New Student Orientation

Passport Week Frequently Asked Questions

Orientation is a fun and busy time. Below a number of common questions and responses. Please contact us if we can help with other questions. If your student is living on-campus, please visit our Residence Life Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.

Registration

What is Passport Week: New Student Orientation?

Am I required to attend Passport: Week: New Student Orientation?

How do I register for New Student Orientation?

I need to change my registration. How can I do that?

Do parents need to attend orientation with their student?

Housing

When do the residence halls open?

Where can I find housing if I want to live off-campus?

Is housing provided for parents during orientation?

Traveling to HPU

How do I prepare for the trip to HPU?

Which airport should I fly into and when should I arrive?

Registration

What is Passport Week: New Student Orientation?

New Student Orientation is a week-long program in the Fall semester for new students, parents, and family members. During Spring semester, a one day orientation is offered. From academic information sessions to activities to get you acquainted with the island of Oahu, the program is educational and fun. In addition, you will meet other new students, staff and faculty members. This is an exciting and eventful week you do not want to miss! -back to top-

Am I required to attend Passport: Week: New Student Orientation?

Yes. New full-time undergraduate freshman and transfer students are required to attend fall or spring orientation. A one-time $120.00 orientation; fee will be charged to student accounts; $50.00 for spring orientation.;

Studies have shown that one of the best ways to insure college success is to get involved and be connected with the University community. HPU's new student orientation program is the best place to learn more about the many curricular and co-curricular opportunities, programs, and services that are available to you at HPU. -back to top-

How do I register for New Student Orientation?

Students can register online through HPU Pipeline. Log onto HPU Pipeline. Click on the First-Year tab. Orientation registration is located in the center of the page. After registering, you should receive a confirmation email to your my.hpu.edu account.

Your HPU Pipeline login can be found in your Acceptance Packet. Students must use their HPU email and HPU ID number to register.  Please contact Admissions if you have not received them.

If you do not see the First-Year Tab, please email readysetgo@hpu.edu.

You may also call the Center at 1-866-CALL-HPU or 1-808-544-1461. Passport Week: New Student Orientation mailings will be sent during the summer or winter terms. -back to top-

I need to change my registration. How can I do that?

If you need to make a change to your registration, please call the Director of First-Year Programs at 808-544-1461 or e-mail readysetgo@hpu.edu. -back to top-

Do parents need to attend orientation with their student?

Parents are welcome to attend orientation, but are not required. You may bring one guest for free with each student registration, and each additional guest is $25.00. Families will have a separate orientation track from their students. Family Orientation is only on Tuesday and Wednesday, whereas orientation for students runs through Thursday afternoon. -back to top-

Housing

When do the residence halls open?

The Hawaii Loa Residence Halls open on Monday, August 26, 2013. Please visit our Residence Life Frequently Asked Questions page for more information. -back to top-

Where can I find housing if I want to live off-campus?

A good place to start is by visiting HPU Commuter Services website or in person at Sharky's Cove (MP 139, 1188 Fort Street Mall). Commuter Services maintains student housing and rental resources, including eADs, a HPU Pipeline channel with listings for apartments, rooms for rent, and fellow HPU students looking for roommates.

Students arriving on a limited budget who have not found a permanent home for the school year might consider a hostel or the local YMCA for a short-term stay.

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Is housing provided for parents during orientation?

At this time, we do not provide housing for parents. Our residence halls are open for students to move directly into their fall homes. Parents and families attending orientation have a wide variety of needs and length of stay, so we have a specific room blocking. A wide range of hotel options exist for students and families to consider.

One option is Aqua Hotels and Resorts. Aqua is a proud official sponsor of HPU Athletics. Visit the Aqua Hotels and Resorts website or call 1-808-943-9291 or toll free at 1-866-406-2782. Make sure to ask about the HPU rates.

When selecting your accommodations, it may be helpful to know that our orientation shuttle will pick-up at the corner of Kuhio Ave. and Nohonani St. in Waikiki. There are many hotel location in walking distance of this intersection.

The University provides this information solely to assist students/families who are unfamiliar with Hawaii and Waikiki. This list is not all-inclusive, and the University does not endorse any hotel/apartment listed herein, nor has there been any official inspection of the facilities. Students can always ask if the hotel offers a student discount. -back to top-

Traveling to HPU 

How do I prepare for the trip to HPU?

Go to the First-Year Programs website for a checklist of items to get ready for the academic year. You may also want to visit our Tips on Traveling to HPU page. If you are an International Student, get your Pre-Departure Checklist. -back to top-

Which airport should I fly into and when should I arrive?

Students traveling to HPU from outside Hawai'i should fly into Honolulu International Airport (HNL). HPU has negotiated a reasonable rate for students, staff and faculty to use VIP Transportation to/from Waikiki, Downtown campus or Hawaii Loa campus. Please contact VIP Transportation directly at 808-836-0317. You can call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. More information is available on the HPU Airport Shuttle Service page.

When you arrive may depend on your housing arrangements and orientation. The Hawaii Loa Residence Halls open on Monday, August 26, 2013. Fall New Student Orientation begins on Tuesday, August 27, 2013.

Many students choose to find their own apartments and off-campus housing either before they arrive in Hawai'i, or after they arrive and have had a chance to become familiar with the local environment. Some students prefer to arrive in Honolulu two to three weeks before classes start. For international students, visa regulations allow you to enter the USA up to 30 days before the first day of classes (the reporting date is shown on your I-20). Other students arrive the week before classes for orientation, having already signed a lease or residence hall contract. -back to top-