About Us History


The University of Hawai’i Board of Regents created the University of Hawai’i Centers (UH Center) in 1996 to provide access to selected degree programs within the University of Hawai’i system. UH Centers are located on the beautiful islands of Maui, Kaua’i, and Hawai’i.

The UH Center offers qualified students who are unable to travel to a specific UH campus the opportunity to enroll in baccalaureate and graduate programs without having to leave their island home, family responsibilities, and jobs.


UH Center Mission

Our mission is to provide Maui County residents with access to a selection of bachelor’s and graduate degrees.

UH Center Vision

Our vision is to enrich the lives of Maui County residents by offering local access to bachelor’s and graduate degrees that increase the educational capital of the state. We aim to do this by increasing the participation and completion of students, particularly Native Hawaiians, low-income students, and residents from underserved regions.

We strive for program offerings that:

  • are comparable to residential, on-campus programs in cost and are accessible county-wide
  • are comparable in quality to UH on-campus programs
  • use innovative delivery methods and a curricular design geared toward meeting the needs of non-traditional students
  • build inter-institutional partnerships comparable to University Centers across the nation