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?

We are always delighted to see former NHERC students pursuing their dreams. Kit Hill is a former NHERC student who has continued to pursue her dreams.

Kit Hill, former NHERC student

From a young age, I wanted to be a mental health counselor, although I did not know that there was such a job title.  I simply wanted to help people.  I had children at a young age, and did not graduate from high school, however I was determined to strive towards my goal.  I began my university career as a single, young mother with two small children, balancing school, work, and home on a limited budget.  I was fortunate to have some financial assistance with grants/rewards but then had to take out student loans.

I am fortunate now to have a wonderful supportive husband who has been just as determined as I am, to see me meet my goals.  Now, I have a grown son who also helps me- he reads my papers, and has even quizzed me with flashcards.  My academic success of graduating with my bachelor’s and then my master’s has definitely been a joint effort. I have had help from my family, my professors, and even my classmates.

I attended University of Western Ontario in my hometown of London, Ontario Canada and then relocated to the University of Victoria in British Columbia, when I accompanied my husband when he moved out west to take a job. I continued with coursework online when we relocated to Texas.  When we moved to Hawaiÿi, I took a break from school, but never gave up on my dream.  I finished my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of Hawaiÿi at Hilo.  I worked for a few years, and applied to the graduate program at UH Hilo and was accepted.  I really enjoyed the program, and was pleased (and perhaps a bit relieved) to graduate this past May with a Master of Psychology along with 11 of my cohort siblings.  My next goal is to continue collecting clinical hours so that eventually I will be able to become a licensed mental health counselor.  In the meantime, I have started teaching Psychology 100 through NHERC which has been a secret dream of mine.

I have taken undergraduate as well as continuing education classes at NHERC. My time at NHERC provided me with the opportunity to continue my education, without enduring a long commute, which in turn has provided me with more time and mental energy to focus on the academics.  I have been able to take courses, complete exams, and broaden my horizons at NHERC.    

It is important to have goals and dreams, and it is important to have support to fulfilling/achieving those dreams.  The support comes from one's family/ʻohana, and the community.  It is important to have dreams, but it's equally important to never give up on those dreams.  I have had obstacles in my life, preventing me from achieving my goals (at that moment).  With support from others, I have been able to find solutions to those obstacles and achieve my dream.”

We congratulate Kit for her hard earned achievements and wish her well with all of her future endeavors.

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 Annual Security Report website.