The Mānoa Makeover initiative encourages and facilitates volunteer projects aimed at beautifying the historic UH Mānoa campus. At the first event held in March 2008, Chancellor Hinshaw and a group of students, faculty, and staff planted monkey pod trees along Dole Street. Subsequent Mānoa Makeover projects have included tree-plantings, painting, cleanups, and other enhancements.
Organize A Mānoa Makeover Event
Want to organize your own Mānoa Makeover event? We invite student groups, departments, and offices to join together to help make our campus shine. The Chancellor's Office will provide Mānoa Makeover t-shirts to campus groups who organize an event.
Contact Arlene Abiang, Community Relations Manager for the Chancellor's Office at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
College Opportunities Program
More than 130 freshmen with the College Opportunities Program participated in their third annual Mānoa Makeover project this summer. Similar to previous years, they tended areas surrounding to the Varsity Gate park entranceway and Lower Campus Road. Students helped maintain the area by removing weed and trash, and installed new plants to keep the area green and bright.
Society of Human Resources Management
With four members strong, students with the Society of Human Resources Management Club demonstrated how they can make a big differenced. The crew joined the Pride in Mōiliʻili group in one of their regular community clean-up projects and helped spruce up areas along University Avenue and Lower Campus by picking up trash and debris and wiping out graffiti.
About 50 members from ASUH and various registered student organizations around campus created their own Mānoa Makeover by picking up trash around the Mānoa campus. Part of the group joined the Pride in Mōiliʻili crew to pick up trash and paint out graffiti along Varsity Street and Kalo Place.
Scholarship students with the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) helped renew the courtyard in the Queen Liliʻuokalani Student Services Building on “Make a Difference Day,” October 23, 2010. The design concept and plants are also projects out of CTAHR. Students with Dr. Andy Kaufman's Landscape Installation & Maintenance class came up with the design, and the palms used in this makeover are part of a graduate studies research project conducted out of Dr. Ken Leonhardt's lab.
Stay tuned more Mānoa Makeover volunteer opportunities to help landscape the area in the future.
Honors Club & Pride of Moiliili
On Saturday, October 7, students and faculty with the Honors Program supported the Pride of Moiliili neighborhood team to help clean the curb and sidewalks, pick up litter and remove graffiti along University Avenue. Volunteers now drive through the street with pride seeing at how much their hard work has paid off.
Campus Center & American Savings Bank
Meanwhile, on the same day, the Student Life & Development department at Campus Center in partnership with American Savings Bank, held a Mānoa Makeover event at Campus Center and Hemenway Hall. About 150 students, staff and faculty volunteers helped clean, landscape and paint, giving the buildings and surrounding areas a much needed makeover, just in time for the new school year.
The Athletics Department held their annual Mānoa Makeover event on Saturday, August 14, focusing on areas around the Athletics complex. The job included power washing outside of the Stan Sheriff Center, landscaping, painting, and lots of sweeping. Nearly 100 staff, student-athletes and members of the community assisted the department with their efforts.
Earth Day 2010 Mānoa Makeover
In celebration of the Earth Day student volunteers from the Mānoa Makeover team landscaped and beautified the area near the Varsity Gate entryway leading to the Stan Sheriff Center. A small army of Rainbow Warriors planted shrubs and groundcover, and communed with the earth, before heading off to classes with only a smudge of dirt on their light-green Mānoa Makeover T-shirts.
Totally Against Graffiti (T.A.G.)
Organized by T.A.G. (Totally Against Graffiti), UH Mānoa Circle K Club and Kaimuki Interact Club, local community groups teamed up in the University, lower Kaimuki, Mōiliʻili, and McCully areas to continue their fight against graffiti by painting over graffiti and removing stickers.
Arbor Day Mānoa Makeover
To celebrate Arbor Day and to kick off the 2009 Homecoming Week festivities, UH Mānoa's Landscaping team organized two Mānoa Makeovers for students, faculty and staff to participate in. The projects were held at UH Lab School's Metcalf Lawn and the Varsity Gate entranceway. About 70 volunteers planted trees, palms, shrubs and groundcover at the two sites. Organizers hope to make the Arbor Day Makeover a yearly event.
The Mānoa Makeover Dorm Cleanup was organized by the Entrepreneurship Club where students and faculty gathered on Halloween morning to pickup trash around the dorms between Johnson Hall and Hale Aloha. The group hopes that their efforts will help others realize the difference regular cleanup projects can make to beautify the campus. View their video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5NnVDthni4 .
September & October 2009
Center on Disability Studies
The faculty and staff of the Center on Disability Studies spent two weekends painting the outside of three temporary buildings located at the College of Education. These buildings, constructed in 1967, had not been painted in more than 20 years. The team is especially proud of their vibrant-colored doors. New signs and room numbers have been added to ensure that students and members of the public can easily locate the offices. Their next Mānoa Makeover project will include adding landscaping to that area of the campus.
The Outreach College held its annual Krauss Pond clean up on Saturday, August 29 and Sunday, August 30. Led by Interim Dean Peter Tanaka, the project involved a complete clean up of the popular campus spot. About a dozen volunteers helped to drain the pond, removed debris, pressure washed the pond, and then safely returned all the fish and plants to their home.
UH Athletics held its second annual Mānoa Makeover event on Saturday, August 15. Nearly 100 faculty, staff, students and members of the public pitched in to help beautify the Makai Campus.
College Opportunities Program
As part of their community service project, 70 incoming freshmen with the College Opportunities Program continued efforts to beautify the Varsity Gate park entranceway to the Stan Sheriff Center. Students helped lay mulch around the area in preparation for more plantings in the coming months. This is the second year COP has participated in a Mānoa Makeover project.
Mortar Board & Totally Against Graffiti
On April 18, UH Mānoa staff and student members of Mortar Board took part in a community-wide clean up event organized by T.A.G (Totally Against Graffiti). The group painted out and scraped up graffiti and picked up trash along University Avenue, Varsity Gate, and in Kalo Park. They later celebrated their hard work with other T.A.G. Team participants over lunch at Prince Kuhiō School.
Environmental Law Society
On April 11, members of the Environmental Law Society participated in Honolulu's Adopt a Stream Program by clearing trash and debris along Mānoa Stream to prevent rubbish from polluting our ocean. The Environmental Law Society has participated in the Adopt a Stream Program for more than 10 years.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Every year, federal legislation challenges Americans to spend Martin Luther King, Jr. Day doing volunteer work for their communities. Volunteers from the Chancellor's Office, UH Mānoa Landscape Advisory Council, and the surrounding community spent the day beautifying the Varsity Gate area from McCully-Mōʻiliʻili to Stan Sheriff Center. This project was funded by the USDA Forest Service's Kaulunani Urban and Community Forestry Program and is set to include improved walkways and bicycle lanes in the near future.
The Music Department continues to make progress renovating the Music Building Complex. Chancellor Hinshaw, College of Arts & Humanities Interim Dean Tom Bingham, and Music Department Acting Chair Laurence Paxton toured the three-phase project in early December. With the renovation of Orvis Auditorium complete, the entire complex is now getting a new roof and a fresh coat of paint. Renovations are scheduled for completion in September 2009.
The Music Department celebrated the completion of office renovations on October 7 with Hawaiian hula and music. Music staff members repainted and redecorated their offices as the first phase of an eventual renovation of the entire Music Building Complex, including Orvis Auditorium.
On September 20, more than 50 students with the UH Mānoa Honors Program planted a new Native Hawaiian garden on the backside of the Biomedical Sciences building. The garden will eventually be part of a storm water remediation project, a future project of the Mānoa Makeover initiative.
On Saturday, August 23, more than 100 staff, coaches, student-athletes, administrators, friends, and families joined Chancellor Hinshaw in the Athletics Department's inaugural Mānoa Makeover event. The Makeover included plenty of sweeping, raking, and picking up leaves, garbage, and other debris. Volunteers also painted curbs along Lower Campus Road and several areas inside Les Murakami Stadium.
Housing & Parking
Student Housing and Parking Office staff, students, and other volunteers joined forces in mid-August to enhance safety and spruce up our roads by repainting speed bumps and curbs around campus.
College Opportunities Program
Sixty-six incoming freshmen helped beautify the campus by planting flowers and mulching in areas around Hawaiʻi Hall. The newly-admitted students are members of the College Opportunity Program, which offers summer and first-year residential college experiences for under-represented minority, disadvantaged, and nontraditional students.
Outreach College staff and students participated in a two-day event to clean and renovate the Krauss Hall courtyard water garden. The garden was originally designed by Richard C. Tongg and Lorraine Kuck in 1948 and restored in 1996 by Betsy Sakata.
Chancellor Hinshaw and a group of students, faculty, and staff kicked off the Mānoa Makeover initiative by planting monkey pod trees along Dole Street. UH Mānoa is home to over 100 monkey pod trees or ʻohai (Samanea saman) whose wide, green canopies offer shady spots to relax around campus.