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Inspiring and transforming lives since 1972

For 50 years, Windward Community College has been educating future entrepreneurs, scientists, dreamers, artists, and builders. WCC is celebrating its golden anniversary with a goal of raising $1 million for scholarships—to help all students fulfill their dreams of a college education. The college is kicking off its 50th anniversary year with two events. We hope you will join us!

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Honorary Awardees

Terry George

President & CEO at Harold K.L. Castle Foundation

This award recognizes the work of Terry George and the Harold KL Castle Foundation. Without which, WIndward would not be the place of learning it is today.

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Jacquie Maly

Dr. Jacqueline Maly

Windward Community College Professor Emerita

Jacquie has provided endless opportunities for students and colleagues. On campus Jacquie is referred to as “WCC’s Angel”. We canʻt thank Jacquie enough.

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Ian Kitajima, alumnus

President of PICHTR

Ian has established a scholarship for Windward Community College students who transfer into Shidler College of Business, creating access to the baccalaureate and a pathway for our alum to follow in his footsteps.

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Lina Girl Langi

Windward CC Alumna

ina Girl defines aloha with her positivity, kindness, and intelligence. She can do anything - She plays music, sings, emcee’s, dances hula, and supports higher education at Windward Community College.

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WCC History

September 18

Windward Community College dedication

Large group of people sitting in chairs on the lawn in front of Hale Mana‘opono for the dedication of WCC
On September 18, 1972, University of Hawai‘i President Harlan Cleveland presides over dedication of Windward Community College. Note: Professor Emerita Jacquie Maly in foreground. On opening day, there were 525 students taught in five renovated buildings which were formerly part of Hawaiʻi State Hospital built in the 1930s. The buildings are one story,..Read More
September 20

John Prihoda is appointed provost

John Prihoda
Faculty that year number 25 in the disciplines of Speech, History, Communication/English/Reading, Social Sciences, Anthropology, Psychology, Political Science, Economics, Mathematics, Business, General Science, and Oceanography. (Photo by Masao Miyamoto)
September 27

Kanaloa Building becomes the library/media center

Kanaloa building becomes the library/media center
It opens the first day of school with a small collection of reference books shelved on boards supported by bricks. By the end of the first year, metal shelving is in place and the collection grows by several hundred books and audiovisual materials.
October 10

Hospital site approved as permanent college

The University of Hawai‘i Board of Regents approves the hospital site as a permanent home for Windward Community College and authorizes the college to proceed with planning and construction of permanent facilities.
February 1

Leroy J. King is appointed second provost

Leroy J. King wearing a double carnation lei
The student body grows by 56% to 834. John Prihoda resigns as provost and Leroy J. King is appointed second provost.
April 20

First Ho‘olaule‘a

WCC’s first Hoʻolauleʻa is held April 20, 1974. It is a day of Hawaiian music, arts and crafts, and exhibits.
April 30

O Ka ʻOhana begins publication

The college newspaper, O Ka ʻOhana, begins publication. The name is translated as “Of the Family.”
May 11

First graduating class

WCC graduates its first class of 28 in May 1974.
June 1

New Administrative Services building acquired

The college acquires its sixth building from the hospital, Eckerdt building, which is renovated to house Administrative Services.
January 1

Pikake Wahilani wins national award

Windward Community College instructor, Pikake Wahilani, is named one of 13 national winners of the Ford Foundation Graduate Fellowship for Native Americans.
March 1

New vocational training programs

The Board of Regents approves five new vocational training programs: automotive technology, finance, social justice, secretarial science, and clerical accounting as fall enrollment is 1,300.
July 1

Alma K. Cooper is named acting provost

The same year, WCC student, Janice Kilbey, is the first student from a community college in Hawaiʻi to receive the Truman Scholarship, an award of $20,000 for four years of college study.
May 1

Dr. Peter T. Dyer appointed third provost

At this point in time, Fall enrollment is now at 1,485 and the Marine Option Program receives a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation to begin a study of Hawaiian backyard aquaculture. The study begins with a feasibility study of raising prawns. As practical experience, students build the aquaculture..Read More
July 1

The college launches Rain Bird

The college launches Rain Bird, its literary magazine, providing an opportunity for students and faculty to publish their prose, poetry, and artwork. Lillian Cunningham is faculty advisor.
August 1

Windward Performing Arts Theatre finds a home

Windward Performing Arts Theatre, the new theatre facility makes its home in the Eckerdt building. The theatre presents plays featuring students and Windward residents.