Graduates from secondary schools in Hawaii often go directly into the workforce. Some attend colleges and universities on the mainland or other countries, and the rest
attend a college in Hawaii. The largest is the system of the University of Hawaii, consisting of: the research university in Mānoa, two comprehensive campuses in Hilo
and West O'ahu and seven community colleges. Private universities include Brigham Young University-Hawaii, Chaminade University of Honolulu, Hawaii Pacific University,
and Wayland Baptist University. St. Stephen Diocesan Center is a seminary of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Honolulu. Kona is home to the University of Nations, which is
not an accredited university.
Brigham Young University - Hawaii
• The LDS Church was established in the islands in 1850 following the Edict of Toleration promulgated by Kamehameha III, giving the underground Hawai‘i Catholic Church
the right to worship, while at the same time allowing other faith traditions to begin establishing themselves. By 1919, the church was prominent enough in the area to
build a temple in Laie. Brigham Young
Chaminade University of Honolulu
• Chaminade University of Honolulu was founded in 1955 under the guidance of five Marianists eager to establish a Catholic institution of higher education in Hawai`i.
Initially, Chaminade started out as a two-year college, St. Louis Junior College, and welcomed thirty young men to the inaugural class. Within two years, the school
expanded to a four-year, co-educational intuition and changed its name to Chaminade College. In 1977, the university finalized its evolution, adding graduate programs
to become Chaminade University of Honolulu.
Hawaii Pacific University
• HPU was founded in 1965 as Hawaiʻi Pacific College by Paul C.T. Loo, Eureka Forbes, Elizabeth W. Kellerman, and Reverend Edmond Walker. Wanting a private liberal arts
college in Honolulu, the four prominent and public-spirited citizens applied for a charter of incorporation for a not-for-profit corporation to be called Hawaiʻi Pacific
College. The state of Hawaiʻi granted a charter of incorporation to Hawaiʻi Pacific on September 17, 1965. In September 1966, Honolulu Christian College established in
1949 merged into Hawaiʻi Pacific College, and a new charter was granted by the state of Hawaiʻi.
Hawaii Pacific CollectablesUniversity of Hawaii - Hilo
• It is one of ten branches of the University of Hawaiʻi system. It was founded as Hawaiʻi Vocational College (Hawaiʻi College) in 1941. In 1970 it was reorganized by an
act of the Hawaiʻi State Legislature. The university has been accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges since 1976. It offers thirty-three
undergraduate and three graduate degree programs, and has about 3000 students; most are residents of Hawaiʻi, but there are also international students.
University of Hawaii CollectablesUniversity of Hawaii - Manoa
• The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa was founded in 1907 under the Morrill Act as a land-grant college of agriculture and mechanic arts. Regular classes began the
following year with President John Gilmore at the helm and five freshmen, five preparatory students, and 13 faculty in temporary quarters near Honolulu’s Thomas
Square. In 1912 the newly-named College of Hawaiʻi relocated to Mānoa Valley and the first permanent building—known today as Hawaiʻi Hall—was erected amid pig farms and
kiawe groves. The college became the University of Hawaiʻi in 1920 with the addition of a College of Arts and Sciences
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Hawaii Colleges and Universities