About the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

OLLI-UHM’s roots go back to 1996, when a group of community elders, retired professors, and University of Hawai’i at Mānoa administrators established the Academy for Lifelong Learning (ALL) with a mission to strengthen connections between the university and the community and promote lifelong learning, leadership, and community service for older learners.

In Spring 2003, we changed our name to OLLI-UHM after receiving the first of several gifts from The Bernard Osher Foundation, becoming part of a national network of 123 OLLIs spanning all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Each Institute is unique and operates as an independent initiative of its host institution with offerings tailored to meet its community's needs and interests, with the common thread of providing intellectually stimulating, non-credit learning opportunities designed specifically for adults age “50 and better.”

With the funds received from the Osher Foundation, the UH College of Social Sciences, and member dues and donations, OLLI provides its members with an affordable opportunity to learn and teach, share diverse ideas, pursue common interests, and make new acquaintances.

As Hawaiʻi’s only land-grant university, UHM is charged with not just degree-granting and research but serving the public good by being of benefit to the community. With its ever-expanding array of courses, workshops, special events, and more, OLLI-UHM can become a powerful force for active aging, while helping UH fulfill its charge to serve the public good.

Philanthropist Bernard Osher visits OLLI-UHM in July 2010
Philanthropist Bernard Osher

About the Director

Dr. Carole Mandryk, a former dean at Harvard University and award-winning instructor in Anthropology, has served as Director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (OLLI-UHM) since June of 2016. She has more than 30 years of experience as a teacher, researcher, and administrator at Universities and Colleges across the U.S. and Canada, including UH Mānoa Departments of Anthropology and Geography.

Dr. Mandryk was delighted to return to UH Mānoa in 2016 to serve in a different capacity and play a role in OLLI-UHM’s exemplary approach to lifelong learning to combine her passions for multidisciplinary approaches to knowledge, service, and community engagement.

The OLLI-UHM director oversees the program in collaboration with the UHM College of Social Sciences, the Bernard Osher Foundation, the UH Foundation, OLLI-UHM member volunteer leaders, and campus and community partners. Dr. Mandryk is especially delighted to not just direct the program, but offer courses reflecting her diverse interests.

She strives to continually improve and expand the program, creating an ever-expanding array of courses, workshops, and special events to provide engaging educational and social opportunities for our kupuna. Future goals include expanding our offerings to additional locations on Oʻahu and eventually the outer islands and implementing new technologies to enhance members' learning experience.

Dr. Mandryk has a BA in Anthropology (Beloit College), MA in Anthropology & Museum Studies (George Washington University), and a PhD in Quaternary Studies (University of Alberta). She lives in Kaimuki and spends as much time as possible at Diamond Head Beach.

Dr. Carole Mandryk, Director, OLLI-UHM
Dr. Carole Mandryk, Director