Student Life Activities and Events Throughout the Year
As a first year student new to HPU, there are a variety of activites and events designed just for you throughout the year organized by the Office of First Year Experience.
Peer Mentors (PMs) are student leaders from a wide range of backgrounds that provide mentorship, encouragement and academic support for freshman students at HPU. PMs aid new students in transitioning to college life, living on Oahu, learning about student leadership and academic opportunities, and much more! A PM can help answer your questions as someone who has likely experienced things from your perspective. Creating a connection with your PM helps you begin the sometimes challenging process of expanding your social network and developing relationships.
The word “hānai” is a term used in the Hawaiian culture and refers to “adoption”. Hānai volunteers are staff and faculty volunteers who serve as an “auntie or uncle” and support a Peer Mentor and their group of new students. The Hānai volunteers and the Peer Mentors will work in tandem to help each first year student form their own HPU 'Ohana (1 Peer Mentor, 1 Faculty/Staff, 15-20 students). The Hānai volunteers help bridge the divide students often feel when engaging with professionals by making faculty and staff more accessible in a casual setting. Like the PMs, the Hānai volunteer can also help new student navigate the university.
In addition, there are a variety of activities and events for all students each year.
Have fun showing your school spirit and come join your classmates and the HPU community to cheer on our HPU SHARKS!!
Cultural Activities and Events
Join activities to learn about the unique and rich culture of Hawaii, your new home.
Explore all that Hawaii has to offer.