University of Hawaii at Hilo
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|University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo|
Seal of the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo
|Motto||Pulelo haʻaheo ke ahi a nā lehua aʻo Hilo
|Motto in English||The flame of Hilo's lehua blossoms leaps triumphantly with pride|
|Established||1941 (as Hawaiʻi College)
1947 (as UH Hilo)
1970 (as a four-year institution)
State university system
|Chancellor||Donald O. Straney, Ph.D.
(since July 2010)
Average class size of 22
|Students||3,974 (Fall 2009)|
|Location||Hilo, Hawaii, USA
|Campus||755 acres (3.1 km2) total
Urban and Rural areas
115 acres (0.47 km2) - Main Campus
33 acres (0.1 km2) - University Village (under development)
10 acres (0.04 km2) - Pacific Aquaculture and Coastal Resource Center
110 acres (0.45 km2) - Panaʻewa Farm
163 acres (0.66 km2) - UH Hilo Science and Technology Park (Makai)
324 acres (1.3 km2) - UH Hilo Science and Technology Park (Mauka)
|Athletics||NCAA Division II – PacWest|
|Sports||13 varsity teams|
The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, UHH, or UH Hilo is one of the ten branches of the University of Hawaiʻi system anchored by the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, United States. The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo is a public and co-educational university with the main campus located at 200 West Kawili Street, Hilo, the county seat for Hawaiʻi County.
The University is composed of six colleges, and has received recognition for numerous academic programs including the marine biology, volcanology, astronomy, Hawaiian language, pharmacy, agriculture, computer science, and nursing programs.
Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani, College of Hawaiian Language is the only school in the United States to offer graduate degrees for study in an indigenous language.
UH Hilo ranks in the top 10 for having both the most ethnic diversity and the lowest percentage of students with debt at graduation, according to U.S. News & World Report.
- 1 Enrollment & Accreditation
- 2 History & Timeline
- 3 Location and environment
- 4 UH Hilo Colleges
- 5 College of Business and Economics
- 6 Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani, College of Hawaiian Language
- 7 Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy
- 8 College of Continuing Education and Community Service
- 9 On-Campus Housing
- 10 Research at UH Hilo
- 11 Athletics
- 12 Chancellors
- 13 "Hawaiʻi State University?"
- 14 Points of interest at UH Hilo
- 15 Notable alumni
- 16 See also
- 17 References
- 18 External links
Enrollment & Accreditation
The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo primarily serves residents of Hawaiʻi but also enjoys a diverse student body from many Pacific Island and Asian locations, as well as from around the United States. The diversity comes from a blend of local, U.S. continental, and international students from over 40 countries, making UH Hilo a unique global village community.
In 1986, UH Hilo enrolled 1,600 students. Since 1998, UH Hilo has steadily increased enrollment every year. The Fall 2009 headcount of 3,974 is the highest enrollment in the history of the campus and a 150% increase since 1986.
As of Spring 2010, UH Hilo offers 36 undergraduate, 6 graduate, and 2 doctoral degree programs. The school was first accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges in 1976 and accreditation is currently reaffirmed through 2014.
Students may transfer credits to other American or foreign universities on the same basis as course credits are transferred by other accredited American universities. Documents relating to the accreditation of the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo are available to the public at the Edwin H. Mookini Library and on the UH Hilo website.
History & Timeline
- 1941 - The school was originally founded as the Hawaiʻi Vocational College (Hawaiʻi College).
- 1947 - The Hilo Program begins as an extension division of UH Mānoa known locally as Hilo College.
- 1949 - The Hilo Program is renamed the University of Hawaiʻi-Hilo Center.
- 1951 - The Center is renamed the University of Hawaiʻi - Hilo Branch with an enrollment of 100 students, however it is still known locally as the Hilo College until officially being named as such in 1970.
- 1955 - A new permanent campus at Lanikaula Street with 155 students is opened.
- 1970 - Enrollment tops 1,000 with several dozen professors.
- 1970 - The four-year UH Hilo of today is established into its present unit by an act of the Hawaiʻi State Legislature officially renaming Hilo Branch to Hilo College making it a part of the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo.
- 1970 - Hilo Vocational School is renamed Hawaiʻi Community College and becomes part of the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo until 1990.
- 1971 - The Center of Continuing Education and Community Service is founded, which will later transform into the College of Continuing Education and Community Service in 1991.
- 1975 - The College of Agriculture is founded with the name changing in 1998 to the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management.
- 1976 - The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo receives full accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
- 1979 - The College of Arts and Sciences is established (formerly Hilo College).
- 1980 - A new Athletics Complex opens on the campus.
- 1982 - The Edwin H. Mookini Library & Media Center and the Edith Kanakaʻole Hall classroom/faculty office building are opened.
- 1987 - Construction begins on a 250-bed dormitory and a dining hall complex.
- 1991 - UH Hilo and Hawaiʻi Community College are to be administratively separated into two institutions, although facilities and services will continue to be shared.
- 1998 - The College of Hawaiian Language is opened and named Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani.
- 2001 - The $3 million Marine Science Building opens. The first major classroom building on campus in 20 years, it provides classrooms, labs and offices for the growing Marine Science program.
- 2003 - The $19 million three-story University Classroom Building opens and quickly becomes the signature building of UH Hilo, with lecture halls, classrooms, labs and offices.
- 2003 - The School of Business becomes the College of Business and Economics.
- 2004 - The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) reaffirms UH Hilo's accreditation through 2014.
- 2006 - The College of Pharmacy is founded, with the first class entering in Fall of 2007.
- 2006 - The ʻImiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaiʻi, using mostly federal grants and grants from NASA, is completed for $28 million.
- 2007 - UH Hilo celebrated its 60th anniversary.
- 2013 - The Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy is named after the late U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye.
University Park of Science and Technology
During the 1990s, UH Hilo's University Park of Science and Technology opened on campus under UH Hilo management. The first tenants, Joint Astronomy Centre, were several base facilities for international observatories with telescopes on Mauna Kea. Shortly thereafter, the Smithsonian Submillimeter Array base facilities, the U.S.D.A. Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry complex, and the U.S.D.A. Pacific Basin Agricultural Research Center opened. In 2006, UH Hilo opens its ʻImiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaiʻi. By 2007, total investment of tenants at University Park is $800 million with the creation of over 400 jobs. In 2009, the first temporary buildings were placed on what is to become the permanent location of the new Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy.
Location and environment
The University is located in the town of Hilo, on the east side of Hawaiʻi Island, about 200 nautical miles (400 km) from Honolulu. The town of Hilo offers a diverse, low-density population of about 45,000. Within ten minutes of the main campus are shopping malls, theaters, and restaurants, as well as a major harbor and the Hilo International Airport.
Hilo is set against Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, two of the five volcanoes which form Hawaiʻi Island, and the Pacific Ocean. With over 4,028 square miles (10,400 km2) of varying geography, there are more distinctive climate zones and ecosystem types on Hawaiʻi Island than anywhere else in the State of Hawaiʻi. The island of Hawaiʻi offers snow-capped mountains, deserts, dormant and active volcanoes, lava flows, thick rainforests, numerous rivers, waterfalls, green pastures, and coastal reefs which drop off into deep ocean. The University designs many of its programs for hands-on learning in the living laboratory surrounding the school.
Tropical foliage and numerous botanical gardens are located throughout the Hilo area, in addition to those on campus. Trade winds bring abundant rains, occasionally heavy, with most of the precipitation tending to fall at night. Daytime temperatures average near 80 °F (26.6 °C) with night time temperatures seldom falling below 65 °F (18.3 °C). Due to regular rainfall, there are numerous covered walkways located between most of the buildings throughout UH Hilo's main campus.
The economy of Hawaiʻi Island is still in transition following the demise of the sugar industry in the 1990s. Agriculture is diversifying; tourism is growing to include eco-tourism and edu-tourism; and astronomy facilities continue to develop an ever-larger scholarly and technical community to support the world renowned observatories atop Mauna Kea.
UH Hilo Colleges
College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resource Management
The College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resource Management or CAFNRM opened in 1975, with an objective to prepare students for a broad and full understanding of basic factors involved in production, management, processing, distribution, marketing, sales, and services in the field of agricultural sciences.
The CAFNRM offers the Bachelor of Science degree (B.S.) in seven areas of specialization or majors:
- Agroecology and Environmental Quality
- Animal Science (which includes a production option and a pre-veterinary option)
- Crop Protection
- General Agriculture
- Tropical Horticulture
The CAFNRM also offers academic subject certificates for baccalaureate degree seeking students and non-degree seeking students in:
In order to prepare students for immediate careers in agriculture, as well as further graduate study, the program blends classroom instruction with practical, technology-based education through the use of the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Agricultural Farm Laboratory. On 110 acres (0.45 km2) in Panaʻewa, 5 miles (8 km) south of the main campus, students can experience putting theory into practice with hands-on learning in various enterprises such as anthuriums, ornamental foliage, hydroponics, floriculture plants, orchids, forestry, vegetables, sustainable agriculture, livestock production, equine science, beekeeping, tropical fruit, and aquaculture.
On the main Hilo campus, the CAFRNRM offers facilities for students in agricultural science. The agriculture building provides classroom and laboratories for courses in horticulture, animal science, entomology, plant pathology, tissue culture, soil science, agronomy, aquaculture, crop production, and agribusiness. Students can also utilize the laboratories and greenhouses on campus for special projects in directed research courses. A microcomputer laboratory is also available for student usage.
College of Arts & Sciences
The College of Arts and Sciences or CAS offers twenty-five Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degrees, five Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees, and eleven specialized undergraduate certificate programs. The College also offers four Master degree programs in:
In addition, the CAS offers a teacher education program which has been approved for certain academic majors. Those students who satisfactorily complete a prescribed sequence of courses in education, along with an approved academic major, qualify for the Initial Basic Teaching Certificate issued by the Hawaiʻi State Department of Education. A professional certification program is also offered.
The Departments of Geology and Astronomy jointly offer a Minor in Earth and Space Science.
Communication majors with a 3.25 GPA in their major and overall 3.0 GPA are eligible for induction in the Mu Pi chapter of the National Communication Association Honor Society, Lambda Pi Eta at UH Hilo.
Certain outstanding Political Science majors will be invited by the Political Science faculty to write a senior thesis, a research effort that will be assigned and guided by an individual faculty member. In addition, exceptional students may be invited to become members of the Iota Iota chapter of the National Political Science Honor Society, Pi Sigma Alpha at UH Hilo.
Classes in the CAS frequently conduct field studies at various sites on Hawaiʻi Island. Archaeology students participate in investigating ancient Hawaiian sites and artifacts. Geology, biology, and geography students explore the island's volcanoes, marine environment and varied ecosystems. Numerous social science courses make use of the wide ethnic heritages represented on the island of Hawaiʻi.
Many courses have a strong international accent. Both Eastern and Western traditions are studied in philosophy, religion, and history courses. Languages instructed at the College include French, Hawaiian, Japanese, Chinese (Mandarin), and Spanish.
Students in the CAS have considerable liberty to design, in cooperation with their professors, individualized courses of instruction. Furthermore, the Liberal Studies program allows students to design their own majors by combining subjects of study which are demonstrably pertinent to their personal, educational, developmental or career objectives.
The College of Arts and Sciences offers degrees in the following academic majors:
Master of Science in Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science
The Master of Science Program in Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science or TCBES is a well established program involving 30 faculty and 41 affiliated faculty, mentoring 50 graduate students. The participating faculty reside in the Departments of Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Geology, and Marine Science of the College of Arts and Sciences, and the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management.
A unique multidisciplinary and multicollege program, TCBES encourages and facilitates sustained collaboration across the research areas of ecological and evolutionary genetics; ecosystems analyses and responses to environmental change; cyberinfrastructure for environmental research; and geospatial analyses. Faculty and students are involved with projects in environments which include marine coastal habitats, tropical rain forests, mesic and dry forests and shrublands, and rivers. A central component of the TCBES Program involves research collaborations between faculty/students and Federal/State agencies on the Island of Hawaiʻi. These agencies provide stipends and/or research funds for several TCBES students.
College of Business and Economics
The College of Business and Economics or CoBE gained collegiate status in 2004 and earned initial accreditation in 2005, offering a single general business major in the BBA program. A second major in accounting was added in 2008. The College of Business and Economics or CoBE, is one of only two schools of business in Hawaiʻi to be accredited by the AACSB International — the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
CoBE class sizes are capped at 40 students in the lower division courses and in the upper division core courses. Elective courses in the upper division are capped at 25 students.
The College of Business and Economics offers the following Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degree majors:
- Business Administration (B.B.A.)
- Accounting (B.B.A.)
CoBE also offers a Minor in Business Administration for non B.B.A. degrees.
The College of Business and Economics offers the following Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree:
- Economics (B.A.)
Economics majors have two possible tracks, either in international or traditional economics.
CoBE also offers a Minor in Economics.
The College of Business and Economics offers three certificate programs of study in:
- Business Administration
- International Studies
Special Aspects of Program
The College of Business and Economics sponsors the Lambda Psi chapter of the International Fraternity of Delta Sigma Pi, which is a professional fraternity organized to foster the study of business in universities; to encourage scholarship, social activity, and the association of students for their mutual advancement by research and practice; to promote closer affiliation between the commercial world and students of commerce; and to further a higher standard of commercial ethics and culture and the civic and commercial welfare of the community.
Additionally, the College sponsors the Accounting Club, which serves to provide a professional development and community outreach forum for students with interest in accounting as a professional career. Members gain the opportunity to meet and interact with members of the accounting profession from the State and local areas, and to gain first-hand exposure to career possibilities in the area.
Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani, College of Hawaiian Language
Established in 1997, Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani, College of Hawaiian Language, was named in honor of Ruth Keʻelikōlani Keanolani Kanāhoahoa, the 19th century high chiefess known for her strong advocacy of Hawaiian language and culture.
Two of its graduate programs, the Master of Arts (M.A.) in Hawaiian Language and Literature and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Hawaiian and Indigenous Language and Cultural Revitalization, are distinguished for being the first graduate programs in the United States to focus on an indigenous language as the major course of study.
The Academic Division of Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani emphasizes language acquisition, linguistics, traditional culture and education in a Hawaiian medium environment. The Hawaiian Studies Division currently oversees:
Undergraduate Hawaiian Studies Programs
Undergraduate Linguistic Programs
Graduate and Postgraduate Linguistic Programs
- The Kahuawaiola Indigenous Teacher Education Program
- The M.A. in Indigenous Language and Culture Education
- The M.A. in Hawaiian Language and Literature
- The Ph.D. in Indigenous Language and Culture Revitalization
The Hale Kuamoʻo is the Hawaiian Language Center within Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikolani, College of Hawaiian Language of the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. Established by the Hawaiʻi State Legislature in 1989, the center supports and encourages the expansion of the Hawaiian language as the medium of communication in education, business, government and other contexts of social life in the public and private sectors of Hawaiʻi and beyond.
Hawaiian Medium Laboratory Schools
Legislation establishing Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language provides for laboratory school programs to include Ke Kula ʻO Nāwahīokalaniʻōpuʻu (on Hawaiʻi Island), Ke Kula ʻO Samuel M. Kamakau (on Oʻahu), Ke Kula Niʻihau O Kekaha (on Kauaʻi), and other sites as appropriate. All laboratory programs reflect Ke Kumu Honua Mauli Ola Hawaiʻi, the Hawaiian educational philosophy which asserts Hawaiian cultural identity as the basis of education and participation in contemporary life. Hawaiian is the medium of instruction and communication among students, staff, and administration at the laboratory schools, which focus on college preparation, environmental and health studies, sustainable agriculture, and teacher training. Extension of the laboratory school program to other sites is facilitated by a consortium between the College and the ʻAha Pūnana Leo.
Outreach currently includes work with the Hawaiian community both locally and abroad, as well as with other native peoples, especially those of North America and the Pacific. Hale Kuamoʻo is also the Secretariat for the Polynesian Languages Forum which unites the developing indigenous languages of 13 Polynesian governments.
Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy
The Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy or DKICP opened its doors for to an inaugural class of 90 students in August 2007. The four-year graduate curriculum leads to a Doctor of Pharmacy degree, also called a Pharm.D. degree. In addition to the PharmD program, three new degree programs have been launched since the creation of the College: the Bachelor of Arts in Pharmacy Studies, the Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychopharmacology, and the PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences. Planning is currently underway to launch a new program leading to the Doctorate in Physical Therapy. A residency program for pharmacy graduates has been established and the College is accredited to offer continuing education for pharmacists and physicians.
The founding Dean of the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy, Dr. John M. Pezzuto, Ph.D., is an author of over 400 publications, co-inventor of several patents, the editor of three books, member of eleven editorial boards of international journals, and the current Editor-in-Chief of the academic journal Pharmaceutical Biology.
The College is organized into five offices and departments: Office of the Dean which is responsible for the overall administration of The Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy. In addition to the Dean, Director of Community Partnerships, Director of Continuing/Distance Education, and the Director of Pharmacy Innovation, the office includes support staff for fiscal services, human resources, library resources, and public relations; Office of Academic Affairs is responsible for overseeing all aspects of academic affairs of the DKICP including but not limited to all aspects of accreditation and assessment activities; Office of Student Services (OSS) who is responsible for developing and administering student service programs for all Student Pharmacists. With six student organizations, and new ones in the planning stages, the OSS has an array of opportunities for co-curricular learning and involvement. In addition, the OSS also oversees the admissions process, provides academic advising, registration support, and additional student services; Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, a multidisciplinary department that provides in depth education in several scientific areas of direct relevance to the profession, e.g., pharmaceutics, medicinal chemistry, natural products/pharmacognosy, and physiology/pharmacology; Department of Pharmacy Practice consists of faculty who provide education and mentorship in the administrative and clinical pharmacy sciences, as well as introductory and advanced pharmacy practice experiences; Office of Research Affairs oversees the research enterprise of DKICP with the goal of enabling every researcher at the College to actively pursue their research interests.
The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredits all pharmacy programs in the U.S. through a three-step process: Pre-Candidate status for programs that haven’t enrolled students; Candidate Status, awarded to a program with students enrolled pending graduating its first class; and Full Accreditation.
The DKICP achieved the first step in the Pharmacy School Accreditation Process from the ACPE when it was granted Pre-Candidate Status in June 2007. Candidate Accreditation Status was bestowed during the June 2008 ACPE Executive Board Meeting. The DKICP became the first school in the State of Hawaiʻi recognized by the ACPE to offer the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree when it graduated its first class in 2011. Dean John Pezzuto recognizes our graduates will address a nationwide shortage of pharmacists.
ACPE also accredited DCKIP as a provider of continuing pharmacy education (CPE) credits in July 2009. The accreditation by the ACPE was granted after the DKICP was approved to offer continuing medical education (CME) by the Hawaiʻi Medical Association in May the same year. These programs sponsored by the DKICP cover the same broad range of topics in medicine and patient care, according to Dr. Karen Pellegrin, Chair of the Continuing Education Executive Committee and Director of Strategic Planning for the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy.
Thanks to a $1 million gift from the J.M. Long Foundation, four modular buildings with two lecture auditoriums, laboratories, offices, a student center, and lanai (patio) space make up the Joseph M. Long Pavilion on the main UH Hilo campus. Then Hawaiʻi Governor Linda Lingle released $5.5 million for planning and design of a permanent building for the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy in October 2009. The state legislature approved the funding the same year.
During the 2013 and 2014 the DKICP lobbied for legislative appropriations for the construction of the permanent building. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEFtSrc_bBc&feature=youtu.be
B.A. in Pharmacy Studies
Students earning the Bachelor of Arts in Pharmacy Studies (BAPS) degree attain broad and thorough knowledge in the liberal arts and basic sciences, as well as specialized education in the field of pharmacy, both academic and experiential in nature. The BAPS degree also acknowledges the achievement of students who complete a minimum of four years of college education, including rigorous course work in the basic and pharmacy sciences, on their path to the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree. http://pharmacy.uhh.hawaii.edu/academics/baps/
M.S. in Clinical Psychopharmacology
The University of Hawai’i at Hilo is the first in the nation to offer a Master of Science in Clinical Psychopharmacology (MSCP) degree solely within a College of Pharmacy after an August 25, 2011 vote by the University of Hawai’i Board of Regents. Typically offered by schools of psychology, the degree gives clinical psychologists in the military, as well as in Guam and two states (New Mexico and Louisiana), the authority to write prescriptions once they pass a national board exam. The program is currently offered to students at the Tripler Army Medical Center on Oahu.
The MSCP is a two-year educational and experiential program through which students pursue the Master of Science degree. UH Hilo’s CoP MSCP program prepares the student for professional advancement to become a clinical psychopharmacologist. During the two years at UH Hilo-DKICoP, students will complete a total of 33 semester hours of credit (all required).
Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences Program
The Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences program, inaugurated in 2011, provides doctoral training in areas including Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmacology, Pharmaceutics, and Pharmacognosy (http://pharmacy.uhh.hawaii.edu/academics/graduate/). It is aimed at students and/or those currently working in the field with B.S., M.S., or Pharm.D. degrees. Current research areas include, but are not limited to, cancer biology and treatment, natural products discovery and development, drug formulation and delivery, and development of anti-parasitic and anti-microbial agents.
The curriculum, rooted in basic, biomedical, and pharmaceutical sciences, is designed for students to acquire knowledge of the scientific underpinnings of pharmacy practice. This degree is designed to lead to licensure as a professional pharmacist.
The curriculum, rooted in basic, biomedical, and pharmaceutical sciences, is designed for students to acquire knowledge of the scientific underpinnings of pharmacy practice. The social, behavioral and administrative sciences that inform pharmaceutical care are integrated throughout the curriculum. Pharmacy practice arenas of therapeutics, drug information, pharmaceutical care, and experiential education permeate each year through Pharmacy Practice Experiences (PPE). PPE capitalizes on community outreach and service learning that taps into Hawaii’s cultural values and diverse biosphere inclusive of its Native Hawaiian Health systems and community practices that embody cultural healing and alternative therapeutics. The wide range of medical specialties available among different healthcare institutions throughout the United States and U.S. Territories such as Guam, American Samoa and Puerto Rico provide clinical sites to fulfill ACPE requirements. UH Hilo - DKICP embraces the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) five core competencies for the health science disciplines as key components of the curriculum. These include patient safety, patient centered care, team relationships, technologically informed practices and inter-professional education (IPE), which are also endorsed by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP). http://pharmacy.uhh.hawaii.edu/academics/pharmd/
The DKICP utilizes experiential program to supplement didactic instruction. The primary objective of the Pharmacy Practice Experiences (PPE) is for the student to learn through experience. Students must actively participate in pharmacy practice and seek guidance from their preceptor, other pharmacy staff/health care professionals, their DKICP Advisor or the course coordinator. http://pharmacy.uhh.hawaii.edu/academics/ppe/curriculum.php
The Experiential Program includes rotations at over 135 medical facilities across the state of Hawai'i and almost four hundred in the U.S., Pacific Basin, and Asia. Utilizing a combination of faculty, preceptors, and affiliations students have the option of six-week rotations in clinical and retail settings. http://pharmacy.uhh.hawaii.edu/academics/ppe/curriculum.php
FNP/Pharm.D. and Possible Future Programs
The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo is planning to be the first school in the country to offer a dual degree with a Family Nurse Practitioner Specialty and Doctorate in Pharmacy (FNP/Pharm.D.), thanks to a congressionally directed $951,000 grant from the Department of Education.
The new program has been created and jointly offered by the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy and from the College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Nursing. This program is expected to begin in fall 2010 and will require a six-and-a-half-year commitment from the student, said Dr. Edward Fisher, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy.
DKICP Dean John Pezzuto said the FNP/Pharm.D. degree would broaden the scope of practice of pharmacists through education and training in the diagnosis and hands-on management of common acute and chronic medical conditions. Additionally, a FNP/Pharm.D. dual degree would provide nurse practitioners detailed skills relating to medications and potential food and drug interactions.
With aid from the Department of Education grant, the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy also plans to:
- Create a general practice pharmacy residency program, as well as a drug information and medication therapy management center and distance learning program
- Develop a clinical pharmacist training model for rural and underserved areas in Hawaiʻi. A secondary benefit will be the production of a pharmacist workforce database that will assist in identifying areas in the state where pharmacy and pharmacist needs are not being met
- Enhance training of pharmacy students through the use of new technologies, such as virtual laboratories
- Begin the planning phase for a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program
Hawaiʻi County Beacon Community Consortium
A consortium led by the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy to use health information technology to provide better health care to Big Island residents has been awarded $16,091,390. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius announced the award at a May 4, 2010 press conference in Washington D.C.
The UH Hilo Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy is the lead applicant organization for the grant from the Hawaiʻi County Beacon Community Consortium, a group of educators, health care providers, insurers and other community members. The group was formed to strengthen and use health information technology to continuously improve healthcare quality, cost-efficiency, and population health in Hawaiʻi County.
Hawaiʻi County is one of the 15 communities across the nation chosen to serve as pilot communities to develop wide-scale use of electronic medical records through the Beacon Communities program. The funds were awarded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
In 2012 the three-year project called Pharm2Pharm was established with a $14.3 million award from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation within the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Coordinated through DKICPʻs Center for Rural Health Science the pharmacist-care system is designed to save more than $27.1 million in health care costs in Hawaiʻi. Pharm2Pharm is designed to reduce medication-related hospitalizations and Emergency Room visits by establishing teamwork between hospital and community pharmacists. It will affect all three rural counties in the state of Hawaiʻi – Hawaiʻi Island, Maui and Kaua`i – where, according to Hawaiʻi Health Information Corporation, there were more than 15,000 medication-related Emergency Room visits and more than 700 medication-related hospitalizations among elderly in 2010. http://hilo.hawaii.edu/news/press/release/1196
College of Continuing Education and Community Service
The College of Continuing Education and Community Service or CCECS is the arm of the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo responsible for a number of important endeavors, including:
- UH Hilo Summer Session
- English Language Institute
- Distance Learning
- North Hawaiʻi Education and Research Center
- Non-credit personal development courses and programs
- Fitness for Life program
- Hawaiʻi Island Senior Institute
- Select summer travel study and international programs
- Cultural exhibits and performances
Summer Session and English Language Institute
Summer courses, which include the marine science programs, non-credit courses, travel study programs, senior programs, special events, community service events and the newly launched English Language Institute (ELI) are all under the umbrella of the CCECS. Using resources from within the community as well as bringing in knowledgeable professionals who can enhance instructional experiences for the better of the students is the goal of CCECS.
Students come from over 40 countries and territories to take classes at UH Hilo. The campus has the highest percentage of international students of any of the ten campuses in the UH system. The ELI’s primary purpose is to provide English instruction to international and immigrant students whose native language is not English and to prepare them for university study.
The ELI offers rigorous academic preparation courses for students who would like to study in a degree program at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. ELI courses carry administrative credit, but do not count towards graduation from UH Hilo.
Distance Learning and the North Hawaiʻi Education and Research Center
Distance learning, or e-Learning, provides students across the Big Island and the state of Hawaii with the opportunity to take classes offered by the University of Hawaii at Hilo. Distance learning online classes can be delivered anytime and anywhere. Distance Learning includes e-Learning courses and programs offered through the UH system. The UH Hilo Distance Learning Coordinator provides referrals to statewide e-Learning as a member of the UH system. UH Hilo also offers outreach through face-to-face credit and non-credit classes off the main campus at the North Hawaii Education and Research Center (NHERC) located in Honokaʻa, 40 miles (60 km) from the main campus.
Besides face-to-face classes for local residents, NHERC offers UH Hilo courses through video conferencing, has a computer lab, and provides community service events. High school students are eligible to take UH Hilo courses at NHERC through the "Running Start" program. NHERC has a computer lab available for use by students enrolled at any UH campus and for community member use.
Distance Learning Programs
- Post Baccalaureate Secondary Teacher Education Program for Success (DL-STEPS)
- Kahuawaiola-Indigenous Teacher Education Program (Certificate only)
- Master of Arts (M.A.) in Indigenous Language & Culture Education
- Registered Nursing (RN) to Bachelors of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)
- Associate of Arts (AA) to Bachelors of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology
SeniorNet is an international volunteer organization dedicated to teaching computer skills to people over 50 years of age. Classes are small, only 10 students per class, with seniors being taught by seniors at the Hilo Learning Center. The center is located on the campus of the Hawaiʻi Community College.
There are four co-educational residence halls on the UH Hilo campus. All on-campus housing applicants must be accepted into a classified program of study before being eligible for housing placement. All other furnishings, including linens, must be supplied by the residents. All halls have recreation lounges, a television room, and laundry facilities. All halls follow the University policy on smoking: smoking is NOT allowed inside any room or within the walkways of residence halls. All residential halls are substance-free halls. Illegal substances or drugs of any kind are NOT permitted on University of Hawaiʻi property.
Married students may reside in student housing provided that at least one spouse per married couple is a full-time student who qualifies under the geographical area provisions of the Board’s applicable priority system, the other spouse being a full-time or part-time student.
Housing for all ages
Two traditional style residence halls
- Hale Kanilehua
- Hale Kauanoe
A suite style residence hall
- Hale Kehau
Hale Kehau is a 236-bed, suite-style coed hall. Each two rooms share a connecting bathroom. All rooms are fully carpeted. Six units in Hale Kehau are designed to meet the needs of students with disabilities. Rooms in these halls are furnished with twin-size extra long beds (except for Hale Kauanoe which has standard size twin beds), chest of drawers, chairs, desks and window coverings. The majority of rooms in these residential halls are designed for two students (double accommodations). Residents in these halls and suites are required to participate in one of a variety of on-campus meal plan options. The three halls listed above (Hale Kanilehua, Hale Kauanoe, and Hale Kehau) are alcohol-free. Consumption of alcohol is NOT permitted anywhere in these halls.
Housing for 21 & older
An apartment style residence hall
- Hale ʻIkena
Hale ʻIkena, an apartment-style facility, provides accommodations for 196 students. Students applying to Hale ʻIkena must be at least 21 years of age or have completed 24 college credits. The majority of apartments in this facility are two-bedroom units with accommodations for four students in each unit. There are also a limited number of one-bedroom apartment units which accommodate two students per unit. All apartment units are fully furnished with private bathroom, living room, and kitchen.
Research at UH Hilo
The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo supports scholarly research activities by faculty, students and staff. The university has steadily increased its extramural grant activity, while also establishing an intramural grant program to foster faculty and staff development. Additionally, the Research Corporation of the University of Hawaiʻi or RCUH helps to administrate the research activities across the University of Hawaiʻi system.
The research activities at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo are coordinated by a Research Office, led by the Interim Vice Chancellor for Research, Dr. Daniel E. Brown. A Research Council whose members are appointed by the Vice Chancellor for Research for three-year terms, is the chief recommending body for the Vice Chancellor. The Council administers the intramural grant program, proposes policies and procedures for extramural grant activities by the campus, and advises the Vice Chancellor on matters concerned with research and grant activity. The UH Hilo Research Council is chaired by Dr. Ken Hon. Limited general use research space is available both on and off campus. Faculty must apply for use of the space on an annual, competitive basis.
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. The team name for the school is the Vulcans.
Shared with UH West Oʻahu 1976-1997.
"Hawaiʻi State University?"
There has been a sentiment among some in the community to separate the Hilo campus from the University of Hawaiʻi system, questioning the creation of a "Hawaiʻi State University". Supporters of the separation argued that the growing Hilo campus is "shortchanged" by its sister campus in Mānoa and that being independent of the system would allow the college to grow faster and draw in more money from independent sources, thus better serving the community. Opponents argue that the state is too small for competing university systems and that financial divisions between Mānoa and Hilo are fair, given that historically Mānoa placed emphasis on research and Hilo placed emphasis on teaching.
Former UH Hilo Provost Charles B. Neff stated, "I think (UH Hilo) should always be academically independent from Mānoa. The notion of making it administratively independent by establishing something like (a) Hawaiʻi State University doesn't make much sense... it won't become an economic salvation for Hilo."
A bill was introduced in the 2005 session of the House of Representatives of the Hawaiʻi State Legislature to draft legislation to spin off the Hilo campus as the independent Hawaiʻi State University. The bill was approved by the House Higher Education Committee but no hearing on the bill was planned by the House Finance Committee, effectively killing it.
UH Hilo in 2009 brought in over $20 million of grant and research money, more than any other in the UH system, prompting many to finally concede the fact that UH Hilo has reached the status of "research university". The addition of the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy was a pinnacle achievement for UH Hilo and with the new development of permanent buildings on the horizon, UH Hilo will look more like a full-fledged research facility.
A recent discussion with an unnamed professor about any immediate future possibility of a Hawaiʻi State University was quoted stating "the recent grant money received solidified the connection between UH Mānoa and UH Hilo, strengthening the relationship of the two campuses to new levels and there is no chance of a breakaway from the UH system in the foreseen future."
Points of interest at UH Hilo
- ʻImiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaiʻi
- College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR)
- USDA Pacific Basin - Agricultural Research Center
- Kū Kahau ʻUla - UH Institute for Astronomy
- J. M. Long Pavilion (planned for Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy)
- Joint Astronomy Centre (JAC)
- University Classroom Building (UCB)
- Marine Science Building (MSB)
- Science & Technology Building (under construction)
- Edith Kanakaʻole Hall (EKH)
- Wentworth Hall
- Campus Center
- Student Life Center & Pool
- Edwin H. Mookini Library & Media Center
- UH Hilo Student Services Building
- UH Hilo New Gymnasium
- UH Hilo Theatre
- Mosaic Obelisk, mixed media sculpture by Peter Almeida
- Hoʻolana, copper and bronze sculpture by Bumpei Akaji, 1984
- Anticipated Motion, stainless steel and bronze sculpture by Rowland Morita, 1984
- Flow and Flower, ceramic tile and epoxy paint mural by Yukio Ozaki, 1985
- Moon Pots, ceramic sculpture by Toshiko Takaezu, 1977
- Universe City: 2000, suspended metal sculpture by Andrew Yanoviak, 1980
- Hawaii #4, painted steel sculpture by Valdis Zarins, 1973
- Cromlech, concrete filled ceramic sculpture by Laura Ruby, 1980
- Untitled, Cor-Ten steel sculpture by Kim Chung, 1978
- Stanley I. Hara (1955–56) - former Hawaiʻi State Senator
- Russell Okata (1960–61) - HGEA Executive Director from 1981 to 2007
- Harvey Tajiri (1961–62) - former Hawaiʻi State Representative (1984–1994)
- Derek Kurisu (attended 1969-72) - KTA Executive Vice President & Local TV Celebrity: Creator of Mountain Apple Products
- Greg Chun, Ph.D. (1977 B.A.) - President of Bishop Holdings Corporation & Keauhou Resort
- Jerry Chang (1978 B.A.) - Hawaiʻi State Representative (1988–Present)
- Ron Terry, Ph.D. (1980 B.A.) - CEO of Geometrician Associates
- Robert Dircks (1989 B.A.) - Principal of Hilo High School
- William "Billy" Kenoi (attended 1988-90) - Mayor of Hawaiʻi County
- Tyler Yates Major League Baseball player
- Richard DeVerse, Ph.D. (1996 B.A.) - Scientist & Inventor; Founder of Kona Labs
- The University of Hawaiʻi-Hilo - A College in the Making (2001) ISBN 0-8248-2495-4.
- UH Hilo campus overview
- Overview of Private Fundraising at UH Hilo
- UH Hilo Vulcan Athletics Quick Facts page
- UH Hilo campus overview
- WASC Member Directory page
- UH Hilo Accreditation web page
- The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo - A College In The Making by F. T. Inouye and E. J. Kormondy pg. 84 (Charles B. Neff interview)
- Hawaiʻi Community College - About HawCC page
- ʻImiloa Fact Sheet 2009
- UHH Progress Book 1998-2009
- UHH Progress Book 1998-2009
- UH Hilo Press Release October 30, 2009
- UH Hilo Catalog 2010-11 Community & Environment web page
- UH-Hilo College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resource Management home page
- College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resource Management main page
- College of Arts and Sciences home page
- UH Hilo Catalog 2008-09 pg. 120
- UH Hilo Catalog 2008-09 pg. 148
- UH Hilo Catalog 2008-09 pg. 186
- College of Arts and Sciences curricula page
- Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science home page
- College of Business and Economics Executive Summary
- UH Hilo Economics Major page
- UH Hilo Catalog 2008-09 pg. 197-198
- Kualono|Ke Kahua Paʻa O Ka Hale Kuamoʻo
- Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language main page
- Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language main page
- Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language main page
- Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language main page
- Dean John M. Pezzuto bio page
- UH Hilo Press Release 24 June 2008
- UH Hilo Press Release 15 July 2009
- UH Hilo Press Release 30 October 2009
- UH Hilo Press Release 17 September 2009
- UH Hilo Press Release 4 May 2010
- College of Continuing Education and Community Service main page
- English Language Institute - UH Hilo Catalog
- Language Institute home page
- North Hawaii Education and Research Center main page
- UH Hilo Distance Learning main page
- SeniorNet main page
- UH Hilo On-Campus Housing main page
- UH Hilo On-Campus Housing main page
- UH Hilo On-Campus Housing main page
- Research at UH Hilo main page
- The University of Hawaiʻi - Hilo: A College in the Making (2001) pg. 86
- Honolulu Advertiser 11 Mar 2005
- Personal conversation this Wikipedia author had in May 2009 with a UH Hilo fully tenured professor from the College of Arts & Sciences, who chose to remain anonymous.
- UH Hilo Main Campus map
- UH Hilo 2008 Distinguished Alumni & Service Award
- HI Legislature search page
- HI Legislature Bio Page - Jerry L. Chang
- "William "Billy" Kenoi". WorldNow and KHNL, a Raycom Media Station. Retrieved 30 September 2013.
- "Tyler Yates". Baseball Reference.com. Retrieved 30 September 2013.
- UH Hilo Distinguished Alumni page
- University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo main page
- University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Athletics page
- Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani, College of Hawaiian Language main page