Living in Hawai‘i

Honolulu, on the island of O‘ahu, is the economic, social, and recreational heart of Hawai‘i. Located in picturesque Manoa Valley on the south side of the island, our campus is minutes from world-class beaches, rainforest hiking and camping, vibrant coral reefs, and the best surf in any ocean.

Most students live close to campus, allowing for easy walking, biking, or public transportation to work, school, and recreation. The urban core of Honolulu is home to an active art and music scene, some of Hawai‘i’s most historic museums and palaces, world-class shopping, annual festivals, and regular concerts and events.

Honolulu is home to some of the best food in the country, a product of a year-round growing season, rich volcanic soil, bountiful ocean resources, a resurgence in farm-to-table restaurants, and the eclectic fusion of pan-Pacific cuisines with local and traditional ingredients.

With an average daily temperature of 77 degrees Fahrenheit (25 degrees Celcius) and an average of 278 sunny days per year, living in Honolulu affords plenty of opportunity for outdoor recreation year-round. World championship running, surfing, paddling, biking, sailing, and triathlons occur throughout the island, and dozens of amateur clubs and leagues offer access to almost every sport imaginable.