University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa
Campus Center Leisure Programs
UH Manoa's Campus Center Leisure Programs runs a healthy variety of public classes and outdoors trips, from half-day hikes ($10) or...
John Young Museum of Art
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University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa information
About 2 miles northeast of Waikiki, the main campus of the statewide university system was born too late to be weighed down by the tweedy academic architecture of the mainland. Today, its breezy, tree-shaded campus is crowded with students from islands throughout Polynesia. The university has strong programs in astronomy, oceanography and marine biology, as well as Hawaiian, Pacific and Asian studies.
Campus Center is your departure point for free one-hour walking tours of campus, emphasizing history and architecture. Tours usually leave at 2pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday; no reservations are necessary, but check in 10 minutes beforehand at the ticket, information and ID office upstairs. Ask for a free Campus Art brochure, which outlines a self-guided walking tour of outdoor sculptures and other works by notable Hawaii artists.
A short walk downhill, the John Young Museum of Art features 20th-century Hawaii painter John Young’s collection of artifacts from the Pacific islands, Africa and Asia, mostly ceramics, pottery and sculpture. Although it’s just two rooms, it’s worth a quick visit.
On the east side of campus, the East-West Center aims to promote mutual understanding among the peoples of Asia, the Pacific and the US. Changing exhibitions of art and culture are displayed in the EWC Gallery . Spy the petite Japanese teahouse garden and royal Thai pavilion outside. The center regularly hosts multicultural programs, including lectures, films, concerts and dance performances.
On-campus parking costs $5 (before 4pm on weekdays $4). From Waikiki or downtown Honolulu, take bus 4; from Ala Moana, catch bus 6 or 18.