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The first students will move into RISE from autumn 2023.  (Courtesy of Hunt Companies)
The first students will move into RISE from autumn 2023. (Courtesy of Hunt Companies)
The first students will move into RISE from autumn 2023.  (Courtesy of Hunt Companies)
The first students will move into RISE from autumn 2023. (Courtesy of Hunt Companies)

Students throughout the University of Hawaii system who are interested in entrepreneurship are invited to apply for living at the Residences for Innovative Student Entrepreneurs (RISE), the mixed-use college residence/innovation center located across from the UH Mānoa campus is under construction.

The first students will move into RISE from autumn 2023. Residents will not only enjoy a brand new shared apartment with like-minded students, but also proximity to the many UH entrepreneurship programs offered by the Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship (PACE) and the Shidler College of Business, which focuses on classrooms, makerspaces, meeting rooms and co-working spaces on the lower floors of the new facility.

Interested undergraduate and graduate students at any UH O’ahu campus are encouraged to visit the RISE website for more information.

Fall 2023 leasing begins in fall 2022. University officials anticipate significant demand for the 374 beds at the $70 million RISE living, learning and working facility on the site of the former Atherton YMCA at the corner of University Avenue and Metcalf Street.

“RISE will offer UH students unique opportunities to develop as innovators and entrepreneurs who will help drive the diversification and strengthening of our economy,” said UH President David Lassner. “It will also provide a significant increase in our student housing inventory, which will help ease the pressure on waiting lists created by the growth in enrollment at UH Mānoa, which is set to prepare for another record-breaking freshman class. This extraordinary project comes together without burdening taxpayers thanks to the leadership and collaboration between our P3 partners and the support of private donors who have already pledged nearly $3.7 million to outfit the state-of-the-art facility, provide scholarships and have provided the launch of RISE programs.”

RISE is funded entirely with private money that is not a taxpayer. UH, UH Foundation and Hunt Companies have entered into a public-private partnership (P3) to design, build and fund the facility. Moss is the general contractor. B.HOM Student Living will manage RISE, the university’s first externally managed student living complex.

More about RISE

RISE is a one-of-a-kind, $70 million, six-story facility that will integrate an innovation and entrepreneurship hub with student housing. It will be a collaborative learning environment where students of all disciplines can explore their passions, solve complex problems, build prototypes, test their ideas, and access resources.

Students will develop new skills critical to becoming the next generation of leaders and entrepreneurs who can positively impact our community. PACE will expand into the 114,000-square-foot structure and develop hands-on programs and operate the co-working space, meeting rooms, classrooms and prototyping labs.

Learn more on the PACE website. Follow RISE on Instagram and Facebook (@risemanoa) for previews and updates as we develop.

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About B.HOM Student Housing

B.HOM is a division of BH, a people-centric multi-family home owner-operator that has grown from a small start-up to become one of the largest commercial real estate companies in the country. Founded in 1993, BH is celebrated for its simple commitment to doing business the right way and investing in our team. Today, BH manages over 100,000 units, employs 2,400 people, owns its processes in-house and is recognized by Fortune Magazine as the “Best Workplace for Women”, “Best Workplace for Millennials” and “Best Workplaces for Diversity”. Driven by innovation and a “can-do” attitude, BH improves daily and strives to create a smarter way to live, invest, manage and grow. To learn more about B.HOM visit and to learn more about BH Companies visit

The Pacific-Asian Center for Entrepreneurship (PACE) is home to an integrated suite of cutting-edge entrepreneurship programs at the University of Hawaii. Based at the Shidler College of Business, PACE is dedicated to promoting entrepreneurship among all members of the university and the local community. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter and Instagram @pachawaii.

The Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa was founded in 1949 as the College of Business Administration and named in 2006 for alumnus Jay H. Shidler, founder and managing partner of the Shidler Group. Shidler College of Business is known for its expertise in international management education and is consistently ranked among the nation’s top business schools for international business by US News & World Report. The college has long been known for its focus on the Asia Pacific region and offers a wide range of degrees, certificates and executive programs. The college offers the only graduate program in the state of Hawaii and Vietnam to be accredited by AACSB International.

The University of Hawaii at Manoa serves around 20,000 students pursuing more than 225 different degrees. UH Mānoa students, who come from every Hawaiian island, every state in the nation and more than 100 countries, thrive in an enriching environment for the global exchange of ideas. Visit for more information. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter

The University of Hawaii Foundation, a non-profit organization, raises private funds to support the University of Hawaii system. The mission of the University of Hawai’i Foundation is to unite the passions of donors with the aspirations of the University of Hawai’i by collecting philanthropic support and managing private investments that benefit UH, the people of Hawaii and our future generations come. Visit us at

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