Community Resources

“If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time, but if you have come because your liberation is bound up in mine, then let us work together.”
— Lilla Watson

a marine science student surveys coral and takes notes underwater

Throughout the 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.

These projects should:

  • fulfill a need in the community
  • help UH Hilo students apply their knowledge to real issues and problems
  • connect with a UH Hilo department whose content knowledge is relevant to your project


  • Keep the timeline in mind. Faculty will need time to teach their content subject matter before jumping into the community project.
  • What expertise and experience can you or your staff can share with the students? As co-teachers in this venture you will play an important part in their learning.


Community engagement takes many forms. In 2020, the CCE implemented a new software called Collaboratory that was created by the University of North Carolina Greensboro specifically to capture the various forms of community engagement and public service that often takes place in higher education. Training of the site is ongoing, but this will allow our community, faculty, staff and students to see the amazing collaborations and activities that are happening!

Contact Us

(808) 932-7830

(808) 932-7831

Portable Building 5


Or visit us on the UH Hilo Campus in PB-5.