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University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo
Established 1941
Type Public
Chancellor Rose Tseng
Students 3,996
Location Hilo, Hawaii, USA
Campus Urban, 755 acres (3.1 km²)
Nickname Vulcans (men)
Vulcans (women)

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo or UHH is one of ten branches of the University of Hawaiʻi system anchored by the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo is a public, co-educational university located in Hilo CDP,[1] Hawaiʻi County. It was founded as Hawaiʻi Vocational College (Hawaiʻi College) in 1941. In 1970 it was reorganized into its present unit by an act of the Hawaiʻi State Legislature.

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo primarily serves residents of Hawaiʻi but also enjoys a considerable international student body. It offers 33 undergraduate and three graduate degree programs for an average of 3,045 students served each year. It is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.



The university's curriculum is especially strong in marine biology, volcanology, astronomy, and Hawaiian studies. One of its three graduate programs, the Masters of Arts in Hawaiian Language and Literature, is distinguished for being the first in the United States to focus on an indigenous language. [1]



College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resource Management

College of Arts & Sciences

Humanities division
  • Pacific Island Studies
  • Performing Arts
    • Dance
    • Drama Performance
    • Music
    • Technical Theatre
  • Philosophy
  • Recreational Management (Liberal Studies)
  • Religious Studies (Liberal Studies)
  • Women's Studies
Natural sciences division
  • Astronomy
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Geology
  • Marine Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Natural Sciences
  • Nursing
  • Physics
Social science division
  • Administration of Justice
  • Anthropology
  • Geography and Environmental Studies
  • Health and Physical Education (Athletics)
  • History
  • International Studies
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
Other programs
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Honors
  • Liberal studies
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Writing intensive program

College of Business and Economics

  • Business Administration
  • Economics
  • Accounting (Fall 2008)

Ka Haka ‘Ula O Ke‘elikōlani, College of Hawaiian Language

  • Hawaiian Studies

College of Pharmacy

College of Continuing Education (CCES)

  • Summer session
  • Outreach distance learning
  • Credit programs
    • English Language Institute
  • Non-Credit programs
    • Fitness for life
    • Personal development
  • Senior Program
  • Special events


The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo offers BA, BBA, BS, and BSN degrees in addition to certificates. Students can also choose minors in some programs. See the catalog for specific degrees and minors offered by the program of interest.

Graduate and Research Programs

Graduate Programs
  • Master of Arts in China-U.S. Relations
  • Master of Arts and Ph. D. in Hawaiian Language and Literature
  • Master of Arts in Psychology
  • Master of Education
  • Master of Science in Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science
  • Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) (first class 2011)
Research at UH Hilo


UH Hilo sponsors ten intercolligiate athletic programs as a member of the NCAA. Until 1994 UH Hilo belonged to the NAIA. The teams are known as the Vulcans. The team colors are red, white, and navy blue. Principal sports venues are the new UH Hilo gymnasium, the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium, Dr. Francis Wong Stadium, UH Hilo Tennis courts, and UH Hilo Softball field. In 2006 the University added men's and women's soccer and women's basketball to the program. [2]

  • Baseball (NCAA Div. II)
  • Basketball, Men's (NCAA Div. II)
  • Basketball, Women's (NCAA Div. II)
  • Cross Country, Men's (NCAA Div. II)
  • Cross Country, Women's (NCAA Div. II)
  • Golf, Men's (NCAA Div. II)
  • Golf, Women's (NCAA Div. II)
  • Soccer, Men's (NCAA Div. II)
  • Soccer, Women's (NCAA Div. II)
  • Softball (NCAA Div. II)
  • Tennis, Men's (NCAA Div. II)
  • Tennis, Women's (NCAA Div. II)
  • Volleyball, Women's (NCAA Div. II)


Shared with UH West Oʻahu 1976-1997.

  • Rose Tseng (1998– )
  • Kenneth Perrin (1993–1997)
  • Edward J. Kormondy (1986–1993)
  • Edwin Mookini (1975–1978)
  • Paul Miwa (1970–?)


In recent years, the Hilo campus has seen a growth in enrollment. In the past seven years, enrollment has increased 30 percent. In addition, federal financing has grown by more than 500 percent, in addition to new buildings for the campus's marine science and volcanology programs.

"Hawaiʻi State University?"

There has been a growing movement throughout the last decade to separate the Hilo campus from the University of Hawaiʻi system, creating a "Hawaiʻi State University". Supporters of the separation argue that the growing Hilo campus is "shortchanged" by its sister campus in Mānoa and that being independent of the system would allow the college to grow faster, better serve the community, and draw in more money from independent sources. Opponents argue that the state is too small for competing university systems and that financial divisions between Mānoa and Hilo are fair, given that Mānoa places emphasis on research and Hilo places emphasis on teaching. There are also concerns that this movement will hurt relationships between the Hilo campus and the rest of the University of Hawaiʻi system.

A bill was introduced in the 2005 session of the House of Representatives of the Hawaiʻi State Legislature to draft legislation to spin off the Hilo campus as the independent Hawaiʻi State University. The bill was approved by the House Higher Education Committee but no hearing on the bill was planned by the House Finance Committee, effectively killing it. [3]

Points of interest

Campus art includes:

  • Mosaic Obelisk, mixed media sculpture by Peter Almeida
  • Hoʻolana, copper and bronze sculpture by Bumpei Akaji, 1984
  • Anticipated Motion, stainless steel and bronze sculpture by Rowland Morita, 1984
  • Flow and Flower, ceramic tile and epoxy paint mural by Yukio Ozaki, 1985
  • Moon Pots, ceramic sculpture by Toshiko Takaezu, 1977
  • Universe City: 2000, suspended metal sculpture by Andrew Yanoviak, 1980
  • Hawaii #4, painted steel sculpture by Valdis Zarins, 1973
  • Cromlech, concrete filled ceramic sculpture by Laura Ruby, 1980
  • Untitled Cor-Ten steel sculpture by Kim Chung, 1978

See also


  • The University of Hawaiʻi-Hilo: A College in the Making (2001) ISBN 0-8248-2495-4.
  1. ^ "Hilo CDP, Hawaii." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on May 21, 2009.

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