Celebrating the UH Centennial
From its 1907 roots as a U.S. Land Grant institution, the University of Hawaiʻi evolved from one campus to an internationally recognized university system offering more than 600 programs through 10 campuses statewide.
As it approaches its 100th anniversary, the university announces a yearlong centennial celebration beginning in fall 2007. Officials are gearing up for a wide range of activities that incorporate academic, social and community facets.
"Our far-reaching community can expect a year filled with festive activities to honor the University of Hawaiʻi’s achievements," says UH System President David McClain. "Our hope is to create enthusiasm, pride and union as we move into the second century."
Signs of the times
A centennial mark will designate official centennial activities throughout the year. Designed by Mānoa alumnus Kurt Osaki, who also created the Mānoa Athletics "H," the logo instills pride in the university’s first century and expresses values of union, balance and harmony distinctive to Hawaiʻi’s unique island communities.
Depicted in the design is the trademark rainbow, which recalls the university’s past, fondly embedded in the community’s shared nostalgia. It represents a beacon of hope that lights the path to a bright and prosperous future. Centennial logo memorabilia is being developed for sale at UH bookstores and at various events.
In another graphic celebration of the centennial, Hawaiian Telcom named a UH student as its featured artist for the 2007 telephone directory covers. Leeward Community College digital media art student Dawn E. Groves was selected because her artwork best illustrated the theme, "celebrating 100 years of higher education in Hawaiʻi—a century through an artist’s eyes."
Groves pursued her creative passion after a job injury ended her 20-year career as a critical care nurse. She says her artwork, Passion for Knowledge, reflects how the university continues to evolve and serves as a crucial gateway for students. She explains: "The hand symbolizes a student reaching to obtain his/her goal through learning and perseverance. The satellite orbiting the earth illustrates the age of advancing communications, technology and all that the future can offer. And thus, this is only the beginning…" Her vision for UH’s birthday will grace more than a million copies of nine Hawaiian Telcom directories for the coming year.
Mānoa marks 100 years
As the first established institution in the UH System, the Mānoa campus has several centennial initiatives in the works that will reflect the proposed theme "Honoring our past. Celebrating our present. Creating our future."
"The university touches virtually every family in Hawaiʻi in some way, and it’s important for people to remember and recognize that personal connection," reflects Mānoa Chancellor Denise Konan. "Mānoa plays an integral role in the centennial, as it serves as the foundation for what we know as the great university of today. The centennial commemoration as a great opportunity for people to connect—and reconnect—with the campus."
The festivities will kick off with a two-day Hoʻolauleʻa planned for the Mānoa campus this fall. Students, graduates and community members are invited to participate in recognizing UH Mānoa’s people and a century of accomplishments. Anticipated activities include a showcase of academic programs, performances and concerts; a designated athletic event and a food tasting experience.
As the year progresses, watch for an interactive website that will provide a look back at the university’s rich history, documentary exhibits of photographs and artifacts and various themed events honoring individuals and achievements. (When it becomes available, the centennial webpage link will be posted on the UH homepage.)
Share your story
During the centennial, Mālamalama will feature programs that have had a significant impact on the lives of our alumni. Tell us your story. Send email to Mālamalama.