University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa


About 2 miles northeast of Waikiki, the main campus of the statewide university system has a contemporary feel offset by towering, ancient trees. Today, its breezy, tree-shaded campus is crowded with students from islands throughout Polynesia and Micronesia. The university has strong programs in astronomy, oceanography and marine biology, as well as Hawaiian, Pacific and Asian studies.

From Waikiki or downtown Honolulu, take bus 4 or 13; from Ala Moana, catch bus 6 or 18.

The campus self-guided walking tour is an excellent way to explore the campus.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Honolulu attractions

1. John Young Museum of Art

0.17 MILES

A short walk downhill from the UH Campus Center, the John Young Museum of Art features 20th-century Hawaii painter John Young’s collection of artifacts…

2. East-West Center

0.31 MILES

On the eastern side of the UH campus, the East-West Center aims to promote mutual understanding among the peoples of Asia, the Pacific and the US…

3. Hiroshima to Honolulu Friendship Torii


In a grassy median called the Mōʻiliʻili Triangle Park sits a symbol of Honolulu's close ties to Japan. This bright red Shintō gate is a half-size replica…

4. Mānoa Heritage Center

0.88 MILES

Hidden on a private estate, the centerpiece of this unique site is the ancient, stone-walled Kūka‘ō‘ō heiau (temple). It's surrounded by beautiful…

5. Puʻu ʻUalakaʻa State Wayside Park


The best free view in Honolulu! At this hillside park, sweeping views extend from Diamond Head on the left, across Waikiki and downtown Honolulu, to the…

6. Ala Wai Canal

1.25 MILES

The Ala Wai Canal was completed in 1927 to drain the taro fields, marshes and swamps that would become present-day Waikiki. Running from Kapahulu Ave, the…

7. Spalding House

1.25 MILES

Embraced by tropical sculpture gardens, this art museum occupies an estate house constructed in 1925 for Oʻahu-born Anna Rice Cooke, a missionary…

8. Water Giver Statue

1.33 MILES

Fronting the Honolulu Convention Center, this magnificent statue was created by local artist Shige Yamada. It symbolically acknowledges the Hawaiian…