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University of Hawaii-Hilo

The University of Hawai?i at Hilo, UHH, or UH Hilo is one of the ten branches of the University of Hawai?i system anchored by the University of Hawai?i at M?noa in Honolulu, Hawai?i, United States. The University of Hawai?i at Hilo is a public and co-educational university with the main campus located at 200 West Kawili Street, Hilo, the county seat for Hawai?i County.



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1940s 1941 - The school was originally founded as the Hawai?i Vocational College (Hawai?i College). 1947 - The Hilo Program begins as an extension division of UH M?noa known locally as Hilo College. 1949 - The Hilo Program is renamed the University of Hawai?i-Hilo Center. 1950s 1951 - The Center is renamed the University of Hawai?i - 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. 1970s 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 Hawai?i State Legislature officially renaming Hilo Branch to Hilo College making it a part of the University of Hawai?i at Hilo. 1970 - Hilo Vocational School is renamed Hawai?i Community College and becomes part of the University of Hawai?i 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 Hawai?i 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). 1980s 1980 - A new Athletics Complex opens on the campus. 1982 - The Edwin H. Mookini Library & Media Center and the Edith Kanaka?ole Hall classroom/faculty office building are opened. 1987 - Construction begins on a 250-bed dormitory and a dining hall complex. Main entrance as seen when exiting 1990s 1991 - UH Hilo and Hawai?i 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 ?Ula O Ke?elik?lani. 2000s 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 ?Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai?i, using mostly federal grants and grants from NASA, is completed for $28 million. 2007 - UH Hilo celebrated its 60th anniversary. 2010-present 2013 - The Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy is named after the late U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye.

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The primary mission of the University of Hawaii is to provide environments in which faculty and students can discover, examine critically, preserve and transmit the knowledge, wisdom and values that will help ensure the survival of the present and future generations with improvement in the quality of life. In carrying out that mission it is the basic purpose of the University of Hawaii to afford all qualified people of Hawaii an equal opportunity for quality college and university education at both undergraduate and graduate levels. At the only provider of public higher educatio n in Hawaii, the University embraces its unique responsibilities to the indigenous people of Hawaii an d to Hawaii�s indigenous language and culture. To fulfill this responsibility, the University ensur es active support for the participation of Native Hawaiians at the University and support vigorous programs of study and support for the Hawaiian language, history and culture.



Stanley I. Hara (1955�56) - former Hawai?i State Senator Russell Okata (1960�61) - HGEA Executive Director from 1981 to 2007 Harvey Tajiri (1961�62) - former Hawai?i 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.) - Hawai?i 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 Hawai?i County Tyler Yates Major League Baseball player Richard DeVerse, Ph.D. (1996 B.A.) - Scientist & Inventor; Founder of Kona Labs



755 Acres (3.1 Km2) Total ,Urban And Rural Areas