Eight months following groundbreaking ceremonies, the University Village Phase I project is progressing quickly and is scheduled to open later this summer for the beginning of the 2013 Fall Semester.
The project is located on 33 acres fronting the University of Hawaii Hilo's main entrance on Kawaili Street and will feature 300 student housing units in apartments and suite-style residence halls.
These new units will be the first to be added to the campus since 1989, and are being financed by $32 million appropriation by the legislature. The Hilo campus has just 600 housing units on campus and services in excess of 4,100 students.
In addition to offering housing facilities for Big Island residents who face long commutes, it is hoped that these housing facilities will help to provide the opportunity for a more diverse mix of students coming from the mainland and internationally to provide more international diversity that contribute to the quality of education received from UH Hilo.