Welcome to the Center for Community Engagement

COVID-19 Update

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 concerns, there will be no non-credit classes until further notice. 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.

About Us

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

The Center for Community-Engagement (CCE) at UH Hilo creates and sustains opportunities for community-engaged teaching and learning. Our primary mission is to integrate community-based projects into course curriculum, creating opportunities for students to learn through the application of knowledge to authentic, meaningful and relevant local issues. These activities increase students’ sense of purpose, engagement and belonging to UH Hilo and the broader community. By understanding how education and research can be responsive to community needs, the CCE contributes to the university’s role in building a healthy, vibrant community for all.

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

A young girl studies a white coral fragment at her desk.

Stories of Engagement

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
— Winston Churchill

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.

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:

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

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.

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.

Non-Credit Classes

The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.
— Sydney J Harris

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.

The UH Hilo Canoe Club paddles two canoes in Hilo Bay

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


You teach me, I forget. You show me, I remember. You involve me, I understand.
— Edward O Wilson

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.