Kauaʻi Community College

Kauaʻi Community College is a public community college in Līhuʻe, Hawaiʻi and it is the only institution of higher learning on the island. It is part of the University of Hawaiʻi system and is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges.

Kauaʻi Community College
TypePublic community college
Established1926; 98 years ago (1926)
Parent institution
University of Hawaiʻi system
Academic affiliations
ChancellorCarlos Penaloza
Location, ,
United States

21°58.19′N 159°23.87′W / 21.96983°N 159.39783°W / 21.96983; -159.39783
2004 aerial view of Kauai Community College
2021 ground-level view of Kauai Community College



Kaua'i Community College (Kaua'i CC) was established in 1926 as a vocational school within the State of Hawai'i Department of Education. In 1965, Kaua'i CC became a comprehensive community college and was transferred to the University of Hawai'i (UH) System as one of the seven colleges in the UH Community College System.[1]



The college awards degrees and certificates in Associate in Arts (AA) in Liberal Arts; Associate in Science (AS); Associate in Applied Science (AAS); Associate in Technical Studies (ATS); Certificate of Achievement (CA); Certificate of Completion (CC); Certificate of Competence (CO); and Academic Subject Certificate (ASC).[1]

In addition to degree and certificate programs, Kaua'i CC also offers non-credit courses for businesses and lifelong learning[2] and advanced courses leading to Bachelors and Graduate degrees.[3] The college primarily serves residents from the islands of Kaua'i and Ni'ihau, with a special commitment to Native Hawaiians.

These programs are accredited by: National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF), American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission, Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), and the Accreditation Commission of Education in Nursing (ACEN).[4]

Campus art


Campus art includes:

  • Ke Mau Nei Ke Ea O Kaua'i I Puhi Aina Malu, copper and bronze sculpture by Bumpei Akaji, 1977
  • Spiritual Stones, ceramic sculpture by Randy Naoto Hokushin, 1980
  • Celebrating the Arts, granite and bronze sculpture by Ken Shutt, 1999
  • Kauai Counterpoint, painted steel sculpture by Robert Alan Flynn, 1978
  • Under the Pacific, enamel on steel sculpture by Hon-Chew Hee, 1979

Kauai Community College Performing Arts Center


The Kauai Community College Performing Arts Center is a 560-seat venue and cultural exhibition center.[5] It is available for rental by non-profit organizations that focus on culture and the arts.[6] It maintains a schedule of events on its home page.[7]

See also



  1. ^ a b "Kauaʻi Community College Faculty & Staff Handbook 2013-14" (PDF). Kauaʻi Community College. p. 5. Retrieved December 29, 2014.
  2. ^ "Office of Continuing Education". sites.google.com. Retrieved 2019-08-29.
  3. ^ "University Center | Kauai Community College". www.kauai.hawaii.edu. Retrieved 2019-08-29.
  4. ^ "About Kaua'i CC | Kauai Community College". www.kauai.hawaii.edu. Retrieved 2019-08-29.
  5. ^ "Hawaii - Kauai - Entertainment". alternative-hawaii.com. February 25, 2009. Retrieved September 13, 2012.
  6. ^ "General Information". Performing Arts Center, Kauai Community College. December 8, 2008. Archived from the original on August 1, 2012. Retrieved September 13, 2012.
  7. ^ "Performing Arts Center, Kauai Community College". Archived from the original on August 7, 2012. Retrieved September 13, 2012.