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University of Hawaii–West Oahu
University of Hawaii seal.svg
Type Public, co-ed state university
Established 1976
Chancellor Maenette K. P. Ah Nee-Benham[1]
President David Lassner[2]
Academic staff
Students 2,944 (Spring 2018)[4]
Location Kapolei, Hawaii, U.S.
21°21′19″N 158°03′23″W / 21.3552°N 158.0564°W / 21.3552; -158.0564Coordinates: 21°21′19″N 158°03′23″W / 21.3552°N 158.0564°W / 21.3552; -158.0564
Colors Red and Black          
Affiliations WASC
UH System
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Aerial view of the East Kapolei campus in 2013
Campus in 2015

The University of Hawaiʻi–West Oʻahu (UHWO), is a public university and one of ten branches of the University of Hawaiʻi system. It offers baccalaureate degrees in liberal arts and professional studies. Hawaii–West Oahu opened in January 1976, and since 1981 has been fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.[5] Until 2007 the school offered only third- and fourth-year courses, and became a four-year university in that year.[6]

A new campus opened in August 2012 for the 2012–2013 school year. The school was formerly near Leeward Community College, and moved just over 5 miles (8.0 km) to the west-southwest, to East Kapolei.[7]


Bachelor of Arts degrees are offered in accounting, anthropology, emergency management, early childhood education, economics, English, business administration, public administration, Hawaiian-Pacific studies, health administration, history, justice administration, marketing, philosophy, political science, psychology, and sociology. The university also offers a bachelor of education in primary education and bachelor of applied science degrees in respiratory care, computer networking technology and culinary management.[8] Certificate programs are offered in forensic anthropology, disaster preparedness & emergency management, health administration and substance abuse & addictions studies. The university offers baccalaureate degrees through distance learning programs in collaboration with University and Education Centers located on every Hawaiian island.

Clubs and Organizations[edit]

Accounting Club[edit]

UH West Oʻahu offers an accounting club to students who are majoring in accounting or want to join a club for fun. The club was created in 2000 and their purpose is to network students with professionals and improve their skills in the accounting industry. [9]

Student National Education Association[edit]

The Student National Education Association (SNEA), also known as Education Club, is for students who're majoring in education. SNEA helps students to improve and expand their knowledge of the teaching profession at UHWO. SNEA provides an opportunity for future teachers to be involved with other local teachers in the state and participate in the national student leadership conference. [10]

The Associated Students of University of Hawai'i, West Oahu[edit]

The Associated Students of University of Hawaiʻi–West Oʻahu (ASUHWO) is an organization of the student body government committee that helps support student groups and organizes school functions and funding for students. ASUHWO has committee officers such as President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and other Senators from each class division.[11]


The University of Hawaiʻi West Oahu features an intramural sports program. The program is available to all students enrolled for the current semester. The program consists of five sports including: flag football, volleyball, basketball, soccer, and softball. [12]

Campus overview[edit]

The student to faculty ratio is 24:1.[13]

The tuition is among the lowest university tuition in the nation.[14] The campus houses 1140 undergraduate students, consisting of 72.2% of women and 27.8% of men.[13]


  • Maenette K.P. Benham 2017-present[15]
  • Rockne C. Freitas 2013-2016[16]

Recognitions and awards[edit]

The University of Hawaii–West Oahu was included on the 2010 List of Military Friendly Schools.[17]

In 2009 the school was awarded a federal grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development to create a recovery center and service learning programs in the Leeward community of Waiʻanae.[18]

In the same year UHWO faculty received a grant from the National Park Service to conduct research on the World War II-era Honouliuli internment site in west Oʻahu.[19]


  1. ^ UH West Oʻahu Chancellor's Office webpage/
  2. ^ Office of the President - University of Hawaiʻi
  3. ^ UH West Oahu Staff Directory
  4. ^ Institutional Research & Analysis Office
  5. ^ University of Hawaiʻi - West Oʻahu: Accreditation
  6. ^ West Coverstory - April 4, 2007
  7. ^ The New Campus - UH West Oahu
  8. ^ UH West O'ʻahu website: "Majors", retrieved on October 21, 2009.
  9. ^ University of Hawaiʻi–West Oʻahu Accounting Club,, retrieved on 12 April 2018.
  10. ^ University of Hawaiʻi–West Oʻahu Education Club,, retrieved on 12 April 2018.
  11. ^ Associated Students of the University of Hawaiʻi–West Oʻahu,, retrieved 12 April 2018.
  12. ^ University of Hawaiʻi–West Oʻahu Intramural Sports,, retrieved 12 April 2018.
  13. ^ a b University of Hawaii Systems Website, West Oahu Campus, retrieved November 15, 2009
  14. ^ City-Town Info website
  15. ^ University of Hawaiʻi–West Oʻahu Chancellor's Office,, retrieved 12 April 2018.
  16. ^ University of Hawaiʻi–West Oʻahu General Catalog (Kapolei, HI: University of Hawaiʻi–West Oʻahu, 2015-2016), 5.
  17. ^ 2010 Guide to Military Friendly Schools, retrieved on October 21, 2009
  18. ^ KGMB 9 News Hawaiʻi, retrieved on October 21, 2009.
  19. ^ University of Hawaiʻi System website, retrieved on October 21, 2009.

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