Framework Mission


The University is committed to growing its capacity as a producer of well-rounded, thoughtful citizens, as a leading research institution, and as a dependable provider of skilled and competent professionals into the regional workforce. 


To further the institution’s programs and community, the university is utilizing a framework, rooted in core cultural values and data, to create an environment that reflects the community and responds to changing conditions.

November 01, 2019

View the complete Framework for the Future document's page and leave comments. The UH Mānoa Framework for the Future provides a flexible guide for future development on the UH Mānoa campus.

April 04, 2019

There are seven Planning Objectives for the Mānoa campus and they will inform the Future Guiding Principles in regards to planning.

January 02, 2019

Student Campus Experience Survey 2017

A 5 question survey conducted by the Mānoa Institutional Research Office (MIRO) asked students about their experiences at the University of Hawai‘i Mānoa in the Fall Semester of 2017. MKThink analyzed the responses to identify key themes related to the Mānoa Framework for the Future.

December 13, 2018

Campus Wide Space Allocation

In this quantitative analysis, space types are evaluated in terms of key performance indicators related to the core mission of the university and the Guiding Principles of the Mānoa Framework for the Future.

August 21, 2018

"Heat Mapping" UH Mānoa activities to inform planning

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The following Guiding Principles help us to express our core values, and serve as a framework for the design of Mānoa’s physical campus environments:

  • Promote world-class instruction & scholarship – Contribute to the advancement of human knowledge and help our communities to solve the complex and interconnected challenges facing their futures.

  • Develop the whole student - Provide spaces that are physically, mentally and emotionally safe on a daily basis and in times of need. Retention and enrollment growth are reflective of how well we take care of our students.

  • Steward our natural environment – Optimize existing resources and assets by using what we have as efficiently as possible, and utilize sustainable design principles to minimize environmental footprint when we do need to build new.

  • Foster inclusivity & connectivity -  Provide access for campus community members to housing, transit by all types of mobility, and digital technologies.

  • Cultivate collaboration – Promote interaction, cross-disciplinary learning and meaningful work so that folks can work together to create the best futures for Mānoa, Hawai‘i, and the world.

  • Leverage unique attributes of place – Honor indigenous ancestral knowledge systems. Care for and learn from Native Hawaiians and their knowledge systems, which provide lessons on how to care for each other and our natural world in our specific regions of Mānoa and larger Hawai‘i.

  • Ensure financial viability – Demonstrate fiscal responsibility and a robust financial plan to make smart decisions which maximize our ability to do more with less. Ensure that capital is deployed efficiently to achieve the mission of the university.


The following Guiding Principles help us to express our core values, and serve as a framework for the design of Mānoa’s physical campus environments:

  1. Manoa Campus: Framework for the Future Plan - A set of guidelines for the campus that will serve to create a sustainable, physical plan in support of the university's strategies and top priorities

  2. Long Range Development Plan (LRDP) - Nearer term, tactical projects that are consistent with the Master Plan and will reflect the highest and best use of funds in service of the university's goals and objectives

  3. Plan Review Use (PRU) - Plan for review and approval process

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