As the only Catholic University in Hawaiʻi, and one of three Marianist higher-education institutions in the U.S., we at Chaminade University are guided by the understanding that both reason and faith are essential conditions in the pursuit of truth. Our community is a family where students mature into world citizens who respect the complexity and diversity of others, value community service and strive to create a more just society. Our faculty emphasizes critical thinking and creative problem solving while mentoring students in more than 25 undergraduate and graduate programs in the fine arts and humanities, sciences and mathematics, behavioral sciences, business and communication, education, and nursing. Located in the international city of Honolulu on the island of Oʻahu, Chaminade is regarded for its remarkably diverse student body––students come from the Hawaiʻi, the mainland U.S., the Pacific region, and beyond. Class sizes are small, with a low student-to-faculty ratio. Here, students develop professionally through service learning projects, research and internship experiences, and leadership and community networking opportunities. At Chaminade, students receive a personalized education that prepares them for an ever-changing future.
The Chaminade University of Honolulu was founded in 1955 under the guidance of five Marianists eager to establish a Catholic institution of higher education in Hawai`i. Initially, Chaminade started out as a two-year college, St. Louis Junior College, and welcomed thirty young men to the inaugural class. Within two years, the school expanded to a four-year, co-educational intuition and changed its name to Chaminade College in honor of Father William Joseph Chaminade, the founder of the Society of Mary (Marianists). Chaminade expanded its services to the community in 1967 with the establishment of an evening session to serve adults with business, family, and military responsibilities who desired to pursue a college degree. In 1977, the university finalized its evolution, adding graduate programs to become Chaminade University of Honolulu. Currently, 23 undergraduate degrees and 7 graduate programs are available.
The History of Our Campus
The iconic Spanish Mission-inspired buildings of Clarence T.C. Ching Hall, Eiben Hall, and Henry Hall have sat prominently on the slopes of Kalaepohaku for nearly a century. Many features of our beautiful campus, like the E Komo Mai Circle and statue of Father Chaminade, have been fixtures since the first students of Saint Louis School arrived in 1928. In the true spirit of our mission, the campus was called upon to serve the community during World War II. Classes were moved to nearby institutions and the campus was transformed into a temporary hospital, hosting the Army’s 147th General Hospital for five years. Classes resumed in January 1946 and welcomed the first class of college students in 1955. Over the past ten years, our campus has undergone a tremendous second transformation, expanding facilities and updating our technical infrastructure to include the Sullivan Family Library, Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence K.W. (BoHing Chan) Tseu Center for Nursing Education, and renovated science laboratories.
Chaminade University offers its students an education in a collaborative learning environment that prepares them for life, service and successful careers. Guided by its Catholic, Marianist and liberal arts educational traditions, Chaminade encourages the development of moral character, personal competencies, and a commitment to build a just and peaceful society. The University offers both the civic and church communities of the Pacific region its academic and intellectual resources in the pursuit of common aims.
Statement of Core Commitments
From our Mission flow the following Core Commitments which both amplify and specify the Mission. We understand our Core Commitments as guiding both the service we offer and the formation of our educational community:
Commitments to Service
- To offer quality academic programs, both those leading to a degree and those focused on continuing education, in a manner responsive to the needs of our students and communities;
- To graduate students who are recognized for their liberal arts learning, preparation for professional careers, facility in the use of information and communication technologies, interest in life-long learning, appreciation of diversity, sense of ethical responsibility, and commitment to leadership through service to affect positively individual lives and the common good;
- To be a community that looks beyond itself and engages in public service, that enriches the life of the wider community;
- To exhibit a strong social consciousness that expressly permeates all curricula;
- To engage in partnerships with the Hawaii community, our Pacific Island neighbors, the church and those with whom we share Marianist sponsorship;
- To explore critically the intersections of faith and culture and, consistent with our identity, engage our students in this dialogue and participate in the processes of public learning and policy formulation and the building of a more just and peaceful society.
Commitments to the Character of Our Educational Community
- To be a unified educational community where members are committed to our common mission and their self-development;
- To be a faculty and staff with a primary focus on student learning and the development of the whole person;
- To hold an extensive view of hospitality, meaning cordiality to the ideas and talents of others; to listen with an open mind that enhances our integrity and reasserts our humanity;
- To nurture a culture which honors and promotes open inquiry, reflection, critical dialogue with peers on and beyond the campus and the dissemination of our scholarship;
- To be a scholarly community which explores and encourages connections between disciplines and provides the various experiences necessary to make those connections. This implies intense, dedicated collaboration among colleagues and students;
- To foster an excellent multi-cultural learning environment drawing on our unique Pacific Island location;
- To conduct ourselves with personal integrity, perhaps the most powerful educational tool we possess; to serve as mentors and role models; the way in which we interact with students enables them to work with others in a like manner;
- To be a community which stays the course through the difficult periods. Patience, self- discipline, and sacrifice are necessary to build a strong community. We look within ourselves for solutions and the resolve to work through difficulties.
Chaminade students study under the guidance of an excellent, involved faculty. Our degree programs are thorough preparation for careers in the workplace, or for continued studies in graduate school. Our programs are geared so that each individual student can develop to their fullest academic potential. At Chaminade, we are dedicated to educating the student as a whole person. Our campus is a living classroom for learning about living and working in the 21st century. Chaminade students are prepared through challenging discourse; exercise in diverse methods of inquiry; and moral guidance and spiritual exploration. Participation in Chaminade's multicultural community enriches and deepens perspectives of humanity, and helps to develop skills and awareness needed by leaders.