UH-Hilo Hawaiian Language College, Island of Hawai‘i

The University of Hawai‘i at Hilo proposes to develop a facility to house Ka Haka ‘Ula O Ke‘elik?lani, the College of Hawaiian Language. Currently in design, the facilities are needed to provide expanded educational opportunities for the public through the revitalization of Hawaiian language and culture.

The College was established at UH Hilo in 1997 and includes several entities including the Hawaiian Studies Division, the Hawaiian Language Center Division, the Laboratory School Division and an Outreach Program. However, the College’s offerings, which include 14 Hawaiian language courses and 17 Hawaiian studies courses, are currently spread among five existing buildings at UH Hilo and another building located six miles from campus. The facility would be designed to accommodate the college’s existing entities as well as future growth through a three-phase development schedule.

The project site is in an area of the University Park of Science and Technology that is currently undeveloped but slated for university expansion, with the developed UH Hilo campus to the east and University Park astronomy and agriculture facilities to the west.

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