Crash course: College Experience Days give prospective students chance to explore Palamanui

  • Culinary student Jose Gaspar prepares a quesadilla.

  • Culinary student Alice Petriyenko takes orders for Palamanui's College Day on Wednesday. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Visitors are given the opportunity to sit in on Kate Sims’ literature class on Wednesday. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Visitors are welcome to Christina Hoffmann’s microbiology lab for Palamanui’s College Day on Wednesday. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Nursing student Rufel Aehegma looks at a preserved specimin in the microbiology lab. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Kealakehe High School senior Sara Miki looks through the microscope under the guidance of microbiology lab instructor Christina Hoffmann at Palamanui's College Day on Wednesday. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Nursing student Alyssa Salmo looks through the microscope in the microbiology lab at Palamanui’s College Day on Wednesday. (Photos by Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

KAILUA-KONA — Choosing a college isn’t always easy, and getting a feel for a campus’ culture and classroom experience can be even less so.