The University of Hawaii at Manoa is a campus located in the lush green nature of Manoa Valley. That’s on the main island, Oahu. The campus is roughly 8 miles away from the Honolulu International Airport, only 4 miles from the downtown area of Honolulu, and perhaps most importantly, less than 3 miles away from the world-renown Waikiki.
If you ever visit Honolulu, you can access the campus easily from exit 24B, University Avenue, along the H-1 highway. This exit works coming from both east and west, although parking is limited. Many spaces are metered and depending on the volume of traffic in the area at the time, you might be directed to assigned parking elsewhere. Public transportation, simply known as ‘TheBus’, makes regular stops on Sinclair Avenue and other nearby spots.
Tours of the campus have to be prearranged with the school. Reservations are necessary in advance, usually in groups. Campus tours are arranged for prospective students through the Undergraduate Admissions office.
The University of Hawaii at Manoa is the flagship campus for the larger state university system. This public research university is itself a Honolulu neighborhood spanning the entire eastern half of the broader mouth leading into the Manoa Valley.
UH Manoa has the only medical and law schools in the state of Hawaii. It’s also home to one of only a handful of American agricultural colleges with an emphasis on tropic plants and crops.
The University of Hawaii at Manoa features the Lyon Arboretum. It’s the only known tropical arboretum among all American universities. Situated in Manoa Valley, it was created in 1918. The Hawaiian Sugar Planters Association wanted to do three things. First, they wanted to highlight watershed restoration. Second, they wanted to test out various species of trees for use in reforestation. Third, they wanted to collect living plants that had economic value. The Arboretum was adopted into the University in 1953.
The Waikiki Aquarium was established in 1904, making it the third-oldest among public aquariums across the United States. It’s been a part of the University going back to 1919. Unlike the Lyon Arboretum, the aquarium is not in the Manoa Valley but actually situated beside a living reef at the actual Waikiki shoreline.
The University operates a number of sports venues. The five most prominent are the Aloha Stadium, the Les Murakami Stadium, the Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Complex, the Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium, and the Stan Sheriff Center. Not all of these are located on campus, as some are spread around throughout the city of Honolulu. The school is an NCAA Division I participant, although the various athletics teams compete in a number of different conferences. The women’s volleyball team is noted for having won multiple championships in the past.
The student population is only about a quarter caucasian, with significant groups of Pacific Islanders and Asians present among the student body. The cultural heritage of the Hawaiian islands is well-reflected in this University, which preserves and celebrates the unique contributions of this magical place.