Community Colleges in Hawaii


List of Top Community Colleges in Hawaii

1. Hawai’i Tokai International College


Established : 1992
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Contact No : (808)983-4121
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At HTIC, learning is an activity, expressed in many forms and in many settings. HTIC’s liberal arts studies, therefore, fosters a “learning community” where students are encouraged daily to realize their academic and personal growth through interactive, engaging educational projects. Recognizing that the HTIC classroom is largely “without walls,” students are also involved in the exploration of the larger Hawai‘i community so that “textbook learning” is applied to real life.


The two primary academic programs at Hawaii Tokai International College are the Junior College Liberal Arts Program (A.A. Degree), which is commonly referred to as HTIC’s Liberal Arts Program, and the College Preparatory Program, which is designed to teach content-based English language skills to international students from non-English speaking backgrounds. The Educational Mission of HTIC comes to life within its academic programs where the potential of each student is supported, the mind challenged, and the intellect engaged.


Hawaii Tokai International College, 2241 Kapiolani Boulevard, Honolulu, HI 96826 U.S.A.


HTIC welcomes applications from all individuals who have the ambition and ability to benefit from its educational offerings. HTIC seeks to accommodate motivated students with a wide range of interests and abilities. Success at HTIC depends not only on language and academic ability, but also on the individual desire of the student to commit themselves to academic excellence. This school is authorized under Federal Law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students. HTIC admits students of any race, color and national or ethnic origin.

2. Heald College–Honolulu


Established : 1863
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Contact No : 1(888)317-0231


Heald College is a private career college that has been preparing students for rewarding careers in Healthcare, Business, Legal and Technology for over 150 years. They award Associate in Applied Science degrees, Associate of Arts degrees, Diplomas and Certificates. They offer classes during the day, evening and part-time.


Healthcare, Business, Legal and Technology programs


Heald has a long and rich history in career education. In 1863, they started with one campus in San Francisco and we’ve expanded to 12 campuses across the western United States: Concord, Fresno, Hayward, Rancho Cordova, Roseville, Salinas, San Francisco, San Jose, Stockton, Honolulu, Portland and Modesto.


In order to attend Heald College, you must complete an interview with an admissions advisor, have a high school diploma or GED equivalent, complete an application and pass the entrance examination(s) required for the desired program of study. Additionally, the admissions advisor must recommend you to the campus president. Their admissions advisors will help you through the enrollment process.


Heald is dedicated to helping you pay for college through a variety of financial aid options, including scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study programs. The fact is, there are a lot of financial aid options, and they’re here to help you take advantage of them.

3. University of Hawaii System (2-year campuses)


Established : 1907
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No. of Students : 60,000
Contact No : (808)956-5852


The seven community colleges, collectively called the University of Hawai’i Community Colleges, are part of the University of Hawai’i system. These fully-accredited colleges provide the open-door access to affordable, high-quality post-secondary education in the state of Hawai’i. All offer liberal arts and sciences courses for student preparing to transfer to baccalaureate institutions, career and technical education for students interested in entering the workforce after two years of education, and developmental instruction for students needing to brush up on their basic skills. All colleges also offer a variety of noncredit courses and activities for students interested in short-term education. The community colleges offer small classes, affordable tuition and convenient class times and locations, making it the ideal choice of many people attending college for the first time or coming back after years away.

(A)Hawai’i Community College :

Located in Hilo and administering Kona’s UH Center at West Hawai’i, this Big Island community college offers more than 30 associate degree, certificate and non-credit programs ranging from health services and hotel operations to business and trades.

(B)Honolulu Community College :

Located near downtown Honolulu with additional facilities for aeronautic, marine, automotive and heavy equipment programs, this innovative community college offers a strong liberal arts curriculum in addition to a wide range of vocational and technological programs.

(C)Kapi’olani Community College :

On the slopes of Diamond Head, just minutes from Waikiki, UH’s largest community college started the Culinary Institute of the Pacific, promotes an international focus and provides programs in business, hospitality, health, legal education and arts and sciences.

(D)Kaua’i Community College :

A primary resource center and gathering place for the island’s residents and visitors, this community college in Lihu’e offers business, hospitality, health, early childhood education and liberal arts courses and administers the UH Center on Kaua’i.

(E)Leeward Community College :

This community college overlooking Pearl Harbor provides comprehensive opportunities from professional studies to liberal arts. Community outreach includes cultural activities on the main campus and an education center serving Wai’anae.

(F)UH Maui College :

A tri-island college, Maui provides comprehensive opportunities, special programs and two bachelor’s degrees on Maui. It operates the UH Center on Maui, education centers in Hana and on Lana’i and Moloka’i and a pioneering television network that reaches rural areas.

(G)Windward Community College :

At the base of O’ahu’s Ko’olau mountains in Kane’ohe, this supportive community college specializes in creative arts, environmental sciences and Hawaiian studies. It is home to the Office of University Partners, offering bachelor’s degree programs with classes on the Windward campus through partnerships with baccalaureate institutions.