Celebrating 100 Years

100th LogoIn 2020, Honolulu Community College proudly celebrates its centennial anniversary. As the oldest community college in the State of Hawaiʻi, Honolulu Community College has awarded thousands of degrees and certificates, in addition to immeasurable non-credit and apprenticeship courses, fulfilling its mission to provide accessible and quality educational opportunities to current and future generations of Hawaiʻi.

Ways you can join the celebration:

  • Participate in centennial events
  • Share your Honolulu CC stories on social media and tag us #HonCC100
  • Refer friends and family members to join the HonCC ʻohana - we offer an array of educational options from short non-credit courses to an associate degree that will transfer to a four-year campus.
  • Perpetuate Honolulu CC's success by making a gift to the HonCC Innovation Fund.



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February 27, 2020

100th Birthday Celebration on the Mall: View 100th Birthday Celebration PDF Flyer

March 7, 2020

Mālama ʻāina Campus Clean-up Service Event: View Campus Clean-up Service Event PDF Flyer | Sign Up

May 2, 2020

Fashion Show (Cancelled due to COVID-19)

May 15, 2020


September 12, 2020

Mālama ʻāina Campus Clean-up Service Event (Cancelled due to COVID-19)

September 30, 2020

Hoʻolaule'a (Event Postponed Until 2021)

October 2020

Fall Fest (Cancelled due to COVID-19)

October 2020

Launch $100,000 Giving Campaign

October 26, 2020, 1:00 PM

Community Connections Webinar:
Seeing the Silver Lining: Lessons from COVID-19 in Early Childhood Education

Join thought leaders in the Hawai‘i early childhood education community for a discussion about the lessons learned from COVID-19 to inform an intentional rebuilding of early childhood education that supports children, families and educators.

November 6, 2020

Centennial Gala (Cancelled due to COVID-19)

November 12, 2020, 1:00 PM

Community Connections Webinar: Yes, You Can Thrive in Uncertain Times: Lessons from the Construction Industry

Join thought leaders in the Hawai'i construction industry as they discuss the challenges, successes, trends, and lessons in construction in our state during the COVID-19 pandemic.

December 8, 2020, 1:00 PM

Ola Niuhelewai - Flourishing Together Through Campus and Community Pilina

Join Honolulu Community College thought-leaders as they share how Hawaiian culture and language flourish together throughout the campus and community; physically, intellectually and spiritually, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Teal Tuesday: Wear teal on Tuesdays to show your school spirit!


1920 - Territorial Trade School opened on February 2, 1920 with 42 students in the buildings of the old Chinese Hospital in Pālama

1925 - Territorial Trade School became the Smith-Hughes department of McKinley High School

1927 - Territorial Trade School renamed Honolulu Vocational School. In addition to the vocational courses in auto mechanics, machine shop, mill woodworking and dressmaking, the students received instruction in English, mathematics and civics.

1929 - Legislature appropriated $40,000 for improvements in the physical plant of the campus.


1931 - Dillingham Boulevard opened


1941 - Honolulu Vocational School assisted in making war-related items such as machine gun mounts and land mines

1946 - Cosmetology, Refrigeration, Drafting and Radio programs were added

1947 - Auto Mechanics Shop entered its first permanent building

1948 - Baking program developed

1949 - Construction of the Carpentry, Sheet Metal and Machine shops started by Oahu Construction Company. Aeronautics Maintenance program started.


1950 - Plumbing program started

1951 - Masonry program started

1952 - Auto Body and Repair program started

1955 - The Department of Public Instruction approved the name change from Honolulu Vocational School to Honolulu Technical School due to the increased enrollment and expansion

1958 - Baking program moved into Foods Building that housed the school's bake shop and cafeteria (Building 4)

1959 - Computing Security and Networking Technology, formerly known as Radio and TV Repair, started


1962 - The Automotive building (Building 3) was completed along with the Electronics building (Building 20)

1963 - Building 5 was constructed and housed engineering aid, drafting, building trades, cosmetology, commercial sewing programs and classrooms

1964 - State Legislature passed Act 39, titled the Community College Act, which established a system of community colleges in Hawaiʻi

1965 - Honolulu Technical School was transferred from the Department of Education to the University of Hawaiʻi System

1966 - UH Board of Regents approved the name change to Honolulu Community College and granted the awarding of associate degrees

1966 - Electricity building (Building 24) was added. Applied Art, which changed to Commercial Art and now known as Communication Arts, started.

1966 - 850 day school students and 1500 evening students made Honolulu the largest community college in the state. The following year's enrollment jumped another 40 percent.

1967 - Administration of Justice program and Fire and Environmental Emergency Response program started

1968 - Human Services program added


1971 - Early Childhood Education, which began as part of the Human Services program, started

1972 - Fashion and Cosmetology building (Building 27) was constructed

1974 - Liberal Arts and Library building (Building 7), Administrative and Student Services building (Building 6) and the air conditioning plant were built

1975 - Occupational and Environmental Safety Management program started

1975 - Pearl Harbor Shipyard Apprentice School started classroom instruction at HonCC, starting with ship repair and maintenance

1977 - Trade Industry Complex (Building 14) was completed

1979 - Classroom/Campus Center building (Building 2) was erected


1982 - Enrollment peaked at 5,327

1986 - Automotive Technology building (Building 43) was opened on the makai end of Kokea St

1988 - Diesel Mechanics Facility (Building 44) was completed


1995 - Airport Training Center (Building 52) was built at Honolulu International Airport off Lagoon Drive

1995 - Marine Education and Training Center (METC, Building 50) opened on Sand Island

1998 - Pacific Aerospace Training Center takes over hangar at Kalaeloa (Building 57)


2001 - Pacific Center for Advanced Technology Training (PCATT) opened its administrative headquarters at HonCC

2005 - Parking Lot 1C added to bring total area of the Dillingham campus to 25.136 acres

2006 - Construction Academy was established

2008 - Music and Entertainment Learning Experience (MELE) program started


2011 – Ka Māla o Niuhelewai, The Garden of Niuhelewai, was established

2012 - Associate in Arts in Hawaiian Studies started

2013 - Associate of Science in Natural Sciences started

2019 - Campus Traditional Hale completed