificates and Associate degrees from Hawai’i Community College. The campus includes the University of Hawai‘i Center, West Hawai’i. The Center is a gateway for residents of West Hawai‘i to undertake programs from other University of Hawai‘i campuses while continuing to live in West Hawai‘i

The college is accessible off Ka’iminani Drive in North Kona. Turn north off Ka’iminani Drive by the fire station, directly across from Ane Keohokalole Highway, and travel about 1.2 miles until you reach the campus.

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