We are the oldest community college in Hawai‘i.
Honolulu Community College (HonCC) was established in 1920 as the Territorial Trade School in Palama. Subsequently, it became part of McKinley High School, but was later reestablished as Honolulu Vocational School. It became the Honolulu Technical School in 1955 before becoming part of the University of Hawai‘i as a result of the Community College Act of 1964. In 1966, the Board of Regents approved the name Honolulu Community College and authorized the school to grant Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees.
Pictured above: metal shop in 1934
We are part of the University of Hawai‘i system of colleges.
HonCC is part of the University of Hawai‘i, which is a world-renowned, nationally-ranked, and state-funded American institution. As a HonCC student, you’ll be able to transfer directly to the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, and the University of Hawai‘i West O‘ahu to complete your four-year baccalaureate degree. We also have transfer agreements with other universities in Hawai‘i, and serve as a gateway to over 2,000 universities and colleges across the country. If you’re planning to transfer to any of these institutions, you’ll receive special assistance in preparing your application documents.
We offer one of the best educational values in the country
As a HonCC student, you’ll receive a quality education at very affordable tuition rates and receive instruction in small classes taught by well-credentialed faculty, who are dedicated to excellence in teaching.
Located in the heart of Kalihi-Palama
Our main campus is a short distance from the heart of downtown Honolulu and occupies over twenty acres on Dillingham Boulevard in the Kalihi-Palama area. We also have facilities near Daniel K. Inouye International Airport for the Aeronautics Maintenance and Commercial Aviation programs, automotive and heavy equipment shops on Kokea Street, and the Marine Education and Training Center at Sand Island.
Accredited since 1970
We are a member of the American Association of Community Colleges and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. We have been continuously and fully accredited since 1970 by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
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