North Hawai╩╗i Education and Research Center (NHERC)

NHERC UH Hilo College Credit Courses

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 Potochney

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 BUS 100 Intro To Business (3) , MARE 171-171L Marine Biology-Diversity (3), Marine Biology Laboratory (1) , UNIV 101 Paths to Acad/Lifelong Success (1) , AG 230 Sustainable Agriculture (3) , ANTH 320 Cross-Cultural Study Of Women (3) 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.

ÔÇťI 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 MasterÔÇÖs Degree in my field of interest.ÔÇŁ

Please join us in congratulating Arwen on her achievement and we wish the best for her in the future.

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

Analeialoha Stone attends Math 100 at NHERC. 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 who wish to be classified for the Fall 2018 semester is July 1st, 2018.

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 Services 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 email

For a complete list of Spring 2018 classes at the Spring 2018 class availability page. For the complete course descriptions please go to the UH Hilo Course Catalog.

Paying for UH Hilo NHERC College Credit Classes

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

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.