Research Units

Cancer Center

The University of Hawai’i Cancer Center conducts research on the causes, prevention, and treatment of cancer across a broad array of disciplines. Research areas of focus include epidemiology, molecular carcinogenesis, prevention methods, quality of life in cancer survivors, new therapeutic approaches to cancer treatment, and community-based interventions to promote cancer preventive lifestyles in the state’s multi-ethnic population. Research Programs: Cancer …

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Institute for Astronomy

Pan-STARRS1 near the summit of Haleakalā, Maui at dawn.

The Institute for Astronomy (IfA) was founded at the University of Hawai‘i in 1967 to manage the Haleakalā Observatories on Maui and the Mauna Kea Observatories on the Big Island, and to carry out its own program of fundamental research into the stars, planets, and galaxies that make up our Universe.  IfA has a total staff of over 300, including …

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Harold L. Lyon Arboretum

The Lyon Arboretum and Botanical Garden is the only University botanical garden located in a tropical rainforest in the United States. It is also the only easily accessible tropical rainforest on the island of O’ahu. It consists of almost 200 acres at the top of the Manoa watershed with a set of small cottages and greenhouses used for research and …

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School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST)

SOEST is one of the nation’s premier academic institutions for ocean- and earth- related research, which is administered through Board of Regents-approved research Institutes, Centers, Laboratories, and Programs, and through the academic departments. SOEST faculty and staff conduct research in a broad disciplinary range, often transcending the boundaries between units and between fields of study. SOEST is an international leader …

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Waikiki Aquarium

Since its founding in 1904 and becoming the first marine field station in Hawaiʻi in 1912, the Waikiki Aquarium has been fostering awareness and promoting stewardship of the aquatic life of Hawaiʻi and the tropical Pacific through research and conservation. The 106-year-old University of Hawaii facility boasts several ongoing research projects that have been designed to restore, protect and manage …

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Water Resources Research Center

The Water Resources Research Center concentrates on addressing the unique water and wastewater management problems facing people in the Pacific. It serves the State of Hawai‘i as well as other Pacific islands and elsewhere by researching water-related issues distinctive to these areas. The main focuses of the center are to coordinate and conduct research to identify, characterize and quantify water-related …

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