Papahana Hoʻolālā Hikiāloa - Strategic Plan: 2021-2031

Thematic Goals to Realize Our Vision

Several students sitting on top of the UH Hilo entrance sign

UH Hilo’s Thematic Goals

Goal 1: Strengthen Our Commitment to Haumāna: Equity and Student Success

UH Hilo will achieve a thriving student-ready equity-minded campus culture by investing in data to identify equity gaps and equity-minded policies and practices to address structural barriers to equity. This is our shared kuleana (students, faculty, staff, and community responsibility) for a successful university experience through intentional design.

Pulelo Haʻaheo ke ahi a nā lehua a o Hilo
Hilo o ka mālamalama, lamakū o nei ao

Lehua blossom flame leap high above Hilo
Hilo, proud bearer of the torch of wisdom, light for all to share

(Pulelo Haʻaheo opening lyrics)

Goal 2: Strengthen Our Commitment to ʻĀina- and Community-based Education

UH Hilo, through collaboration and our shared island history of resiliency and innovation, will grow its education and research capacity for solving complex problems of our region in support of a sustainable future for Hawaiʻi. ʻĀina- based education deepens our students, faculty, staff and community’s relationship with the natural world, builds their sense of connection to the broader community, and develops skills to help solve real-world issues.

Making high-impact educational practices available to each student results in more collaborative interdisciplinary opportunities that improves student retention and overall student success. Perhaps more importantly, our students are inspired to make a difference.

He aliʻi ka ʻāina, he kauwā ke kanaka.

The land has no need for man, but men need the land
and cultivated her for a livelihood of abundance.

(ʻŌlelo Noʻeau 531)

Goal 3: Strengthen Our Commitment to Kākou, Our Campus ʻOhana

UH Hilo will support and invest in its campus ʻohana through professional development, leadership training, mentorship, recognition, celebration, and fostering interdisciplinary and collaborative efforts that achieve student success. Actively securing and aligning use of State funding, grants, corporate support, donors and other forms of institutional support will sustain our progress.

E kū aʻe e Hilo, lei i ka naʻauao hoʻokahi ka umauma, hoʻokahi puʻuwai

Rise up, O Hilo, wear proudly the mantle of enlightenment;
Let us stand united in purpose, mind, and heart.

(Pulelo Haʻaheo Chorus)

University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo: 2021 - 2031