UHAA About/History

The University of Hawai‘i Alumni Association is an international network of alumni chapters and members whose collective goal is to promote and support the University of Hawaiʻi by connecting alumni and friends with the university and with each other, strengthening stakeholder relationships in the community, and inspiring pride among the University of Hawaiʻi ʻohana.

UHAA was formally organized in 1988 as the University of Hawai‘i System's alumni organization representing alumni from 10 campuses throughout the islands. Since the first student graduated from UH Mānoa in 1911, more than 290,000 alumni living in all 50 states and in more than 125 countries have joined the ranks of UH alumni. As the official alumni organization of the UH System, UHAA communicates with alumni and supports its worldwide network of chapters and volunteers. It is a membership based, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that offers three membership levels:

  • Lōkahi – Unified: Free basic level. Graduates from any of the 10 UH System campuses are automatically members of the UHAA ‘ohana and are eligible to receive basic benefits.
  • Ha‘aheo – Proud: Paid annual level. This elite membership level is open to alumni and friends, and offers a unique way to give back to your university and receive exclusive member benefits.
  • ‘Onipa‘a – Steadfast: Paid lifetime level. The highest level of membership for alumni and friends who wish to make a lifetime commitment to support UH.

Governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, UHAA includes a nationwide and international network of affiliated alumni groups. Its Alumni Council is made up of all UHAA chapter presidents, chancellors of each of the 10 campuses and other chapter leaders. For more information about governance, download a PDF copy of the UHAA Bylaws.

The UH Alumni Association was informally constituted in 1922, 10 years after the first UH graduating class of 1912. It was formalized into a system-wide umbrella organization for all UH-recognized alumni groups in 1988. The University of Hawaiʻi Foundation established the Office of Alumni Relations with the approval of the Board of Regents in December 2002. The Office of Alumni Relations works closely with UHAA to serve the community of UH alumni and students in Hawai‘i and worldwide.

Past UHAA Presidents

  • 2014-2016
    Ken Hayashida '83
  • 2012-2014
    Patrick Oki '92
  • 2010-2012
    Douglas Inouye '85, '03
  • 2008-2010
    Mitchell Ka'aiali'i '92, '97
  • 2007-2008
    Ren Hirose '85
  • 2005-2007
    Janet Yoshida '82
  • 2004-2005
    Karl H. Fujii '90
  • 2003-2004
    Christine Kondo '97
  • 2002-2003
    Arnold Kishi '71, '81
  • 2001-2002
    Joseph DeMattos, Jr. '95
  • 2000-2001
    Lawrence Cutwright '75
  • 1999-2000
    Edward Hirata '56
  • 1998-1999
    Robin Campaniano '73, '83
  • 1996-1998
    Kent Tsukamoto '78
  • 1995-1996
    Russell Okata '67
  • 1994-1995
    Donald C. W. Kim '58
  • 1993-1994
    Wallace Fujiyama
  • 1992-1993
    Oswald Stender '58
  • 1991-1992
    Ben Taguchi '54
  • 1990-1991
    Heidi Wild '85
  • 1989-1990
    Vernon Char '56          

About the UH Founders Alumni Association
In 1922, an informal University of Hawai‘i alumni association was organized on the Mānoa campus, the only University of Hawai‘i campus at that time. That group still exists as the UH Founders Alumni Association, now a chapter of UHAA.

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