North Hawaiʻi Education and Research Center (NHERC)

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The North Hawai'i Education and Research Center (NHERC) in Honoka'a is located 40 miles North of Hilo. NHERC is open Monday through Friday from 7:45 am to 4:30 pm.

Where Are They Now?

This month we feature a former NHERC student who now works in the tourism industry. Jonathan Ah Yet, Jr. is a 2011 graduate of Honoka‘a High School. While in high school, Jonathan enrolled in French 101 and Business 100 as a Running Start student at NHERC. In spring 2014, Jonathan graduated from Leeward Community College with his associate’s degree in Liberal Arts. He would like to pursue his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration next.

Jonathan Ah Yet Jr.

For the past three years, Jonathan has been working for Alaska Airlines and is currently a customer service supervisor for the company at the Honolulu Airport. His long-term goals include one day becoming a pilot and living in Washington. Of all of the places he has traveled so far, New Zealand is his favorite place and Dubai is one place he’d like to visit soon.

Jonathan shares, “Taking classes at NHERC prepared me to go into a diverse world where things move at a much quicker pace than how it is back home. It taught me how to build a great work ethic for myself in order to be successful in the position I am in today. Advice I’d like to give other students is to be diligent and humble when it comes to your goals in life. It pays off in the end.”

We congratulate Jonathan on his accomplishments so far and wish him continued success with his education, employment and travels!

Classes, Services and Opportunities

NHERC offers the following classes, services and opportunities:

UH Hilo College Credit Courses - College in Honoka'a

UH Hilo credit courses are offered face-to-face and online formats. High school students are eligible to take UH Hilo courses at NHERC through the Running Start program. Check out our upcoming classes on our Credit Courses page.

Lifelong Learning Courses

Non-credit courses are offered for personal development each semester.

Computer Lab

NHERC offers a computer lab available for use by students enrolled at any UH campus and for community members.

Facility Use

A conference room and classrooms of various sizes are available for UH and community use.

Test Proctoring

Proctoring is available for UH system and out of state students.

Heritage Center

The Heritage Center houses an archives & resource center, a changing exhibit gallery, and a long term exhibit gallery (coming soon!) for Hāmākua and North Hawai‘i history.

Upcoming Events

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Annual Security Report Availability

The University of Hawaii at Hilo's (UH Hilo) Annual Campus Security Report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on-campus, in certain off-campus buildings, property owned or controlled by the University of Hawaii at Hilo, and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning sexual assault, and other matters. You can obtain a copy of this report by contact UH Hilo Campus Security, (808) 974-7911, located in Room 104 of the Auxilary Services Building, or by visiting the Campus Security website.