Ua ao Hawai‘i ke ‘ōlino nei mālamalama.
Hawai‘i is enlightened, for the brightness of day is here.
Hawai‘i is in an era of education.


Goodwill Ola I Ka Hana Program
Hilo: 500 Kalanianaʻole Avenue, Ste. 3, Hilo, HI 96720 ( 808-961-3918)
Kona: 74-5599 Luhia Street, F-4, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740 ( 808-443-5854)
  • Provides free services to address educational goals, job skills, life skills, and personal development
  • Program available for low income, at-risk youth between 14 to 21 years old who do not have a high school or GED diploma
Services include:
  • Basic skill enrichment
  • Academic preparation for high school diploma
  • GED classesDevelopmental classes that include: service learning, character building, financial literacy, employment preparation, health and fitness instruction, cultural enrichment, and leadership development


Hawaiʻi Community College (HAWCC)
200 West Kāwili St, Hilo, HI 96720-4091
☎ 808-974-7611

  • Programs in: Agriculture; Architectural, Engineering, & Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technologies (AEC), Carpentry, Electrical Installation & Maintenance Technology, Auto Body Repair & Painting, Automotive Mechanics Technology, Cisco Networking Academy, Diesel Mechanics, Electronics Technology, Machine, Welding, & Industrial Mechanics Technology, Accounting, Business Technology, Information Technology, Marketing, Culinary Arts, Hospitality & Tourism, Digital Media Art, Hawaiʻi Life Styles, Hawaiian Studies, Botany, Biology, Environmental Studies, Forest Tropical Ecosystem and Agroforestry Management (TEAM), Math, Administration of Justice, Early Childhood Education, Fire Science, Human Services, Substance Abuse Counseling, Nursing: Certificate in Practical Nursing or Associate of Science in Nursing (RN), Liberal Arts
  • 2015-2016 tuition: $120 per credit; $1,440 per semester for 12 credits (full-time)
  • Deadline to apply August 1st for Fall; December 5th for Spring
  • Haʻawi Kōkua Program offers assistance to persons with disabilities. Contact HAWCC Disability Counselor Mari Giel (☎ 808-934-2725)  (✉ marigiel@hawaii.edu)
  • Hālaulani Transfer Success Program (☎ 808-934-2600) (http://hawaii.hawaii.edu/humd/iolahaloa/halaulani.html) provides HAWCC students with academic support services and advising and to help them transfer to the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo (UHH) campus to seek higher education


Hawai‘i Institute of Healthcare & Training Services (HIHTS)
1059 Kilauea Ave., Unit B/C, Hilo, HI 96720
☎ 808-933-1295

  • Office hours are Monday through Saturday from 8 am to 5 pm
  • Offers programs in Medical Billing (ICD-10), Phlebotomy, Medical Administration Assistant, Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) Training, Pharmacy Technician
  • Each program has different training hour, eligibility, and tuition requirements; see website for more details about each program
  • Scholarships may be awarded if student is qualified and committed to any of the HIHTS healthcare training programs in conjunction with an affiliated agency
  • Contact HIHTS Staff for more information on how to apply for a scholarship through an affiliate agencyApplications available online
  • Non-refundable deposit of $250 to needs to be paid reserve your seat (also included in the tuition cost)

Sweetwater Health Education Certified Pharmacy Technician Program

  • Pharmacy Technician training program consists of classroom training and hands-on experience
  • Tuition is $900, which includes course textbook, handouts, medication index cards
  • Non-refundable fee $300 must be paid at the time of registration


University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo (UHH)
200 West Kāwili St, Hilo, HI 96720-4091 
☎ 808-932-7446
  • College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resource Management
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business and Economics
  • College of Hawaiian Language
  • College of Continuing Education and Community Service
  • College of Pharmacy
  • Graduate Programs
  • Research Programs
  • $50 application fee and completed application
Requirements for freshman applicants:
  • Official high school transcript
  • SAT and ACT test scores
Required high school coursework:
  • 4 English
  • 3 Math (including Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II)
  • 3 Natural Science
  • 3 Social Studies
  • 7 College Prep (e.g., language, fine arts)
  • 5 ElectivesTransfer students must have completed 24 credits of transferrable college-level credits and must have at least a minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Tuition $3,564 per semester for 12 credits ($297 per credit)
  • Application deadline July 1st for Fall; December 1st for Spring



Hawaiʻi Community College (HAWCC)—Pālamanui and the University of Hawaiʻi Center, West Hawaiʻi (UHCWH)
73-1025 Kaiminani Drive, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
(☎ 808-969-8800) (FAX ☎ 808-322-4855)
  • Programs Offered: Liberal Arts, Early Childhood Education, Culinary Arts, Hawaiʻi Life Styles – Hula Track, Hawaiian Studies, Hospitality & Tourism, Human Services, Nursing (RN, ASN), Substance Abuse Counseling, Tropical Forest Ecosystem and Agroforestry Management (TEAM)
  • 2015-2016 tuition: $120 per credit; $1,440 per semester for 12 credits (full-time)
  • Deadline to apply August 1st for Fall; December 5th for Spring
  • Haʻawi Kōkua Program offers assistance to persons with disabilities. Contact Office of Student Services Worker Cameron Hee ( 808-969-8823) (chee6@hawaii.edu)
  • The University Center Distance Education (DE) Program allows students living in West Hawaiʻi to obtain degrees and certificates from other UH campuses via the internet, interactive television, and face-to-face instruction; Pālamanui provides local student support for the distance learning degrees offered through the center
  • To view a complete listing of DE programs available visit www.hawaii.edu/dlor call ( 808-969-8808)


Laʻi ʻŌpua Lapaʻau Health Academy
74-5599 Luhia Street #E5, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
☎ 808-327-1221
  • Classes taught by an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) and in an approved State of Hawaiʻi facility
  • Classes are six weeks long and held on Saturdays and Sundays from 8am to 5pm at Kealakehe High School
  • Students will receive 130 hours of didactic / skills training in the field of Certified Nurse Aide Training Program
  • To apply for the CNA training program:
  • Applicants must be 18 years old
  • Must provide a current physical and have measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) record, and provide two-step tuberculosis (TB) clearance
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Provide a $300 deposit
  • Complete and submit the online application form
  • Total tuition is $1,350
  • $300 deposit is due on or before the first day of instruction
  • Two increments of $525 due throughout the duration of the course
  • Tuition costs include CPR / First Aid / AED instruction, textbooks, testing fees, badge, and clinical supplies


Paramedical Services and Training Center of Kona, LLC,
P.O. Box 1244, Kealakekua, HI 96750

  • Privately owned vocational training center for those interested in obtaining their certified nursing assistant (CNA) certification
  • Training includes the fundamentals for safe and knowledgeable caregiving in a long-term care setting, which requires a total of 130 lecture and laboratory work
  • After course completion, students are able to take the state exam to become a CNA
  • Total tuition is $1,050
  • $550 is due at orientation
  • $250 is due the second week
  • $250 is due the third week
  • Tuition costs include textbooks, class materials, uniform, CPR / First Aid class, and use of Gait belts
  • Application packets available online
  • To enroll in an upcoming CNA class, contact Aleina Busche (☎ 808-212-6450) (✉ aleina.busche@gmail.com)
  • For questions and information, contact Instructor / Proprietor Stephanie Delaries ( 808-937-4073) (delariess@yahoo.com)