About the Center on the Family

The Center is a unit within the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) at the University of Hawai‘i. We work closely with colleagues across disciplinary fields at our own and other academic institutions. Our collaborators also include nonprofit and community organizations, governmental agencies, and private businesses.

Our Vision
Strong, healthy families supported by their communities.

Our Mission
To enhance the well-being of Hawai‘i's families through interdisciplinary research, education, and community outreach.

The Center on the Family:
  • Conducts applied and basic research on family issues, and generates and disseminates research-based information that improves the quality of life for Hawai‘i's families and is useful to those who work with them.
  • Increases public awareness of the status and well-being of Hawai‘i's families, including their children and elders.

The Center's research and outreach activities focus on:
  • Fostering family resilience and well-being across the life-span.
  • Studying the values, dynamics, and interactional patterns of Hawai‘i's multicultural families.
  • Providing science-based information aimed at improving the lives of Hawai‘i's most vulnerable people.
  • Tracking indicator data on the demographic characteristics and economic, health, educational, and social well-being of Hawai‘i's people and communities.
  • Strengthening the capacity of community organizations and systems that serve individuals and families in Hawai‘i.

The Center's work is disseminated through a variety of methods, such as:
  • Curricula and educational materials;
  • Website postings, including an online Data Center;
  • Journal articles, research and technical reports, and other publications;
  • Training and technical assistance; and
  • Conference presentations.


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Center on the Family | College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources | University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
2515 Campus Road, Miller Hall 103, Honolulu, HI 96822 | Phone: (808) 956-4132 · Fax: (808) 956-4147 · Email: cof@ctahr.hawaii.edu