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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, master, doctoral and post-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 Hawai imarker in the United Statesmarker. All schools of the University of Hawai i system are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Colleges and universities

The University of Hawai i at Mānoa, founded as a land grant college under the terms of the Morrill Act of 1862 for the benefit of agriculture and the mechanic arts in the United States, is the flagship institution of the University of Hawai i system. 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, Linguistics, and Medicine. The second-largest institution is the University of Hawai i at Hilo on the Big Island of Hawai imarker. It teaches over 3,000 students. The smaller University of Hawai i-West O ahu in Pearl Citymarker primarily serves students who reside on Honolulu's western and central suburban communities.The University of Hawai i Community College system comprises four 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 high school to college for many students. University of Hawai i education centers are located in more remote areas of the state, supporting rural communities via distance education.


Community colleges

Professional schools

Research facilities

University centers

Education centers


The mission of the University of Hawai i system is to provide quality college and university education and training; create knowledge through research and scholarship; provide service through extension, technical assistance, and training; contribute to the cultural heritage of the community; and respond to state needs. The campuses, organized under one board, differentially emphasize instruction, research, and service. The system's special distinction is found in its Hawaiian, Asian, and Pacific orientation and international leadership role. Common values bind the system together: aloha; academic freedom and intellectual vigor; institutional integrity and service; quality and opportunity; diversity, fairness, and equity; collaboration and respect; and accountability and fiscal integrity.


In the entire University of Hawai i system, there are approximately 50,317 students of which 44,122 are undergraduates. On average, the student body is 42% male and 58% female. 20% are Caucasian, 20% are Japanese, 15% are Filipino, 13% are Hawaiian or part Hawaiian and 32% are from other ethnicities. 89% of the professors reside in Hawai i while 6% are from the United States mainland. A total of 616 programs are offered throughout the University of Hawai i system with 123 devoted for bachelor's degrees, 92 for master's degrees, 53 for doctoral degrees, 3 for first professional degrees, 4 for post baccalaureate degrees, 115 for associate's degrees and various other certifications.

University seal

The University seal contains a torch and a book titled Mālamalama (the light of knowledge) in the center of a circular map of the Pacific, surrounded by the state motto, Ua mau ke ea o ka āina i ka pono ("The life of the land is perpetuated in (by) righteousness".) The University motto, inscribed in both the Hawaiian and English languages on Founders' Gate at the Mānoa campus is Ma luna a e o nā lāhui a pau ke ola o ke kanaka ("Above all nations is humanity").

Lists of notable University of Hawai i people

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.

  • Mr. Grant T. Teichman (2008-Present)
  • Mr. Michael A. Dahilig (2005-2008)
  • Mr. Trent K. Kakuda (2003-2005)
  • Mr. Capsun M. Poe (2001-2003)
  • Mr. Sat Khalsa (1999-2001)
  • Mr. Wayne Panoke (1998)

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