The University of Hawai’i Esports is a college Esports program that draws on the strengths of our community of mentors, educators, and alumni to provide students with opportunities for collegiate competition in Esports, career paths into the wider video game industry, and a space that welcomes the diversity of students on all UH campuses.
The ACM System funds UH Esports
UH Esports is proud to have partnered with Blizzard’s Overwatch League for two consecutive years.
Meet the Faculty!
Nyle Sky Kauweloa PhD
UH Mānoa Esports Director
As the director of UH Esports, Sky is tasked with creating a program that is inclusive of all students who have a love for competitive digital play at the University of Hawaii. As a researcher, he examines the life experiences of college esports players, understanding their multiple demands, pressures, and expectations they have of themselves.
UH Mānoa Esports Program Assistant
Kevin Nguyen is the University of Hawaii’s Esports, or UHE, Program Assistant. Originally pursuing engineering as a UH student, he realized midway that this was not what he truly enjoyed. After switching majors to communications, he could connect with his now director Sky Kauweloa which opened many doors and opportunities.
After meeting Sky, Kevin realized he could make something out of collegiate esports and put all his efforts into growing esports at Manoa. He then started an RIO called Manoa Academy of Gamers, which aimed to give people who loved video games home. With the success and growth of the organization, the university saw the excitement around college esports and decided to bring him on board.
He is devoted to creating a pathway for students at UH who want to enter the gaming, esports, and technological space. By focusing on his students, he provided different experiences such as working with pro teams, internships with the Overwatch League, and various workshops. He knows that switching his major was a risk but also wants students to know that pursuing a passion in gaming and esports is okay and wants them not to feel boxed into what society expects.
To learn more about the UH Esports program, click here.