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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 change 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.

Planning Objectives



These objectives pinpoint the primary improvements and changes future campus development must address to accomplish the Guiding Principles of the Framework. They are the physical manifestations of the Core Values, Guiding Principles and Strategic Goals. 



Strengthen the Gathering Experience



Become a Living & Learning Laboratory

Activate Landscape & Campus Character



Provide for the Campus 'Ohana







Optimize Infrastructure 

Facility, Land & Resource Use





Transform Mobility & Circulation

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Planning objectives

April 04, 2019

In depth document presenting the  eight Planning Objectives for the Mānoa campus, and serve as a subset to the Framework for the Future Guiding Principles in regards to planning.

Campus wide space allocation

December 13, 2018

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.

Integrated Integrated Academic and Facilities Plan (IAFP)

April 20, 2017

This document describes the strategic vision used to align and leverage the unique mission, capabilities and resources of each University of Hawai‘i campus.

Planning update

February 22, 2018

This document contains updates on the planning process, prepared for and presented to the Planning and Facilities Committee of the Board of Trustees on February 7, 2018.



Optimize Infrastructure, Facility, Land & Resource Use


Organize campus space and investments to optimize utility, density and economic performance. 



  • Improve building utilization and occupancy rates 


  • Improve overall facility portfolio effectiveness 

  • Create land banks for future use, such as R+D or Play Innovation Spaces 

  • Develop long-term strategic energy management plan 

  • Pursue revenue-generating development and partnerships  

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Reduce Total Square Footage by Improving Utilization & Occupancy Rates

  • Increased space utilization and efficiency of class scheduling 

  • Increases in the amount of collaborative space for meetings, study or recreational activities to enhance on-campus life & student experience

  • Enhancements to the quality and quantity of research space

  • Improvements to circulation efficiency

  • Decreased reliance on portables

  • Reduce deferred maintenance



Improve Overall Facility Portfolio Effectiveness ​

  • Larger, more efficient buildings 

  • Higher density and more open space by concentrating academic activity on central campus

  • Improving building occupancy & utilization is connected to making needed building repairs
    & identifying buildings that may be removed


Create Land Banks for Future Use

  • Removing underutilized portables creates land banks for a range of future uses, such as mixed use housing, R&D spaces and open space


Develop a Long Term Strategic Energy Management Plan

  • Forthcoming energy plans must address the following:

    • Strategies for long-term energy efficiency

    • Diversified and clean energy generation options

    • Plans for storage

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Transform Circulation & Mobility


The university will transform from a commuter campus to a pedestrian-centered place of learning.



  • Reduce parking accomodations 


  • Prioritize pedestrian and wayfinding on central campus 

  • Develop alternative transit solutions to one-driver-one car

    • Transit hub​

    • Develop off-campus parking strategy 

    • Anticipate future mobility changes

  • Create velocity-based on campus hierarchy
    of circulation



Circulation & Parking

  • A more effective hierarchy of movement on campus would transform mobility in much needed ways 

  • Increased on campus housing will reduce commuter traffic 

  • Increased alternative forms of transit can improve overall circulation and reduce parking demand in the future 

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Pedestrian Priority Zone in Central Campus

  • Near Term - Improve Legacy Path & organize pathways according to mode 

  • Medium Term - Solidify Central Campus as Pedestrian Priority Zone 

  • Long Term - Adapt major thoroughfares to changing transportation needs 

Develop Alternative Transit Solutions to

One-Driver-One Car

  • No new parking in the Near Term

  • Adapt former parking for alternative uses and invest in public transit and car shares for the Medium Term

  • In the Long Term, there will be greater use of Autonomous Vehicles + Remote Learning

Create a Mode Based Hierarchy

  • Cars, buses, motorcycles, bikes 

  • Pedestrian paths with benches

Strengthen the Gathering Experience



Make vibrant gathering spaces the foundation of campus development. 



  • Support gathering at all scales and settings:

    • Small to large groups

    • Large events

  • Formal and informal
  • Indoor and outdoor 


  • Embedded digital capabilities (digital learning)

  • Local & international connections:

    • Integrate Mānoa/O‘ahu community into campus gathering experience

    • Host international gathering connections 

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Gathering at all Scales  l  Formal & Informal  l  Indoor & Outdoor

  • Pathways serve as double duty as:

    • Compelling public space for gathering

    • And spontaneous interactions 

  • Gathering spaces are designed to be flexible, serving multiple programmatic uses & demographics



Embedded Digital Capabilities

  • Gathering spaces should be designed to accommodate opportunities digital engagement interfaces, including but not limited to, Wifi, Digital screens, and Dynamic lighting

  • Initiatives such as the Manoa Now App are a great should be supported and built upon in the the future

Local & International Connections

  • Welcome local community to campus learning and cultural events

  • Host international gatherings and conferences through digital and in-person communication



Establish & develop UN Mānoa as a center for scalable research and experiential learning



  • Address anticipated research-driven space needs 


  • Campus landscape becomes part of experimentation, learning, creation of new knowledge

  • Campus models best practices for Malama ‘aina

  • Support current and future research objectives with high quality, flexible research environments across a broad portfolio of research methodologies

  • Research space supports integration of research and teaching

  • Learning environments are flexible and respond to changing pedagogies

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Become a Learning & Living Laboratory


Research Laboratories

  • UH Mānoa’s goal of promoting world-class instruction and scholarship is successfully embodied in its consistent status as a top-ranked research institutions

  • To remain a top research institution, UH Manoa should retain current faculty and attract new faculty and researchers by adding more research space and ensuring distribution is similar to prominent peers



Campus Landscape Becomes Part of Experimentation, Learning & Creation of New Knowledge​​

  • The university's landscape is rich with important natural processes

  • The university should weave its functions research activities whenever possible to cultivate a richer, place-based approach to research

Campus Models Best Practices for Malama ‘Aina 

  • Malma aina means to care for and nurture the land so it can give back all we need to sustain life

  • Modeling Malma aina best practices means honoring the traditionally sacred spaces on campus and promoting stewardship of the land

High Quality, Flexible Research Environments that Support a Broad Portfolio of Research Methodologies

  • To facilitate the university's future research goals, it needs to support adapting and evolving research methodologies

  • Ensuring learning spaces have high-level facilities is a critical goal for UH Manoa

Research Space Supports Integration of Research & Teaching


  • Exploring ways of enhancing the links between research and teaching activities both improves research methods and 

Learning Environments that are Flexible & Respond to Changing Pedagogies

  • High quality, flexible environments mean investing in spaces that can accommodate the innovative types of research being conducted at UH Manoa

  • This calls for concentrating lab research efforts in on campus and enhancing outdated shared learning spaces



Activate Landscape & Campus Character


Enhance & increase landscape spaces to create robust sense of connection to place 



  • Cultivate strong campus as a Hawai‘ian place of learning through intentional landscape design 

  • Strengthen campus arrival experience 

  • Incorporate natural elements into everyday experience management plan

  • Increase diversity of open space types & multi-functional landscapes 

  • Emphasize tree canopy & native species 

  • Connect campus to adjacent open space trails & resources  


Large gathering spaces cross to support a wide variety of key formal events 

Small-md size gathering spaces support formal & informal activity

Informal for all scales of gathering 



Cultivate Strong Campus as a Hawai‘ian Place of Learning Through Intentional Landscape'

  • Given that the campus’ landscape is one of its most valuable and distinctive attributes, Mānoa should celebate is unique natural assets and reduce paved surfaces

  • Cultivate a greater campus understanding of the land as the Ahupua‘a

  • Approaching the highlands, valley and the coast as an integrated unit that work together

Incorporate Natural Elements into Everyday Experience

  • Natural elements have a relaxing effect on the body, mind and spirit

  • Emphasizing the Mānoa campus’ natural qualities throughout everyday spaces will cultivate a stronger sense of unique campus character and improve quality of life for students, faculty and staff

Increase Diversity of Open Space Types

  • Areas relegated to uses like parking can serve multiple duties as rain retention basins that enhance ambiance & identity

Emphasize Tree Canopy & Native Species

  • Treating it as such and investing in UH Mānoa’s tree canopy to a greater extent will create a greater wealth of naturally shaded spaces that maximize the utility and pedestrian experience of the campus’ outdoor areas

  • More native species should be cultivated across campus to celebrate Hawai‘i’s rich natural heritage and provide learning opportunities to faculty, staff, students and visitors.

Strengthen the Arrival Experience 

  • UH Mānoa can give a stronger unique character to the Ewa side entrance on University Avenue and a distinctive design to the Diamond Head side entrance on Dole Street

  • Strong pedestrian and gathering space connections will likewise be made to re-connect to Mānoa Stream at this point



Provide for the Whole Campus O'hana


Establish & develop UN Mānoa as a center for scalable research and experiential learning



  • Address anticipated student and faculty residential space needs 



  • Improve the quantity and quality of the residential Experience for undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty

  • Ensure that campus provides for the overall wellness of its citizens


  • Leverage campus as recreation opportunity

  • Introduce social environments to campus that can also serve the Mānoa community and public



Research Laboratories

  • UH Mānoa’s goal of promoting world-class instruction and scholarship is successfully embodied in its consistent status as a top-ranked research institutions

  • To remain a top research institution, UH Manoa should retain current faculty and attract new faculty and researchers by adding more research space and ensuring distribution is similar to prominent peers



Improve the Quantity and Quality of the Residential Experience for Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students and Faculty

  • Findings from the 2017 Campus Experience survey, found that residential experiences were high on the list of factors that influence students’ perspectives of the campus

  • Increasing housing stock for students and faculty on and/or close to campus is a key park of improving the campus experience and cultivating a more dynamic quality of student life



Leverage Campus as Program Opportunity

  • Investing in the quality of campus life and citizenship means investing in a range of recreation opportunities:

    • Everything from Hawaiian spaces such Lo‘i and athletic fields, to hiking trails and outdoor eating areas 

Ensure the Campus Provides for the Overall Wellness of its Citizens

  • As student demographics diversify, accounting for the importance of activities and resources beyond the classroom will become more important

    • Child care and on-site health services are an important aspect of that work

Introduce Social Environments to the Campus that Can Also Serve the Wider Public


  • Creating key areas and zones that serve the wider public as well as the immediate campus community will serve to heighten regional appreciation and awareness of UH Mānoa’s research pursuits and increase the University’s civc value for decades to come



Build flexibility & resilience through climatological foresight, multi-functional landscapes & operational preparedness 



  • Flexibility to allow for uncertainty and mitigate risk associated with large capital projects

  • Agile campus that can anticipate and adapt to change
  • Redundant systems to ensure continuity of operations in case of emergency situations



Build Resilience


Flexibility to Allow for Uncertainty and Mitigate Risk Associated with Large Capital Projects

  • Implementation of a more resilient approach to projects across the Mānoa campus; types of renewable and efficiency potential future initiatives include: 

    • ​Energy efficiency retrofits

    • Renewable energy projects

    • Co-generation plants

    • Distributed back-up systems

    • Grid management technologies


Agile Campus than can Anticipate Adapt to Change


  • Goals and objectives for UH Manoa

  • Achieve carbon neutrality through the use of renewable energy sources or carbon offset credits by 2050

  • ​Generate 100% of its electricity from Renewable sources such as wind, water, solar or biomass by 2045

  • Leverage its abundant natural landscape assets for resiliency purposes to mitigate the effects of extreme weather events and rising temperatures

Redundant Systems to Ensure Continuity of Operations

  • In the event of disasters such as hurricanes or extreme flooding, UH Mānoa must have critical redundant infrastructural systems to support human safety and maintain the world-class research being conducted on campus 

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