I have been offered admittance to the UH PhD program with a TA and summer RA guaranteed. The numbers look pretty good, and I plan to apply for an NSF fellowship next year. I am very interested in a couple of the research groups at UH (in particular the AMS-02 and Belle II) and have had meaningful contact with several of the professors, and the idea of working on my PhD in paradise sounds pretty good. I have not found much current information from the last 2-3 years about the program apart from the website. I know there was some political upheaval in the department a few years ago, but I really don't think I care about any of that now. My offer is good, I like the work being done there, and it's in Hawaii... where I live matters to me! Does anyone here have any info to add? While I wait answers from a few more schools.... this one is the best for now!
Also, do you think it would be appropriate to direct these queries to current grad students in the department?
Thanks for this great community. So helpful!