Vision, Mission & Core Values

Our Vision

The Honors Program at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa is at the forefront of the university’s pursuit of academic excellence, transformative education, and civic engagement, helping undergraduates craft meaningful college learning experiences that connect to their local and global communities and draw on the unique resources and cultures of Hawai‘i, Asia and the Pacific.

Our Mission

The mission of the Honors Program is to provide a supportive, enriching and challenging environment for students who are among the most motivated and talented at the University. Our program creates a community of scholars who value intellectual curiosity, risks, and challenges; who seek deep knowledge and rigorous inquiry in their own disciplines as well as understand the interdependence of different branches of knowledge; and value the philosophy and habits of life-long learning, intellectual curiosity, continuous growth and reflection. We encourage our students to be engaged in their communities, and be active in civic participation and stewardship with attention to local and regional issues and problems.

The Honors Program offers a thoughtful and engaging curriculum and pedagogy emphasizing experiential learning, research and creative work, and active mentorship of independent student projects. The program offers individualized academic advising and small classes dedicated to Honors students, and fosters an Honors experience and community that enrich our students’ scholarly endeavors.

Our core values:

  • Interdisciplinary learning
  • Critical thinking
  • Communication
  • Integrative Scholarship
  • Engagement