(Source: UH System News)Hawaii Innovation Initiative gets underway
Each year, the University of Hawaiʻi pumps about half a billion dollars in outside money, mostly for research, into the state economy.

“I would say we are in the top quartile of public research universities in this country and for a state with a population of only 1.5 million it is a remarkable accomplishment,” said University of Hawaiʻi President M.R.C. Greenwood. However, she and the university are far from satisfied. The school has just embarked on an effort to double that amount to a billion dollars a year. It’s called the Hawaiʻi Innovation Initiative or HI squared.

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Peter Quigley
Executive Director
University of Hawai’i Innovation Initiative

Kelli Abe Trifonovitch
Director of Communications and Outreach
University of Hawai’i Innovation Initiative
Email: kellit2@hawaii.edu


  • The University of Hawai‘i can be the new driver to create new businesses in biofuels, geothermal, wind; continuing development of technologies of use to the military; and biomedical advances. We have the entrepreneurs, the commitment and the partners to do it. The UH is going to be in the lead and I couldn’t be happier to make my complete commitment to it.”
    Neil Abercrombie, Governor, State of Hawai‘i
  • I am pleased to support the University of Hawaii’s Innovation Initiative. Please join me in expanding Hawai‘i’s research industry for a better and brighter tomorrow for the generations to follow.”
    The late Daniel K. Inouye, United States Senator
  • There is huge economic opportunity in growing our research sector. We need to seize the day and support the University of Hawai‘i Innovation Initiative.”
    Walter A. Dods, Jr., Chairman of the Board, Matson Inc.
  • The local business community has long recognized that research and innovation need to be part of Hawai‘i’s future.”
    Gary Kai, Executive Director, Hawai‘i Business Roundtable
  • Hawai‘i needs a strong research university to fully realize the potential of our knowledge-based sectors.”
    Jeanne Unemori Skog, President and CEO, Maui Economic Development Board
  • The University of Hawai‘i Innovation Initiative is an effort we hope the community will support, because it could determine the future of the state.”
    M. R. C. Greenwood, President, University of Hawai'i