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University of Hawaii At Manoa
University of Hawai?i--M?noa
UH Manoa Logo.png
MottoMaluna aʻe o n? l?hui ?pau ke ola ke k?naka (Hawaiian)[1]
Motto in English
Established1907; 113 years ago (1907)
Endowment$327.0 million (2019)[2]
Budget$1.1 billion (2019)[3]
PresidentDavid Lassner
Students17,710 (fall 2018)[4]
Location, ,
United States

21°17?49?N 157°49?01?W / 21.297°N 157.817°W / 21.297; -157.817Coordinates: 21°17?49?N 157°49?01?W / 21.297°N 157.817°W / 21.297; -157.817
CampusUrban, 320 acres (1.3 km2)
ColorsGreen, White[5][6]
AthleticsNCAA - National Collegiate Athletic Association, Division I
Big West (most sports); MW, MPSF
Nickname"Rainbow Warriors" (men)
"Rainbow Wahine" (women)
Entrance to U.H. M?noa campus

The University of Hawaiʻi at M?noa (University of Hawaii--M?noa, U.H. M?noa, the University of Hawai'i, or simply U.H.) is a public research university in M?noa, a neighborhood in Honolulu, Hawaii, United States.[7][8] It is the flagship campus of the University of Hawai'i system, of which it houses the main offices.[9] Most of the campus occupies the eastern half of the mouth of M?noa Valley, with the John A. Burns School of Medicine located adjacent to the Kaka?ako Waterfront Park.

U.H. offers over 200 degree programs across 17 schools. It is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and governed by the Hawaii State Legislature and a semi-autonomous board of regents. It also a member of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities, which represents 50 research universities across 16 countries.

M?noa is categorized as an R1 university, indicating the highest levels of research activity.[10] It is one of only four U.S. academic institutions to be a member of all four federal research programs: Land, Sea, Space, and Sun Grant.[Note 1]

Notable U.H. alumni include Robert Ballard, Richard Parsons, and the parents of Barack Obama, Barack Obama Sr. and Stanley Ann Dunham. Forty-four percent of Hawaii's state senators and 51 percent of its state representatives are U.H. graduates.[11]


The University of Hawai?i at M?noa was founded in 1907 as a land-grant college of agriculture and mechanical arts. A bill by Maui Representative William Coelho introduced into the Territorial Legislature March 1, 1907, and signed into law March 23 by the Governor, enabled construction to begin. In 1912 it was renamed the College of Hawaii and moved to its present location. William Kwai Fong Yap petitioned the Hawaii Territorial Legislature six years later for university status which led to another renaming finally to the University of Hawaii in 1920. This is also the founding year of the College of Arts and Sciences. In 1931 the Territorial Normal and Training School was absorbed into the University, becoming the U.H. College of Education.


UH M?noa campus viewed from Round Top Drive, with Diamond Head in the background

UH M?noa has 17 schools and colleges, including the School of Architecture, School of Earth Science and Technology, the College of Arts and Humanities, the Shidler College of Business, the College of Education and the College of Engineering. The College of Business Administration was renamed the Shidler College of Business on September 6, 2006, after real estate executive Jay Shidler, an alumnus of the college, who donated $25 million to the college.[12]

Together, the colleges of the university offer bachelor's degrees in 93 fields of study, master's degrees in 84 fields, doctoral degrees in 51 fields, first professional degrees in 5 fields, post-baccalaureate degrees in three fields, 28 undergraduate certification programs and 29 graduate certification programs. Total enrollment in 2012 was 20,429 students, 14,402 of which are undergraduates. There are approximately sixteen students per instructor.

Honors Program

The UH M?noa offers an Honors Program to provide additional resources for students preparing to apply to professional school programs.[13] Students complete core curriculum courses for their degrees in the Honors Program, maintain at least a cumulative 3.2 grade-point average in all courses, and complete a senior thesis project.[14]


The University of Hawai?i at M?noa Library, which provides access to 3.4 million volumes, 50,000 journals, and thousands of digitized documents, is one of the largest academic research libraries in the United States, ranking 86th in parent institution investment among 113 North American members of the Association of Research Libraries.[15]


The National Science Foundation ranked UH M?noa 45th among 395 public universities for Research and Development (R&D) expenditures in fiscal year 2014.[27]

According to U.S. News & World Reports rankings for 2021, UH M?noa was tied at 170th overall and 159th for "Best Value" among national universities; tied at 83rd among public universities; and tied at 145th for its undergraduate engineering program among schools that confer doctorates.[28]

Distance learning

The university offers over 50 distance learning courses, using technology to replace either all or a portion of class instruction. Students interact with their instructors and peers from different locations to further develop their education.[29]


Queen Liliʻuokalani Center for Student Services

With extramural grants and contracts of $436 million in 2012, research at UH M?noa relates to Hawaii's physical landscape, its people and their heritage. The geography facilitates advances in marine biology, oceanography, underwater robotic technology, astronomy, geology and geophysics, agriculture, aquaculture and tropical medicine. Its heritage, the people and its close ties to the Asian and Pacific region create a favorable environment for study and research in the arts, genetics, intercultural relations, linguistics, religion and philosophy.[30]

According to the National Science Foundation, UH M?noa spent $276 million on research and development in 2018, ranking it 84th in the nation.[27] Extramural funding increased from $368 million in FY 2008 to nearly $436 million in FY 2012. Research grants increased from $278 million in FY 2008 to $317 million in FY 2012. Nonresearch awards totaled $119 million in FY 2012. Overall, extramural funding increased by 18%.[30][31]

For the period of July 1, 2012 to June 20, 2013, the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) received the largest amount of extramural funding among the M?noa units at $92 million. SOEST was followed by the medical school at $57 million, the College of Natural Sciences and the University of Hawai'i Cancer Center at $24 million, the Institute for Astronomy at $22 million, CTARH at $18 million, and the College of Social Sciences and the College of Education at $16 million.[32]

Across the UH system, the majority of research funding comes from the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Defense, the Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Commerce, and the National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA). Local funding comes from Hawaii government agencies, non-profit organizations, health organizations and business and other interests.[32]

The $150-million medical complex in Kaka'ako opened in the spring of 2005. The facility houses a biomedical research and education center that attracts significant federal funding and private sector investment in biotechnology and cancer research and development.[]

Research (broadly conceived) is expected of every faculty member at UH M?noa. Also, according to the Carnegie Foundation, UH M?noa is an RU/VH (very high research activity) level research university.[33]

In 2013, UH M?noa was elected to membership in the Association of Pacific Rim Universities, the leading consortium of research universities for the region. APRU represents 45 premier research universities--with a collective 2 million students and 120,000 faculty members--from 16 economies.[34]


U.H. is the fourth most diverse university in the U.S.[35] According to the 2010 report of the Institutional Research Office, a plurality of students at the University of Hawai?i at M?noa are Caucasian, making up a quarter of the student body. The next largest groups were Japanese Americans (13%), native or part native Hawaiians (13%), Filipino Americans (8%), Chinese Americans (7%) and mixed race (12%). Pacific Islanders and other ethnic groups make up the balance.

Campus housing

International Conference Center at Jefferson Hall
Hale M?noa Dormitory, East-West Center designed by I. M. Pei

All UH M?noa residence halls are coeducational. These include the Hale Aloha Complex, Johnson Hall, Hale Laulima, and Hale Kahawai. Suite-style residence halls include Frear Hall and Gateway House. First year undergraduates who choose to live on campus live in the traditional residence halls.[36]

Two apartment-style complexes are Hale Noelani and Hale Wainani. Hale Noelani consists of five three-story buildings and Hale Wainani has two high rise buildings (one 14-story and one 13-story) and two low-rise buildings. Second-year undergraduates and above are permitted to live in Hale Noelani and Hale Wainani.[36]

The university reserves some low-rise units for graduate students and families.[37]

Student life

Student organizations


  • The Newman Center / Catholic Campus Ministry serves the community at the University and surrounding area.
  • The Lyon Arboretum is the only tropical arboretum belonging to any US University. The Arboretum, located in M?noa Valley, was established in 1918 by the Hawaiian Sugar Planters' Association to demonstrate watershed restoration and test tree species for reforestation, as well as to collect living plants of economic value. In 1953, it became part of the University of Hawai?i at M?noa. Its over 15,000 accessions focus primarily on the monocot families of palms, gingers, heliconias, bromeliads and aroids.
  • The Waikiki Aquarium, founded in 1904, is the third-oldest public aquarium in the United States. A part of the University of Hawai?i since 1919, the Aquarium is located next to a living reef on the Waikiki shoreline.


University of Hawai?i's athletic logo
The off-campus Aloha Stadium, situated near Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, has been the home of Rainbow Warrior Football since 1975
Les Murakami Baseball Field

The University of Hawai?i at M?noa competes in NCAA Division I, the only Hawaii school to do so. It competes in the Mountain West Conference for football only and the Big West Conference for most other sports.[39] UH competes in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation in men's and women's swimming and diving, and indoor track and field while the coed and women's sailing teams are members of the Pacific Coast Collegiate Sailing Conference.

Men's teams are known as Rainbow Warriors, and women's teams are called Rainbow Wahine. "Wahine" means "woman" in Hawaiian.[40] They are most notable for men's and women's basketball, volleyball, baseball and football programs. The University won the 2004 Intercollegiate Sailing Association National Championships. The women's volleyball program won NCAA championships in 1982, 1983 and 1987. The men's volleyball won an NCAA championship in 2002, but it was later vacated due to violations.

The principal sports venues are Aloha Stadium, Stan Sheriff Center, Les Murakami Stadium, Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium, and the Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Complex.

The university's athletic budget in FY 2008-2009 is $29.6 million.[41]


From 1986 to 2001, the President of the University of Hawai?i System also served as the M?noa campus's chancellor. In 2001, the position of Chancellor was recreated[42] by then-UH president Evan Dobelle over conflict of interest concerns, but was again abolished in April 2019.[43]

Notable alumni and faculty

Notable alumni of the University of Hawai?i at M?noa include:

Art on campus

Campus art includes:

These artworks are off the main campus:

See also



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