About Us

Who We Are

The Research Corporation of the University of Hawaiʻi (RCUH) was established by the Hawaiʻi State Legislature in 1965 as a public instrumentality and is attached to the University of Hawaiʻi for administrative purposes. It is managed by an eight-member Board of Directors which currently consists of:

  • Eugene Bal III, Chair
  • Donna Ikeda, Vice-Chair
  • David Duffy
  • Kelli Goodin
  • Michael Maberry
  • Randolph Moore
  • Raynard Soon
  • Vassills Syrmos
Our Mission

To support and enhance research, development, and training in Hawaiʻi, with a focus on the University of Hawaiʻi.

What We Do

To fulfill its mission, RCUH is exempt from certain state procurement and personnel laws. This allows RCUH to provide rapid and efficient financial and human resources services which enable its clients to be more productive and to meet their research and training objectives in a timely manner.

Who We Serve

The large majority of RCUH’s volume of business is from research and training projects supported by extramural contracts and grants to University of Hawaiʻi faculty. Other projects, generally supported by federal and private funds, are task ordered to RCUH by state departments, county agencies, and national and international entities. These projects focus on the study of outer space, the vast ocean, and the interactions between air and sea. They also protect Hawaiʻi’s environment, contribute to family and children’s healthy development, increase knowledge of climate change, educate students, and bring other benefits to Hawaiʻi.

How We’re Managed

Dr. Sylvia Yuen, Executive Director, provides leadership and manages the daily affairs of RCUH. Nelson Sakamoto serves as the Director of the Human Resources Department, and Douglas Tonokawa is the Director of the Finance Department.

How to Contact Us

Executive Director
2800 Woodlawn Drive, Suite 200
Honolulu, HI 96822
Telephone: 808.988.8311

Corporate Services Department
2800 Woodlawn Drive, Suite 200
Honolulu, HI 96822
Telephone: 808.988.8314/8315

Finance Department
2800 Woodlawn Drive, Suite 200
Honolulu, HI 96822
Telephone: 808.988.8300

Human Resources Department
1601 East-West Road, Burns Hall 4th Floor, Makai Wing
Honolulu, HI 96848
Telephone: 808.956.3100