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About Leeward

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We Are Leeward

Leeward Community College’s proven commitment to affordable, quality education is a foundation of our mission. As part of the University of Hawai‘i system, we are dedicated and responsive to our community, providing an open door to the world of educational opportunities.

Located in Pearl City, Hawai‘i, Leeward CC is a regional community center, creating both an environment for academic learning and a center of cultural life for our neighbors. From professional career studies to liberal arts, the College offers diverse and comprehensive opportunities for all students.

We invite you to Explore Leeward and discover how we can help you achieve your fullest potential. At Leeward, your success is our highest priority.

Our Oli

“Hālau Puʻuloa”

From the Bishop Museum Archives, MS Case 4 M61 Pages 94 to 95
Attributed to Moekali, ʻEā by Dr. Kekuewa Kikiloi
Transcription and Translation by Kepoʻo Keliʻipaʻakaua

Leeward CC’s college oli (chant) describes the beauty and breath-taking expanse of Puʻuloa.  Before it was Pearl Harbor, the numerous fishponds in the harbor fed the growing population of ʻEwa.  We use this oli to welcome visitors to our home and extol the virtues of Puʻuloa. This chant was found in the Bishop Museum Archives and translated by Kepoʻo Keliʻipaʻakaua, a Leeward alum, while he was researching his master’s thesis. He graciously agreed to allow the college to adopt this wonderful treasure.

Hālau Puʻuloa he awa lau no ʻEwa
Expansive is Puʻuloa a harbor for ʻEwa

He awa lau moana na ke Kēhau
An extensive harbor belonging to the Kēhau breeze

He kiʻowai lua he muliwai no ʻEwa
An abundant, overflowing estuary for ʻEwa

No ua ʻāina kai (iʻa) hāmau leo
To this land belongs the iʻa that silences voices

E hāmau ana ka leo o ke kanaka
The voices of people will be silenced

ʻO pānea mai auaneʻi hilahila
Yet, a response is always given lest there be shame

Keʻeo ua iʻa la i loko o ke kai
The aforementioned iʻa fills the sea

O ke kai puakai ʻula ai ke kai o Kuhia– e
from the sacred reddish sea to the sea of Kuhia

Accreditation: Leeward CC is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education and the U.S. Department of Education.

We currently have four programs with external accreditation:

  • The Automotive Technology program is accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation.
  • The Culinary Arts program is accredited by the American Culinary Federation Foundation Accrediting Commission.
  • The Health Information Technology program received its initial accreditation as of May 2017 by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM).
  • The Teacher Education Alternative Certification for Career and Technical Education program is accredited as of November 2015 by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

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