Life in Hawai‘iWhat to See / Before you Arrive / Environment

Hawai‘i’s beautiful mountains and beaches make it one of the most famous travel destinations in the world.

Situated geographically and culturally at the crossroads of East and West, Hawai‘i combines the best of both. The ethnic diversity makes for a vibrant and comfortable environment for students from around the world to study in, and schools in Hawai‘i are ranked as the most multicultural in the U.S.

Key Information about Hawai‘i’s Environment

  • Hawai‘i houses the world’s biggest telescope and more scientific observatories in one place than anywhere else in the world

  • Hawai‘i has more endangered species than any other US State

  • The world’s highest sea cliffs, Kalaupapa, are on Molokai

  • The eight major islands of Hawai‘i are Kauai, Niihau, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui, Kahoolawe and Hawai‘i

  • We have the world’s largest volcano in Hawai‘i – Mauna Loa

  • The world’s largest wind generator is on Oahu


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Environment Awards

University of Hawai‘i at Hilo – Student Life Center “gold” LEED award

University of Hawai‘i at Hilo – Hale ‘ōlelo (College of Hawaiian Language) “silver” LEED award

Hawai‘i Tokai International College – All three main campus buildings LEED Gold certified

University of Hawai‘i at Manoa – Ranked by thebestcolleges.com as the 10th most beautiful campus in the world

Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy Energy Lab – Living Building Challenge Winner

Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy Energy Lab – White House Green Schools Ribbon

Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy Energy Lab – LEED Platinum for Schools 2.0

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