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Aloha from President Wright
with Chatt G. Wright

 

I am happy to report good news about the University’s preliminary planning for expansion of the Hawai‘i Loa campus, an important part of our history and our long-term dream for an HPU with new horizons for campus life, academic programs, and connections between downtown and windward campuses.

Our vision is to create a memorable and uplifting Hawai‘i Loa campus that will demonstrate a Hawaiian sense of place and serve the highest purposes of learning. It will reflect the University’s spirit of aloha, commitment to global connections, and sense of community within and beyond the borders of the campus. This campus of the future will be designed to protect and enhance the natural environment and resources of the land, air, and sea, and will actively support teaching and learning at HPU.

The most important goal in these plans is to increase campus housing and offer an attractive campus life experience for freshmen students. A second goal is to develop a new academic building for classrooms, offices, and laboratories for faculty and students that will accommodate growth in the School of Nursing and the College of Natural Sciences.

We will also create a multi-use student center that links with a new Paul and Violet Loo Theater. These new developments will be supported by renewal of the overall campus and improvements in transportation and communication linkages between campuses. Many students, faculty, and staff have talked with me to share excellent ideas for improving the campus, and we are pleased to be moving into a planning phase for these improvements that reflects a broad base of inputs.

I want to assure you that a campus expansion of these proportions only goes forward by engaging in very careful planning that respects important planning principles. One principle is to respect Hawai‘i’s history and culture by creating plans for a sustainable campus. We will design buildings that meet international sustainability standards and use the characteristics of traditional Hawaiian architecture. The principle of community is also integrated into this process to assure that our plans for place and connections are sustained with aloha.


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