North Hawaiʻi Education and Research Center (NHERC)
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The North Hawaiʻi Education and Research Center (NHERC) is UH Hilo’s outreach center located in Honokaʻa, 40 miles away from the main campus. The Center opened in May 2006. NHERC was designed to serve the approximately 20,000 residents in North Hawaiʻi from Laupahoehoe through the Hamākua Coast to Kohala and Waikoloa. The five core missions of NHERC include:
- Serving as a distance learning center for UH Hilo programs;
- Providing higher education outreach services to the North Hawaiʻi region;
- Providing lifelong learning opportunities to the North Hawaiʻi region;
- Serving as a base station for field research in the North Hawaiʻi region;
- Serving as a community center.
NHERC currently features a computer lab, multi-purpose conference room, student lounge, classrooms, meeting rooms, staff offices, and reception and work areas. Students are now able to pursue their first two years and achieve all of their general education requirements at NHERC. Community users may also utilize the facility for meetings, trainings, and workshops.
The Heritage Center is NHERC's most recent addition. The vision for the NHERC Heritage Center is to be an active educational facility that will foster pride and perpetuate the diverse heritage of Hamakua and North Hawai'i while providing the community with a foundation to thrive in the future. The Heritage Center will also train students and community members in curatorial practices, museum exhibit development and heritage management.