Mission and Vision


Our Mission is to reduce the burden of cancer through research, education, patient care, and community outreach, focusing on and embracing the unique and diverse ethnic, cultural, and environmental characteristics of Hawaiʻi and the Pacific.


Our Vision is to be a global leader in cancer screening, prevention, treatment, and education, significantly reducing the cancer burden in Hawaiʻi and the Pacific. We commit to collective team strategies for innovation and discovery to meet the specific needs of all our communities, including underrepresented ethnic groups.

Core Values

1. Innovation, 'Hoʻoulu' (To Inspire, Foster Growth)

At UH Cancer Center, we create a space that encourages our team to think differently, nurturing new innovative ideas and exciting discoveries. Our passion for scientific originality and creativity drives us forward, fostering research that impacts Hawaiʻi and the Pacific.

2. Collaboration, 'Laulima' (Many Hands, Cooperation)

Our faculty, staff, and trainees work hand-in-hand, building strong partnerships both within our organization and in the ethnically diverse communities we serve. Working together, we aim to widen our research scope, address community needs, and reduce cancer disparities.

3. Commitment, 'Kuleana' (Responsibility, Privilege)

At UH Cancer Center, we see our work as both a responsibility and a privilege. We are committed to long-term, sustainable solutions, embrace new challenges, and actively seek improvement. We view our work as a noble mission - to prevent cancer, find cures, and provide top-tier care for the diverse people of Hawaiʻi and the Pacific who may become or are affected by cancer.

4. Diversity, 'Pono' (Righteousness, Fairness)

At UH Cancer Center, we celebrate the richness of diversity. We respect and value the unique backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives that contribute to our collective strengths. We prioritize honesty, fairness, and inclusivity, ensuring that everyone, regardless of ethnicity or background, has equitable access to the best evidence-based cancer prevention, screening, and care, no matter who they are or where they come from.