Students sitting on the lawn in front of Hawaii Hall

Hawaiʻi Hall

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa has been named one of the nation’s Top 20 “primo, gorgeous” campuses by, and number 10 out of the 50 most beautiful U.S. campuses by describes UH’s flagship campus as “truly one of those 360-degree places in Hawaiʻi where you can do no wrong. On the mountain side, you’ve got some of the most lush forests abutting an urban area anywhere in the states, usually with a rainbow dawdling overhead. Look makai, you’ll see the extinct volcano Diamond Head and Waikīkī leading to the Pacific surf.” calls the campus location “one of the most beautiful places in the United States.”

UH Mānoa is internationally accredited as an arboretum by Morton Arboretum’s ArbNet program, and is designated as an official Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation. It has also been recognized as among the 35 most beautiful college campuses in America by Deseret News, which compiled research from Thrillist,, Forbes and Business Insider.

Said Roxanne Adams, UH Mānoa director of buildings and grounds management, “We are more than just a pretty place: UH Mānoa is home to more than 6,000 plants representing over 700 species, with numerous awards for our landscaping efforts from the Outdoor Circle, Scenic Hawaiʻi and others. We love what we do and are here to serve our university.”

Other public universities making the 2016 list include UC Berkeley, the University of Michigan and the University of North Carolina.

Kamakaūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies

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