First-Year Programs

Orientation Lunch Pair.JPGPrograms and Activities

First-Year Programs offers a range of programming for first-year students.  For more information about an event or to RSVP, please email

Be My Guest

Invite your professor for a free lunch to get to know more about them.    Do they have a hobby?  Why teaching?  What is their favorite restaurant on Fort Street Mall? Or do they prefer the Dining Commons?  First-Year Programs sponsors lunches and coffee breaks for students and faculty to connect outside the classroom. Students enrolled in and faculty teaching lower division courses (1000 and 2000 levels) are eligible to participate. For more information, please email

Live Hawaii

Learn more about Hawaii – past, present, and future! New students are invited to explore Oahu at one of these events:

Bishop Museum <register here>
Saturday, September 14, 2013 • 9 am - 2 pm
Explore Hawai'i through of artifacts, documents, and photos from the royal family and Hawaiian history. Bishop Museum is the place to experience the history, arts and culture of the Hawaiian people. Transportation available from Hawaii Loa Campus, Downtown Campus, and Ohana Student Housing (Waikiki). 

Kumu Kahua Theatre: Will the Real Charlie Chan Please Stand Up? <register here>
Friday, September 20, 2013 • 8 pm
The fictional Charlie Chan and the real-life detective he was modeled after join forces to fight crime in Honolulu. Wielding his whip, detective Chang Apana is single-handedly cleaning up the gambling houses and opium dens of Honolulu's 1920s Chinatown and Iwilei districts. But when a corrupt cop threatens to undo his good works and remove him from the force, Apana is assisted in uncovering crime by a stranger from San Francisco.

Hawaii State Art Museum <register here>
Saturday, October 12, 2013 • 10 am - 12 pm
The art on display at the HiSAM illustrates the varied cultural influences that fuel the creativity of Hawaii's artists. Join local artists for hands-on art activities and discussion at this Second Saturday event.

USS Arizona Memorial • Pearl Harbor <register here>
Saturday, November 16, 2013 • 11 am - 2 pm
Experience the history and honor those whose lives were taken on December 7, 1941. The World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument preserves and interprets the stories of the Pacific War, including the events at Pearl Harbor, the internment of Japanese Americans, the battles in the Aleutians, and the occupation of Japan.

Taste of Home 

Where do you call home? Craving those comfort foods from home?  Join fellow students, staff, and faculty from the mainland for a light lunch and conversation at one of these Taste of Home events:

Eastern States <register here>
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 • 12:30 - 1:30 pm • FH 306
Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts,New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, West Virginia,and Vermont

Midwestern States <register here>
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 • 12:30 - 1:30 pm • FH 611
Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota,Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

Southern States <register here>
Thursday, September 26, 2013 • 12:30 - 1:30 pm • FH 306
Alabama, Arkansas, D.C., Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi,North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia

Northwestern States <register here>
Tuesday, October 1, 2013 • 12:30 - 1:30 pm • FH 306
Alaska, Colorado, Idaho,Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming

Southwestern States <register here>
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 • 12:30 - 1:30 pm • FH 306
Arizona, California, Nevada, and New Mexico