Office of University Relations

University Relations

The Original Main Entrance to UH Hilo. College Hall 1 near completion back in the early 1950'sThe Original Main Entrance to UH Hilo. College Hall 1 near completion back in the early 1950's

The Office of University Relations is the communications arm of the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo.

University Relations is comprised of various departments, which all provide its own specialized communications services and duties.


Community Relations

Develops and directs community outreach programs, represents the University at various functions and disseminates information to the public and community groups to promote the image and involvement of the University.

Media Relations

The Office of Media Relations fulfills a critical function in the public relations effort at UH Hilo, serving as the hub and primary point of contact for all journalists and media representatives. Media Relations assists the University community with publicizing newsworthy events, as well as manage select print and online publications and programs such as the UH Hilo Directory and Haʻilono o UH Hilo. See the Media Relations Policy and Procedures and our Guidelines for Filming and Photography at the University of Hawaiʻi.


Please submit a UH Hilo Communications Request for Assistance form for requests for various communications projects. You must be logged in to your Google@UH account (such as for UH email) to submit the form. A model release form should be completed for all subjects featured in photography and video requests. The UH Hilo Communication Outlets is provided to inform faculty and staff of the various communication options available on campus concerning mass emails.

Institutional Marketing

The Office of Institutional Marketing is responsible for leading the development and execution of UH Hilo's strategic marketing plan and is also tasked with unifying campus units under one cohesive brand management policy. Along with the consultation of UH Hilo's Marketing and Social Media Advisory Group, the office engages in print and digital campaigns designed to enhance public awareness and engagement.