Rainbow Warriors (men) & Rainbow Wahine (women)
The famous and iconic Hawai‘i 5-0 theme song is played at all sporting events.
THE WARRIOR CHANT
The Warrior Haka – a traditional Māori dance, the Warrior football team performs their version of the haka 20 minutes before every game.
Held every October, Homecoming comprises week-long festivities that include a Homecoming Fair, Wahine (Women’s) volleyball game, the Homecoming football game, class reunions and special performances, exhibits, and lectures across campus.
Held every April at Andrews Amphitheatre, students celebrate the nearing of semester’s end at the annual Aloha Bash. The event features live performances by some of Hawai‘i’s favorite bands and artists, enhancing students social life experiences on campus.
THE GIFT OF LEI
One of the most unique experiences of living in Hawai‘i and being a student at UH Mānoa is the cultural tradition of lei giving at graduation and on senior night at all of our athletic events. As a celebratory and congratulatory gesture, the tradition of lei giving goes back centuries and is firmly rooted in Hawaiian culture. A lei is a garland of flowers that is worn around the neck and it is customary on special occasions to “lei” the person or individuals who are being honored. Graduation and senior night is a fun and very colorful experience unlike any other!
On Sunday, February 25, the campus opens for the “Mānoa Experience – University Preview Day.” The free outdoor event is open to all interested students, families, and community members. Come check out over 200 departments and programs, take tours, enjoy performances, watch demonstrations, and meet with current faculty, staff, and students.