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August 2012

Windward CC library, Palamanui and UH initiatives

Windward CC Library Learning Commons

Windward Community College officially opened its beautiful Library Learning Commons this month. The three-story, 69,000 square foot library houses computing services, the media center, student services and labs that were previously scattered across the campus. It is the first “green” library in the UH system with photovoltaic panels and an architectural design that uses much more natural light.

West Hawai‘i Palamanui Campus

Governor Neil Abercrombie recently released $7.5 million in General Obligation bonds to finance construction of Hawai‘i Community College’s Palamanui Campus in West Hawai‘i. That, combined with the $9.6 million dollar donation by Palamanui LLC means we can expect to go out to bid soon, on construction of the health and science, culinary arts and student services buildings.


We are building our budget request on the University of Hawai‘i’s three strategic initiatives.

  • • The Hawai‘i Graduation Initiative—The goal is to increase the number of college graduates by 25 percent by 2015 by encouraging students to take 15 credits each semester to graduate on time and save tuition money.
  • • The Renovate to Innovate Initiative—It highlights the need to invest in our campuses and our future through repairs, maintenance and construction. There are many construction, maintenance and renovation projects currently underway.
  • University of Hawai‘i Innovation Initiative (HI²)—We currently generate $500 million in extramural or outside funding a year. Our goal is to double that to more than $1 billion through the Hawai‘i Innovation Initiative or HI².

University and campus news

Top News

West O‘ahu opening

Our new UH West O‘ahu campus in Kapolei had its public grand opening this month, and on August 20 we welcomed 2,023 students—a 19 percent increase over last year.

The launch of the West O‘ahu campus is one of the most significant events for the University of Hawai‘i in probably half a century. It is a dream come true and we are proud to see our UH ‘ohana grow and reach into more communities around the island and across the state.

UH West O‘ahu is a state-of-the-art facility, which will undoubtedly have a sizeable impact on the area’s economic growth.