Pālamanui - Building a community around the college
The Land Tells The Story
In Hawaiian, Pālamanui translates to a large enclosure of Lama trees. The endemic Lama tree, once found in abundance in this area, means suggests enlightenment.
Pālamanui promises to be a unique development in the contemporary history of West Hawaii as we work to build a community around the college. Pālamanui will be a mixed-income residential community designed for working, middle-income local families. Pālamanui will also include a Business Park, a town center, regional park and a 74-acre dry land forest preserve.
Community Stewardship and Partnerships
Within the dry land forest preserve, restoration and preservation of the Pālamanui trail is an active and ongoing part of the project’s cultural resource management plan.
For several years, Hawaii Community College Pālamanui students and community volunteers have helped reclaim the trail from nature. Dr. Richard Stevens, with stewardship contributions from Pālamanui, has spearheaded trail maintenance. Dr. Stevens has also assisted students to use their technology skills and commitment to aina to help preserve this trail system.
Since 2010, Pālamanui has invested more than $22 million dollars in infrastructure including:
• $5.3 million towards the construction of the HCC Pālamanui campus
• $4.4 million to complete Ane Keohokalole Highway from Kaiminani Drive
• $11.55 million to construct a water system to support the Pālamanui project and the college
• $400,000 to install power and cable to the college campus
Hawaii Community College Pālamanui successfully opened its doors in 2014, but the work is far from complete. In order to build a community around the college, for the past few years, the project has been working with the County of Hawaii Planning Department and other agencies in revising the master plan.
Pālamanui remains a committed community partner to help shape Kona's future for generations to come.