The following facilities are an integral part of UH Mānoa. Some are designed for the purpose of research, some for research and teaching, and others to provide services to UH Mānoa students, faculty, staff, or the surrounding community. Other units under the jurisdiction of a particular college/school are listed in the appropriate college/school section.
Assessment and Curriculum Support Center
2550 Campus Road
Crawford Hall 230 and 231
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-4283; (808) 956-6669
The Assessment and Curriculum Support Center (ACSC) supports quality student learning and promotes excellence in educational practices. The ACSC assists in planning and implementing institution-and program-level student learning outcome assessment. The ACSC provides consultation services to all academic programs on their learning assessment and curriculum. The ACSC collaborates with the campus community to establish meaningful, manageable, and sustainable assessment.
Institute for Astronomy
2680 Woodlawn Drive
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-8312
Fax: (808) 988-2790
The Institute for Astronomy (IFA) has offices and laboratories in Mānoa, on Maui, and on Hawai‘i island, and access to all the observatories on the summit of Maunakea and most of those on Haleakalā. Its faculty conducts research into galaxies, cosmology, stars, the solar system, and the sun; develops new technologies for ground-based and space-based observatories; trains new astronomers through its undergraduate and graduate programs; and educates the public through a variety of outreach projects.
UH Mānoa extends its research capacity and service to the state through cooperative agreements and relationships with various institutions, including Bernice P. Bishop Museum, East-West Center, Hawaiian Agricultural Research Center, Honolulu Academy of Arts, National Marine Fisheries Service, National Park Service, Nature Conservancy of Hawai‘i, Pacific International Center for High Technology Research, Tropical Fruit and Vegetable Research Laboratory, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, several local hospitals, and numerous state agencies.
The East-West Center is an education and research organization established by the U.S. Congress in 1960 to strengthen relations and understanding among the peoples and nations of Asia, the Pacific, and the U.S. The center contributes to a peaceful, prosperous, and just Asia Pacific community by serving as a vigorous hub for cooperative research, education, and dialogue on critical issues of common concern to the Asia Pacific region and the U.S. Funding for the center comes from the U.S. government, with additional support provided by private agencies, individuals, foundations, corporations, and the governments of the region.
Diving Safety Program (SCUBA and Compressed Gas Diving)
The UH Diving Safety Program (DSP) is vested with system-wide support and oversight authority for occupational diving activities of UH faculty, staff, students, and volunteers ensuring compliance with national standards. UH DSP is an organizational member of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) and adheres to the AAUS Standards for the Certification of Scientific Divers and Operation of Scientific Diving Programs. The governing body is the UH Diving Control Board. The Diving Safety Officer (DSO) is responsible for day-to-day execution of the program, with unit diving coordinators (UDC) at HIMB, UH Hilo, and UH Maui College.
DSP provides standard scientific diver training courses on a periodic basis for UH personnel who use compressed gas diving for research or education. Advanced training in decompression techniques, mixed gas, and closed-circuit rebreathers and various other specializations is available as needed. A diving equipment inspection program for equipment to be used under UH jurisdiction is provided on the Mānoa and Hilo campuses and at HIMB. The main office at UH Mānoa also operates the Hawai‘i Advanced Diving Facility.
Environmental Health and Safety Office (EHSO)
2040 East-West Road
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-8660
Fax: (808) 956-3205
The Environmental Health and Safety Office (EHSO) works to promote a healthy and safe campus environment through the development and administration of various health and safety programs. Please visit our website for more detailed information about the programs listed below.
Diving Safety Program–supports SCUBA and compressed gas diving operations in research and educational programs and ensures that they are conducted in a safe manner. Provides training courses and offers inspections for diving equipment to be used under UH jurisdiction. Compiles reports on UH scientific diver activity and investigates accidents and complaints related to UH diving.
Environmental Compliance Program–monitors university operations for compliance with federal and state rules and regulations related to storm water management, water and air pollution.
Hazardous Materials Management Program–manages the transportation, segregation, consolidation and storage of potentially hazardous chemicals. Manages the disposal of hazardous wastes generated by university operations in accordance with federal and state rules and regulations.
Occupational Health and Safety Program–assesses and monitors potential workplace hazards. Conducts inspections of on and off-campus facilities, laboratories, and operations for compliance with federal and state rules and regulations related to workplace safety and health. Responds to complaints and requests for hazard evaluations.
Radiation Safety Program–monitors the procurement, use, storage, and disposal of radioactive isotopes and radiation sources in accordance with the university’s Nuclear Regulatory Commission license.
Office of Faculty Development and Academic Support
1733 Donaghho Road
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-9567
Fax: (808) 956-9535
Since 1987 the Office of Faculty Development and Academic Support (OFDAS) has provided academic support in instructional and professional development activities and services for UH Mânoa faculty and academic staff. OFDAS provides leadership development workshops, seminars, and focus groups for department chairs; conducts the biannual teaching assistant (TA) training; supports faculty evaluation and professional development plans; supports departmental instructional and faculty development projects; coordinates new faculty orientations; coordinates the annual Excellence in Teaching awards and Faculty Community Service awards; assists with honors ceremonies; maintains an awards dossier library, a promotion and tenure dossier library, a place-based education library and other faculty development resources; coordinates a faculty mentoring program; and provides academic and instructional graphics support. In addition, OFDAS provides opportunities for faculty members to participate in an array of instructional and curriculum development activities to improve teaching and learning on the Mānoa campus.
OFDAS is deeply involved in the development of Mānoa classroom spaces based on the principle of agility in education–as in educational spaces–as a response to more immersive, more engaged opportunities to teach and learn. More complex than an initial design of an agile physical environment is the aligning of classroom design with agility in teaching and learning, technology, schedules, curriculum, and subsequent demands on faculty professional development. OFDAS staff have been involved in development of transformative environments such as the Sakamaki Innovation Zone, Webster 101 Collaborative Classroom, Dean 104 Culture Lab, and a number of classroom improvements in buildings across Mānoa campus, and in orienting and supporting faculty, TAs, and students in teaching and learning in such spaces. All OFDAS activities and services are available to full-time tenure track, full-time non-tenure track, adjunct, and part-time faculty.
OFDAS is presently organized into two functional units: the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE), and the Faculty Mentoring Program (FMP), which are actively engaged in providing support in the areas of teaching, assessment, and instructional technology. While each of the functional units have distinct foci, they work in collaboration within OFDAS to respond to faculty requests and needs.
Center for Teaching Excellence
1733 Donaghho Road
Honolulu, Hl 96822
Tel: (808) 956-6978
Fax: (808) 956-9535
The Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) provides programs for professional development and assessment of teaching and learning through programs, services, and publications, contributing to the development of attitudes, values, skills, and knowledge to impact the complex processes of teaching and learning. Ongoing dialogues about good teaching are maintained through seminars, workshops, individual counseling, and course assessment offerings with individuals, departments, and colleges/schools. Excellence in teaching is achieved through instructional development activities, teaching performance evaluations, intensive classroom observations, small student group instructional diagnosis, individual consultations on teaching practice and mentoring, and professional development offerings directed toward developing high impact and innovative teaching and learning theories, technologies, and pedagogies. CTE is involved in providing opportunities for faculty professional and career development by conducting New Faculty Orientations, supporting electronic Course Evaluation System (CES), supporting Department Chairs Seminar series, and for teaching assistants through TA Training and Preparing Future Faculty series.
Faculty Mentoring Program
1733 Donaghho Road
Honolulu, Hl 96822
Tel: (808) 956-9567
Fax: (808) 956-9535
The Faculty Mentoring Program (FMP) within the broader mission of OFDAS has become part of an integrated effort to retain new faculty and to provide support for faculty with tenure and seniority throughout their academic careers. Orienting mentoring towards all faculty has accomplished the engendering of a broader base of collegiality across gender and ethnicities as well as academic departments. It provides a Summer Dossier series of professional development events, a Dossier Library of successful tenure and promotion dossiers from Mānoa faculty, and a Mentor-Mentee Pairing Program, pairing individual senior mentors with junior mentees.
Office of Global Engagement
The Office of Global Engagement (OGE), in consultation with faculty, administrators, and the campus community, provides the international vision for the university. It does so by guiding relevant policies and expanding the university’s international presence and reputation through networking with communities at home and around the world. This office advocates, supports, and promotes international opportunities and activities both on campus and overseas. Led by the Assistant Vice Provost, who serves as the chief international education officer and the principal advisor to the Provost and Vice Provosts on matters pertaining to international education, OGE is comprised of the following functional units: Faculty and Scholar Immigration Services, International Student Services, Mānoa International Exchange, and the Study Abroad Center. The OGE serves as a catalyst for the university’s international engagement, facilitating and coordinating its global activities and initiatives.
Study Abroad Center
The Study Abroad Center (SAC) collaborates with various UH Mānoa academic departments to provide opportunities for students to study, and faculty members to teach and conduct research in another country. For more details, go to the Programs section in “Undergraduate Education.”
Mānoa International Exchange
UH Mānoa International Exchange (MIX) provides an opportunity for UH Mānoa students to study overseas and students from our overseas partner universities to study at Mānoa. An international exchange may be for one or two semesters; some summer exchange programs are also available. Participating students are registered as full-time UH Mānoa students while on exchange, and pay only their normal tuition. Upon completing the exchange, students receive transfer credit based on an evaluation of the transcript provided by the host university.
International Student Services
International Student Services (ISS) provides assistance to approximately 1,000 international students who come from more than 85 countries to study at UH Mānoa. ISS advises students on regulations affecting their non-immigrant visa status in the U.S., provides opportunities to help students adjust to local and U.S. cultures by working closely with the International Student Association, and serves as the office responsible for meeting international student federal compliance mandates.
Faculty and Scholar Immigration Services
Faculty and Scholar Immigration Services (FSIS) provides immigration advising and support services for international faculty, APTs, exchange visitors, sponsoring departments, and administers UH’s J-1 Exchange Visitor Program across the UH System. FSIS reviews and updates UH immigration policies and procedures and serves as liaison between UH and federal agencies on immigration matters.
National Student Exchange (NSE)
The National Student Exchange (NSE) is a not-for-profit consortium of baccalaureate-granting colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The program features a tuition reciprocity system that allows students to attend their host institution by paying either the in-state tuition/fees of their host institution or the normal tuition/fees of their home campus.
Hawai’i State Center for Nursing
2528 McCarthy Mall
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-5211
The Hawai‘i State Center for Nursing (HSCN) was established by the Hawai‘i State Legislature “to address nursing workforce issues” (Act 173) with the goal of assuring that the State of Hawai‘i has the nursing resources necessary to meet the health care needs of its people. HSCN is an active and respected champion for the nursing profession and a source of reliable information on existing and emerging trends in nursing. Through strategic thinking and collaborations, HSCN has become a recognized leader in workforce planning, nursing research, and professional practice.
The core values of HSCN focus upon excellence, accessibility, collaboration, innovation, education, and cultural diversity. The functions of the center include:
1. Collection and analysis of data; preparation and dissemination of written reports and recommendations regarding the current and future status, and trends of the nursing workforce;
2. Conducting research on best practices and quality outcomes;
3. Developing a plan for implementing strategies to recruit and retain nurses; and
4. Researching, analysis, and reporting of data related to the retention of the nursing workforce.
Industrial Relations Center
2550 McCarthy Mall
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-8132
The Industrial Relations Center (IRC) seeks to promote understanding of industrial relations and human resources development problems, techniques, and policies. Organized to facilitate UH Mānoa research and instruction in the disciplines and professions related to industrial relations, the IRC also serves labor, management, and the community as the link in a continuing dialogue, reporting on changes in the field. The center maintains a library for information services and current publications; provides reference service; conducts conferences, lectures, and group discussions; and assists in the training of students and practitioners in the field. Research studies in industrial relations problems are conducted and published by the IRC.
Information Technology Services
Information Technology Services (ITS) provides support for academic computing, research cyberinfrastructure, enterprise information systems, networking, telephony, enterprise security, teleconferencing, web hosting, and online and distance learning technologies for UH Mānoa and the UH System. ITS’ infrastructure includes central servers and services, Internet-based video and teleconferencing systems to support distance education and global collaboration, and local and statewide networks with connections to the Internet, Internet2, and other national and global research and education networks. All UH students, faculty, and staff can obtain access to the Internet and UH technology resources through their UH username; short courses and professional development activities are available for faculty and staff. The ITS Help Desk provides a single point of contact for access to ITS services and technical support.
Center for Instructional Support
1733 Donaghho Road
Honolulu, Hl 96822
Tel: (808) 956-8075
Fax: (808) 956-9535
The Center for Instructional Support (CIS) provides academic and classroom support. Services include: media equipment loan, classroom equipment installation and repair. CIS manages media and classroom upgrades and installations in the 180+ general classrooms to ensure that appropriate and desired instructional technology is easily accessible to faculty. Consultations with UH Mānoa academic units and faculty may be arranged to assist with the effective use of technology in teaching to help plan and provide the richest possible learning experiences for students. Serving as advocate for the faculty, CIS is included in the consultations for the design of all new construction and renovation of classroom facilities.
STAR GPS-Registration is a tool used throughout the UH System to help students register for courses and stay on track by directing them down a clear, transparent degree pathway. It allows students to track their progress towards graduation and check their degree requirements. STAR enables students to further explore and make better-informed decisions towards their education.
STAR Technology is a small software development department working in concert with Information Technology Services (ITS). In addition to developing the custom registration system for all 10 campuses, STAR continues to develop technology that prioritizes the student. Other STAR software includes:
Instructor Support App
Student Support Hub
Predictive Course Analytics
Hybrid 2 to 4 Pathways
Giving Tree and Student Scholarship Web Application
The Institute for Sustainability and Resilience (ISR)
The Institute for Sustainability and Resilience (ISR) at UH Mānoa aims to help Hawai‘i meet our local and global obligations to environmental sustainability, with an emphasis on promoting well-being from the lens of community resilience. ISR provides a campus-wide focus for instructional, research and outreach programs relating to sustainability and resilience in Hawai‘i, as lessons from our islands can help provide global solutions.
Interdisciplinary Studies, in collaboration with ISR, offers a BA in Sustainability. The program allows students to harness a cross-disciplinary approach to sustainability by taking classes from multiple departments across campus. Sustainability classes build understanding of the interconnectivity of human and natural systems. Students can tailor their program around six possible areas of concentration:
- Sustainable Environmental Policy
- Food, Energy, and Water (FEW) Systems;
- From Global Issues to Local Action;
- Sustainable Island Ecosystems;
- Environmental Justice, Values, and Ethics; and
- Climate Change.
ISR also offers a Certificate in Sustainability. The 15-credit certificate is intended for degree-seeking undergraduate students looking for cross-disciplinary education in sustainability that complements their major degree.
Students who understand the basis of environmental systems and sustainability solutions will be well equipped for a wide range of careers, for example, in the fields of education, natural resources management, corporate responsibility, government and policy, and sustainability planning.
Institutional Research Office
The mission of the Mānoa Institutional Research Office is to enhance institutional effectiveness by: collecting, analyzing, and reporting information for institutional strategic planning, assessment, program review, policy formulation, and decision making for both academic and administrative functions; coordinating responses to inquiries for university-related information; and serving as a comprehensive source for information about the institution.
Harold L. Lyon Arboretum
3860 Manoa Road
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 988-0456
Fax: (808) 988-0462
Harold L. Lyon Arboretum is a research unit that serves in a supporting capacity for all educational, scientific, and service activities; it is also an integral player in the research and conservation efforts of the state’s native flora. Our mission is to inspire and cultivate the conservation of tropical plant biodiversity, and connect it to Hawai‘i’s culture through education and research. It is home to a living collection of more than 19,000 individual plants representing some 8,000 taxa, featuring a vast assortment of tropical and ornamental plants, including heliconias, gingers, aroids, bromeliads, native Hawaiian plants, and one of the largest palm collections in the world. The Hawaiian Rare Plant Program (HRPP) conserves hundreds of threatened and endangered plant species in the state, and utilizes micropropagation and seed banking to house native taxa and flora of Hawai‘i; many are critically endangered (<50 surviving individuals). The Seed Conservation Laboratory has more than 26 million seeds representing ~600 taxa, and the Micropropagation Laboratory, which houses species that do not store well as seed, hosts ~30,000 plant individuals representing around 160 native taxa.
University of Hawai‘i Cancer Center
701 Ilalo Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
Tel: (808) 586-3010
Fax: (808) 586-3052
The University of Hawai‘i Cancer Center is a free-standing organized research unit of UH Mānoa focusing on cancer research. Its faculty members are comprised of scientists and clinicians from various disciplines reflecting the broad research interests of the center. The UH Cancer Center is a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer center, a prestigious designation granted only to the most eminent and successful cancer centers in the nation after a rigorous peer review. The designation comes with a Cancer Center Support Grant that provides funding for various shared resources such as Analytical Biochemistry; Biostatistics; Chemical Biology; Genomics and Bioinformatics; Metabolomics; and Nutrition Support. The UH Cancer Center also operates the Hawai‘i Tumor Registry and the Hawai‘i and Pacific Island Mammography Registry; as well as core research facilities, including Microscopy, Imaging, and Flow Cytometry; Pathology; and Body Composition.
The UH Cancer Center faculty are engaged in all aspects of cancer research, and generates over $23 million in extramural research support annually. In addition to conducting fundamental research, the UH Cancer Center also provides research opportunities for minority and underserved high school students and college undergraduates through internships, as well as MS, MD, MPH, and PhD students enrolled in academic disciplines closely aligned with the faculty’s research interests.
The UH Cancer Center’s research activities are organized into two programs: Cancer Biology (CB) and Population Sciences in the Pacific (PSP), each with specific areas of interest. PSP areas of interest are: (1) cancer epidemiology, which examines the underlying ethnic and racial differences in cancer incidence and mortality and the roles of lifestyle factors, genetics, hormones, and infectious agents in cancer causation; and (2) cancer prevention, which seeks to advance the understanding of behavioral, psychosocial, biological, social, and environmental factors associated with cancer; test interventions to reduce cancer risk, increase early detection, and improve survivorship; and disseminate research that benefits multiethnic, multicultural, and underserved populations. The CB program studies cancer mechanisms that drive cancer development, progression, and invasion and works to translate the discoveries into more effective prevention, detection, and therapeutic interventions. The CB areas of interest are: (1) natural products and cell signaling, which investigates anticancer targets and pathways of clinical and therapeutic significance; focuses on new drug discoveries and development, with the emphasis on identifying safe and effective natural product-based anticancer drugs, and taking advantage of the vast natural product resources of Hawai‘i and the Pacific region; and (2) translational and clinical research that aims to translate research discoveries into clinical applications, while providing Hawai‘i’s patients access to the most promising research opportunities and contributes Hawai‘i’s unique multiethnic population to national trials.
The Clinical Trials Office provides cancer patients in Hawai‘i access to cutting-edge research. The Early Phase Clinical Research Center, currently under construction, will provide cancer patients the option to participate in Phase I clinical trials without leaving the islands.
University of Hawai‘i Press
2840 Kolowalu Street
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-8255
Fax: 1 (800) 650-7811
Established in 1947 by the Board of Regents, University of Hawai‘i Press (UH Press) publishes books and journals of high merit with a primary focus on Asian, Pacific, Hawaiian, Asian American, and global studies. UH Press publishes approximately 70 new books and 40 new journal issues annually in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. All books carrying the “University of Hawai‘i Press” imprint undergo peer review and final acceptance of manuscripts is vested in a board made up of UH faculty members. Faculty members are encouraged to submit book proposals to the UH Press editorial department. Journal papers should be submitted to the editor-in-chief of the appropriate journal.
In addition to publishing under its own imprint, UH Press markets and distributes a range of titles on behalf of UH departments and scholarly and educational publishers in the U.S., England, Denmark, Korea, Japan, Philippines, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, and elsewhere.
University of Hawai‘i Translational Health Science Simulation Center (UH THSSC)
The UH Translational Health Science Simulation Center’s (UH THSSC) mission is to improve patient outcomes by providing effective programs which promote and enhance safe, quality healthcare through clinical competence, teamwork, trans-disciplinary collaboration, and translational research. The 8,000 square foot center integrates state-of-the-art simulation equipment, an actor supported simulated patient program, telehealth training equipment, and advanced audio-video systems to support education and research for Hawai‘i’s health care professionals.
Simulated patient care environments provide controlled instructional settings for professionals to practice clinical skills in a safe learning environment without impacting real patient outcomes. The center provides a hub for campus interprofessional education and research on Oahu and via distance technology. UH THSSC provides novice through expert nurses, nurse researchers, and members of the health care team a venue to continually advance skills and innovate new knowledge to provide safe, quality healthcare for the people of Hawai‘i.
Office of the University Scheduler
The Office of the University Scheduler certifies and publishes the Fall and Spring semester schedule of classes and final exams. We strive to be as invisible as possible to students and as responsive as possible to staff. Our mission is to make full efficient use of classroom and time resources to best serve students and faculty. Above all, we seek to make it easy for students to pursue the classes they are interested in exploring as well as those required for degree plans by minimizing how often a student cannot take a course merely due to timing. Our policies help departments utilize classrooms, avoid gateway course conflicts, and distribute their offerings so that students are able to choose their courses. Ultimately, we work to finalize schedules well in advance of registration; for students, faculty, and staff to plan their academic journey that supports their work, family, and personal goals.
The Waikīkī Aquarium is 118 years old and the second oldest aquarium in the U.S. Part of the university since 1919, it is the State Aquarium of Hawai‘i and gave rise to the Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology and the Pacific Biomedical Research Center. Focusing on South Pacific marine life, it houses over 2,500 specimens representing over 400 vertebrate and invertebrate species, including many that can be seen here and at no other aquarium worldwide. It is internationally renowned for the ecological accuracy of its award winning exhibits, and for its coral propagation and education programs: it houses probably the most diverse living coral collection of any aquarium in the northern hemisphere. Research activities include propagation of rare and endangered Hawaiian corals, Hawaiian monk seal biology, and various aquaculture and husbandry-related projects, such as giant clam and jellyfish husbandry, and production of planktonic algae, and rotifer and other microcrustacean live feeds. The exhibits feature up-close experiences at the “Edge of the Reef” outdoor exhibit, educational presentations about the Hawaiian monk seal, and other interpretive activities. An audio tour on our free WebApp provides additional information about exhibits. The aquarium also offers a diverse array of marine education programs, with classes, workshops and schools tours. The aquarium is open daily to the public from 9:00 a.m., last entry at 4:30 p.m., and closes at 5:00 p.m. Please check the website for special hours and programs.
Water Resources Research Center
2540 Dole Street
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-7848
Fax: (808) 956-5044
The University of Hawai‘i Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) is an organized research unit at UH Mānoa established in response to the federal-state partnership program created by the Water Resources Research Act in 1964. WRRC conducts and supports research on Hawai‘i’s water resources, assists and promotes instruction in water resources in several academic departments, provides training opportunities for students and scientists through research, and communicates research results to users. Researchers from the center advance interdisciplinary research broadly based in physical and biological sciences, technology, ecology, and social sciences. The research encompasses hydrology and hydraulic engineering, geology, geophysics and geochemistry, microbiology, chemistry, zoology, oceanography, sanitary engineering, public health, climatology, soil physics, agricultural engineering, forestry, and socioeconomic, environmental, and legal issues. WRRC operates microbiological and chemical/analytical laboratories, field research facilities, including the Hawai‘i Mesonet, and a biennial, competitive research program.