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NHERC offers UH Hilo credit courses for undergraduate students who are both classified and unclassified students. Hawai╩╗i Community College students, high school juniors and seniors, and community members are also welcome to take NHERC credit courses. All NHERC courses are regular UH Hilo courses that are offered off-site in Honoka╩╗a or Waimea.

Where Are They Now?

We are always thrilled when students who grew up here and took classes at NHERC go on to successfully graduate with a degree. This month we highlight Arwen Potochney.

Arwen Arwen graduated from Honokaʻa High School in 2012 and went on to attend UH Hilo.  Although Arwen did drive in to Hilo for classes, she took full advantage of taking any class at NHERC that fit into her schedule.  At NHERC Arwen was able to take Business 100, Marine Biology and lab 171, University 101, Sustainable Agriculture 230, Anthropology 320 as well as a directed study course under the Heritage Center Coordinator Momi Naughton.  In May of 2016 Arwen graduated from UH Hilo with a bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology having been on the Deans list every semester she attended due to her 3.98 GPA! 

Arwen is currently finishing out her responsibilities as a research assistant at UH Hilo while she prepares to move to Colorado to pursue her Master’s Degree in Biological Anthropology with a concentration in Forensic Anthropology at Colorado State University.┬á Upon graduation from graduate school, Arwen would like to work in a lab setting and apply her focus in Forensic Osteology to help save crimes and missing person cases.┬á

About attending UH Hilo, Arwen had this to say, “I made the right decision by choosing to attend the University of Hawai╩╗i at Hilo because the Anthropology program has hands-on-learning in a variety of disciplines, professors who genuinely help their students succeed, and the program prepared me to pursue a Master’s Degree in my field of interest.”┬á Please join us in congratulating Arwen on her achievement and we wish the best for her in the future.┬á

Applying for UH Hilo Credit Courses - College in Honoka╩╗a

Students interested in becoming a regular UH Hilo college student in Honoka'a should apply through the regular UH Hilo admissions process- please refer to the Admissions website and follow the instructions to apply. The application deadline for students Analeialoha Stone attending Math 100 at NHERC. who wish to be classified for the fall 2017 semester is July 1, 2017.

Hawai╩╗i Community College students and community members who would like to enroll in classes must fill out and submit a UH Hilo application to become an unclassified student. High school students wishing to enroll in courses should check out our Running Start webpage.

Registering for NHERC College Credit Courses

All students register for NHERC courses through their MyUH account, but must first contact NHERC to be coded as a North Hawai╩╗i student. Once a student has been coded, they will be able to register for NHERC courses in future semesters without contacting NHERC.

Hawai╩╗i Community College students and community members can register for NHERC classes but must be coded after their unclassified application has been processed by Admissions.

To become coded as a North Hawai╩╗i student and register for our courses for the first time, please call NHERC directly at (808) 775-8890 or e-mail

Summer 2017 College Credit Classes


Agriculture 230 - Sustainable Agriculture

Evaluation of conventional and alternative farming methods in the U.S., Polynesia, Southeast Asia, Africa and Latin America from a long-term perspective. Analysis of the effects of those practices on environmental quality, agrosystems, and food security. Consideration of conflicting values and resolution. UH Hilo 3 credits With Melanie Willich.


Mondays & Fridays


Astronomy 110 - General Astronomy

A survey of modern astronomy intended for non-science majors; the structure and evolution of the solar system, stars, stellar systems, and the Universe.  UH Hilo 3 credits.With Andreea Petric 

Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays








Fall 2017 College Credit Classes

  • Anthropology 470 ÔÇô Museology

    Museum training, including museum activities, exhibits, administration, custodial problems and interpretation. At least one field trip to Lyman House Museum. Upper division Writing Intensive. With Momi Naughton.

    CRN 10866



    Astronomy 180 - Principles of Astronomy

    A survey of modern solar system astronomy, with emphasis on the underlying physical principles. Topics discussed include the celestial sphere and aspects of the night sky, the structure and evolution of the Sun's planetary system, comparative planetology, and theories of the formation of planetary systems. Intended for science majors and prospective science teachers. The student should have a good operational familiarity with high school algebra. If students desire to take ASTR 110, 180 and 181, they may receive credit for ASTR 110 only if it is taken prior to taking ASTR 180 and ASTR 181. Pre: Either Math 103, MATH 125, MATH 135, MATH 140, MATH 140X or equivalent, or concurrently enrolled in MATH 205 or higher. UH Hilo 3 credits.


    Communications 270 - Intro to theories of human communication

    Examination of the theoretical foundations of the human communication discipline. Coverage of traditional and contemporary theories in such areas as interpersonal, small group, organizational, intercultural, public and mass communication. UH Hilo 3 credits.


    History 151 - World History to 1500

    A global and historical survey focusing on human societies and cross-cultural interactions to 1500 C.E. UH Hilo 3 credits.




    Sociology 100 - Principles of Sociology

    An introduction to the theories, scientific methods and empirical findings of contemporary sociology. UH Hilo 3 credits WithAlton Okinaka.




    Spanish 101 - Elementary Spanish I

    Beginning course, primarily emphasizing oral practice. Laboratory drill.  UH Hilo 4 credits. 





Paying for UH Hilo NHERC College Credit

For a complete list of spring 2017 classes and their availability go to Fall 2017 class availability. For the complete course descriptions please go to the UH Hilo Course Catalog.

Paying for UH Hilo NHERC College Credit Classes

Uni 101All courses offered at NHERC are regular UH Hilo courses. Tuition and financial aid remain the same as the main UH Hilo campus. For UH Hilo tuition schedule click here. Students must pay for their tuition and fees through their MyUH portal.

For more information about paying for college at UH Hilo, including tuition costs and financial aid opportunities, please visit the Financial Aid web page.

Students not receiving aid from any other source may be eligible for an NHERC scholarship. Please visit our NHERC Scholarships page for details. Also check out our Scholarship Database for links to outside scholarship opportunities.

Annual Security Report Availability

The University of Hawai╩╗i 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 Hawai╩╗i 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 Auxiliary Services Building, or by visiting the Campus Security website.