Project Name

Haleʻōlelo, UH Hilo

Client

University of Hawai‘i

Location

Hilo, Waiakea, Hawaiʻi

Year

2014

Services

Architecture

The College of Hawaiian Language is a new 36,000 square-foot classroom facility on the University of Hawai‘i Hilo campus. The programming for the building can be organized spatially into two wings – a faculty wing and a student wing – and connected by a covered ceremonial plaza at the entry level called the Piko. The faculty wing houses the offices for the academic studies division chair, College director dean, professors, assistant professors, graduate student-lecturers and administrative support staff. Established in 1997, UH Hilo’s College of Hawaiian Language, Ka Haka ‘Ula O Ke‘elikōlani, was named in honor of Princess Ruth Ke‘elikōlani Keanolani, the 19th century high chiefess known as a strong advocate of the Hawaiian language and a defender of culture and tradition .The transference of knowledge is paramount to the survival of any culture.