Hale ʻAlahonua is the new student housing complex at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. The $32.5 million dollar structure is made up of three, three-story residential wings that house approximately 300 students, increasing on-campus housing by more than 30 percent. Each apartment has two, single-person bedrooms, a bathroom and an entry lounge.

“I like the privacy, that’s why I kind of wanted to live here,” said UH Hilo student Bree Kalima. “It’s individualized rooms and we just share a bathroom and a shower together, which I really like. I think it’s so beautiful.”

Hale Alahonua sign and building

Hale ʻAlahonua

The residential wings are connected by a 9,500 square-foot, one story Student Life Common Area, which houses two kitchens, laundry facilities, study and conference rooms and a lounge.

“It’s catered to students who need time to study,” said Kalima. “There’s a lot of different study areas, a lot of places to sit down and enjoy.”

“It creates a new opportunity for our students to learn about each other and about themselves and to live while they learn. It really expands the facilities we have to challenge students to do their best,” said UH Hilo Chancellor Donald Straney.

At the dedication ceremony for Hale ʻAlahonua, the first new student housing project since 1989, government and university leaders stressed that this is just the first phase of a “University Village.” The next phase will be a campus related commercial center. University officials hope it will help create a college town ambience.

“We envision University Village in a large sense to be a place where the community and the campus come together,” said Straney.

New buildings on campus, for student services and the College of Hawaiian Language, are scheduled to open in 2014. Work will begin on a new home for the College of Pharmacy as soon as funding is secured.

“The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, in its entirety, is going to be a catalyst in this 21st century,” said Governor Neil Abercrombie at the dedication.

“The University of Hawaiʻi is not just the largest employer in East Hawaiʻi, it’s not just an incredible economic driver, but it is the hope of our future,” said Hawaiʻi County Mayor Billy Kenoi. “Our children, we know, with access to higher education, it’s the great equalizer of our society.”

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  1. That’s wanderful! as a student you could really enjy your privacy as well as getting your assignments, studies and tasks done in a more condusive environment. I am very keen to study at as an international student but will need to know about this institution. I am commenting with great enthasiasm. Please email all necessary information that I should know as an international student. I am interested in taking up MS in Food Sciences.

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  2. i get an idea what the new housing looks like but where is it located on campus? like on the campus map.

  3. I think that these dorms are crap. Reason being is cause the “lounge area” is about two yards wide, really you can only put two seats in there or maybe a mini fridge. The rooms are tiny as hell, and you cant really move around in there and good lord does it get hot in there, I have two fans and I still sleep naked. You dont even have a kitchen how can you call that an apartment? And who is going to want to cook downstairs and keep their food down their in the fridge? Anyone could eat my food, not cool. What UH Hilo should have done is control those shitty apartments called university palms and put 32.5 million dollars into that. We could of had our own amazing school apartments but nope nope nope.

    1. I have been to Hilo and seen the new dorms. they look amazing on the outside. I didn’t know there was no ac. lived in University Palms right after they did the renovation in 2003. I went back there to observe and there are regular people living there. And its sad because all of the palms are gone.

      thought the new building would make a dent in the prices and available housing for students and non students. I miss the old palms. those days are gone.

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