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University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

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Seal of the University of Hawaiʻi System

MottoMa luna aʻe o na lahui a pau ke ola o ke kanaka
(Hawaiian, "Above all nations is humanity")
Established 1907
School type Public
Chancellor Peter Englert
Location Mānoa, HI, USA
Enrollment 14,251 undergraduate,
6,298 graduate
Campus Urban, 320 acres (1.3 km²)
Sports teams (Rainbow*) Warriors (men)
(Rainbow*) Wahine (women)

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The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is a public, co-educational university and is the main campus of the greater University of Hawaiʻi System. The school is located in Mānoa, an urban neighborhood community of Honolulu, USA, approximately three miles east and inland from downtown Honolulu and one mile from Ala Moana and Waikīkī. The campus occupies the eastern half of the mouth of the greater Mānoa Valley. It is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and is governed by the Hawaiʻi State Legislature and a semi-autonomous Board of Regents, which in turn hires a president to be administrator.



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Hawaiʻi Hall is a prominent building of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa campus.

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa was founded in 1907 as a land grant college of agriculture and mechanical arts. Today the primary facet of the university consists of the Colleges of the Arts and Sciences. The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is also home to two of the most prominent professional schools in the state. The William S. Richardson School of Law and the John A. Burns School of Medicine are the only law and medical schools in Hawaiʻi, respectively.

All the colleges of the university offer bachelor degrees in 87 fields of study, master degrees in 87 fields, doctoral degrees in 53 fields, first professional degrees in three fields, post-baccalaureate degrees in three fields, 29 undergraduate certification programs and 26 graduate certification programs. Total enrollment as of 2004 was 20,549 students, 14,251 of which are undergraduates. There are fifteen students per instructor.


According to the 2003 report of the Institutional Research Office, a plurality of students at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa are Caucasian making up twenty-four percent of the student body. Japanese Americans represent twenty percent, Chinese Americans represent nine percent, Filipino Americans represent eight percent as do native Hawaiians. Ten percent of the student body are racially mixed. Smaller populations of Pacific Islanders and other ethnic groups make up the remainder.


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The Stan Sheriff Center is the main basketball and volleyball venue for the Warriors and Wahine, and home of the Rainbow Classic premier basketball tournament. In 1997, it hosted the Miss Universe pageant.

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa competes in NCAA Division I, the only Hawaiʻi school to do so. In major sports, it competes in the Western Athletic Conference. Formerly known as the Rainbow Warriors and Rainbows, the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa athletics program began calling itself the Warriors (men) and Wahine (women) in 2000. The Warriors and Wahine are most notable for their highly-ranked men's and women's basketball, men's and women's volleyball, baseball and football programs. The principal sports venues for the Warriors are Aloha Stadium, Les Murakami Stadium, Neal S. Blaisdell Center and Stan Sheriff Center.


Several university presidents have gained national attention for their ambitious programs and past lives. One of the most notable was former United States Ambassador Evan Dobelle who served under President of the United States Jimmy Carter as chief of protocol. Dobelle served as university president from 2001 until his firing by the Board of Regents on June 15, 2004.

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