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Like No Place On Earth

On Hawai‘i Island, inspiration is everywhere; it’s in the land, sky and sea, in the people we meet on forest trails, local markets, and in our classrooms. Built on the coastal slopes of the world’s largest mountain and centered in the Pacific Ocean, the University of Hawai‘i Hilo challenges, empowers and inspires our students. As a university community, we draw our inspiration from the people we call ‘ohana, and the island we call home

Inspired by the ‘Āina

In Hawai‘i we know the land, the ‘āina, sustains us. The earth is more than a resource; it is our source of life. Surrounded by an incredible combination of high mountains and deep ocean, lush rainforest and arid fields of lava, we are inspired to understand our world through bold scholarship and care for our environment through responsible relationship with our living earth and the community of life it sustains.

Inspired by Discovery

Our island home was discovered by courageous voyagers and their legacy inspires us to follow in the wake of their double-hulled canoes. A UH Hilo education is designed for discovery; from sea stars to supernovae, our focus on hands-on learning allows our students and expert faculty to discover the world together. Research in the field, internships with local businesses and organizations, small class sizes that encourage the honest exchange of ideas, and our university supported exchange programs all come together to inspire our students to discover their talents and passions by exploring the world.

Inspired by Innovation

By cultivating creativity, critical thinking and cultural understanding, we prepare graduates that are ready to tackle 21st-century challenges and move the world forward. Whether our students are restoring native forests, improving the health of our local community, composing powerful stories, or designing safe landing for the first manned mission to Mars, they take inspiration from centuries of innovation to formulate creative solutions rooted in the hard-earned wisdom of those that came before.

Inspired by Each Other

The unique heritage of Hawai‘i weaves together a lei of cultures that honors our shared humanity and challenges us to learn from each other and see the world through a different lens. Our dynamic programs and vibrant location draw students from across Hawai‘i, the Pacific, and the world, creating academic and social opportunities at UH Hilo that can be found nowhere else on earth.

Inspired by You

When it comes down to it, we exist to prepare our students to empower their lives and transform the world, and you are our greatest inspiration. Deeply committed to creating that opportunity, UH Hilo is leading higher education into the future by providing a rigorous, residential college experience within reach. With the most affordable resident tuition rate in the state and $45 million awarded annually in financial aid and scholarships, we strive to break down barriers to higher education and open the doors of opportunity.

Funding Priorities

Preparing Tomorrow’s Leaders

We transform today’s students into tomorrow’s thinkers, leaders, and change-makers. UH Hilo will play a critical role in preparing a new generation of college graduates, helping to drive the Hawai‘i Graduation Initiative (HGI) — with a statewide goal of ensuring that 55% of Hawai‘i’s adults have a college degree by 2025.

Providing scholarships is the starting point. We strive to ensure that every qualified student can afford to attend UH Hilo, regardless of family finances. Nothing else we do to improve the quality of a UH Hilo education will matter if students and families cannot afford the opportunities we offer. This is especially critical on the Big Island, given our commitment to educating native Hawaiian populations and students who are among the first generation in their family to attend college.

We must also expand internships, study abroad opportunities, student research, and service learning — the life-changing activities that position UH Hilo students to step forth as leaders in their chosen careers.

Recruiting Exceptional Faculty

What matters most for UH Hilo is making sure we have faculty with extraordinarily bright minds in our classrooms and labs — dedicated first and foremost to the art of teaching. Great teaching and ongoing support for our students remain the defining characteristics of the UH Hilo experience. At the same time, we expect our faculty to advance research

Research at UH Hilo is tightly focused on areas where we can make the most difference and improve the lives of Hawai‘i’s citizens, and the citizens of the world, in meaningful ways. We know and embrace our sweet spots, those that are directly tied to our unique setting. A few examples:

With your support, each of these areas of exploration, and others, can be exceptional.

UH Hilo will make a major investment in faculty over the next decade. Gifts to the University of Hawai‘i Campaign will position us to recruit that rare breed of “teachers-scholars” who prepare students for leadership and lifelong success and further research that uplifts our state.

Support The Journey

Together, we can move Hawai‘i and its people toward a remarkable future.
Together, we can Journey Beyond

For information on supporting The University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, please contact:

UH Foundation/UH Hilo Office of Development
808-932-7692 •