UH VIDEO NEWS RELEASE: Groundbreaking for new graduate student housing facility at UH Mānoa

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Posted: Oct 4, 2023

Oʻo sticks portion of groundbreaking
Oʻo sticks portion of groundbreaking

Link to architectural renderings: https://go.hawaii.edu/yDh

Link to groundbreaking video and interviews (details below): https://go.hawaii.edu/y6p

WHAT: A groundbreaking ceremony for the $170-million Residences for Graduate Students at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

WHEN: October 4, 2023 at 2:30 p.m.

WHERE: Residences for Graduate Students construction site on Dole Street between the East-West Center and the Mānoa stream, across the street from Frear Hall

WHY: The groundbreaking marks the start of construction for UH’s second public-private partnership (P3) to build new student housing facilities for graduate students and junior faculty on the UH Mānoa campus. The first P3 is the Residences for Innovative Student Entrepreneurs, also located on the UH Mānoa campus, which opened in August 2023.


  • UH Mānoa Provost Michael Bruno
  • UH Vice President for Budget and Finance and CFO Kalbert Young
  • Lt. Gov. Sylvia Luke


  • More info on UH News: New graduate student resident facility at UH Mānoa to begin construction
  • The facility will consist of two buildings, (18 stories and 12 stories) with 316 units (studios, two-, three- and four-bedroom units) and 558 beds.
  • Amenities include a childcare center, retail space, bike storage, study rooms, laundry facility, mail and package room, outdoor amenity decks and on-site management.
  • The childcare center in the facility will be operated by UH Mānoa Children’s Center, which will relocate from its current location at Castle Memorial Hall and be able to serve more keiki, from about 90 now to 130 when the facility is opened.

VIDEO BROLL: (46 seconds)

  • Oʻo sticks and maile lei portion of the groundbreaking


Michael Bruno, UH Mānoa Provost (0:09)

This project is super important to UH as a Research 1 university, because it will for the first time provide housing to our graduate students.

Kalbert Young, UH Vice President for Budget and Finance and CFO (0:11)

In less than three months, we are now embarking on our second public-private partnership model development to build housing in Hawaiʻi and at the UH Mānoa campus.

Sylvia Luke, Lt. Gov. (0:09)

This project is so exciting. It takes care of two essential needs, housing and childcare. Childcare and housing needs are one of the biggest costs drivers.