Windward Community College

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Windward Community College
Motto Ka Mālamalama o ke Koʻolau
Motto in English
Enlightening Koʻolau
Type Community college
Established 1972
Students 2,705[1]
Location Kāneʻohe, Hawaiʻi, USA
21°24′29″N 157°48′46″W / 21.4081°N 157.8128°W / 21.4081; -157.8128Coordinates: 21°24′29″N 157°48′46″W / 21.4081°N 157.8128°W / 21.4081; -157.8128
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Windward Community College is a public, co-educational college in Kāneʻohe CDP,[2] City and County of Honolulu, in the U.S. state of Hawaiʻi on the island of Oʻahu. It is one of ten campuses of the University of Hawaiʻi system and is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Created in 1972, Windward Community College primarily serves the windward Oahu region, offering college courses, non-credit classes, and community activities including an annual Hoʻolauleʻa [3], typically held in September or October.

Windward CC's strengths are in Hawaiian studies, natural sciences, fine arts, veterinary technology, and vocational training. Most of the college's students are from the windward side of Oʻahu and transfer to 4-year colleges, including the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and Hawaii Pacific University. Key facilities include Pāliku Theatre, Hōkūlani Imaginarium (a fulldome planetarium), Aerospace Exploration Lab (a hands-on physical science exploratorium), Lanihuli Observatory, Gallery ʻIolani (an art gallery) and a new Library Learning Commons, which opened in 2012.


The campus features the 1998 granite and cast stone sculpture Kulia I Ka Nuʻu (Striving for the Summit) by Donald Harvey.


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