Kauai Community College faculty and staff gathered to clean up Puhi Plantation Camp Cemetery.
The camp is remembered for being a place where people were happy, productive and appreciative of the richness of a simple way of life. It had its own gas station, slaughterhouse, Chinese laundry, three stores, and places where children could play freely.
A former swimming spot known as “Up Pond” still exists as a reservoir that feeds into KCC’s lo‘i.
KCC sits on 200 acres of land dedicated by Grove Farm Company in 1972. Its first provost, Edward T. White, was charged with developing an educational plan for a new Puhi campus. Groundbreaking was held in 1973. In 1976, the campus’ doors opened.
KCC, originally named Kalaheo Vocational School, was at Kalaheo School where classes began in 1926 for machinists. In 1952, the school moved to Lihu‘e with a new name, Kaua‘i Vocational School.
Since its inception, KCC has been an educational hub. In its early years, to meet demands from business and industry, carpentry, automotive mechanics, welding, business education (accounting and secretarial science) and architectural drafting programs were added.
Today, KCC offers a wide range of degree-seeking programs of study in liberal arts and science as well as non-credit courses for required certification, professional development and personal fulfillment.