On February 2, 1920 the Territorial Trade School of Kapālama opened its doors in the buildings of the Old Chinese Hospital (near what is today the trades complex).
The then Territorial Trade School that started with 42 students in hand-me-down buildings met seven hours a day, 11 months a year. To be admitted, students had to be 15 years of age and have completed the fourth grade. By 1966, Honolulu Community College evening students outnumbered day students 1,500 to 850. Today, more than 4,300 traditional and apprenticeship students attend courses at the main Dillingham campus and multiple off-campus learning sites.
For nine decades under five names and two state agencies, Honolulu Community College has responded to social and cultural changes in Hawaiʻi to meet education and workforce needs. The college offers a broad range of career and technical programs as well as comprehensive liberal arts offerings that prepare students for transfer to baccalaureate institutions.
Read our historical timeline in our 2009 – 2011 Annual Report when we celebrated our 90th anniversary.