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Center for Chinese Studies

Center for Hawaiian Studies

Center for Japanese Studies

Center for Korean Studies

Center for Pacific Islands Studies

Center for Philippine Studies

Center for South Asian Studies

Center for Southeast Asian Studies

Committee for the Preservation and Study of Hawaiian Language, Art and Culture

Asian Studies

Hawaiian Studies

Pacific Islands Studies

College of Hawaiian, Asian, & Pacific Studies

General Information

Strategically located with a multicultural heritage, the state of Hawai‘i has always been uniquely international in outlook. Reflecting this perspective, the School of Hawaiian, Asian, and Pacific Studies (SHAPS) represents the ongoing commitment of the UH to enhance international awareness and intercultural understanding throughout the educational experience. In fulfilling this commitment, SHAPS has become the largest resource facility for Asian and Pacific studies in the world.

Established in 1987, SHAPS offers academic programs in Asian studies, Hawaiian studies, and Pacific Islands studies. SHAPS also houses the Centers for Chinese Studies, Hawaiian Studies, Japanese Studies, Korean Studies, Pacific Islands Studies, Philippine Studies, South Asian Studies and Southeast Asian Studies. Through these centers and programs, SHAPS helps to coordinate the efforts of some 300 faculty specialists throughout the UH who offer more than 600 courses related to Hawai‘i, Asia, and the Pacific.

Research supported by SHAPS appears in a wide range of journals, monographs, and occasional papers published by its centers and programs. Complementing these publications are the volumes in the SHAPS Library of Asian Studies and the SHAPS Library of Translations, published in association with the UH Press.

Research and publications, specialized training and instructional programs, conferences, symposia, resources development, and a full schedule of co-curricular activities and cultural programs are all a part of the School of Hawaiian, Asian, and Pacific Studies. Students electing to focus their studies on Hawai‘i, Asia, or the Pacific at UH Mânoa will discover a unique learning environment especially appropriate to the understanding and appreciation of the peoples and cultures of the region.

Degrees and Certificates

Bachelor’s Degrees: BA in Asian studies, BA in Hawaiian studies

Master’s Degrees: MA in Asian studies, MA in Pacific Islands studies

Certificate Programs: Certificates in Pacific Islands, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Philippine, South Asian, and Southeast Asian studies


Moore 315
1890 East-West Road
Honolulu, HI 96822

Tel: (808) 956-2699
E-mail: chizuko@hawaii.edu

Students interested in Asian studies and Pacific Islands studies are urged to consult a school adviser through SHAPS Student Academic Services Office at the above address and telephone number. Those interested in Hawaiian Studies should visit the Hawaiian Studies office at the Center for Hawaiian Studies, 2645 Dole Street, Room 209A, or call (808) 973-0989.