E komo mai! UH Hilo Campus Center Dining Room is transformed into trendy gathering spot

In three stages over six months, the main campus dining room has been transformed into a trendy eatery with a “rustic-modern” look of bright colors, raw wood, versatile furniture, and ports for electronics.

Three students seated on the new bright blue furniture.
Students enjoying the new furniture and layout in the Campus Center Dining Room. The furniture can be moved around to gather with friends; the tables can be pulled up for studying, writing. Plugs for recharging electronics are found throughout the space. Click photos to enlarge.


Over spring break, a new look emerged at the main campus dining hall at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. The newly “refreshed” interior now has café and lounge-style furniture with the goal of creating a vibrant, inviting gathering place for students to feel at home and enjoy.

The space has been upgraded in three stages over the past six months. Previous work was done last summer and over winter break to create a rustic look with new flooring, wood counter tops overlooking the gardens, and planters covered in rough wood planks. Read more about the first two stages of design:

The new furniture just added over spring break has a modern look with bright colors and can be reconfigured with ease to create personal spaces to study, talk, eat or relax alone or with friends. In addition to the offerings inside the Dining Room, outside food from campus food trucks and concessions, or a packed lunch from home, are all welcome at the Campus Center Dining Room.

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