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University of Hawaii
University of Hawai?i System
University of Hawaii seal.svg
Motto"Ma luna aʻe o n? l?hui a pau ke ola ke kanaka" (Hawaiian)
Motto in English
"Above all nations is humanity"
EndowmentUS$296.2 million[1]
PresidentDavid Lassner
Location, ,
Campus3 campuses, 7 community colleges, 5 research centers, 3 university centers, 4 education centers
ColorsGold and black[2]

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The University of Hawai?i system (formally the University of Hawai?i and popularly known as UH) is a public, co-educational college and university system that confers associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees through three university campuses, seven community college campuses, an employment training center, three university centers, four education centers and various other research facilities distributed across six islands throughout the state of Hawaii in the United States. All schools of the University of Hawaii system are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The U.H. system's main administrative offices are located on the property of the University of Hawai?i at M?noa in Honolulu CDP.[3][4][5]

Colleges and universities

The University of Hawai?i at M?noa is the flagship institution of the University of Hawai?i system. It was founded as a land-grant college under the terms of the Morrill Acts of 1862 and 1890. It is well respected for its programs in Hawaiian/Pacific Studies, Astronomy, East Asian Languages and Literature, Asian Studies, Comparative Philosophy, Marine Science, Second Language Studies, along with Botany, Engineering, Ethnomusicology, Geophysics, Law, Business, Linguistics, Mathematics, and Medicine. The second-largest institution is the University of Hawai?i at Hilo on the "Big Island" of Hawai?i, with over 3,000 students. The smaller University of Hawai?i-West O?ahu in Kapolei primarily serves students who reside on Honolulu's western and central suburban communities. The University of Hawai?i Community College system comprises four community colleges island campuses on O'ahu and one each on Maui, Kaua?i, and Hawai?i. The schools were created to improve accessibility of courses to more Hawai?i residents and provide an affordable means of easing the transition from secondary school/high school to college for many students. University of Hawai?i education centers are located in more remote areas of the State and its several islands, supporting rural communities via distance education.



Community colleges

Professional schools

Research facilities

University centers

Education centers

Board of regents

In accordance with Article X, Section 6 of the Hawai?i State Constitution, the University of Hawai?i system is governed by a Board of Regents, composed of 15 unpaid members who are nominated by a Regents Candidate Advisory Council, appointed by the governor, and confirmed by the state legislature. The Board oversees all aspects of governance for the university system, including its internal structure and management. The board also appoints, evaluates, and if necessary removes the President of the University of Hawai?i.[9]

Student regents

The University's governing board includes a current student appointed by the Governor of Hawai?i to serve a two-year term as a full voting regent. The practice of appointing a student to the Board was approved by the Hawai?i State Legislature in 1997.

Notable alumni

Alumni of the University of Hawai?i system include many notable persons in various walks of life. Senator Daniel Inouye and Tammy Duckworth both are veterans of the US military who were injured in the line of duty then later entered government service. Bette Midler and Georgia Engel are successful entertainers on the national stage. President Barack Obama's parents, Barack Obama Sr. and Ann Dunham, and half-sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, also earned degrees from the M?noa campus, where his parents met in a Russian language class. His mother earned three degrees from the University of Hawai?i including a PhD in anthropology.

Notable faculty

The University of Hawai?i system has had many faculty members of note. Many were visiting faculty or came after they won major awards like Nobel Laureate Georg von Békésy. Ryuzo Yanagimachi, principal investigator of the research group that developed a method of cloning from adult animal cells, is still on the faculty.

See also

Further reading

  • Robert, Kamins (1998). M?lamalama: A History of the University of Hawai?i.
  • David, Yount (1996). Who Runs The University? The Politics of Higher Education In Hawai?i, 1985-1992.


  1. ^ As of FY2017 "2017 Endowment Report, University of Hawai'i Foundation" (PDF). University of Hawai'i Foundation. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^
  3. ^ Magin, Janis L. "Land deals could breathe new life into Mili?ili". Pacific Business News. Sunday July 1, 2007. Retrieved on October 5, 2011. "Dobelle at that time had even suggested moving the University of Hawai?i system offices from the M?noa campus to office space in Mili?ili, something the current administration is not actively considering."
  4. ^ "Office of the President". University of Hawai?i System. Retrieved on October 5, 2011. "Office of the President; 2444 Dole Street; 202 Bachman Hall; Honolulu, Hawaii 96822"
  5. ^ "Office of the Board of Regents". University of Hawai?i System. Retrieved on October 5, 2011. "Executive Administrator and Secretary of the Board of Regents; 2444 Dole Street; Room 209, Bachman Hall; Honolulu, Hawaii 96822"
  6. ^ Hawaii Community College at Palamanui
  7. ^ "College of Pharmacy".
  8. ^ "University of Hawaii - Ocean Engineering & Law Education".
  9. ^ "Description of Duties of the Board of Regents of the University of Hawai?i". 9 August 2007. Retrieved 2013.

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