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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 goals, the university is utilizing a framework, rooted in core cultural values and data, to create an environment that reflects the community and adapts to changing conditions.

Download the Framework Document 

Campus Design Guidelines


These design guidelines align with the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Campus Framework for the Future. Shared themes include optimizing infrastructure, facilities, land use, and other campus resources that enhance both indoor and outdoor experience and take full advantage of Hawaii’s uniquely congenial climate.


Guiding Principles

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.

Planning Process

The Framework serves as the foundation for subsequent work on the Long Range Development Plan (LRDP) and Plan Review Use (PRU). The LRDP will focus on generating nearer term, tactical projects that are consistent with the Framework and will reflect the highest and best use of funds in service of the university’s goals and objectives and will serve as the basis for capital project budgeting. Periodic updates should be conducted, should changes in underlying conditions occur and specifics of projects described in the LRDP require refinement as a result. The Framework provides the context to ensure the LRDP projects align with and execute the University’s broader priorities.


Framework for the Future update

Update on the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Campus Framework for the Future.


UH Mānoa as a gathering space

Student-centered, pedestrian-friendly vision for the UH Mānoa campus.


Planning Objectives

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


Student Campus Experience Survey

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.

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