- University of Hawaii at Hilo
The University of Hawaiokinai at Hilo is one of ten branches of the University of Hawaiokinai system anchored by the University of Hawaiokinai at Mnoa in Honolulu, Hawaiokinai. The University of Hawaiokinai at Hilo is a public, co-educational university located in Hilo, Hawaiokinai in the
United States. It was founded as Hawaiokinai Vocational College (Hawaiokinai College) in 1941. In 1970 it was reorganized into its present unit by an act of the Hawaiokinai State Legislature.
Until the early 1990s UH Hilo and Hawaiokinai Community College operated almost as a single unit with students able to cross register at either campus. The campuses are located across the street from each other. It was at this time that those in charge of the University of Hawaiokinai system separated the two entities against the advice of then-UH Hilo Chancellor Edward Kormandy. Even with the split, the two schools still share facilities.
The University of Hawaiokinai at Hilo primarily serves residents of Hawaiokinai 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. [http://www.olelo.hawaii.edu/khuok/]
College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resource Management
ocial science division
Ka Haka ‘Ula O Ke‘elikōlani, College of Hawaiian Language
[http://www.uhh.hawaii.edu/uhh/research/ 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. [http://vulcans.uhh.hawaii.edu/news.php?n=827&s=aa]
*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 Ookinaahu 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.
"Hawaiokinai State University?"
There has been a growing movement throughout the last decade to separate the Hilo campus from the University of Hawaiokinai system, creating a "Hawaiokinai 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 Hawaiokinai system.
A bill was introduced in the 2005 session of the House of Representatives of the Hawaiokinai State Legislature to draft legislation to spin off the Hilo campus as the independent Hawaiokinai 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. [http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2005/Mar/11/ln/ln01p.html]
Points of interest
Campus art includes:
* "Mosaic Obelisk", mixed media sculpture by
* "Hookinaolana", 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
Also of interest:
* University of Hawaiokinai at Hilo Botanical Gardens
* "The University of Hawaiokinai-Hilo: A College in the Making" (2001) ISBN 0-8248-2495-4.
* [http://www.uhh.hawaii.edu University of Hawaiokinai at Hilo]
* [http://vulcans.uhh.hawaii.edu/ University of Hawaiokinai at Hilo Athletics]
* [http://www.olelo.hawaii.edu/dual/orgs/keelikolani/ Ka Haka okinaUla O Keokinaelikōlani, College of Hawaiian Language]
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