- U.S. News and World Report ranked us #1 for most ethnically diverse campus.
About This CampusThe University of Hawai'i at Hilo (UH Hilo) is located on the Big Island of Hawai'i, about 200 air miles from Honolulu. A seacoast city of 45,000 residents, Hilo spreads beneath Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa volcanoes and is surrounded by lush agricultural fields and expansive forest reserves. Located in a tropical rainforest region, Hilo's climate has both ample sun and abundant rain. The Big Island's diverse geography provides a wide range of outdoor activities, such as hiking, surfing and diving. Special features include Volcanoes National Park, astronomy observatories on Mauna Kea, and access to unique marine life. The student population of about 3,500 is predominantly from Hawai'i and of Native Hawaiian and Asian descent, making UH Hilo one of the nation's most ethnically diverse campuses.
Location InformationHilo is located on the Island of Hawaii, commonly called "The Big Island," about 200 air miles from the capital city of Honolulu. The nearest airport is located in Hilo, but has limited direct flights from the continental U.S.; most travelers enter Hawai'i through Honolulu and then take a short 40-minute flight to Hilo. Hilo is a rural community with limited public transportation, but has ample amenities, including shopping, dining and cultural attractions.