In 1976, a decade after the first legislative discussion of a baccalaureate entity serving Oʻahu’s leeward side, 75 students took the first classes offered in local high schools under the auspices of West Oʻahu College.
Former Chancellor Edward Kormondy has chronicled The University of Hawaiʻi–West Oʻahu: The First 40 Years 1966-2006.
Distributed by UH Press and available at the Leeward Community College bookstore, the book provides an episodic, idiosyncratic, personalized look at a still emerging institution of higher learning.
Construction on a permanent campus began in August after Gov. Linda Lingle released $48 million for infrastructure development and construction of three buildings in Kapolei.
Construction Update: “Construction continues on Phase I of UH West Oʻahu’s new campus in Kapolei. Workers are using heavy equipment for mass grading. Work on the foundation is scheduled to begin before the end of the year.“