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

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

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

With the generous support of a 2021-22 Governor's Emergency Education Relief (GEER) grant, the CCE will be offering workshops and communities of practice for faculty interested in deepening their knowledge and implementation of pedagogies grounded in community, equity and relationships.

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

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

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.

Student Resources

Learning is not the product of teaching. Learning is the product of the activity of learners.
— John Holt

With the support of a 2021-22 Governor's Emergency Education Relief (GEER) grant, the CCE is excited to start a Bonner Leader Program, a 4-year service-based student leadership program.

students help pick corn to help prepare meals for the homeless