Welcome to the Center for Community Engagement

COVID-19 Update

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 concerns, there will be no non-credit classes for Fall 2020. Please continue to check our website for updates, or contact us by phone or email with any questions. Our office is open by appointment only.

A woman sits on a tree-trunk chair at the base of Waipiʻo Valley

About Us

ʻAʻohe pau ka ʻike i ka hālau hoʻokahi.
One learns from many sources.

The Center for Community Engagement (CCE) serves as the hub for creating and sustaining community-university partnerships. At UH Hilo we believe that students learn not only from faculty, but also from their peers, community members, hands-on experiences, and the very unique ʻāina where we live. At the Center for Community Engagement we work to support all of those learning opportunities.

A woman reaches to pet a horse on its head as another woman looks on happily

Community Resources

E lawe i ke aʻo a mālama, a e ʻoi mau ka naʻauao.
Those who take their learnings and apply them increase their knowledge.

Twice a year the university accepts proposals from the community that seek to partner with university faculty and students to solve authentic community issues. Our philosophy is that these proposals should be community-driven, meaningful, and multidisciplinary to encourage students to approach problem-solving from multiple perspectives.

Agriculture professor Bruce Matthews demonstrates plant growth for a class in a greenhouse

Faculty Resources

The only source of knowledge is experience.
— Albert Einstein

For faculty, the reasons to incorporate community-engaged learning into your courses are significant. In this area, we provide resources for faculty doing or interested in doing community-engaged teaching:

  • Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities
  • Literature in the Field
  • Sample syllabi, projects & Assessments
  • How the CCE can help

The UH Hilo Canoe Club paddles two canoes in Hilo Bay

Non-Credit Classes

The Center for Community Engagement promotes lifelong learning that is increasingly necessary in today's rapidly changing workplace and that promotes the physical, mental, and emotional health of our community members, from keiki to kupuna.

Instructor Evan Clark helps a senior learn how to use photoshop on a picture of horses.


Technology is used today in powerful ways to connect people across generations and locations. We seek to support our kupuna to stay connected to their loved ones and able to use technology for their needs by offering low-cost technology courses taught by kupuna, for kupuna.

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Stories of Engagement

Although the Center for Community Engagement is new, faculty, staff, and students at UH Hilo have been engaging in meaningful ways with our community for years.

Here we tell their stories.