Artist's rendering of future Hawaiʻi Community College Pālamanui campus

Artist’s rendering of future Hawaiʻi Community College Palamanui campus

Governor Neil Abercrombie has released $7.5 million in general obligation bonds to finance construction of the Hawaiʻi Community College Pālamanui campus in West Hawaiʻi.

Combined with the $9.68 million donated to the university in January by Pālamanui LLC, a partnership between Hunt Companies Hawaiʻi and Charles R. Schwab, this amount brings the total funding on hand to nearly $17.2 million for West Hawaiʻi’s first permanent campus.

The university expects to go out to bid on construction of Phase 1A, the Culinary Arts Building, and Phase 1B, the Health Science and Student Services Building, by the end of August or early September. Architectural design firm Urban Works has completed the plans and final design documents, enabling the bid process to begin.

The two phases will encompass 23,100 square feet of classroom, laboratory and support spaces for 700 students.

“The expansion of UH in West Hawaiʻi fulfills a need for its growing community,” stated Abercrombie. “Pālamanui will not only create new jobs but unique academic opportunities in the science and agricultural fields.”

“The community on the west side of the Big Island has waited long and patiently for us to arrive at this day,” said UH President M.R.C. Greenwood. “We are thrilled and gratified to be able to start the building process for this much-anticipated campus and bring the promise of a college degree that much closer to Hawaiʻi residents.”

The Pālamani campus, which will be an extension of Hawaiʻi Community College, will be the 11th permanent campus of the University of Hawaiʻi System, and is expected to open its doors to students in the fall of 2014.

Read the news release.

This Post Has 5 Comments
  1. Glad to finally see the UH system expanding on the Big Island. The population of that island is in need of this long awaited expansion.

  2. …at least the parking is better placed than UHWO; at the new campus I’ll need to get a handi placard in order to park close enough to not need some further treatment of ankle broken on bad walkway at temporary campus… UHWO is (an attempt at a positive statement) SKATEBOARDER’S PARADISE; the challenge will only be ‘fixt’ by a handicapped parking lot placed within the legal distance of the classrooms building….

  3. Thanks for the good writeup. It in fact was a entertainment account it. Look advanced to more brought agreeable from you! However, how can we keep up a correspondence?

  4. I am excited about the future of education in Kona and for the Palamanui campus. However, I would like to see more greenery at the new site. The sketch does not look like there is much area to comfortably hang-out outside. Close by at the Veteran’s Cemetery, there is a native plant reforestation project underway (spearheaded by a UH-HCC lecturer). It would be great to see more plants and expanded outdoor areas to integrate with that project. Also, I have heard that the library will not have a bathroom or a drinking fountain. That just doesn’t seem like a wise plan. I hope these issues are addressed.

    I‘m sure it will all work out if we all work together.
    Wishing the best for the Palamanui campus.

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