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In Hawaiian, Palamanui translates to mean "an large enclosure of Lama trees." According to Bishop Musuem, the endemic Lama tree, once found in abundance in this area, means "light", and connotates "enlightenment" (Pukui and Elbert 1986:192).

The name Palamanui has inspired the design philosophy behind our master-planned community.

The project's vision is to build a "University Village" community around Hawaii Community College Palamanui, a community where local residents can live, work, play and of course, learn.

Designed to be completed in four phases over a 20-year timeline, the project will build new homes for middle income local families, a University Village Town Center commercial development to support the adjacent communities and the college, extensive walking and biking trails, a 74-acre dry forest reserve, 230 acres of open space and a 20-acre regional park as well as smaller neighborhood parks.

Palamanui remains a committed community partner to help shape Kona's future for generations to come.

Palamanui's $22+ million investment with the University of Hawaii to build the Hawaii Community College Pālamanui campus is laying the foundation for community building in West Hawaii and long-term success for the college.

  • The University of Hawaii received nearly $9.7 million in cash from Palamanui in 2012 to begin construction of the first phase of Hawai'i Community College Palamanui campus.
  • Palamanui committed another $12+ million in infrastructure improvements for the university to provide water, sewage treatment and connect to power.

Palamanui's investment of $22+ million for higher education access resulted in a now open college campus in West Hawaii.

Palamanui built and dedicated a $12 million water system designed for the project and college to the County Department of Water Supply.

Palamanui creates a community around HCC Palamanui and is designed to be completed in four phases over a 20-year timeline.

  • Phase 1 - 250 mixed income single and multi-family residential units, University Village Town Center, 60-room hotel
  • Phase 2 - 100 mixed income residential units, business park, park and roadway improvements
  • Phase 3 — 150 mixed income residential units, roadway improvements
  • Phase 4 — 616 mixed income residential units, additional commercial and business park

The proposed connector road (connecting Palamanui to Mamalahoa Highway) will move forward in a staged manner proportional to the project's traffic impacts after 900 of the 1,116 units.

Palamanui creates a community around HCC Palamanui and is designed to be completed in four phases over a 20-year timeline.

  • 725 acres, located mauka of Queen Kaahumanu Highway and about one mile north of Kona International Airport
  • 1,116 new homes for middle income local families (116 – 232 Affordable)
  • 30-acre University Village Town Center
  • 70-acre business park
  • 774-acre dry land forest preserve
  • 20-acre regional park and smaller neighborhood parks

The proposed connector road (connecting Palamanui to Mamalahoa Highway) will move forward in a staged manner proportional to the project's traffic impacts after 900 of the 1,116 units.