|University||University of Hawaii at Hilo|
|Conference||Pacific West Conference|
|Athletic director||Tim Moore|
|Basketball arena||UHH Gymnasium|
|Baseball stadium||UHH Baseball Field|
UHH Red UHH Black
The Hawaii–Hilo Vulcans (also UH Hilo Vulcans and UHH Vulcans) are the 12 varsity athletic teams that represent University of Hawaii at Hilo, located in Honolulu, Hawaii, in NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports. The Vulcans compete as members of the Pacific West Conference. Prior to 1994, UH Hilo belonged to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics or NAIA. The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Office of Intercollegiate Athletics has thirteen varsity teams as a member of the NCAA Division II, Pacific West Conference. UH Hilo has been a member of the PacWest Conference since 2004.
In 1965, a process was begun to adapt an individual identity for the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Previously known as the "Little Rainbows", the committee members focused on what would best represent the Island of Hawaiʻi. Active volcanoes were immediately thought of and one of the first considerations was "Pele", the Hawaiian Volcano Goddess. However, out of respect for the Hawaiian Culture, the committee elected not to commercialize the Hawaiian deity.
In 1966, the University officially adopted "Vulcan" as their nickname. The Vulcans' colors are black and red. Five main sports venues used by the Vulcans are the new UH Hilo Gymnasium, the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium, Dr. Francis Wong Stadium, UH Hilo Tennis Courts, and the UH Hilo Softball Field. The men's and women's soccer and women's basketball athletic programs were added in 2006.
Vulcan is the Roman god of Fire and Volcanoes. He was an important member of the pantheon of the Romans. The Vulcan festival, Volcanalia, is held in Italy on August 23, each year. Vulcan is the patron god of artisans and blacksmiths. He was the son of Jupiter and Juno and his home was in the heart of Mount Etna. He fashioned Jupiter's magical thunderbolts and Cupid's arrows. His forge was thought to be the source of volcanic activity.
Vulcan's Greek counterpart is Hephaestus, the God of Destructive Terrestrial Fire and Volcanic Fire. He was the divine inventor and builder of magical things. From Vulcan, we receive the term Vulcanization. This is the treatment of rubber to give it certain qualities, such as strength, elasticity, resistance to solvents, and rendering it impervious to moderate heat and cold.