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University of Hawaii at Manoa

University of Hawai'i at Mānoa
Seal of the University of Hawai'i System
Motto Ma luna a'e o na lahui a pau ke ola o ke kanaka (Hawaiian)
Motto in English Above all nations is humanity
Established 1907
Type Public flagship
Land Grant
Sea Grant
Space Grant
Endowment $159 million [1]
Chancellor Robert Bley-Vroman[1]
President David Lassner
Undergraduates 13,952
Postgraduates 6,483
Location Honolulu, Hawai'i, USA
Campus Urban, 320 acres (1.3 km²)
Colors Green and White         [2]
Athletics NCAA Division I
Big West (most sports); MW, MPSF
Sports 19 varsity sports teams
(7 men's & 12 women's)
Nickname Rainbow Warriors (men)
Rainbow Wahine (women)
Entrance to UH Mānoa Campus

The University of Hawai'i at Mānoa (also known as UH Mānoa, the University of Hawai'i, or simply UH) is a public co-educational research university, and is the flagship campus of the greater University of Hawai'i system. The school is located in Mānoa, an affluent neighborhood of Honolulu,[3] Honolulu County, Hawai'i, United States, approximately three miles east and inland from downtown Honolulu and one mile (1.6 km) from Ala Moana and Waikiki. The campus occupies the eastern half of the mouth of Mānoa Valley. It is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and is governed by the Hawaii State Legislature and a semi-autonomous board of regents, which in turn hires a president to be administrator. The university campus houses the main offices of the University of Hawai'i System.[4]


  • History 1
  • College 2
  • Research 3
  • Demographics 4
  • Facilities 5
  • Academics 6
    • Colleges and schools 6.1
    • Library 6.2
    • Rankings 6.3
  • Student life 7
    • Student organizations 7.1
      • Student government 7.1.1
    • Ka Leo O Hawaii 7.2
  • Off-campus 8
  • Athletics 9
  • Chancellors 10
  • Notable alumni & faculty 11
  • Controversies 12
  • Art on campus 13
  • Other points of interest 14
  • References 15
  • External links 16


The University of Hawai'i at Mānoa was founded in 1907 as a land grant college of agriculture and mechanical arts. A bill by Maui Representative William Coelho introduced March 1, 1907 and signed into law March 23 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 territorial legislature six years later for university status which led to another renaming 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. It is now the College of Education.


UH Mānoa campus viewed from Round Top Drive, with Diamond Head in the background

Today, the primary facet of the University consists of the four Colleges of Arts and Sciences: Arts and Humanities, Languages Literatures and Linguistics, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences. The college of agriculture and mechanical arts is now the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR), one of the few agricultural colleges in the United States focused on tropical research. The University of Hawai'i at Mānoa is also home to two of the most prominent professional schools in the state. The William S. Richardson School of Law and the John A. Burns School of Medicine are the only law and medical schools in Hawai'i, respectively. The Center for Hawaiian Studies provides 'excellence in the pursuit of knowledge concerning the Native people of Hawaii'.[2]

Together, the colleges of the university offer bachelor degrees in 93 fields of study, master degrees in 84 fields, doctoral degrees in 51 fields, first professional degrees in 5 fields, post-baccalaureate degrees in 3 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.


Queen Liliʻuokalani Center for Student Services

With extramural grants and contracts of $436 million in 2012, UH-Mānoa exploded in terms of research related to Hawaii's physical landscape, its people, and their heritage. The landscape 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.[5]

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 has increased by 18% over the past five years.[5][6]

The National Science Foundation ranks UH Manoa in the top 50 public universities for federal research funding in engineering and science.[7]

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 Manoa units at $92 million. SOEST was followed by the John A. Burns School of Medicine 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, the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources at $18 million, and the College of Social Sciences and the College of Education at $16 million.[8]

Across the University of Hawai‘i 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.[8]

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

UH Mānoa is characterized by a wealth and variety of research projects. Research broadly conceived, is expected of every faculty member at UH Mānoa. Also, according to the Carnegie Foundation, UH Mānoa is an RU/VH (very high research activity) level research university.[9]

In 2013, UH Mānoa 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 in the most dynamic and diverse region of the world.[10]


According to the 2010 report of the Institutional Research Office, a plurality of students at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa are Caucasian making up twenty-five percent of the student body. Japanese Americans represent thirteen percent, native Hawaiians or part native Hawaiians comprise thirteen percent, Filipino Americans represent eight percent, and Chinese Americans make up seven percent of the student body. Twelve percent of the student body are racially mixed. Smaller populations of Pacific Islanders and other ethnic groups make up the remainder.


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

All UH Mānoa residence halls are coeducational. The residence halls include the units of 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.[11]

The two apartment-style units 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.[11]

The university also reserves some of the low rise units for graduate student housing and family housing.[12]


University rankings
ARWU[13] 68–85
Forbes[14] 384
U.S. News & World Report[15] 158
Washington Monthly[16] 169
ARWU[17] 150–200
QS[18] 327

Colleges and schools

The Research Building at the John A Burns School of Medicine

University of Hawai'i at Mānoa has 19 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, donated $25 million to the college.[19]


The 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.[20]


The National Science Foundation ranks UH Manoa in the top 50 public universities for federal research funding in engineering and science.[7]

In 2013, U.S. News & World Report ranks the UH College of Education in the top 17% of graduate education programs in the nation and in the top 100 for online education programs in the 2012 edition. William S. Richardson School of Law’s full-time program is ranked 106 out of the nation’s top 146 law schools, number one in country for the highest diversity, third-best in student/teacher ratio and is the highest-ranking small law school in the top tier. It also ranks among the top 25 most selective schools in terms of the ratio of admission offers/applications, 23rd for part-time programs and 22nd for top Environmental Law Program in the nation. School of Social Work is ranked 66th among the nation’s top 200 social work programs. John A. Burns School of Medicine primary care program is ranked 83rd in the nation, and 80th for the research program. Shidler College of Business part-time MBA program is ranked 116th

Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Civil Engineering programs are ranked 102nd, 104th, and 108th in the country, respectively.[21]

UH Mānoa is among the top-tier “Best National Universities” in the 2012 edition of U.S. News & World Report “Best Colleges” Shidler College of Business in the top 25 percent of “Best Undergraduate Business Programs” and the College’s undergraduate program in International Business 12th. U.S. News also ranked Shidler’s MBA programs in the top 25% overall for 2012 [22]

Student life

Student organizations

Student government

The Associated Students of the University of Hawaii (ASUH) is the undergraduate student government representing all full-time, classified, and undergraduate students at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa. ASUH was chartered by the University of Hawaii Board of Regents in 1912 and is now in its 97th year of serving and representing students. ASUH advocates on behalf of students with various entities, including the university administration, faculty, staff, community groups and government officials. ASUH also utilizes ASUH student fee money to fund diversified student programs and events on-campus.

Ka Leo O Hawaii

Ka Leo O Hawaii is the student newspaper at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, founded in 1922 (as The Mirror). The Ka Leo is now printed three times a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday), and weekly during the winter and summer breaks. Page length is normally 8 pages, tabloid format. Circulation is approximately 7,000. Beginning in the Fall 2007 semester the Ka Leo is now printed in full color.


  • The Newman Center / Catholic Campus Ministry serves the community at the University and surrounding area.
  • The Lyon Arboretum serves as the only tropical arboretum belonging to any University in the United States. The Arboretum, located in Mānoa Valley, was established in 1918 by the Hawaiian Sugar Planters' Association to demonstrate watershed restoration and test various tree species for reforestation, as well as collect living plants of economic value. In 1953, it became part of the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa. 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 Mānoa competes in NCAA Division I, the only Hawaii school to do so. In major sports, it currently competes in the Mountain West Conference for football only and the Big West Conference for the majority of its other sports.[23] UH competes in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation in men’s volleyball, 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 the Rainbow Warriors, and women’s teams are called the Rainbow Wahine. The Rainbow Warriors and Rainbow Wahine are most notable for their highly ranked men's and women's basketball, volleyball, baseball and football programs. The University also won the 2004 Intercollegiate Sailing Association National Championships. The women's volleyball program has 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.[24]


From 1986 to 2001, the President of the University of Hawai'i system also served as the Mānoa campus's chancellor. In 2001, the position of Chancellor was recreated by then-UH president Evan Dobelle after several years of discussion around the possible conflict of interest that might arise in this dual role (being the president of a University system while concurrently being the chancellor of a specific campus within the system).

Notable alumni & faculty


In 2010, the university received criticism over its data policies after several high-profile data breaches.[25] In 1999, there was controversy within the Mānoa campus dealing with the accreditation of the School of Public Health.[26]

Art on campus

Campus art includes:

Maps and a suggested route for a campus art tour may be found at this website.

These artworks are off the main campus:

Other points of interest


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  2. ^ University of Hawai'i at Mānoa Catalog
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  11. ^ a b "Our Communities." University of Hawai'i at Mānoa. Retrieved on September 3, 2014.
  12. ^ "Graduate and Family Housing." University of Hawai'i at Mānoa. Retrieved on September 3, 2014.
  13. ^ "Academic Ranking of World Universities 2014-United States". ShanghaiRanking Consultancy. Retrieved August 15, 2014. 
  14. ^ "America's Top Colleges". LLC™. Retrieved October 19, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Best Colleges". U.S. News & World Report LP. Retrieved September 9, 2014. 
  16. ^ "About the Rankings". Washington Monthly. Retrieved October 19, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Academic Ranking of World Universities 2014-United States". ShanghaiRanking Consultancy. Retrieved August 15, 2014. 
  18. ^ "University Rankings". Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  19. ^ "The Gift". 2006-09-06. Retrieved 2010-07-27. 
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  23. ^ Katz, Andy (December 10, 2010). "Hawaii joins MWC, Big West for 2012". Retrieved January 20, 2011. 
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  25. ^ University Of Hawaii Data Breach Exposes 40,000 Student Records
  26. ^ Honolulu Star-Bulletin Local News

External links

  • Official website
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