Hawai‘i College of Oriental Medicine

Formerly Named "Traditional Chinese Medical College of Hawaii"



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ALOHA. Learn about Oriental Medicine and how to become an Acupuncturist at HICOM. Fill out this form to begin the process.

The Hawai'i College of Oriental Medicine or HICOM  (formerly named the Traditional Chinese Medical College Of Hawaii) is a non-profit accredited institution dedicated to providing both state of the art training for our students and first class clinical care for our patients.

As one of the only non-profit colleges in Hawai'i providing training in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, our students benefit from 100% of our resources being applied to their program.

We welcome everyone who is interested in attending HICOM. This is living with Aloha spirit which Hawai’i is
famous for. The college ohana (family) lives by a code called “Professional Aloha”.

Definition:   Aloha stands for much more than just “hello” or “goodbye” or “love”. Its’ deeper meaning is the joyful (oha) sharing of (alo) of life energy (ha) in the present (aloh), or, another way to express this is being in a state of loving right relationship with yourself, others and everything at all times and in all ways.

Learning, living and growing on the big island of Hawai’i is unlike anywhere else in the world.

It is one of the only locations where all five Chinese Elements are active, consisting of;

Wood - Lāʻau: tropical rain forests cover large parts of the island,
Fire – Ahi: flowing Lava from Pele who is called the goddess of fire,
Earth – āina: earth in Hawai’i is considered alive,
Metal – Kekala: āina and lava contains metal,
Water – Wai(fresh), Kai(salt): water surrounds the island, rain is considered a blessing.

The presence of each element offers an environment of elevated natural energy that is at the core of Oriental

This energy can be characterized as non-linear and experienced as “going with the flow”. Students’
ability to learn eastern-based medicine appears to be enhanced on this island because of this.

For example, learning to feel and move your own energy, referred to as Qi, may be easier in a natural setting like Hawai’i.

Many HICOM students move to Hilo, Hawai’i from all over the United States to become an Acupuncturist and
Practitioner of Oriental Medicine. The temperate weather all year long, easy going Hawaiian island Aloha-based culture and relative calmness of a small town combines for a desirable learning environment.

If you have any questions about HICOM and/or the Masters of Oriental Medicine degree that prepares you to become an Acupuncturist and independent healthcare provider, please contact us.

It is our life’s work to assist you on your healing journey.

Mahalo Nui Loa (thank you very much).

Malama Pono (take care) and A Hui Hou (see you soon),

William Pettis, Dean of Oriental Medicine


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   Administration Office Hours Hilo Campus
   Tues, Wed, Thur  - 9am to 4pm

   Business & Financial Aid Office Hours
   Tues, Wed, Thurs - 10am to 4pm

   Hilo Clinic Hours
   Open: Mon & Fri - 9.30 am to 12.30pm, 2.30pm to 6.30pm.

   Phone Numbers

   Admissions:        (808)981-2790    Fax: (866) 757-2131   

   Administration:   (808)981-2790    Fax: (866) 757-2131

   Hilo Clinic:          (808)933-1369    Fax: (866) 757-2131

College Addresses:            

Hawaii College of Oriental Medicine
180 Kinoole Street, Suite 301
Hilo, HI 96720

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