Colleges and Universities in Hawaii

Hawaii’s colleges and universities are as rich and diverse as Hawaii herself, framed by centuries of history and generations of struggle and beauty. With strong, student-centered public universities and community colleges, and small liberal arts institutions dedicated to Hawaii’s history and culture, Hawaii’s higher education landscape is as inspiring as Hawaii’s real landscape.

Public Colleges and Universities in Hawaii

  • University of Hawaii at Hilo – Hilo
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa – Honolulu
  • University of Hawaii-West Oahu – Kapolei
  • University of Hawaii Maui College – Kahului

Community Colleges in Hawaii

  • Hawaii Community College – Hilo
  • Honolulu Community College – Honolulu
  • Kapiolani Community College – Honolulu
  • Kauai Community College – Līhu’e
  • Leeward Community College -Pearl City
  • Windward Community College – Kāne’ohe
  • Maui Community College – Kahului

Private Colleges and Universities in Hawaii

  • Brigham Young University Hawaii – Lā’ie
  • Chaminade University of Honolulu – Honolulu
  • Hawaii Pacific University – Honolulu
  • Hawaii Tokai International College – Kapolei

What Hawaii Means to America

The fiftieth state to join the nation, Hawaii is perhaps the most unique state of the United States. When we think of Hawaii, we think of tropical vacations, volcanoes, luaus and surfing––a perpetual beach vacation for those of us residing in the continental U.S. But Hawaii has much more to offer, especially as the rich culture of the indigenous Hawaiian people is in the process of being revitalized. Hawaii’s colleges and universities are a major part of the efforts being made today to preserve and appreciate all that makes Hawaii’s rich culture, community, and history a part of American culture.

What Higher Education Means for Hawaii

Hawaii’s unique location, an isolated chain of volcanic islands in the Pacific Ocean, has certainly played a role the state’s contribution to higher education in the United States. The University of Hawaii System is comprised of ten campuses across the islands, all offering unique degree programs that speak to not only the global community, but also the local island communities as well. For example, a student researcher at the University of Hawaii at Manoa recently launched a citizen science project which asks local volunteers to ‘adopt’ a local ‘ulu tree, which produces breadfruit, and observe its lifecycle. The purpose of the study is help to localize food production using breadfruit as an emerging crop.

To serve the eleven military bases in the state, higher education institutes across Hawaii offer a number of educational benefits to military personnel and veterans. For example, non-resident military Service members stationed in Hawaii, plus their dependents, are able to attend college in Hawaii at the resident tuition rates.


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