Research at UH Hilo
UH Hilo faculty conduct place-based, applied research and scholarly activity of short- and long- term benefit to the people of Hawai‘i Island and the state. For example:
- UH Hilo faculty do world class research on indigenous languages that helps promote the revitalization of the Hawaiian language and culture.
- Tropical conservation biology and environmental sciences researchers study the history of evolution of species in Hawai‘i, the impacts of climate change on land and in coastal waters, and do research on ways to mitigate climate change and pollution.
- The astronomy faculty have access to the world’s finest telescopes on Mauna Kea and their goal is to have the best undergraduate astronomy program in the world.
- UH Hilo faculty in the College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resources, in a growing partnership with the emerging four-year program in engineering, are doing research on alternative energy and agribusiness.
Some of UH Hilo’s laboratories include:
- Agricultural Farm Laboratory 110-acre farm for teaching & research
- Analytical Laboratory Supporting ecological research & water quality studies
- College of Pharmacy Laboratories Labs for every researcher at the college to actively pursue their research interests
- Geoarchaeology Laboratory Non-destructive analyses of basalt & volcanic glass artifacts
- Hawaiian Medium Laboratory Schools Hawaiian language immersion education
- Hilo Core Genetics Facility Service laboratory with technical training sessions in genetics, DNA sequencing, DNA fragment separation, and detection services
- Laboratory for Exercise Science Research on human physiological, anthropometric, biometric systems
- Price Lab Studying genetics & adaptations of birds & insects in Hawaiʻi
- Scanning Electron Microscopy & Analysis Lab Multidisciplinary lab
- Spatial Data Analysis & Visualization Labs Specializing in advancing Hawaiʻi-based scientific research through utilizing the latest technology for spatial and temporal analysis and visualization.
UH Hilo’s goal is to be a university that promotes economic development by environmentally sound and culturally sensitive stewardship of the island’s many natural resources. The university prepares graduates for career opportunities on Hawai’i Island and is developing a generation of entrepreneurial scientists and engineers who will create careers and opportunities in their own backyard.
Keaohou features the research and scholarly activity at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. The website, launched in May of 2012, is a project of the UH Hilo Research Office and the Office of the Chancellor.
The name: Keaohou
The Hanakahi Council, an advocacy group for Kānaka Maoli (Native Hawaiians) at UH Hilo, named this website Keaohou.
“Hou” means “new, fresh, recent” and “ao” means “light, day, daylight, dawn; to dawn, grow light; enlightened; to regain consciousness.” Keaohou literally translates to “new enlightenment,” “new dawning,” or “new consciousness,” and loosely translates to “new knowledge.” The word “ao” also can be closely viewed with the word “a‘o” (with the addition of an ‘okina or glottal stop), the same word for teaching and learning in Hawaiian. It is because of these many layers of meaning that the council chose the name Keaohou to describe the research and scholarly activity at UH Hilo.
For more information about the name for Keaohou, contact Gail Gail Makuakāne-Lundin.